Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur is the present titular Maharaja of Jaipur. He is just a teenager at present and has been handed over the responsibilities of the new head of the Kacchawa Rajputs and the royal family of Jaipur on his 18th birthday. He is currently studying in England and plans to join politics on completion of his studies.
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh is the elder son of Princess Diya Kumari and Maharaj Narendra Singh. He has a younger brother Lakshya Raj Singh, who is now the Maharaja of Sirmaur. His younger sister Gaurvi is often seen in royal functions with Princess Diya Kumari and Padmini Devi. Padmanabh’s mother Princess Diya Kumari is also the present BJP MLA of Sawai Madhopur.
Brigadier Bhawani Singh ji had an only child Princess Diya Kumari. In the absence of heir, he adopted the son of his daughter Diya Kumari, as the heir to the Kacchawa Rajput dynasty and the royal family of Jaipur. The adoption took place at a grand ceremony in November 2002.
Kumar Padmanabh Singh’s adoption ceremony was the second at the City Palace. Before his adoption, late Brigadier Bhawani Singh’s father, Sawai Man Singh II was also adopted at the City Palace, 81 years back. The then Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II had adopted Sawai Man Singh II, who originally belonged to Isarda, in 1921. Brig. Singh was then born in 1931 as the natural successor of Man Singh II but he had to adopt Kumar Padmanabh in the absence of a natural successor.
Brigadier Bhawani Singh died on April 17 at the age of 80 after a prolonged illness. Kumar Padmanabh Singh, who was just 12, was called from Mayo College, Ajmer to join the mourning. He lit the funeral pyre of Brig. Singh at the royal family’s cremation site at Gaitore ki Chhatriyan.
On completion of the mourning period, Kumar Padmanabh Singh was crowned as the Maharaja of Jaipur in a coronation ceremony. His coronation in the royal grandeur was followed by the presentation of a guard of honour by an imperial contingent and salute by firing of cannon 12 times. After which, the newly designated titular Maharaja of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh took the salute with dignity while holding a sword.
After the coronation ceremony and other rituals, which took place in April 2011, the titular Maharaja Padmanabh Singh went to the Govind Dev ji temple in the walled city. He was accompanied by his parents and Padmini Devi. He became the youngest head of the Jaipur’s royal family till date. Being young, he wasn’t handed over the responsibilities that come along with crowning. So, Rajmata Padmini Devi took care of all decisions and meanwhile, guided the young Maharaja of Jaipur.
On his 18th birthday on July 12, 2016 Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh ascended the titular throne of the Pink City at a magnificent coronation ceremony at City Palace. He now has all rights of the titular king as well as that of the head of the royal family of Jaipur.
His rights include –
Millfield School Street England
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh has completed his studies till high school from Mayo College, Ajmer. Presently, he is pursuing higher education at Millfield School in England. The Millfield School is world-famous for its sports and game focused education.
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh has great passion for the royal game Polo since childhood. He is a good player and can be seen practicing polo in the Polo Ground, Jaipur. He has participated in several Polo tournaments till date. Along with his studies, he is also getting trained to become the best polo player at Millfield School in England.
Padmanabh Singh playing Polo
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh has a special love for expensive cars.
On completion of his studies, the young Maharaja wishes to join politics.