Chamba State

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Chamba State
चम्बा
Princely State
ca 550–1948

Flag of Chamba

Flag

Location of Chamba
1911 map of the Princely States of the Shimla Hills showing the boundaries of Chamba State.
History
 -  Established ca 550
 -  Accession to the Union of India 1948
Area
 -  1892 8,099 km2 (3,127 sq mi)
Population
 -  1892 115,773 
Density 14.3 /km2  (37 /sq mi)
Chamba Princely State

Chamba State [1] was one of the oldest princely states in present-day Republic of India, having been founded during the late 6th century. Its last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union of 15 April 1948.

Geography[edit]

Chamba State is situated in the bosom of the Himalaya Mountains, and its boundaries are on the northwest, west, and northeast Kashmir; on the east, Lahaul and Bara Bangahlaa; and on the southeast and south, the districts of Kangra and Gurdaspur.

The Ravi River flows through this district, and many hydroelectric generating stations have been developed here.

History[edit]

According to tradition Chamba state was founded around 550 AD. In 900 the capital was moved to Chamba. Between 1809 and 1846 Chamba was tributary to Jammu. In 1821 Chamba annexed Bhadrawah State. On 9 Mar 1846 Chamba State became a British protectorate.[2]

Rulers[edit]

The rulers of Chamba princely state belonged to the Mushana Rajput Dynasty.[3]

Rajas[edit]

  • 1690 - 1720 Udai Singh (b. ... - d. 1720)
  • 1720 - 1735 Ugar Singh
  • 1735 - 1748 Dalel Singh
  • 1748 - 1764 Umed Singh
  • 1764 - 1794 Raj Singh (b. 1755 - d. 1794)
  • 1794 - 1808 Jit Singh (b. 1775 - d. 1808)
  • 1808 - 1844 Charhat Singh (b. 1803 - d. 1844)
  • 1844 - 1870 Shri Singh (b. 1839 - d. 1870)
  • 1870 - Apr 1873 Gopal Singh (b. 18... - d. 1893)
  • 17 Apr 1873 - 22 Jan 1904 Sham Singh (b. 1866 - d. 1905)
  • 22 Jan 1904 - 22 Sep 1919 Bhuri Singh (b. 1869 - d. 1919)
  • 22 Sep 1919 - 7 Dec 1935 Ram Singh (b. 1890 - d. 1935)
  • 7 Dec 1935 - 15 Aug 1947 Tikka Lakshman Singh (b. 1924 - d. 1971)[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Princely and Noble Families of the Former Indian Empire: Himachal Pradesh V. 1, by Mark Brentnall. Published by Indus Publishing, 2006. ISBN 81-7387-163-9.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 32°34′12″N 76°7′48″E / 32.57000°N 76.13000°E / 32.57000; 76.13000