Chhatarpur State

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Chhatarpur State
Princely State of British India
Location of Chhatarpur
Chhatarpur State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
 •  Established 1785
 •  Accession to the Union of India 1950
 •  1901 2,927 km2 (1,130 sq mi)
 •  1901 10,029 
Density 3.4 /km2  (8.9 /sq mi)

Chhatarpur was one of the princely states of India during the period of the British Raj. The state was founded in 1785 and its capital was located in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Chhatarpur's last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union on 1 January 1950.[citation needed]


Chhatarpur was founded in 1785. It is named after the Chhatrasal, the founder of Bundelkhand independence, and contains his cenotaph. The state was ruled by his descendants until 1785. The state was guaranteed to Kunwar Sone Singh Ponwar in 1806 by the British Raj. In 1854 Chhatarpur would have lapsed to the British government for want of direct heirs under the doctrine of lapse, but was conferred on Jagat Raj as a special act of grace. The Rajas ruled a princely state with an area of 1,118 square miles (2,900 km2), and population of 156,139 in 1901, which was part of the Bundelkhand agency of Central India.[citation needed]

In 1901 the town of Chhatarpur had a population of 10,029, a high school and manufactured paper and coarse cutlery. The state also contained the British cantonment of Nowgaon. After the independence of India in 1947, the Rajas of Chhatarpur acceded to India, and Chhatarpur, together with the rest of Bundelkhand Agency, became part of the Indian state of Vindhya Pradesh. Vindhya Pradesh was merged into the state of Madhya Pradesh in 1956.[citation needed]


The rulers bore the title of Raja and latter Maharaja.[1]


  • 1785 - 1816 Kunwar Sone Shah (b. ... - d. 1816)
  • 1816 - 1854 Partab Singh (b. ... - d. 1854)
  • 1854 - Nov 1867 Jaghat Singh (b. 1846 - d. 1867)
  • 1867 - 1895 Vishvanath Singh (b. 1866 - d. 1932)


  • 1895 - 4 Apr 1932 Vishvanath Singh (s.a.)
  • 5 Apr 1932 - 15 Aug 1947 Bhawani Singh (b. 1921 - d. 2006)[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Indian Princely States before 1947 A-J". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Indian states before 1947 A-J". Retrieved 3 January 2014.

Coordinates: 24°54′57″N 79°34′56″E / 24.915709°N 79.582214°E / 24.915709; 79.582214

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