Quintessentially a people’s person, Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur at first glance presents the aura of a woman who juggles myriad roles seamlessly. A mother, an only daughter, an MLA, and a social worker, this custodian to the legacies of the biggest Rajwada names in the erstwhile princely state has never shied away from her responsibilities. The daughter of Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh and Maharani Padmini Devi—the journey of her family and their tryst with The Pink City go back a long way. “Our family is a Kachhwaha dynasty. We descend from Lord Rama’s son Kush who moved his stronghold from Ayodhya to Narwar in central India. Finally sometime in the 11th century, Prince Dulha Rai left Narwar and conquered Dausa in Eastern Rajasthan. From there, his son and successor Kakil Dev established his control over Amber Bairath region and made Amber his capital, from where our family ruled for several centuries, from the palace at the famous Amer Fort just outside Jaipur. Finally, in 1727 Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II moved out of Amber Fort and founded a brand new city, Jaipur, with a new royal palace, the City Palace. Since then, it has been the capital and our family home,” she recounts.
Royal tales apart, Diya Kumari is passionate about making a difference that led her to foray into the political scenario at a young age