Saturday, May 15, 2010












There is no present ruler of Tori Fatehpur State.The last Raja Of Tori Fatehpur State was Late Raja Saheb Brijendra Singh Ju Deo from 1964-1996. All three sons of Late Raja Saheb Brijendra Singh Ju Deo got equal right over the Fort. The possession of the Fort is with the three sons :-

         o  Raja Saheb Kaushlendra Singh Ju Deo

         o  Raja Saheb  Pushpendra Singh Ju Deo

         o  Raja Saheb Bhanupratap Singh Ju Deo


                      o   Raja Saheb Hindupat Singhji

                      o   Raja Saheb Mednimal Singhji

                      o   Raja Saheb Dhurmangal Singhji

                      o   Raja Saheb Harprashad Singhji

                      o   Raja Saheb Prithvi Singhji

                      o   Raja Saheb Arjun Singhji

                      o   Raja Saheb Raghuraj Singhji

                      o   Raja Saheb Brijendra Singhji 

                  DESCRIPTION IN SHORT:-

o    Raja Saheb Arjun Singh Ju Deo : Married Rani Sahiba Manek Ju Raja. She died in 1964 at the age of 97-98 yrs.

  o   Raja Saheb Raghuraj Singh Ju Deo : 


1.  First Rani Sahiba was from Jharkuwa.

2.  Second Rani Sahiba Raghuvansh Kumari from Madhopur.Married  somewhere near 1920,she died in 1974 at the age of 70 yrs. And had three issues :

   Raja Saheb Brijendra Singh Ju Deo  

o   Rajkumari Sahiba Kirti Kumari  married to Kuwar Saheb Sudhendra Narayan Singhji Deo of Seraikella (Bihar - now in Jharkhand).

o   Rajkumari Sahiba Brijend Kumari  married to Kuwar Saheb Hanumat Singhji of Sumel (Rajasthan).

o   Raja Saheb Brijendra  Singh Ju Deo was born in 1928: He married Rani Sahiba Revati Kumari (Princesses of Haraha State.Dist-Barabanki) on 3rd July 1949. She died on 14th November 1999. They had four issues -three sons and one daughter. He died on 20th March 1996.

      o    Raja Saheb Kaushlendra Singh Ju Deo.

      o   Rajkumari Sahiba Mandvi Raje : Married to Kuwar Saheb Krishan Narayan Singhji Ranchi (Bihar).

      o   Raja Saheb Pushpendra Singh Ju Deo :  Married  on 12th Dec 1977 to Rani Sahiba Ambalika Devi, daughter of HH Thakur Saheb Shri Manohar Sinhji Praduyuman Sinhji of Rajkot , by his wife , the younger daughter of HH Shri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singhji Dev Bahadur of Alwar, and has issue two sons :

          o   Rajkumar Saheb Hemkaran Singh Ju Deo

          o   Rajkumar Saheb Govind Singh Ju Deo

   o   Raja Saheb Bhanupratap Singh Ju Deo :  Married  on 7th July 1988 to Rani Sahiba Kiran Kumari, daughter of Kuwar Saheb Shri Ranjit Singhji of Bilkha State (Saurashtra, Gujarat ) and his wife Kaurani Sahiba Ela Kumari, youngest daughter of HH Maharawat Sir Ram Singhji II Bahadur K.C.S.I of Partabgarh State (Rajasthan) and Senior HH Maharani Sahiba Meghraj Kumari (Princess of Dumraon State Bihar).
And has two issues:

          o   Rajkumari Sahiba Hirneshwari Kumari 

          o   Rajkumar Saheb Manvendra Pratap Singh Ju Deo.

                 Tori Fatehpur is situated on a hillock in Jhansi District (Bundelkhand Region) of Uttar Pradesh on the Jhansi - Khajuraho Road , 30 kms East of Mauranipur and 100 kms from Jhansi.

                 This Fort is more than 300 years old. The fort is surrounded by 5 massive stonewalls. On the East is the Pathrai River (पथ्र्राई नदी) , on the West is the Tori lake ( टोडी तालाब ) , on the North are the hills and in the  South , there are other parts of the fort. There are two types of Gurjas ( Gurjas are semi - circular portion of the fort walls, on top of which cannons were kept ). Some of the Gurjas are big and double storied where the soldiers used to sit with their guns ready and 20 Gurjas  all around were for the cannons (तोप) . There are three massive gates surrounding the fort and are known as " Maatan Gate " ( मातन दरवाज़ा ) , " Khushipura Gate " ( खुशीपुरा दरवाज़ा ) , and the " Mehetar Gate " ( महेतर दरवाज़ा ).

                 There are two pathways to go inside the fort. One way is called the " Solha Sidhiyan " ( सोलह सीढियाँ ) and the other is called the " Saathiya Gate " (साथिया दरवाज़ा). Sixty soldiers always guarded both the gates round the clock. Through the " Saathiya Gate ", elephants used to go to the residential areas, this area is known as " Toop Khana "(तोप खाना).

              This fort is divided into four main parts - the oldest and the uppermost being " Gusain Mahal " (गुसाई महल), the next being the " Ranwas " (रनवास) ( where Ranis and Princesses used to live and watch the cultural programmes in pardas ) , the third being the " Rajgarh Palace " (राजगढ़ पेलेस) and the fourth being the " Rang Mahal Palace " (रंग महल पेलेस) , which is a four storied building. At present, the " Rang Mahal Palace ", is the residential place of the Royal family of Tori Fatehpur. The fort has many tunnels, and one of the tunnels is connected from the big well to the tank near the "Ranwas".
           This fort also has a beautiful five storied temple.The uppermost temple is dedicated to God Ram and Goddess Janaki ( Sita ).This temple is very intricately designed with many attractive and beautiful wall paintings and carvings. The wall and ceiling paintings are mainly based on Epics of the Ramayan, the Bhagwat, war stories, dances of the time and many other religious sites.

