SCINDIA FAMILY- SHORT HISTORY
GWALIOR (Princely State)
(21 gun salute)
AREA: 68,291 km2PRIVY PURSE:
2,500,000RACCESSION: 15th June 1948STATE: Madhya PradeshDYNASTY: ScindiaRELIGION: Hindu
PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Scindia JYOTIRADITYA RAO SCINDIA, 11th Maharaja of Gwalior, since 30th
September 2001 (Jai
Vilas Palace, Gwalior-470 004, Madhya Pradesh, India)
born 1st January 1971 in Mumbai, B.A., M.B.A., educated at Doon School, Dehradun
Harvard University, Cambridge (UK) and Stanford University, California (USA),
elected to the 13th Lok Sabha in 2002, Member of the Committee on
2002/2004, re-elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004, Member of the
on Estimates, Petitions and Finance; interests include: cricket,
reading and wild life conservation, Member of the Delhi Gymkhana; the
International Centre; and the India Habitat Centre, as well as several
golf clubs in India, married 12th December 1994, HH Maharani
Raje Scindia, daughter of Maharaj Kumar Sangramsingh
Gaekwad of Baroda, and his wife, Rani
Asharaje Gaekwad, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
Yuvaraj Mahanaryaman Scindia, born 1995.
Maharajkumari Ananya Raje Scindia, born April 2002.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The
state was founded
in 1731. Rulers were…
Maharaja Scindia RANOJIRAO
SCINDIA, 1st Maharaja of Gwalior 1731/1745, died 19th
JAYAPPARAO SCINDIA, 2nd Maharaja of Gwalior 1745/1755, died 25th
JANKOJIRAO I SCINDIA, 3rd Maharaja of Gwalior 1755/1761, died
Maharaja Scindia MADHAVRAO
I SCINDIA, 4th Maharaja of Gwalior 1761/1794, born 1730,
1794 at Poona.
Maharaja Scindia DAULATRAO
SCINDIA, 5th Maharaja of Gwalior 1794/1827 , born
1779/1780, died 20th
Scindia Baija Bai 1827/1833 (Maharani Regent)
JANKOJIRAO II SCINDIA, 6th Maharaja of Gwalior 1827/1843, died
HH Maharaja Scindia
JAYAJIRAO SCINDIA, 7th Maharaja of Gwalior 1843/1886, born 1834
Shinde, married and had issue. He died 20th June 1886.
HH Maharaja Scindia Madhavrao II Scindia (qv)
Shrimant Balwant Rao [Bhaiya Sahib Scindia] (natural
son), born 1854,
ADC to his father in 1872.
Shrimant Ganpat Rao [Bhaiya Saheb Scindia] (natural son,
Bai, a famous dancer in Gwalior), born 1852, was a highly talented
an unparalleled Dhrupada and Dhamar singer, a well-known Harmonium
and a fine composer of thumris. He composed many thumris under his
“Sugharapiya,” and gave a new dimension to the thumri style. He was a
musician of Rampur for some time. Later, he settled in Calcutta.
first-rate musicians of India are said to have studied under him. He
Shrimant Maharajkumari Gunvantabai Raje Saheb Scindia
Akhand Soubhagyavati Gunvantaraje Saheb Shitole], married Sardar Raj
Rajendra Raja Ramchandrarao Shitole Deshmukh,
born 1849, died
1902, and had issue.
Sardar Raj Rajendra Maloji Narsinghrao Shitole
Shrimant Maharajkumari (name
unknown) Raje Saheb Scindia, married Lieut.-Col. Amir-ul-umra
Sardar Appajirao Shitole Anklekar, C.I.E.,
born 1874, appointed Private Secretary to HH the Maharaja of Gwalior.
Maharaja Scindia MADHAVRAO II SCINDIA, 8th Maharaja of Gwalior
1886/1925 , born 20th October
married 1stly, 1891, HH Maharani Chinkuraje, awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind
in 1900 and the Order of the Crown of India in 1928, died 23rd November
1931 at Bombay, married 2ndly, 8th August 1913, HH Maharani Gajraje
of the Sar Desai of Sankli, died 1943, and had issue. He died 5th June
HH Maharaja Scindia Sir Jivajirao Scindia (qv)
Rani Kamalaraje Scindia, 11th November 1914, married
1933, Meherban Shrimant
Raja Vijaisinghrao Bhonsle of Akalkot.
