Hall of Fame

The Maharaja of Jaipur

The Maharaja of Jaipur (Man Singh II) was the last ruler of the city of Jaipur, India who saw the city's transition from a princely state to a secular one.

On March 14, 1931, the English Viceroy, Lord Irwin, invested him with the title, 'His Highness Saradai - Rajaha - i - Hindustan Raj Rajendra Maharaj Dhiraj, Lieutenant - General Sir Sawai Man Singhji Bahadur the Second, Maharaja of Jaipur, the 39th and last ruler of the Kachhawaha Clan'

Man Singh II ruled Jaipur until independence and was then made Rajpramukh of the new Rajasthan union.  Later he served for seven years as India's first Ambassador to Spain.

During the 1950s, he lived at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead.

Man Singh II was a fanatic polo player and his residence, the Ram Bagh Palace was distinguished as the only private residence in the world with it's own polo grounds.  It was while playing polo in England, in 1970, that he died.

His third wife, Rajmata Maharani Gayatri Devi, who lived at Saint Hill Manor with the Maharaja, was once rated by Vogue as one of the world's most beautiful women.  Now 80 years old, she is deeply involved in the 'Keep Jaipur Beautiful' movement, in education and in reviving the art of blue pottery.