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Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur

Diya Kumari is an Indian princess, politician, socialite, and philanthropist. She is the granddaughter of Man Singh II, the last ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Jaipur during the British Raj in India (1922-1947). She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who was elected as the MP from the Rajsamand Lok Sabha constituency in 2019.


Diya Kumari was born on Saturday, 30 January 1971 (age 53 years; as of 2024) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Childhood picture of Diya Kumari

Childhood picture of Diya Kumari

Diya talked about her childhood in a column for a prominent Hindi daily of Jaipur in which she revealed how she was groomed as an ordinary child by her father. She wrote,

My father was in army and in Delhi where he was posted he used to live in the army accommodation, which were not big and I lived and played with other army officers’ children. But I was groomed as a disciplined child and was never pampered and I never thought that I came from the royal stock and was a special person or child.”

She did her schooling at Modern School in New Delhi, G.D. Somani Memorial School in Mumbai, and Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School in Jaipur. Later, she pursued a Fine Arts Decorative Painting Diploma from Parsons Art and Design School, London (1989). [1]MyNeta

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 5″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Diya Kumari

Family & Caste

Diya Kumari belongs to the royal Kachhwaha Rajput clan. [2]India Today

Parents & Siblings

Diya Kumari’s father, Bhawani Singh, was an entrepreneur and an officer in the Indian Army. Bhawani Singh ascended the throne of Jaipur in 1970 following the death of his father and held the title of Maharaja until the abolition of the princely order by Indira Gandhi in 1971. Bhawani Singh earned distinction in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 as a Lieutenant colonel and Commanding Officer of the Para Commandos of the 10th Parachute Regiment. Eventually, he left the army to concentrate on his duties towards the erstwhile State of Jaipur. He died in 2011 due to multi-organ failure. Her mother, Padmini Devi, was the Princess of Sirmur (in Himachal Pradesh), a princely state of British India. Diya Kumari is the only child of her parents.

Diya Kumari with her parents, Bhawani Singh and Padmini Devi, husband, Narendra Singh, and children, Padmanabh Singh, Lakshraj Prakash Singh, and Gauravi Kumari

Diya Kumari with her parents, Bhawani Singh and Padmini Devi, husband, Narendra Singh, and children, Padmanabh Singh, Lakshraj Prakash Singh, and Gauravi Kumari

Husband & Children

On 6 August 1997, Diya Kumari publicly got married to a commoner, Narendra Singh Rajawat, who is a chartered accountant and also runs a construction business.

Diya Kumari and Narendra Singh

Diya Kumari and Narendra Singh

Together, they have had 3 children. Her eldest son, Padmanabh Singh, is the titular Maharajah of Jaipur and an established polo player. On 22 November 2002, Bhawani Singh adopted Padmanabh Singh as his son to make him the heir apparent to the throne of Jaipur. [3]The Times of India Upon Bhawani Singh’s death in 2011, the 12-year-old Padmanabh Singh was unofficially installed as the Maharaja of Jaipur. Thereafter, Diya Kumari started running the affairs of the royal family on the behalf of her minor son. Her daughter Princess Gauravi Kumari of Jaipur is a renowned feminist and serves as the general secretary of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF). Her son Lakshya Raj Prakash Singh ascended the throne of Sirmaur.

Diya Kumari, Padmanabh Singh, Gauravi Kumari, Padmini Devi, and Prakash Singh

Diya Kumari, Padmanabh Singh, Gauravi Kumari, Padmini Devi, and Prakash Singh

Reportedly, her husband, Narendra, started looking into the affairs of the city palace and its trust after marriage. However, his involvement was opposed by many senior staff members who then started complaining against him to the Maharaja. This resulted in a rift between Diya and Narendra. One day Diya’s parents asked Narendra to leave the palace at her instance. Thereafter, he shifted to a bungalow given to him by Maharaja for his parents. The period of turmoil between Narendra and Diya continued for more than two years. The children were sent to him for a few hours at an appointed place once a week. Their separation became the talk of the town as Narendra faced humiliation at the hands of his wife and in-laws. After two years, Diya reconciled for the sake of the children and Narendra came back to the city palace. Thereafter, they both started charting out the career of their children. After being married for 21 years, Diya Kumari and Narendra Singh filed for divorce in December 2018 under Section 13B (divorce by mutual consent) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.


