In Memory of our beloved Yasho Rajya Lakshmi

Our Beloved Yasho Rajya Lakshmi Lord Shiva, one of whose appellations is Mahakaleshwar, the Great God of Death, has decreed that my beloved wife Yasho should move on in the sixtieth year of our marriage. We wedded as teenagers and virtually grew up together. It has been a unique blessing for me to have partaken of her love, generosity and compassion. She departed surrounded by her loving family including all six grandchildren. While we mourn her passing, we wish to celebrate her vibrant and luminous life as will her numerous friends and well-wishers around the world. As the Upanishad says “May her journey into light be auspicious”.

Karan Singh

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“In Memory of our beloved Yasho Rajya Lakshmi”

  1. Suresh Says:

    June 17th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    respected elder brother,
    I am much distressed to learn of Maharani Sahiba,s sad demise.Please accept my heartfelt condolence.May the heaven above grant her peace in her present life.Please accept the sorrow with the same grace,which never betrays you.

    your affectionately

    of Kaithi(Katehar),Varanasi.

  2. Dr. Rama Rekha Singh Says:

    June 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Dear Dr. Karan Singh,

    It is with great sadness that I hear the passing away of Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi. I heard it the very day in New Delhi when I was taking a return flight from a recent trip to India.

    We have had the fortune of having you and Maharani ji visit Hamilton and Toronto a few years back and to listen to your wonderful lectures at McMaster University.

    You may recall the informal evening at a place of one of our friends in Toronto. I will never forget how Yasho ji spent late hors in the night with a disabled young lady helping her earn to walk again. Yeasho ji was such a simple, charming and engaging personality. My friends still talk about her.

    May God bless her soul and may you keep shining as ever with your splendid scholarship, statesmanship and people’s leadership. As I like to say, you always have been and continue to be one of the few shining peronality in India that we can all be proud of.

    I send you my sincere condolences.

    Best wishes,

    Rama Singh
    McMaster University, Canada

  3. Rajan Bhattacharya Says:

    June 28th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    My heartiest Condolence & pray for her departed soul to rest in peace.

  4. Gail Fallender Says:

    July 5th, 2009 at 6:25 am

    To Dr. Singh:It is with sadness that I read of your dear wife’s passing. I remember you as a young man of 17, recuperating from hip surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. I was that 13 year old girl recuperating from spine surgery down the hall. We met only once, while watching a film in the hospital’s theater, on adjoining gurneys. But I remember your traveling companions, a charming general (whose name I do not recall) and a captain from the army. The general, especially, became friendly with my parents, Dorothy and Ira Leonard, and were their houseguests in Allentown, Pennsylvania. And I have somewhere in a cardboard box from my past, a letter and Christmas card you sent me, delighting that young 13 year old girl. And now, reading about your illustrious life on your website, I learn that you have lost your wife. I send you my condolences, across the miles and across the years.
    Gail Fallender 4641 Fulton Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

  5. JP SINGH Says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    my heartiest condolences

  6. Angshuman Basu Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Once in 1995 Maharani-ji awarded me with a garland for my dance performance as a Bengali ‘Baayoul’ for the Temple of Understanding Programme, in Delhi. I would remember the kindness of Her Highness with gratitude from the deepest core of my heart.

  7. Anant Says:

    September 1st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Dear Sir,

    It is indeed lovely to know that people still feel the same kind of love as they felt before marriage or during affair time. Now a days we see so many divorces immediately after 2 or three years of marriage. Thanks for making us realise that love is still alive. May her soul rest in peace.

    Lots of Love & regards
    Anant Gupta


    September 4th, 2009 at 6:07 am



    September 28th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Dear and respected Dr. Karan Singh ji,

    I have been visiting your website and have been remembering you always especially while reading the book “I Believe” - A philosophy for the Global Society” which you so kindly signed and sent to me on 29.01.2009, somehow, I came to know about the sad passing away of Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi only today - Vijayadasami day - September 28, 2009. I remember your goodself introducing me to her at the entrance of Hotel Oberoi Sheraton at Nariman Point, Mumbai several years back. I am very deeply grieved and can feel the depth of your sorrow acutely. Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi indeed was a personification of grace, compassion and nobility; to you and to her, had been given the blessing of God to lead a mutually fulfilling life as an ideal couple devoted to nation and religion.

