Book Launch at Nehru Centre, London

Princess Rajyashree Kumariji’s book “The Lallgarh Palace – Home of the Maharajas of Bikaner” was launched at the Nehru Centre in London on 29th June 2010 by Mrs. Monika Mohta, Director of the Nehru Centre.

A talk was given by Dr. Amin Jaffer, International Director of Asian Art, Christie’s and Ms. Anna Jackson, Deputy Keeper of the Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum.

She is the chairperson of the following public charitable and religious trusts:

  • Maharaja Ganga Singhji Trust
  • Maharaja Dr. Karni Singh Memorial Foundation
  • Karni Singh Foundation Trust
  • Karni Charitable Trust
  • Princess Anupama Kumari Public Charitable Trust
  • Rajyashree Kumari of Bikaner Religious & Charitable Trust Founded the following Trusts
  • Rajyashree Kumari of Bikaner Religious & Charitable Trust in the year 1972
  • Maharaja Dr. Karni Singh Memorial Foundation in the year 1999 On popular demand from the public of Bikaner she commissioned M/s Wagh Studio, Bombay to make a life size bronze statue of Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji of Bikaner in 1991 and it was unveiled by Hon’ble Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India in the year 1993.

She commissioned :–

Rima Hooja to write the biography of Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji of Bikaner and was published by Roopa & Co., New Delhi and was released by the then Governor of Rajasthan in the year 1997.

Prof. L.S. Rathore, Former Vice Chancellor, J.N. Vyas University, Jodhpur to write the biography of Maharaja Sadul Singhji, published by Rajasthani Granthagar, Jodhpur and released in 2006.

Prof. L.S. Rathore, Former Vice Chancellor, J.N. Vyas University, Jodhpur to write the biography of Maharaja Ganga Singhji, published by Roli Books Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi and launched in New Delhi in 2007. All these books are available for sale at Maharaja Ganga Singhji Trust office.

She is responsible for setting up of the Archival Research section which houses Anup Sanskrit Library, old Bahis, Kharitas, files and books at the Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner where hundreds of scholars from various parts of the world come for research in various subjects every year.

Due to large numbers of accidents on state and national highways she felt the need for efficient highway patrolling and wrote to various government authorities for deploying highway petrol units at strategic points on national and state highways. The Government agreed and Regular Highway Petrol units were provided in this region.

She has been actively engaged in trying to put Bikaner on the air map of India by writing to the Central Aviation Minister and State Tourism Ministers and other authorities and now the Government of India has sanctioned a civil airport at Bikaner and the construction of the airport building has started.

In the year 2002 she took up the task of naming the Bikaner University as Maharaja Ganga Singhji University, who was a pioneer in establishing various educational institutions in the whole of Bikaner State during his reign. After strenuous efforts by her the Rajasthan Government named this university as Maharaja Ganga Singh University in August 2008.

She has been responsible for restoration, refurbishment of Lallgarh Palace Hotel and landscaping of the Palace gardens.

She took up the task of constructing a new purpose made museum building in the Lallgarh complex in the year 2007 and it was completed in August 2008 and museum artefacts shifted in it in the month of September 2008 and since then the museum has been functioning from the new building and which is a great success.

Her great-grandfather, Maharaja Ganga Singhji had expressed a desire that to be cremated at Gajner at a place overlooking the lake but due to certain reasons this could not be done for almost 65 years. Princess Rajyashree Kumari took up the task of erecting a memorial at the site earmarked for his funeral at Gajner as per his last wish in the year 2003.

In the year 2008 she visited the Rajasthan State Zoo at Bikaner and noticed the miserable condition in which the wild animals and birds were housed. She immediately wrote to the Chief Minister, Forest Minister, and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life), Rajasthan requesting them to close the zoo and shift the animals from its present location to some other suitable place. The Rajasthan Government agreed to her suggestion and the zoo animals and birds were shifted to a better place outside the city of Bikaner.

She has recently authored a coffee table book titled “The Lallgarh Palace – Home of the Maharajas of Bikaner”. It was launched at Oberoi Inter Continental Hotel, New Delhi on 20th December 2008 by Tikka Shatrujeet Singh Kapurthala.