Hindi Name : नजरगंज

Religion : Hindu

Present HEAD

Raja VIKASH CHAND LAL, present Zamindar of Nazargunj since May 2007. (Washington D.C., U.S.A.)
married Kumarani Ritu Chauhan.


Nazargunj was a medieval chieftaincy and later a zamindari (estate) during British Raj.  

Nazargunj estate is situated in Purnea region, in the state of Bihar and some part of the state of West Bengal,  also owned it as well. The family was well known for horse-racing in Calcutta, Darjeeling, and Lucknow. Some of the prestigious races won by their horses included The Calcutta Derby (1959-60), The Oaks, The 1000 Guinneas and The Queen’s Cup, which was presented by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. 

Raja Prithvi Chandra Bahadur headed the first National Convention of All India Yadav Mahasabha at Purnea in the  year 1910.


  • Babu NAKHCHEDH CHAND LALL Chowdhry, Zamindar of Nazargunj
  • Babu DHARM CHAND LALL Chowdhry, Zamindar of Nazargunj, married and had issue. He died in March 1899.
    • Babu Prithvi Chand Lall Chowdhry, he ultimately succeeded as Raja Prithvi Chand Lall (qv)


  • Raja PRITHVI CHAND LAL Chowdhry C.B.E., Zamindar of Nazargunj 1899/-, born 1886, educated privately under the supervision of Cambridge graduate, Rev. A. H. Manning; he succeeded as a minor with the estate being managed by trustees; he donated 80,000Rs towards the construction of the Sowra bridge, which covered more than half the cost but also built schools, temples, and contributed to the likes of the Lady Dufferin Hopsital in Purnea; Chairman of Purnea Polo Club, he was also an honorary magistrate in the Purnea Sudder independent bench and a volunteer in the Northern Bengal Mounted Rifles; said to have been conversant in five languages, he imported Russian horses, had a love for motor cars but more importantly was a liberal when it came to religion, allowing different faiths equal opportunities, to practice their beliefs; he was also the first Indian member of The Calcutta Rackets Club; he was an avid promoter of music, he retained Bismillah Khan (later known as Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahib) in about 1937 to play shehnai, he later encouraged Bismillah Khan to accept a contract offered by All India Radio; the title of Chowdhry was dropped upon being granted the title of Raja; married three times, and had issue. He died after 1941.
    • Raja Vishnu Chand Lal (qv)
    • Kumar Bhubneshwar Chand Lal, married and has issue, one son and two daughters.
      • Deepak Chand Lal who lives in (New Jersey)
      • Meena Gupta
      • Madhuri Jaiswal
    • Kumar Victor Chand Lal, married Kumarani Trude (Lal), and has issue.
      • Peter Lal (Australia)
  • Raja VISHNU CHAND LAL, Zamindar of Nazargunj, he followed his father’s interest in racing to become a Steward at The Royal Calcutta Turf Club; married about 1937, Kumarani Padmawati Lal, and had issue.
    • Raja Pradeep Chand Lal (qv)
    • Kumari Sandhya Lal (Varma)
    • Kumari Kaushal Lal (Mitra)
  • Raja PRADEEP CHAND LAL, Zamindar of Nazargunj -/2007, he was a professional tea taster, and a keen shot, and went one further at The Royal Calcutta Turf Club to become Senior Steward, and Head of RWITC, he presented the prestigious Indian Invitation Cup; married Kumarani Nalini Lal, and had issue, three sons. He died in May 2007.
    • Raja Vikash Chand Lal (qv)
    • Kumar Pavan Chand Lal, he presently manages the remains of the estate; married Kumarani Semira Lal (née Khaleeli). (Mumbai, India)
    • Kumar Siddarth Chand Lall, married Kumarani Olivia Lal (née Freeland). (London, U.K.)
  • Raja VIKASH CHAND LAL, Zamindar of Nazargunj (see above)

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