Chhatarpur State

Chhatarpur State
Princely State of British India


Chhatarpur State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
  Established 1785
  Accession to the Union of India 1950
  1901 2,927 km2 (1,130 sq mi)
  1901 10,029 
Density 3.4 /km2  (8.9 /sq mi)
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chhatarpur". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 116. 

Chhatarpur was one of the princely states of India during the period of the British Raj. The state was founded in 1785 and its capital was located in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Chhatarpur's last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union on 1 January 1950.[1]


Chhatarpur was founded in 1785. It is named after the Bundela Rajput leader Chhatrasal, the founder of Bundelkhand independence, and contains his cenotaph. The state was ruled by his descendants until 1785. At that time the Ponwar clan of the Rajputs took control of Chhatarpur. The state was guaranteed to Kunwar Sone Singh Ponwar[2] in 1806 by the British Raj. In 1854 Chhatarpur would have lapsed to the British government for want of direct heirs under the doctrine of lapse, but was conferred on Jagat Raj as a special act of grace. The Ponwar Rajas ruled a princely state with an area of 1,118 square miles (2,900 km2), and population of 156,139 in 1901, which was part of the Bundelkhand agency of Central India.

In 1901 the town of Chhatarpur had a population of 10,029, a high school and manufactured paper and coarse cutlery. The state also contained the British cantonment of Nowgaon.[3] After the independence of India in 1947, the Rajas of Chhatarpur acceded to India, and Chhatarpur, together with the rest of Bundelkhand Agency, became part of the Indian state of Vindhya Pradesh. Vindhya Pradesh was merged into the state of Madhya Pradesh in 1956.



See also


  1. Chhatarpur Princely State (11 gun salute)
  2. Chhatarpur (Princely State)
  3.  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chhatarpur". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 116.
  4. "Indian states before 1947 A-J". Retrieved 2014-01-03.

Coordinates: 24°54′57″N 79°34′56″E / 24.915709°N 79.582214°E / 24.915709; 79.582214

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