has been ruled by Pal Dynasty since the end of 1st century or
beginning of 2nd century. Vihangamani Pal was the initiator of
the lineage of Rajas of Kullu. It is said that the neighboring
chiefs drove him out of Mayapuri (Haridwar, Uttranchal). He arrived
at Kullu and as a legend narrates, was crowned the king of upper
Beas region with the blessings of Goddess Hadimba. Jagatsukh was
the capital from where his descendants ruled for twelve generations.
The chronicles of Rajas reveal that there were 85 Rajas of Pal
dynasty. Pal dynasty ruled Kullu for more than 1500 years. In
around 1500 AD they adopted the surname 'Singh'. They ruled Kullu
up to 1846 AD. After that, the British Government abolished Kingship
and appointed them as Rai and also took over half of their estate.
In 1947, India became independent and the ruling power of the
Rajas was abolished.
Although, constitutionally, their estate has been dissolved but
their importance in the cultural arena of the valley cannot be
ignored. They are an integral part of the religious ceremonies
during Dussehra festival. At present, the Royal family lives in
Raghunathpur, which became the capital of Kullu in 1660 during
the reign of Raja Jagat Singh.
Raja Maheshwar Singh heads the Royal family. Presently, he is
a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and was twice elected as a
member of the Himachal Pradesh, legislative assembly in 1977 and