Diya Kumari’s grandfather, Man Singh II, was the Maharaja of the princely state of Jaipur in the British Raj from 1922 to 1947, Rajpramukh (Governor) of Rajasthan (1949-1956), Ambassador of India to Spain (1965 – 1970), and a notable polo player. Man Singh II had three wives, Maharani Marudhar Kunwar, Maharani Kishore Kunwar, and Maharani Gayatri Devi. Diya Kumari is the granddaughter of Marudhar Kunwar. Her step-grandmother Gayatri Devi served as an MP from Jaipur for three consecutive terms (1962, 1967, and 1971).

Marudhar Kunwar

Maharani Marudhar Kunwar

Maharani Kishore Kunwar

Maharani Kishore Kunwar

Gayatri Devi and Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur

Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and Maharani Gayatri Devi


Diya Kumari first met Narendra Singh in 1989 when she was just 18. In 1989, Rajiv Gandhi asked Diya Kumari’s father, Bhawani Singh, to contest elections from Jaipur. Narendra Singh’s father, Thakur Budh Singh, who hails from Madhopur, assisted Bhawani Singh in his political campaign. At that time, Narendra Singh, who was pursuing his chartered accountancy after graduation, joined the accounts section in the Sawai Man Singh Museum Trust to enhance his knowledge base and gain experience. Narendra served in the department for three months. While talking about her relationship in an interview, she said,

It was certainly not love at first sight or anything like that in our case. I don’t believe in love at first sight. It was only after three months, when he left, that I realised I wanted to meet him more often. We would meet, whenever he was in Jaipur, at a common friend’s place.Upto this time it was just a very nice, strong friendship. It was only when I accompanied my parents on a trip abroad, when I missed him unbearably, that I realised things went deeper than a mere friendship. I wanted him to be with me always. That was when I realised how serious my feelings for him were.”

Her parents were furious when she confessed her love for Narendra to them as he did not come from a royal family and they shared the same gotra, Rajawat. Thereafter, the two tried to break off the relationship, but they couldn’t stay away from each other and reconciled after six months. After a long turbulent relationship, the two got married in an Arya Samaj wedding ritual in 1994, and later, they went on to register the marriage in court as well. The two kept it a secret for the next two years. In November 1996, she confessed her marriage to her mother; meanwhile, Bhawani Singh came to know about the marriage in January 1997. In the same year, Bhawani Singh secretly solemnised the marriage without much fanfare at his Maharani Bagh house in Delhi. Thereafter, the couple started staying at the city palace. She had to face the wrath of the Rajput community and the royal family, who raised objections to the fact that they both belong to the same gotra. However, in an interview, Diya explained that she and her husband are not related over generations. She said, [4]The Times of India

 My husband and I do belong to the same gotra — he is a Rajawat and my grand-father was adopted from a Rajawat thikana. But we are not blood-related. As for breaking tradition, yes, I do believe traditions must be followed and kept alive. But traditions cannot rule your life. They change with times. Having more than one wife was a Rajput tradition, but can anyone do it today? I honestly never imagined that they’d make such an issue of it all..”


Diya Kumari follows Hinduism.

Diya Kumari doing Shiva Puja

Diya Kumari doing Shiva Puja


Diya Kumari resides in the City Palace, Jaipur.

