Mahendra Singh of Patiala
|Maharaja of Patiala|
Mahendra Singh in 1870
Mahendra Singh was the son of Narendra Singh, Maharaja of the State of Patiala. He was a member of the Phulkian Dynasty and succeeded to the throne in 1862 while still a child, so a council of regency ran the state government until he came of age in 1870. During his rule, the Maharaja tried to improve his state by funding colleges and a new canal, and he provided relief for famine-stricken areas. In the 1870 Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India.
Mohindra College in Patiala is named after, and was founded in 1875 by him.
Dying in 1876, Mahendra Singh was succeeded as Maharaja by his young son Rajinder Singh (born 1872).