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Thakur Devi Singh's Durbar

  The Admiral’s ancestral home is at Chomu, a principality located 32 km north of Jaipur. Chomu formed part of the Princely State of Jaipur prior to the formation of the Indian Republic in 1950. The family is descended from the Royal family of Jaipur. It branched out in 1528 AD when Gopalji, the fourth son of Maharaj Prithviraj, ruler of Amer, as Jaipur was then known, was granted a separate Principality to rule. The family has, since then, had a very illustrious military tradition. In 1548 Gopalji was appointed to command the vanguard of the Jaipur army and the first seat on the right-hand side of the Maharaja was granted to him in Darbar – a privilege the ruler of Chomu enjoyed till the 20th century.

In 1586, while Raja Man Singh of Jaipur was the Subedar (Governor) of Kabul he sent Manohardas of Chomu to quell five rebellious Sultans who threatened Kabul. He defeated all of them, and with the five Flags of the defeated Sultans he made the "Pachranga" (Five Coloured) Flag and presented it to Raja Man Singh. The "Pachranga" continues to be the Flag of the Royal House of Jaipur to this day and is flown atop the City Palace Jaipur and the Jaigarh Fort, both of which are still owned by the Maharaja of Jaipur.

The family has been closely associated with the Kingdom that was Jaipur and was one of the first families to move from Amer to the new city of Jaipur in 1737 (Now referred to as “The Pink City”). Their new abode was the "Chomu Haveli" now converted into a 5 Star Heritage Hotel called "Raj Palace".

A military tradition has continued through the centuries and the Admiral’s father, Major General K. Bhagwati Singh ( sixth son of Devi Singhji ) was the first Indian Commissioned officer (IC No:1) to graduate from the newly formed Indian Military Academy in 1934. The Admiral joined the National Defence Academy in 1957 and the Indian Navy as a cadet in June 1961 and was awarded the coveted Telescope and the Sword of Honour. He retired as Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 Jul 2004 and has returned to his home in Jaipur. He and his wife Kumu reside in Govind Niwas, adjoining Devi Niketan.

Kumu, a Princess of the erstwhile Tehri Garhwal State, is a Special Educator who focuses on teaching children with mental and physical disabilities. She played an active role in managing special education schools for the Indian Navy.

After retirement the Admiral and his wife work as volunteers at “Umang” - a Center for the Disabled. Their son Bhriguraj Singh is Senior Vice President & Head, Trading Services (India) in HSBC Bank at HongKong and their daughter Dr. Piyusha Singh is settled in Delmar, NY, USA and is an Associate Dean at Excelsior College, Albany.

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