    Though I missed meeting you personally on my brief sojourn through Delhi to Mumbai in end February 2009, I am glad I could send the Gangajal personally collected by me from Triveni Sangam at Prayag to your goodself which reached you in early March 2009 while Maharaniji was still with you. It appears as if the three holiest of rivers - Mother Ganga, Mother Yamuna and Mother Saraswathi reached your house at Manasarovar to give their blessings to the royal couple - Maharaja Dr. Karan Singh ji and Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi - and to your children and their families.

    While I offer my belated heartfelt condolences to you and all your family members, her transition to the higher world would be very pleasant - the result of a sacred and righteous life that both of you have led. In fact, I started my Mahanavami navaratri puja yesterday late night and it is after this that I accessed your website today afternoon and read - “In Memory of our beloved Yasho Rajya Lakshmi” and “till fire doeth us apart”.

    Your faith and devotion to the higher life has given you the strength to accept the happening as the decree of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is also the giver of immortality. And it is death in this world that opens the door to a higher realm of God. And if Lord Shiva wills, surely, in due course, you would be able to once again regain what is apparently lost now. Your bereavement in the mortal world is only temporary and in the larger sketch book of your ista devatha Lord Shiva - when he wills - you would be able to meet Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi again.

    I would be performing the Devi homa shortly. The Devi homa to be performed by me would include oblations to Lord Mahaganapathi, Jagadamba Durga Devi, the Navagrahas with their aadhi and pratyaadhi devathas, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara and the various manifestations of the three principal Shakthis - Goddess Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswathi Chandika. The principal deity in the homa would, however, be Goddess Bala Tripurasundari. - she is the daughter of Goddess Lalitha (Parvati) and Lord Kameshwara-Shiva. She is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu - Vishnu rupini and the manifestation of Goddess Mahalakshmi Chandika - of Chandi path. Goddess Bala devi is also Agni-Durga or agneatmika - the soul of the great fire itself.

    Your website indicates that your well wishers can even in mourning celebrate this event of the passing away of a pious and bright soul. Being one of your and your family’s well wishers since my early twenties whom I fondly remember having first met at the Ramayan Vidyapeeth on October 13, 1989 at about 11.20 a.m. when your goodself personally gave me the “Dharma Marg Vol.7 No.2 - July - October 1989 issue which has your photograph with Smt. Yashorajyalakshmi and also being a devotee of Brahma vidya and therefore, within my rights to pray for the well being of a righteous King as ordained by the Shastras, I will, with the principal mantra of Goddess Bala devi make appropriate homa offerings in the sacred fire for the peace, comfort and happiness of the departed soul of Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi and for her pleasant transition into the realm of light and auspiciousness.

    With esteemed regards,

    (Sundararaman S. Iyer)
    7A/15, Shree Jawahar Society,
    Govind Nagar, Borivali West,
    Mumbai - 400 092
    September 28, 2009

  10. Nawraj Bhattarai Says:

    December 6th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Dear Dr. Saab,

    I am sad to know that your beloved wife Rani Sahiba has passed away. I remember her motherly love when I had visited your home in Delhi some five years ago. Mr. Virendra Qazi had arranged our meeting in which I had met with you and Rani Sahiba. As I was from Nepal, she felt someone has arrived from her Maita (Parental home).

    May Lord Pashupatinath bless her soul and give strength to overcome the grief to you and all in your family.

    Nawraj Bhattarai
    Kathmandu, Nepal

  11. vikramaditya singh jamwal Says:

    May 8th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Dearest maharaja sahib,

    we the jamwal family here in jammu are deeply shocked over the sadful demise of our Maharani Ji..
    I remember the day when i met her first time..She blessed me like a mother and came to know about her generosity,compassion,love and also she was the greatest social worker… may god bless her pious soul .we all here pray to god for giving you the strength to bear this irreparable loss & pray you remain the brightest personality shining all over the world.

