Maharaja Bhupinder Singh

Briefly About Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh of Patiala

Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh, GCSI GCIE GCVO GBE (12 October 1891 – 23 March 1938) was an Indian royal and cricket player.

Sir Bhupinder Singh was the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala in British India from 1900 to 1938. He was born in a Sidhu royal Jat Sikh family.

During the First World War, Bhupinder Singh served as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, and later on, got promoted to Honorary Major-General in 1918 and Honorary Lieutenant-General in 1931 on the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy, and Palestine.

Apart from representing India at the League of Nations in 1925, he was also the Chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes between 1926 and 1938 (10 years). He was also a representative at the Round Table Conference.

While he served as the Chancellor of the Chamber of Princes from 1926 to 1931, he worked tirelessly for the betterment of his subjects and got many social reforms introduced in Patiala. He is also the Founder of The State Bank of Patiala.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was the first man in India to own aircraft, which he bought from the United Kingdom in 1910. For his aircraft, he had an airstrip at Patiala built.

He was well known for the construction of buildings with bold architectural designs in Patiala, including Kali Temple, Patiala, and Chail View Palace in the summer retreat of Kandaghat along with Chail Palace and Oak Over and Cedar Lodge in Shimla.

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