Maharaja Hari Singh was the last ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir. He was a very kind & down to earth person who has always worked for the welfare of the people and that of the society, while rulling. Now, let’s know some interesting things about Maharaja Hari Singh-
Maharaja Hari Singh was born on 21st September 1895 in Jammu’s Amar Palace. He was Maharaja Amar Singh’s youngest son and on 23rd September 1925, he took over the throne of Jammu & Kashmir. Hari Singh did four weddings. The senior Congress leader & writer Karn Singh is his son.
Hari Singh, at the age of 13, was sent to Ajmer’s Mayo College for studies and just after a year, his father Amar Singh went to heaven after which his uncle Pratap Singh was made the Maharaja of J&K and Hari Singh, at the age of 20, was appointed Chief as Commander of the princely state of Jammu.
Hari Singh was a man of progressive thought. He banned child marriage after he became Maharaja in 1925. Apart from this, he made the primary education mandatory for everyone, which is known known to be a big & good decision. He made temple’s doors open for everyone of every caste.vWhile rulling, Hari Singh has worked for many social reforms like caste system.
In 1947, when the Pashtun Tribesman from Pakistan tried entering into Kashmir defeating Hari Singh's forces. Hari Singh appealed to India for help and considering the emergency situation, the Maharaja signed an unconditional and irrevocable Instrument of Accession to the Dominion of India and this is how J&K state was included in India and it has been an undivided part of India since then.
According to the constitution of J&K, Hari Singh became the President of Jammu after independence and later the post was transformed into that of Governor. Hari Singh has spent his last moments in his Hari Niwas Fort, which is in Jammu itself. He went to heaven on 26th April 1969 in Mumbai and according to his will, his ashes were brought to Jammu and discard in the Tawi River.