The sad and sudden demise of Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi wife of Padam Vibhushan Maharaja Dr. Karan Singh on May 24, 2009 was his inspiring soul behind his outstanding achievements. Born in Kathmandu-Nepal, Maharani was the grand daughter of the last Rana and daughter of General Sharda Jang Bahadur Shamsher Singh. Princess Yasho Rajya Lakshmi was married to 18-year young Yuvraj Karan Singh of Dogra dynasty of Jammu and Kashmir State at the age of 13 years. She was born in Kathmandu on January 9, 1937.
She was president of the Delhi Society for the Welfare of Mentally Retarded children. She rehabilitated numerous handicapped children on various vocational works. She was also President Ladies Club Jammu and Chairperson of Maharaja Ghulab Singh Charitable Trust and a Trustee of Hari-Tara Charitable Trust.
J & K Dharmarth Trust Council has made a little effort to remember this great Maharani of the Jammu and Kashmir State by bringing out a special supplement on her sad demise.
News of Maharani's demise came as a personal shock to one and all because for full six decades she affectionately dominated J & K scene in a wonderful manner with her unique personality, natural charms, impressive presence and perfection even during Independence. Entire Jammu region always honoured and welcomed her dignity as the dignified Maharani throughout. Whenever she visited her choicest city of temples and historic Shri Raghunathji temple, there was a sudden thrill and curiosity in every mind to have a glimpse of the perfect queen. She was an embodiment of born qualities of head and heart. Her spotless and heartful smile with sweetest words was a soothing symbol of peace and prosperity for the subjects of the State. Till her last breath, Maharani remained fully attached with all the sentiments, feelings and aspirations of hoary Duggar land. She was a natural reflection of Dogra culture and civilization in a most mysterious manner. It seemed that Nature had infused each and every best aspect of 'an all-time-hit' Duggar queen in Yasho Rajya Lakshmi's unforgettable image. A pensive peep into her glowing face or mesmerizing portrait could explain how beautiful, enchanting and courageous our Duggar queen was I personally know great Maharani Sahiba for the last six decades .
It is really difficult to find a queen with this difference that her influence was irresistible Maharani's extraordinary caliber in motivating, guiding, directing and organizing also makes her a queen with a difference imbued with moral values being a worthy daughter of worthy parents, she was grateful to parents and great in-laws equally.