Devyani Rana

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Devyani Rana
Devyani Rana.JPG
Spouse Kunwar Aishwarya Singh
Full name
Kunwarani Devyani Rajya Laxmi
House Rana dynasty
Father Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
Mother Rani Usha Raje Scindia
Born 1972[1]

Devyani Rana was the prospective fiancée of the Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal. She is the second daughter of The Rt. Hon. Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana and Rani Usha Raje Scindia, daughter of George Jivajirao Scindia, of the Gwalior royal family. Pashupati Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana is the president of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), one of the democratic political parties of Nepal.


By her father, Devyani is a member of the Rana dynasty.[2] Her mother Usha Raje Scindia, daughter of George Jivajirao Scindia, Maharaja of Gwalior.[3][4] She has one sibling, her older sister, Urvashi Rajya Laxmi.

Her paternal great-grandfather was Mohan Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana.

She attended Welham Girl's High School, Dehradun, Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer; Lady Shriram College, Delhi and Kathmandu University (MA).

Proposed engagement[edit]

Dipendra was in England between 1987 and 1990, and his local guardian was Baronet Jeremy Bagge,[5] whose son Charles was also at Eton. Jeremy's daughter Shelly was a friend of Devyani who was also studying in England at the time.[6] Dipendra and Devyani met at the Bagges' Norfolk home, and Dipendra quickly fell in love with her and asked to marry her. However, Dipendra's parents, and especially his mother Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah (born Rana), opposed the marriage. Devyani's friends also began to suspect Dipendra was hitting her, although she denied it.[6][7]

According to published reports, the refusal of Dipendra's parents to consent to this marriage was the cause of the massacre of the royal family in Nepal.[citation needed]

Post massacre[edit]

Devyani Rana fled to India immediately after the royal massacre to escape media attention. In 2004, Rana obtained a second Masters Degree from the London School of Economics. She currently[when?] works for the United Nations Development Programme.

Personal life[edit]

On 23 February 2007, Rana married Kunwar Aishwarya Singh of Singrauli, the son of Raja Bhuwaneshwar Prasad Singh and Rani Bina Kumari Singh a royal from the erstwhile state of Singrauli and the grandson of former Indian Human Resources Minister Arjun Singh, a royal from the erstwhile state of Churhat.[8] The wedding took place at the Scindia Villa, Gwalior State, New Delhi.



  1. ^ Genealogy
  2. ^ Royal Ark
  3. ^ Royalty
  4. ^ Royal Ark
  5. ^ Eton's royal connection BBC News, 2 June 2001
  6. ^ a b Dipendra and Devyani Nepali Times, 20 June 2001
  7. ^ Amy Willesee & Mark Whittaker (2004). Love & Death in Kathmandu A Strange Tale of Royal Murder, 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84413-558-6 / 1-84413-558-6
  8. ^ CHURHAT (Thikana)