12 richest Maharajas in India.

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Not everybody is born with a silver spoon but the one’s who do,
 get something more than just royalty as god’s gift. They get
 immortality. The fact that they will be remembered in folk tales and
 books, even decades after they are gone. And that’s not just because
 of their grand monuments or their king-size lifestyle. It’s also because
 of their eccentricity and quirkiness, a great example of 
which are these crazy facts

1. Krishna Raja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore, had ordered
 a customized Rolls Royce to shield his servants from the sun.
Crafted in 1911, the car recently went under the hammer in August 2011 
and fetched over ₤400,000. At the time of his death in 1940, the maharaja
 was one of the world's wealthiest men and was valued at nearly ₤35billion.
2. Nawab of Junagarh was said to have owned 800 dogs,
 each with its individual human attendant.
And that's not all! When two of his favorite dogs mated, he is 
said to have spent nearly Rs. 20-30 lakhs in “wedding” celebrations,
 and also went on to proclaim the day as a state holiday.
3. The last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Usman Ali Khan used the 
"Jacob Diamond", the fifth largest diamond in the world as
 a humble paper weight!
The diamond is of the size of an ostrich egg, weighs 184.97 carats, is
 valued at over ₤5million and is currently owned by the Government of India.
4. King Jai Singh of Alwar had ordered a fleet of 
Rolls Royce only to use them as cleaning cars for
 transporting the city's waste.
It is said that the king was insulted by a Rolls Royce salesman 
on his visit to London because of which he decided to buy and 
use the luxury cars as garbage trucks! That's one hell of a way
 to prove a point. And, of course, he did stop the ordeal but
 only after Rolls Royce tendered an official apology.
5. The Udaipur family was so fascinated with crystals that 
the chairs, thrones, tables and even the fans of their palace were studded with it .

6. In 1926, Cartier received a trunk full of precious stones and
 jewelry belonging to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, 
who wanted them to be remounted in Parisian style.
The creation that emerged is the world famous Patiala necklace 
that still remains one of the grandest pieces of jewelry ever
 made by Cartier, perhaps even by any other jewelry brand.
7. The gate of the Lalbagh Palace in Indore was crafted
 in London and then was shipped all the way to Indore!
8. The first president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad entered
 the Rashtrapati Bhawan on the silver chariot 
owned by the Maharaja of Patiala.
9. The luxury mega-brand, Louis Vuitton, always took pride
 in crafting something unique for Jagatjit Singh, 
the Maharaja of Kapurthala.
An avid traveller, Jagjit Singh owned over 60 large
 Louis Vuitton trunks that would hold his clothes, paraphernalia,
 swords, turbans, suits, shoes and elaborate traditional dresses.
10. The American consulate in South Bombay was 
earlier the property of Maharaja Amar Sinh Zala of Wankaner.
Spread over 10,000 square yards, the Wankaner House, was built
 in the 1930s. It was sold for Rs. 18 crores ($ 4 million) in 1957
 to the American government as the royal family was not able to
 maintain such a big property and there was huge tax due. 
Another property, Amar Building on Firozsha Mehta Road in Bombay, 
also belonged to the Wanaker royals. It was sold for Rs. 19 crores ($ 4.2 million) 
to the Government of India and now houses the foreign exchange
 department of the Reserve Bank Of India.
11. Cooch Behar's Maharani Indira Devi had ordered 
100 pairs of shoes, some diamond studded, from Italian 
shoemaker SalvatoreFerragamo, one of the most famous
 designers of the 20th century.
12. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II had ordered the craftsman of
 Jaipur to create two huge sterling silver vessels so that he could 
carry  Ganga Jal  along with him on his trip to England.
The vessels were made from 14,000 melted silver coins without
 soldering and are officially recorded by the Guinness Book of
 World Records as the world's largest sterling silver vessels.
Those were the days when the Indian royalty was at its peak.

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