Maharani Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah
Member of Parliament
for Tehri Garhwal
Assumed office
13 October 2012
Preceded byVijay Bahuguna
Personal details
Born (1950-08-23) 23 August 1950 (age 71)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Political partyBharatiya Janta Party
Spouse(s)Manujendra Shah Sahib Bahadur
ChildrenKshirya Kumari Devi
Parent(s)Arjun Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana (father)
Bindu Devi Rajya Laxmi (mother)
ProfessionPolitician, Social Worker

Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah (born 23 August 1950) is a political and social worker, Member of Parliament elected from the Tehri Garhwal constituency in the Indian state of Uttarakhand being a Bhartiya Janata Party Leader and titular queen of erstwhile Tehri Garhwal kingdom which merged to India.[1][2]

Early life and education

Mala Rajya Laxmi was born on 23 August 1950 at the Thapathali Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.[citation needed] She married Manujendra Shah Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, on 7 February 1975 and has a daughter, Kshirya Kumari Devi (b. in 1976 in New Delhi).[citation needed]

Mala is an Intermediate and studied at Convent of Jesus and Mary, Pune and Ratna Rajya Laxmi College, Kathmandu.[1]


She was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in a bye-election and is a Member, BJP State Parliamentary Board in Uttarakhand.[1] She defeated Saket Bahuguna son of Vijay Bahuguna then chief minister of Uttrakhand and a candidate of Indian National Congress by a margin of over 22,000.[3] Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah is the daughter-in-law of erstwhile Tehri royal family scion Manabendra Shah, who represented the seat in Lok Sabha for a record eight times.[4] She is the first woman elected to Lok Sabha from the state since its creation as a separate state on 9 November 2000.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament 15th Lok Sabha". Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Rajya Laxmi richest in fray with assets over Rs 180 crore". The Times of India. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Alarm bells for Congress". The Daily Pioneer. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Congress suffers setback in LS bypolls". The Deccan Herald. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  5. ^ Rawat, Sandeep (14 October 2012). "Royal family rises again in political firmament". The Tribune. Chandigarh — Dehradun Edition. Retrieved 11 June 2013.