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Notable member of royal 'Koch' family connection : Maharani Gayatri Devi (1919 - 2009)

   Maharani Gayatri Devi was the last of the Queens of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India.  

Gayatri Devi was listed by Vogue as one of the world's most beautiful women, and was a favourite of society columnists and photographers.

   Gayatri Devi was the daughter of Maharaja Jitendra Narayan and Maharani Indira Devi of the "Koch" dynasty of Cooch Behar.

Born on 23rd May 1919. Gayatri Devi travelled extensively with her mother and family in Europe. Gayatri Devi studied at Shantiniketan and abroad, and speaks several languages. 

Gayatri Devi

Gayatri Devi at present ..... our beloved & most respected Maharani still pays visit
to this historical city of her own !

At the age of 19, she fell in love with Man Singh, the heir to the Jaipur throne. Their marriage was initially opposed by her parents, as Man Singh already had two wives, the daughters of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. However, they gave in to her determination, and she was married in 1939. The Jaipur royal family lived a lavish life with hunting, summers in London, children educated in England, and streams of famous visitors, which was normal for rulers of principalities at that time.

Man Singh was the last ruler of Jaipur and oversaw its transition to a secular part of Rajasthan state in independent India. He served as India's first ambassador to Spain. Maharaja Man Singh died in 1970 while playing polo.

Maharani Gayatri Devi
Maharaja Man Singh

Gayatri Devi started schools for girls' education in Jaipur, and promoted the dying art of blue pottery.

In 1962 she entered politics, and won an astounding majority to become the Lok Sabha representative. (She still holds the Guiness record for this electoral majority). She won the seat again in 1967 and 1971 from the Swatantra Party, running against the Congress Party. This enraged Indira Gandhi, who retaliated in 1971 by abolishing the privy purses, and stopping all royal privileges, breaking the treaties agreed upon in 1947. Gayatri Devi was accused of breaking tax laws, and served 5 months in Tihar Jail. She retired from politics after that experience, and published her autobiography "A Princess Remembers", written with Santha Rama Rau, in 1976. She was also the focus of a film called "Memoirs of a Hindu Princess", directed by Francois Levie.

Gayatri Devi in the early '50s with her husband, Maharaja Man Singh of Jaipur, and her son Jagat Singh

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