The last titular Maharaja of Jaipur Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh died at a private hospital in Gurgaon after prolonged illness.
The Jaipur royal died late last night due to multi-organ failure, family sources said in Jaipur. He was 80.Singh, the head of the Kachwaha clan of Rajputs, was admitted to hospital on 29th March.
His funeral will take place at ‘Gaitore Ki Chatriya’ in Jaipur on Monday, the sources said.Born to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his first wife Marudhar Kanwar of Jodhpur, Sawai Bhawani Sing was married to Princess Padmini Devi in 1966.The royal couple have one daughter Princess Diya Kumari.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.
He was also promoted to the rank of Brigadier in 1974.Bhawani Singh was the 40th Maharaja of Jaipur and the 11th ruler as per the tradition of Amber.