Gayatri Devi was born as the princess of Koch Behar (presently in West Bengal) on 23 May 1919. She was born to Prince Jitendra Narayan of Coch Behar and Maratha Princess Indira Raje of Barda.
When she was young, her uncle died and her father ascended the throne. She lived a grand life with several ups and downs. Read on to know all about her.
Gayatri Devi had several hobbies including horse riding, hunting and a few others. Among these, she was also fond of playing and watching the game of polo. She often went to watch polo matches and in one such match, she met Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur.
Both of them fell in love quickly and had a six-year-long affair. After dating for six long years, they finally got married.
After marrying Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, she continued to live life kingsize in a royal style. It is reported that she was extremely beautiful and didn’t even need makeup. The popular Vogue magazine added her name to the list of the 10 most beautiful women in the world.
Supported Women Empowerment
She was always supportive of women's empowerment and women's rights. She built a school in Jaipur for girls as education is the first step of development. Also, she opened a co-educational school in memory of her late husband, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya.
Gayatri devi - Politician
Gayatri Devi was also actively involved in politics. After independence when C Rajagopalachari formed the Swatantra Party in 1962, she won set a world record of winning the maximum number of votes from Jaipur’s Lok Sabha seat. This showed the public’s love for her.
Also in the 1967 and 1971 elections, she was elected as a member of Lok Sabha from Jaipur parliamentary constituency on a Swatantra Party ticket.
Along with happiness, she also had to see tough times in her life. Her husband, Sawai man Singh bid adieu to the world quite early in 1970. Shortly after this, her son, Jagat Singh dies in 1977 due to excessive drinking. This completely broke her.
Gayatri Devi also spent some time in Tihar Jail during the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi. After her release from jail, she retired from politics.
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Gayatri Devi lived a long and wonderful life. She was always ready for social service and spread love among people. The beautiful Maharani of Jaipur died at the age of 90 on 29 July 2009.
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