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Embracing the Rajmata of Jaipur: 10 facts about Maharani Gayatri Devi

Written by Jhanvi Rathore

One of the world’s most stylish women, who always insisted that she was ordinary. Gayatri Devi is an epic legend who will live in our hearts forever. One of country’s most independent, elegant and modern maharanis, Gayatri Devi was born on May 23, 1919 in London. She married Sawai Man Singh II Bahadur in the year 1940 on May 9.
Just before her death, in her interview, she stated that she lived her life happily without any regrets. She also added that she isn’t a nostalgic person and had always lived her life in present. She always tried doing whatever she could when she didn’t have happiness around her.

This year, on her 98th birth anniversary, Lets dig into the life of the most beautiful woman in the world!

1. She was in love with cars. She is known for importing the first Mercedes- Benz W126 to India, which later shipped to Malaysia. She also had various Rolls- Royce and an aircraft.

2. She had an excellent aim and enjoyed day outs on shikars.

3. She was not only good at aiming, but also a brilliant rider and an amazing Polo player.

4. Traditional restrictions were never a hurdle for Gayatri Devi. She won a seat in the Indian Parliament in 1962. She also won the constituency in the Lok Sabha in the world’s largest majority of votes, winning 192,909 votes out of 246,516 cast, stated by the Guinness Book of Records.

5. She pursued to hold the seat from 1967 – 1971 as a member of the Swatantra Party, which was founded by C Rajagopalchari which were against the Indian National Congress.

6. She revived the art of blue pottery which was fading away at that point of time.

7. She was commonly known as Ayesha to her friends and family. Acc to her, her mother wanted to name her Ayesha after reading a Rider Haggard’s novel. But one Indira Devi’s Islamic friend said that it was a Muslim name. So Ayesha became the nickname.

8. Maharani Gayatri Devi was related to several other erstwhile royal families in the nation. She was not exactly from the Rajput community, but from a dynasty native to Cooch Behar in Bengal and was the daughter of Maharaja Jitendra Narayan and Maharani Indira Raje, who was the daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III and Maharani Chimnabai who belonged to the Gaekwad dynasty of the Marathas.

9. She started various schools in Jaipur, among which the most prominent was Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School which was founded in 1943.

10. Her life changed forever, when she fell in love with the Maharaja of Jaipur. A Princess Remembers, she talked about the gossips that were floating about a happy partnership between Jai and her getting along. In fact, it is also stated that people warned her mother that life as a third Maharani could be very tough.

About the author

Jhanvi Rathore

I am Jhanvi Rathore. I am a third year English Literature student with a fondness of writing. I’ve worked as an intern at Economic Times for six months. I am also a national level skater and a district level football player.

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