Maharaja of Jaipur cremated

The mortal remains of the last titular Maharaja of Jaipur Brigadier Bhawani Singh was consigned to flames here Monday with full state honours.

Jaipur: The mortal remains of the last
titular Maharaja of Jaipur Brigadier Bhawani Singh was
consigned to flames here Monday with full state honours.

Padmanabh Singh, his grandson, lit the pyre amid the
chanting of Vaidik mantras at `Gaitore Ki Chatriya`, the
crematorium of royal family at Amber road.

The funeral procession began from the city palace and
passed through different parts of the walled city before
reaching at the cremation ground.

It was attended by large number of people and members
of the erstwhile royal families including former Jodhpur
Maharaja Gaj Singh.

Rajasthan Governor Shivraj Patil, Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot, PCC president and Union Minister Dr CP Joshi, Union
minister Namonarayan Meena, Rajasthan Medical and Health
Minister Duru Miyan, Rajasthan Assembly Speaker DS Shekhawat
were among other dignitaries who were present and paid floral
tributes.

Singh died after a prolonged illness late on Saturday
night at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

Born to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his first wife
Marudhar Kanwar of Jodhpur, Sawai Bhawani Sing married
Princess Padmini Devi in 1966.

Singh also served in the Indian Army and received
numerous honours including a promotion to the Presidential
Bodyguard.

He was awarded India`s second-highest gallantry award,
the Mahavir Chakra, for leading troops inside Pakistani
territory in Sindh region and attacking and destroying many
Pakistani posts during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

PTI