Jammu celebrates the first public holiday in honour of the last monarch.

Maharaja Hari Singh wanted his state to remain independent . He signed an instrument of ratification with India on October 26, 1947 .

Jammu and Kashmir's Lt Governor Manoj Sinha declared Maharaja Hari Singh's birth anniversary on September 23 as a public holiday for the first time in independent India.Maharaja Hari Singh, who was a Hindu ruler of a Muslim-majority state, wanted his state to remain independent and thus had signed an instrument of ratification with India on October 26, 1947.However, Hari Singh fled Kashmir and died in 1961 in Mumbai, where he was buried.Article 370 was revoked in August 2019, marking the birth anniversary of the first democratically elected leader of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who was also the monarch, was removed from the public holiday list in 2019.