                 This fort was built before the coming of the Mughals in India.The history goes that it was under the sovereignty of Gusain Sun Jogra. These people (Gusains) were partly plunderers. They used to go plundering on their horses and camels. They used to have a very big gang. The people of the nearby areas were terrified of them.

                 Later in 1731 A.D. the Bundela invasion took place under a powerful ruler Raja Hindupath who belonged to the royal family of His Highness Maharaja Bir Singh Ju Deo of Orchha. Once Raja Hindupath had a dream of a vulture, which used to sit on Orchha Fort on every full moon (Purnamasi) and it would sit on any hillock and on seeing the vulture Raja Hindupath had to do the battle . Raja Hindupath plunged the battle. The fort on the hillock then was under the sovergnity of Gusain Sun Jogra. Raja Hindupath wanted to conquer and crush the supremacy of Gusains. There was a heavy bloodshed in the war between Raja Hindupath and Gusain Sun Jogra. It was a very fierce battle between them. At that time an old lady (जोगन) was worshiping and praying to God. She requested Raja Hindupath not to kill her son. Despite, Raja Hindupath killed her son. Raja Hindupath won the battle. The old lady (जोगन) got very angry and she cursed him. " You have killed my son, henceforth, you will not have any heir apparent to the throne for seven generations." The curse came true and for seven generations no heir apparent was born, so all the successors were adopted from Bijna State.

                  After winning the battle against Gusain Sun Jogra, Raja Hindupath was proclaimed the Raja of Tori ( Tori ) and Fateh   (Victory) were acclaimed, thus its name became " TORI FATEHPUR. " till this date it is known as " Tori Fatehpur ". During his regime he expanded the fort and made many development to make it a prosperous kingdom.

                  When the adopted son of Raja Hindupath , Raja Mednimal ( 1766 A.D.) succeeded the throne, Tori Fatehpur again had to face the battle against powerful Lukhuji Rao Peshwa, who was one of the Maratha Chiefs. The fierce battle continued for 17 days. The great Peshwa was badly defeated and ran away.

                  Raja Mednimal's grandson Raja Har Prasad ( 1816 A.D. ), who was also adopted was religious and a great lover of art. He built many temples in Uttar Pradesh - Ayodhya, Bithur, Chitrakoot and Brindawan and a huge and outstanding temple in his own fort Tori Fatehpur.

                  After seventh generation , Raja Raghuraj Singh Ju Deo ( 1895 A.D.) was born to Raja Arjun Singh Ju Deo who himself was adopted. Raja Raghuraj Singh Ju Deo ruled Tori Fatehpur from 1942 to 1964 A.D. His son Raja Brijendra Singh Ju Deo was born in 1928 A.D. and succeeded the throne in 1964 A.D.

                  The descendents of this Great Royal Family still own this Fort. The last ruling Raja was Late Raja Saheb Brijendra Singh Ju Deo from 1964 to 1996 and his wife Late Rani Sahiba Revati Kumari. Their three sons Raja Saheb Kaushlendra Singh Ju Deo, Raja Saheb Pushpendra Singh Ju Deo and Raja Saheb Bhanupratap Singh Ju Deo , at present reside at Tori Fatehpur House Civil Lines Jhansi.

                                ANCESTRIAL TREE :


Shri Diman Maharaj Saheb Hardol Ju's great grandson
Raja Saheb Hindupath Singhji 1731 A.D to 1765 A.D
Raja Saheb Mednimal Singhji1766 A.D to 1788 A.D
Raja Saheb Dhurmangal Singhji 1789 A.D to 1811 A.D adopted from Bijna State
Raja Saheb Harprasad Singhji 1816 A.D to 1858 A.D adopted from Bijna State

Raja Saheb Prithvi Singhji  1858 A.D to 1879 A.D adopted from Bijna State

Raja Saheb Arjun Singhji  1879 A.D to 1942 A.D adopted from Bijna State
Married to Rani Sahiba Manek Ju Raja
Were adopted till seventh generation:
              In the Eighth Generation :

o  Raja Saheb Raghuraj Singh Ju Deo  was born on 28th January 1895 A.D .From 1942 to 1964 A.D
Married to  Rani Sahiba Raghuvansh Kumari.

            In the Nineth Generation :

              o  Chandrabhan Singh
              o  Raja Saheb Brijendra Singhji (qv)

 o  Raja Saheb Brijendra Singh Ju Deo born on 11th May 1928 , was the Last Ruling Raja.
Married to  Rani Sahiba Revati Kumari

        In the Tenth Generation :

            o  Raja Saheb Kaushlendra Singh Ju Deo

            o  Raja Saheb Pushpendra Singh Ju Deo -  Married to Rani Sahiba   Ambalika Devi

            o  Raja Saheb Bhanupratap Singh Ju Deo - Married to Rani Sahiba Kiran Kumari

            In the Eleventh Generation :

            o    Rajkumar Saheb Hemkaran Singh Ju Deo
            o     Rajkumar Saheb Govind Singh Ju Deo
Children of  Raja Saheb Pushpendra Singhji  Rani Sahiba   Ambalika Devi.

          o    Rajkumari Sahiba Hirneshwari Kumari 
          o     Rajkumar Saheb Manvendra Pratap Singh Ju Deo
Children of  Raja Saheb Bhanupratap Singhji  Rani Sahiba Kiran Kumari.