City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace, Jaipur


Diya Kumari's signature

Diya Kumari’s signature


Princess of Jaipur

As the Princess of Jaipur, Diya Kumari manages several properties, businesses, trusts, and schools of the royal family. She runs the City Palace, Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort, Amber, and two trusts, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust and the Jaigarh Public Charitable Trust. In addition to that, she manages two schools in Jaipur, The Palace School and Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh School, and three hotels, Rajmahal Palace (Jaipur), Hotel Lal Mahal Palace (Jaipur), and Hotel Jaipur House (Mount Abu).

Left to Right, Padmini Devi of Jaipur, Prince Charles, Princess Diya Kumari, Princess of Wales Lady Diana, Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh

Left to Right, Padmini Devi of Jaipur, Prince Charles, Princess Diya Kumari, Princess of Wales Lady Diana, Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh

She manages Durga Diya enterprises and the Palace Cafe, meanwhile looking after the management of the Ashok Club, one of the most exclusive clubs of the country. She is a patron of Royal Fables, a heritage platform that showcases the craft, culture, and cuisine of Princely India. A prominent socialite of Jaipur, Diya Kumari is the most sought-after woman for social gatherings and inaugurations in the state.


Diya Kumari campaigning for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Diya Kumari campaigning for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Kumari ventured into politics on 10 September 2013 when she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She joined the party before a crowd of two-lakh people, in the presence of then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh, and Vasundhara Raje, at a rally in Jaipur. She was elected as an MLA from the Madhopur constituency in Rajasthan in 2013. In 2019, she was elected as an MP from Rajsamand. Diya Kumari contested the 2023 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly elections from the Vidhyadhar Nagar constituency on a ticket from the Bharatiya Janata Party. She won the elections with 158516 votes by defeating the INC candidate Sitaram Agarwal. On 6 December 2023, Diya resigned from the Lok Sabha as a Member of Parliament. [5]India Today

Diya Kumari after winning the 2023 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly elections

Diya Kumari after winning the 2023 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly elections


A dedicated philanthropist, she founded the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF) to empower the underprivileged in 2013. She is actively associated with several NGOs and charity organizations, including the Eye Bank Society of Rajasthan. She is also the patron of Rays, an NGO that works for HIV+ children. She monitors the working of Sawai Man Singh Prathmik Chikitsalya (also called SMS Trust). The trust provides free medical facilities and treatment to the poor and the needy.

Diya Kumari hosting training session for rural women for stitching and handicrafts under Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF)

Diya Kumari hosting training sessions for rural women for stitching and handicrafts under Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF)


Death Threats from Rajput Community Upon Marriage

Following her marriage in 1997, she received death threats from the Rajput community for marrying a man of same gotra. Ironically, they received threats from her husband’s namesake, Narendra Singh Rajwat, and his henchmen, who said that they will send suicide squads for the couple and blacken their faces. They barged into Diya’s father’s office to protest her marriage and told her mother to convert to Islam in order to conduct the wedding. One of Narendra Singh’s henchmen, Kamlendra Singh, threatened to kidnap the couple, while other insistsed that the couple should remain celibate and not have children. [6]

Claiming to be Lord Rama’s Descendant

In 2019, Diya Kumari claimed to be Lord Rama’s descendant, highlighting that Jaipur’s throne is the capital of the descendants of Kush, the elder son of Lord Rama. The claims were made amid the Ayodhya dispute when the Supreme Court asked Ram Lalla’s lawyer whether there were any alive descendants of Lord Rama in Ayodhya or in the world. Diya Kumari submitted a pamphlet in the court in which the names of all the ancestors of Lord Shri Ram’s clan were recorded in sequential order. The Royal family of Jaipur claimed that they are descendants of the famous Kachhwaha / Kushwaha dynasty of Kush. According to Annexure-2 of the famous historian R Nath’s book ‘The Jai Singhpura of Sawai Raja Jai Singh at Ayodhya,’ the Kachhwaha dynasty of Jaipur had the right over the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. [7]The New Indian Express

