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Elevation

318 metres (1,043 ft)

Ajaigarh, or Adjygurh (Hindi: अजैगढ) is town and a nagar panchayat in the Panna District of Madhya Pradesh state in central India.

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History

Ajaigarh was the capital of a princely state of the same name during the British Raj. Ajaigarh was founded in 1765 by Guman Singh, a Bundela Rajput who was the nephew of Raja Pahar Singh of Jaitpur. After Ajaigarh was captured by the British in 1809, it became a princely state in the Bundelkhand Agency of the Central India Agency. It had an area of 771 mile² (1997 km²), and a population of 78,236 in 1901. The rulers bore the title of sawai maharaja. He commanded an estimated annual revenue of about £15,000/-, and paid a tribute of £460/-. The chief resided at the town of Nowgong, at the foot of the hill-fortress of Ajaigarh, from which the state took its name. This fort, situated on a steep hill, towers more than 800 ft (244 m) above the eponymous township, and contains the ruins of several temples adorned with elaborately carved sculptures. The town was often afflicted by malaria, and suffered severely from famine in 1868-1869 and 1896-1897.

The state acceded to the Government of India on January 1, 1950; the ruling chief was granted a privy purse of Rs. 74,700/-, and the courtesy use of his styles and titles. All of these were revoked by the government of India in 1971, at the time when these privileges were revoked from all erstwhile princes. The former princely state became part of the new Indian state of Vindhya Pradesh, and most of the territory of the former state, including the town of Ajaigarh, became part of Panna District, with a smaller portion going to Chhatarpur District. Vindhya Pradesh was merged into Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 1956.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census[1], Ajaigarh had a population of 13,979. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Ajaigarh has an average literacy rate of 59%, lower than the national average of 59.5%; with 61% of the males and 39% of females literate. 16% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The Royal Family tree Of Ajaygarh

                    Pancham Singh Bundela : 1048-1071(A.D)
                               |
                           Virbhadra Singh       : 1071-1087
                               |
                           Karanpal Singh        : 1087-1112
                               |
                           Kinnar Shah           : 1112-1130
                               |
                           Shaukan Dev           : 1130-1152
                               |
                           Nanak Dev             : 1152-1159
                               |
                           Mohanpal Singh        : 1159-1197
                               |
                           Abhaybhupati Singh    : 1197-1215
                               |
                           Arjunpal Singh        : 1215-1231
                               |
                           Virpal Singh          : 1231-1251
                               |
                           Sohanpal Singh        : 1251-1259
                               |
                           Sahjendra Singh       : 1259-1283
                               |
                           Nanak Dev II          : 1283-1307
                               |
                           Prithviraj Singh      : 1307-1339
                               |
                           Ram Singh             : 1339-1375
                               |
                           Ramchandra Singh      : 1375-1384
                               |
                           Mednepal Singh        : 1384-1437
                               |
                           Arjun Dev             : 1437-1468
                               |
                           Malkhan Singh         : 1468-1501
                               |
                           Raja Rudrapratap      : 1501-
                         (First Ruler of Orchha)
     __________________________|____________________________
    Bhartichandra          Madhukarshah               Udayjeet Singh
    (Orchha)                (Orchha)                     (Mahewa)
      _________________________|                            |
   Ramshah                 Virsingh Dev(1605-1626)          |
  (Banpur)                  (Orchha)                        |
      _________________________|______________________      |
  Pahar Singh             Jujhar Singh           Bhagwan Rao|
 (Orchha & Kaniyadana)        (Orchha)              (Datia) |
                      (Killed by Aurangzeb)                 |
                               _____________________________|
                           Premchandra
                               |
                           Bhagwandas
                               |
                           Champat Rai           : 1635-1641—Ruled Orchha after Jujhar Singh
                            (Mahewa)                          was killed by Aurangzeb.
                               |
                  Maharajadhiraja Chhatrasal     : 1649-1731
               (founder Ruler of many Kingdoms)
    ___________________________|______________________________
Hirdeshah                   Jagatraj                   Bhartichandra
 (Panna)                    (Jaitpur)                     (Jaso)
   ____________________________|______________________________
Vir Singh                   Kirat Singh                  Pahar Singh(1758-1765)
   ____________________________|______________________________
Khuman Singh           Guman Singh(1765-1792)              Durg Singh
(Charkari)               (Banda)(No issues)                   |
                               |__________________Son of______|
                           Bhakhat Singh         :b.1792-d.1837</a>
                     (Founder ruler of Ajaigarh)
  _____________________________|_______________________________
                        Madho Singh(R.1837-1849)      Mahipat Singh(R.1849-1853)
                          (No male issue)                     |
                                                              |
                        Ranjore Singh(K.C.I.E)___________Vijay Singh(R.1853-1855)
                          (b.1844 d.1919)             (Died early, fell from horse)
  _____________________________|______________________________
Jaipal Singh            Bhopal Singh(b.1866-d.1942)     Pakshapal Singh
 (b.                           |                                      |
                                                                  Deshpal Singh
                                                                                                                                                                 __________|_______________
                Punyapratap Singh        :b.1884-d.1958    AjayVeer Singh(Noissue),AshitBarn Singh
                                                                                          | 
                                                                                   Hraday Shah
                               |
Bhupendra Vijay Singh   Devendra Vijay Singh     :b.1913-d.1984
(Adoption to Jigni)     (Privy Purses,titles abolished)
     __________________________|_________________________________
    |                   Kaushalendra V. Singh                    |
Mahipendra V. Singh      (b.1934-d.1982)                 Surendra V. Singh
(b.1935-               (Predeceased his father)          (b.1940-
    |                          |                                 |
Shailesh V. Singh        Ajayraj Singh                   Tarunendra V. Singh
 (b.1969-                  (b.1971-                           (b.1971-
Courtesy: Tarunendra V. Singh

[edit] Cultural references

Ajaigarh fort has been sold to Oberoi Group and they plan to develop a tiger resort there. It is considered a pet project of "Bikki" Oberoi son of Mr. Mohan Singh Oberoi.

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