Former Jodhpur Rajmata Krishna Kumari passed away at 1:50 am on 3rd July 2018 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital. The ailing 93-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after her health was reported to be deteriorated. She was kept on the ventilator at Jodhpur’s Goyal Hospital as she had been suffering from a prolonged illness.
As the lifeless body of former Rajmata of Jodhpur is being kept at Umaid Bhawan of Jodhpur, a large number of people including several dignitaries have reached Jodhpur to pay their last visit to Rajmata Krishna Kumari.
The former Member of Parliament and the face of the Royal Marwar family was much more than just Rajmata for the people of Jodhpur. Here are some lesser-known facts about Rajmata Krishna Kumari that depict how great she was.
1. Rajmata Krishna Kumari belonged to the Dhrangadhra royal family of Gujarat. In 1943, she got married to Maharaja Hanwant Singh of Marwar Royal family and the couple had three children named Chandresh Kumari, Shailesh Kumari, and Gaj Singh.
2. Her husband Hanwant Singh died in a plane crash in 1952 after which Rajmata Krishna Kumari looked after the royal family. She sent her son Gaj Singh abroad for studies when he was just 8. Besides, she also took care of his husband’s second wife Zubeida’s son Hukam Singh like her own mother.
3. Krishna Kumari always stood by the people of Marwar through thick and thin. From opposing Pardah system to advocating girl’s education, she took several steps for the betterment of the society.
4. She took all the responsibilities of her family and her city until Gaj Singh came back from England. After that, she handed over the work to her son Gaj Singh.
5. In 1971, when she decided to contest Lok Sabha elections, there was no major party other than Congress. She reminded the public that the times had changed but the relations were same. As a result, she won the elections with record votes.
6. She also founded the Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls Public School in Jodhpur and contributed to the expansion of rail and air services in the city.
7. Despite being a part of a royal family, Rajmata Krishna was deeply connected to her roots. She connected well with the people of her city and often held discussions with the native women.
8. Throughout her life, Krishna Kumari maintained the dignity and reputation of the royal family. Whether it was the entry of women like Sandra McBryde and Zubeida in her husband’s life or the untimely demise of Hanwant Singh, she stayed strong and kept her head high despite the adversities.
9. Rajmata Krishna Kumari was a perfect embodiment of an independent woman. She brought women empowerment to the women of Marwar in the true sense.