Over the years, the royal lineage has been handed over to its descendant. Let's take a look at some existing royal families of India.
By Monisha G Kumar
After the abolition of Princely Privileges, the 76th custodian was given to Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur in 1984 and since then, he has been preserving the cultural heritage.
Apart from being the king, Arvind Singh is a successful businessman and is the head of HRH Group of Hotels. He is the most affluent mind in the tourism industry and also owns a museum of antique cars.
Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar is currently the head of the Wadiyar dynasty. Yaduveer is not the direct heir of the throne as when his uncle had died childless in 2013, his aunt adopted him.
Yadhuveer is married to Trishika Kumari Singh, the Princess of Dungarpur and the couple has a son. The famous Royal Silk of Mysore, started by Srikantadatta is currently owned by Yaduveer.
Descendant of the Rajput clan, His Highness Bhawani Singh was the last titular head of Jaipur. As he had no sons, Bhawani Singh adopted his daughter, Diya Kumari's son, Padmanabh Singh as his heir.
Padmanabh was informally "crowned" as the Maharaja of Jaipur at the age of 13. He is a national-level polo player and a well-known name in the fashion world.
His Highness Abhimanyu Singh is the current head of Alsisar. He had restructured the Alsisar Palace and had turned it into luxurious heritage hotels.
Abhimanyu is quite popular in the social circle as he is the co-organiser of India's most happening music festival, Magnetic Fields. He is also called the party prince of India.
His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh is the current ruler of Jodhpur. He along with his wife, Hemalata Rajye, kids and their spouses live in Umaid Bhawan Palace and also own the Mehrangarh Fort.
A part of the Umaid Bhawan is open for tourists and the rest of the Palace is managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, in partnership with the royal family.
After the death of Maharaja Ranjitsinh Pratapsinh Gaekwad, his son, Samarjitsinh became the successor to the throne. In 2012, he was crowned Maharaja at the Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Samarjitsinh is married to Radhikaraje, who is a heritage conservationist, textile revivalist and director at CDS Art Foundation. She has also featured in MillionaireAsia magazine.
The Indian royals, Bourbons of India live in Bhopal, and the family is also known as Bourbon-Bhopal. The current head of the Bourbon-Bhopal family is Balthazar Napoleon IV de Bourbon, who is a lawyer.
The Bhonsale are a prominent group in the Maratha clan. Udayanraje of Satara is one of the heads and is said to be the 13th descendant Chhatrapati title-holder, who declared assets worth Rs 170 crore.
Another head, who also claims to be the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati. Member of BJP, he was the face of Maratha protest for reservation in 2011–19.
The Pataudi clan is one of the most popular names in the field of cricket and entertainment. The last titular head of the family Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was the former captain of Indian Cricket Team.
After the death of Mansoor Ali Khan, his son Saif Ali Khan became the tenth Nawab of Pataudi. Married to actress, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif owns the palatial Pataudi Palace worth Rs 800 crore.