Jaipur: the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949 through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh
Gayatri Devi born as Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar; 23 May 1919 − 29 July 2009 was the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949 through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh. Following her husband’s signature for the Jaipur State to become part of the Union of India and her step-son’s accession to the throne in 1970, she was later known as ‘Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur.
Ethnically born in a Koch Rajbongshi Hindu family, her father was Maharaja Jitendra Narayan of Cooch Behar in West Bengal, and her mother was Maratha Princess Indira Raje of Baroda, the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.
Following India’s independence and the subsequent abolition of the princely states, she became an extremely successful politician. Gayatri Devi was also celebrated for her classical beauty and became something of a fashion icon in her adulthood.
She died on 29 July 2009 in Jaipur, at the age of 90. She was suffering from paralytic ileus and lung infection.