Demanding the Ownership of the Taj Mahal

In 2022, she claimed that the plot on which the Taj Mahal stands used to have a “palace” belonging to her royal family, and that it was “grabbed by Shah Jahan”. She said that while compensation was given for the acquisition of the land, no law existed at that time to allow an appeal against the takeover. She asserted that she has documents that show Jaipur royal family’s claim on the land. She filed a petition before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court seeking the court’s directions to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to open 22 locked rooms inside the Taj Mahal to reveal their contents, which she claims to be Hindu idols. However, the HC rejected the petition. [8]The New Indian Express

Assets & Properties

Movable Assets

  • Cash: Rs 92,740
  • Deposits in Banks: Rs 2,36,11,943
  • Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies: Rs 12,49,56,519.20
  • LIC or other insurance Policies: Rs 1,08,35,000
  • Jewellery: Rs 64,88,421

Note: The given estimates of movable assets are according to the year 2019. It excludes the assets owned by her spouse and dependents [9]MyNeta

Net Worth

Her net worth was Rs. 16,59,84,623 in 2019. It excludes the net worth of her spouse and dependents. [10]MyNeta


  • Food: Pasta, Chocolates, Laal maas
  • Music Genre: Sufi
  • Sport: Badminton
  • Travel Destination(s): New York, London, Canada


  • In 2014, she was appointed as Rajasthan State Government’s Ambassador for the “Save the Girl Child” campaign.
  • In January 2017, Diya Kumari received an honorary doctorate from Amity University, Jaipur, for her active philanthropy and leading role in heritage management.

    Diya Kumari receiving an honorary doctorate from Amity University, Jaipur

    Diya Kumari receiving an honorary doctorate from Amity University, Jaipur

  • In August 2019, she was appointed as a member of the government’s National Tiger Conservation Authority.
  • Vasundhara Raje Scindia inspired Diya Kumari to join the BJP. In an interview, she said,

    I was definitely inspired by Vasundharaji who asked me to join the party. I would not like to be labelled as the representative of any community and I want to serve the community. I am joining politics to serve the people and not for any personal gains.”

    Additionally, she advocates that the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh and the Congress’ massively failed to understand the basic problem of the country. This led her to think that she should join BJP which had leaders like Narendra Modi. In an interview, before the Modi government came into power, she said,

    Modi is the answer for this country. In six decades the country was mostly ruled by the Congress and it failed to give the people what they deserved and desired. I have pinned a lot of hope on Modi. He has given the country the Gujarat model of development and the country needs this model. I am sure the country’s destiny would change once Modi takes over as prime minister.”

  • A connoisseur of art and culture, Diya Kumari extensively promotes traditional arts, music, and dance. She takes a keen interest in maintaining ‘The Friends of Museum,’ which was established by her father in the city palace for artists and craftsmen to exhibit their skills and crafts. Through the museum, she ensures the promotion of the arts of Jaipur which were on the verge of extinction and supports craftsmen associated with it. In 2013, she revived the tradition of the Gunijankhana, wherein the Jaipur Royal Family provided an institutional forum for singers, musicians, and dancers from the 17th century to 1949.
  • Keeping her contribution to the tourism and hospitality sector in mind, Diya Kumari was appointed as the Chairperson of Assocham’s Rajasthan Unit. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) is a non-governmental organisation and advocacy group that represents the interests of trade and commerce in India. In 2012, she actively worked towards inspiring farmers to take up organic farming under ASSOCHAM’s programme.
  • Diya also contributes a column to a prominent Hindi daily of Jaipur in which she writes about her life and how she was groomed as an ordinary child by her father.
  • She has initiated the Young Achiever in Education Award in her name to encourage the youth to excel in the field of academics. This award is given during the annual award ceremony organized in memory of her father, the Late Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh of Jaipur.
  • She was awarded the YFLO Women Achievers Award in Politics by the Young FICCI Ladies Organization (YFLO), New Delhi.
  • In an interview, she revealed that she had a sweet tooth and loved chocolates.

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