Who doesn’t like the prospect of being a Princess? Beautiful palaces, royal guards, a multitude of ostentatious outfits. Indian Princesses have always been no less of beauty than any other in the world! The quiet strength, ethereal allure together with spectacular manners are all bred in a princess since childhood.
Here is a list of our beautiful Maharanis.
MAHARANI GAYATRI DEVI
Born as a Princess of Cooch Behar, Gayatri Devi through her marriage with Sawai Man Singh II became the ‘Maharani Gayatri Devi’, Rajmata of Jaipur. Not only was she the symbol and face of royal India but also the epitome of true royalty and effortless style. Born and brought up in Europe, not to mention that she was striking beauty in her youth and also became a fashion icon forever.
SITA DEVI OF BARODA
One of the most uniquely colorful royals in Indian history was Maharani Sita Devi Sahib of Baroda. Daughter of Maharaja of Pithapuram Sri Raja Rao Venkata Kumara Mahipati Surya Rau Bahadur Garu and wife of Sri Rani Chinnamamba Devi of Mirzapuram.
Sita Devi first married M. R. Apparao Bahadur, Zamindar of Vuyyuru. She met her second husband Pratap Singh Gaekwar of Baroda at Madras horse race, who was at that time considered the eighth richest man in the world. Furthermore, she has christened the ‘Indian Wallis Simpson’. Her courageous and unique choices in life and fashion made her every bit of royal that she was.
SITA DEVI OF KAPURTHALA
She was the daughter of Raja of Kashipur and got married to Karanjit Singh younger son of Maharaja Jagatijit Singh of Kapurthala at the tender age of 13.
Sita Devi was and will remain to be the absolutely gorgeous style icon of her time and forever. Not just this she was also a muse to famous photographers from Cecil Beaton to Man Ray. it was not only this gorgeous royalty’s impeccable style which made her know but also inspired international designers of that era to name their collection after her. Her way of expression also gave her fame.
PRINCESS NILOUFER OF HYDERABAD
Princess Begum Sahiba Niloufer Khanum Sultana Farhat was one of the last princesses of the Ottoman empire. She married the second son of the Nizam of Hyderabad. She was a fashionista who in the first place made the world familiar with the style of Hyderabad.
The talk of the town was her sarees, choice of fabrics, works and jewelry. A crafty photographer Antony Beauchamp loved her easy beauty. Also, the international press adored her. Niloufer made a beautiful style statement by adding Parisian grace to the Indian saares. Madhav Das from Mumbai specially crafted the sarees for her.
Her fondness for crepes and chiffons coupled with broad woven brocade border exhibited her royalness. The fashion students still study her wardrobe. Her collection of saares are now treasured at the New York Institute of Fashion Technology.
INDRA RAJE OF BARODA
Indira Devi, born as Indira Raje was the consort of Jitendra Narayan , Maharaja of Cooch Behar, and a princess of Baroda state in her own right.
She passed her beauty, sensuality and taste for fine fanshion to her daughter Gayatri Devi, who was equally beautiful. Indira Devi was a strong willed personality who followed her heart. Her pearl necklace and ear danglers were seen in many of her old pictures.
It is believed that she was the first one to spot a smooth textile, now chiffon, in Paris and asked if the width could be extended from 34 to 42 inches.
In short, these ladies inspire us time and again to be more than just a pretty face. Each Maharani sheerly showed how breathtaking a strong personality can be. The strong-willed showed by each Maharani was similar no matter how uniquely different they were.
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