HH Maharaja Scindia Sir
JIVAJIRAO SCINDIA, 9th Maharaja of Gwalior 1925/1961, born
married 21st February 1941 Maharani Vijaya Raje, born 12th October
as Lekha Divyeshwari Devi, dau of Thakur Mahendra Singh of Kotla,
of the Lok Sabha 1957/1967 and 1971/1977, Member of the Madhya Pradesh
Vidhan Sabha 1967/1971 and the Rajya Sabha 1978/1989; Vice-President of
the Jana Sangh 1973 and the B.J.P., died 25th January 2001, and had
He died 1961.
Maharani Padma Raje Scindia, born 23rd February 1942,
married 6th March
1960 HH Maharaja Kirit Bikram Kishore Deb Burman of Tripura, and had issue, two daughters.
She died 26th April 1969.
Maharajkumari Usharaje Scindia, born 31st October 1943,
Shri Pashupati Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal
and has issue.
HH Maharaja Scindia Madhavrao III Scindia (qv)
Vasundhara Scindia, born 8th March 1953 in Bombay, B.A.
and Political Science), educated at Sophia College, Bombay University,
Mumbai. Currently the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Member of the
Executive of the BJP 1984/-, Member of the Rajasthan Legislative
1985/89, Vice-President of Yuva Morcha B.J.P. for two years. Vice
of the BJP, Rajasthan 1987/- , Member of the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
Sabha. Member of the following committees… Library Committee 1990/91;
Consultative Committees, Ministries of Commerce and Tourism 1990/91;
Committees, Ministries of Power, Science and Technology, Environment
Tourism 1991/96; Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and
1996/97; Consultative Committees, Ministries of Power, Science and
and Tourism 1996/97; Joint Secretary, B.J.P. Parliamentary Party
Union Minister of State, External Affairs 1998/99; Union
of State (Independent Charge), Small Scale Industries and Agro &
Industries; Department of Personnel and Training; Department of
and Pensioners’ Welfare in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances
and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space
Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industries; Personnel,
Pensions, Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances;
Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space (Independent
In November 2003, she resigned her cabinet post to run as BJP candidate
for Chief Minister of Rajasthan; she married 17th November 1972,
HH Maharaj Rana Hemant
of Dholpur, and has issue.
Shrimant Maharajkumari Yashodhara Scindia, born 19th June
1954 in London,
educated at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Bombay, then the
Presentation Convent, Kodaikanal, and her final 2 years at the Scindia
Kanya Vidyalaya Gwalior; moved to New Orleans, USA after her marriage
and was appointed board member of the Delta Festival Ballet, an
Advisory Board Member of the Contemporary Art Center, and a Fellow of
the New Orleans Museum of Art; she returned to India in 1994 and went
into formal politics, contesting the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly
Elections in 1998 and then being re-elected 5 years later, for a second
term in 2003 in the State Assembly elections. She is an active member
of her State Legislative Party; presently serving in the Madhya Pradesh
Government as a Cabinet Minister for Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare;
she married Dr. Sidharth
cardiologist, and has issue, three children.
Akshay Bhansali, born 1981, a producer at MTV
Desi in New York
Abhishek Bhansali, born 1985, a student at the
NYU Stern School of Business
Trishala Bhansali, born 1988, a student at NYU
HH Maharaja Scindia
MADHAVRAO III SCINDIA, 10th Maharaja of Gwalior 1961/2001, born
10th May 1945
in Bombay, married 9th May 1966, HH Maharani Pratima Rajya Laxmi Devi
Devi, born as Kiran Rajya Laxmi Devi], daughter of General Shri Yuvraj
Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, and his wife,
and had issue. He died in a plane crash near Motta, 30th September 2001
and was cremated at Amma Maharaj Ki Chhatri, Gwalior on the 4th October
Yuvrani Chitrangada Scindia, born 14th February 1967,
1987, Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh of Jammu
and Kashmir and has issue.
HH Maharaja Scindia Jyotiradityrao Scindia (qv)
HH Maharaja Scindia
JYOTIRADITYARAO SCINDIA, 11th Maharaja of Gwalior