The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Patiala, Maharaja of; Bhupendra Singh

Patiala, Maharaja of; H.H. Farzand-i-Khas-i-daulat-i-Englisha-Mansur i Zaman, Amir-Ul-Umara Maharaj Agairaja Rajashwar Sri Maharaja-i-Kajagan Sri Bhupendra Singh Mahindra Bahadur; b. 1891; educ: Aitchison College, Lahore; succeeded, 1900; m. the daughter of Sardar Bahadur Sardar Gurnam Singh of Sangrer; ranks first in the order of precedence of the Native States in the Punjab; invited to meet H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 1905; made Lieut.-Colonel, 1914; area of the State, 5,419 sq. miles; population, 1,000,000; claims descent from Rama, 2nd son of Phul, the common ancestor of the chiefs of Patiala, Zind, Nabha, etc.; the State contributed a contingent of 1,100 of all arms for services beyond the Frontier during the Afgan War of 1879; in recognition of that service, the Maharaja was exempted from the presentation of Nazzar in Durbar; the first connection of this State with British Government began at the time of the Sikh wars when it rendered very valuable service to the British Govermnent, who, as a mark of appreciation of such services, handed over a portion of the confiscated territory of Nabha to this State; entitled to a salute of 17 guns. Recreations: Polo, Cricket. Address: Patiala, Punjab, India.