    With this i send my sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

    Advocate Vikramaditya Singh Jamwal
    S/o Sh Gowardhan singh Jamwal

  12. MALA Says:

    June 13th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Maharaj sahib


    What can I say? I just cry for her. She touched my life with a healing smile always there to support in the darkest hours.
    She lives like the wind, invisible but the very source of being.
    She rests with God watching over you as she always did sitting on the sofa of your red reading room.


  13. shaukat majeed Says:

    July 11th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Respected/ hounrable Raja sahib, Dr Karan singh, pls, accept heartiest condolence on the sad demise of your beloved wife & life partner, Maharani yasho Rajya Lakashmi sahiba. who shared many many year,s of happines & sorrow,s with u and your family from her childhood till her last breath.she was beautiful like the pure air of the state of Jammu and Kashmir
    may God bless her soul.
    sncerely your,s
    s m khan

  14. Sudheer Chhabra Says:

    July 16th, 2010 at 6:25 am

    My dear Maharaja Bahadur My feelings can’t be expressed in words, at the loss of Maharani Sahiba. My late father had known and respected the late Maharaja and your- self. Always yours… Sudheer Chhabra(of Jammu origin)

  15. Nikki JAMWAL Says:

    August 1st, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    please accept my belated heartfelt condolencs of her sad demise. I have sweet memories when my father was ADC to you highness. We were invited for personal tea and gave us boxes of sweets. On many occasions, I met her and admired her beauty espcially her appearance in dogri dress during Jyoti’s marriage. She will remain in the heart of Jammu People forever.

  16. Jamwal+Tanwar-Kattar Rajputana Says:

    November 9th, 2011 at 12:49 am


    Condolences to you for the sad demise of Naniji. On another note, we are called Rajputs because we are born from an ancient legacy of warriors and saints! Of Arya descent, distinct looks, heritage and lineage, we look distinct in a crowd anywhere in India! It’s our foremost responsibility that we conserve the cultural traditions and uphold ourselves by following and understanding the fine aspect of our ancestral traditions. Marrying Nepalis and Marathas is not called a ‘tradition’ or a ‘trait’ of blue blooded Rajput! A ‘goon’ or a ‘gunda’ too ‘rules’ a ghetto and we are not to kowtow, hobnob or hold just about any ‘ruler’ in company! Rajputana is not a name of just about any other warrior on Earth and any layman who reads and spends little time going through our legacy knows of the Pride, Bravery, Honour and Traditions we have held since centuries! We are not king-of-this-wadi-or-that-mandu, we are Arya-Kashatriya-Rajputana! Even our cousins, the Kings of Persia had it etched on rocks about their Arya and Kshatriya blood! You are carrying a lot of weight on your shoulders Nanaji and the weight is to set an example for our oncoming generations and holding on to our identity! You are not an average man, your actions effect a Huge ‘Beraderi’ of Rajputana! Every personal decision in the Royal family is the decision for the whole Beraderi and even children have a lot of expectations from you! You disappointed us with your alliance, don’t let the mistakes be repeated! Please!

    Thank You,

    Charanvandana and Jaidev!


  17. Narendera K gupta Says:

    May 24th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Respected His Highness Dr Karan Singh Saheb

    Rachna, my spouse joins me in praying to LORD
    SHIVA to grant peace to the departed soul of Maharaani Ji. We also pray for granting strength to family to bear the loss.
    Rachna and Narendera K Gupta
    D-130 Ashok Vihar Phase One
    Delhi 110052

  18. Bharat Bhushan Says:

    June 15th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hon. Sir, We have never met and I have never met Maharani Hon. Yasho Rajya Lakshmiji. I was visiting your website and read this page today and was deeply moved by the words indicating the length of association and about her passing on to a greater temple above. Mahakaleshwar indeed, for he determines “Kaal” as time, or as the time of passing. Maheshwara thought it appropriate. Om Namah Shivaya.

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