Devyani Rana

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Devyani Rana
Kunwarani of Singrauli [1]
Devyani Rana.JPG
Born 1973 (age 43–44)[2]
Spouse Kunwar Aishwarya Singh of Singrauli
Full name
Kunwarani Devyani Rajya Laxmi
House Rana dynasty
Father Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
Mother Rani Usha Raje Scindia
Religion Hinduism

Devyani Rana (Nepali: देव्यानी राणा) was the prospective fiancée of the Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal. She is the second daughter of Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana and Rani Usha Raje Scindia, daughter of George Jivajirao Scindia, the last maharaja of Gwalior.


By her father, Devyani is a member of the Rana dynasty.[1] Her mother Usha Raje Scindia, is a 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, Sir Jeremy Bagge,[5] whose son was also at Eton. Bagge's daughter was a friend of Devyani who was also studying in England.[6] Dipendra and Devyani met at the Bagges' Norfolk home, and Dipendra quickly fell in love with her and asked her to marry him. 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 an article in the July 30, 2001 New Yorker and other 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 master's 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 Bhuvneshwar Prasad Singh and Rani Veena 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, New Delhi.[9]



  1. ^ a b Royal Ark
  2. ^ Genealogy
  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)
  9. ^ Marriage of Devyani Rana