Princely State

Dynasty : Bundela

Agency: Central India Agency

Area: 2,362 km²

Hindi Name: दतिया

State: Madhya Pradesh

Accession: 1st January 1950

Population: 173,759 (1901)

Gun Salutes: 15

Revenue: INR 400,000

Privy Purse: INR 154,300

present head

HH Maharaja Lokendra ARUNADITYA SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 14th Maharaja of Datia since April 2020.


The state was founded in 1626 and it came under British control, with other territories in Bundelkhand, by the Treaty of Bassein, concluded with the Peshwa in 1802. The ancient title of the family was Maharaja Rao Raja, but in 1865, the Government recognised only the title of Maharaja as hereditary. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 945 cavalry, 5203 infantry, and 124 guns, and he is entitled to a salute of 15 guns (in 1893). The motto of the family is Wir dalap Sharandah (“Lord of the Brave Army, Giver of Refuge”).


  • Rao BHAGWAN RAO, 1st Rao of Datia and Baroni 1626/1656, received Datia and Baroni from his father (Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha) in 1626 and established his own state. He died .
  • Rao SUBHA KARAN, 2nd Rao of Datia 1656/1683, died 
  • Rao DALPAT SINGH, 3rd Rao of Datia 1683/1706
  • Rao RAMCHANDRA SINGH, 4th Rao of Datia 1706/1733, died 
  • Rao INDRAJIT SINGH, 5th Rao of Datia 1733/1762
  • Rao SHATRUJIT SINGH, 6th Rao of Datia 1762/1801
  • Raja PARICHHAT SINGH, 7th Raja of Datia 1801/1839, he allied himself with the British throughout the subsequent wars with the Mahrattas; and was rewarded in 1817, on the deposition of the Peshwa, by a new treaty and enlarged territories, later he was granted the title of Raja in the 1820’s., married and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1839.
  • Raja BIJAI SINGH Bahadur, 8th Raja of Datia 1839/1857, born , married 1sty, Senior Rani, died , married 2ndly, Junior Rani, and had illegitimate issue as well as adoptive issue. He died spl in 1857.
    • Kunwar Arjun Singh, favoured for adoption as successor by the Junior Rani, he briefly contested the succession after his father’s death.
    • (AHH Maharaja Lokendra Sir Bhawani Singh Bahadur (qv)
  • HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir BHAWANI SINGH Bahadur K.C.S.I., 9th Maharaja of Datia 1857/1907, born  (1854 ), he succeeded by adoption on 20th November 1857, he belonged to the Bhasnai branch of the Orchha Royal Family, descended from Kunwar Har Singh Deo, brother of Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha, the title of Maharaja was recognized as hereditary in 1865, and on 1st January 1877, at the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi, in honour of the Proclamation of Her Most Gracious Majesty as Empress of India, the additional title of Lokendra was granted, he enjoyed a personal gun salute of 19 which was granted in 1906, married and had issue, one son. He died .
    • Hon. Lt.-Col. HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir Govind Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (qv)
  • Hon. Lt.-Col. HH Maharaja Lokendra Sir GOVIND SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 10th Maharaja of Datia 1907/1951, born , G.C.I.E. [cr.1932], K.C.S.I. [cr.1918], Vice President of the St John Ambulance Association and Patron of the Red Cross Society, married 1stly, 1902, a daughter of the Dhandera Jagirdar of Manpura in Gwalior, she died before 1935, married 2ndly, a daughter of Thakore Sahib of Sayla, married 3rdly, a daughter of the Thakur of Suara in Datia, and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharaja Lokendra Balbhadra Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (by 1st marriage) (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Jashwant Singh (by 2nd marriage), born .
      • Late Maharaj Kunwar Mahendra Pratap Singh Ju Dev, married to Rani Sahiba Bhawana Raje of Ramgarh Estate, has issues.
        • Maharaj Kumar Prithvi Singh Ju Dev, married Rajkumari Srikala Devi, only daughter of Raja Jitamitra Singh Deo of Khariar, and his wife, Rani Rajshree Devi.
      • Maharaj Kumar Rajendra Pratap Singh Ju Dev, married to Rani Sahiba Savitri Singh of Aata-Paraspur, District Gonda and had issues.
        • Maharaj Kumar Shivam Pratap Singh Ju Dev
        • Raj Kumari Shalini Singh, married to Kunwar Jitendra Singh of Marwatia, District Basti, U.P.
    • Rajkumari Roop Juraja (by 2nd marriage), married to Raja Virendra Shah judeo of Jagmanpur state.
  • HH Maharaja Lokendra BALBHADRA SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 11th Maharaja of Datia 1951/1978 , born , married a daughter of Maharaja Bhagwati Prasad Singh, Taluqdar of Balrampur in Oudh, and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharaja Lokendra Krishan Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Balram Singh, married Maharajkumari Urmila Kumari, daughter of HH Maharawat Sir Ram Singhji II Bahadur of Pratapgarh, born .
  • HH Maharaja Lokendra KRISHAN SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 12th Maharaja of Datia 1978/2006, married and had issue. He died O ctober 2006.
    • HH Maharaja Lokendra Rajendra Singh Ju Dev Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Harishchandra Singh, former Joint Director C.B.I., married Rani Uma Kumari, daughter of Thakur Gulab Singh of Siriyari, and his wife, Thakurani Hem Kanwar, and has issue.
      • Rajkumar Taruraj Dev
    • Maharajkumar Ghanshyam Singh, former Member of the Legislative Assembly in Madhya Pradesh, President of the Datia District Congress Committee, married and has issue.
      • Rajkumari Ksheerja Kumari [Rani Ksheerja Kumari of Baghal], married January 2008, Rajkumar Harvashvardhan Singh [now Raja Harvashvardhan Singh of Baghal], son of Tikka Pramod Singh of Baghal, and his wife, Tikka Rani Poornima Devi, and has issue, one daughter.
      • Rajkumari Mandvi Kumari, married in Surguja state.
    • Maharajkumari Gayatri Kumari [now Rajmata Gayatri Kumari of Khilchipur], married 20th May 1970, Raja Rao Bahadur Bhartendra Singhji of Khilchipur, and has issue.
    • Rani Sahib Gargi Devi, married Rao Harshvardhan Singh of Vijayanagar.
  • HH Maharaja Lokendra RAJENDRA SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 13th Maharaja of Datia from 2006-2020. He died on .
    • Arunaditya Singh Ju Dev (qv)
  • HH Maharaja Lokendra ARUNADITYA SINGH Ju Dev Bahadur, 14th Maharaja of Datia.

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