BHAVNAGAR

 

 

BHAVNAGAR (Princely State)

 

(13 gun salute)

 

 

AREA: 7,669 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 1,000,000Rs ACCESSION: 15th February 1948
STATE: Saurashtra DYNASTY: Gohil RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION:
464,671 (1891)
REVENUE:
4,100,000Rs (1891)

 

PRESENT RULER: HH
Maharaja Raol Shri VIJAYRAJSINHJI VIRBHADRASINHJI GOHIL
, 29th
and present Maharaja
Raol of Bhavnagar since 26th July 1994. (Bhavnagar
House,
Bunglow no.2,
Ruia
Park, Juhu-North, Bombay – 400049, India)

 

born 29th April 1968, married HH Maharani Samyukta Kumari,
daughter
of Thakur Vijai Singh Mankotia of Tiara, and has issue.

  • Yuvraj Sahib Jaiveerraj Singh Gohil, born 27th
    October
    1990, presently (2009), studying at Les Roches Hotel School,
    Switzerland.
  • Maharajkumari Brijeshwari Kumari, born 16th October 1994.

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Predecessor state of Sejakpur founded in 1194 (or 1240 or 1260), then
the capitals were at Ranipur
1254/1309,
Umrala or Gogha 1309/1445, Umrala 1445/1570, Shihor 1570/1723 then
finally
Bhavnagar from 1723. The Gohils claim to be descended from the
celebrated Pandavas, who belonged to the lunar or Chandravanshi race,
and so trace their line from the celebrated Shalivahan, founder of the
Shaka era (Col. James Tod makes them of the solar race). The old family
title of Rawal or Raol was earned at the memorable battle of Chitor,
fought with Alauddin Khilji in 1303. The state motto is “Man Proposes
but God disposes” on a label azure.
The state arms are Gules, an
eagle or displayed, in chief
on a canton of the second, a lion statant of the first. Rulers were….

  • Thakore SEJAKJI,
    Thakore
    of
    Sejakpur 1194/1254, married
    and had issue. He died 1254.

    • Raol Ranjoi Sejakji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Sarangji Sejakji,
      ancestor of the Thakores
      of Lathi, received the chovisi
      of
      Arthila as his patrimony.
    • Kumar Shri Shahaji Sejakji,
      ancestor of the Thakores
      of Palitana.
    • Kumari Shri Valam Kunverba,
      married
      Kumar Khengarji (later Raja Khengar III)
      of Junagadh.
  • Raol RANOJI SEJAKJI,
    Raol of Ranipur 1254/1309
  • Raol MOKHDAJI RANOJI, Raol of Gogha
    1309/1347,
    married (amongst others), daughter of Chokrana, a Parmar Rajput prince
    of Ujjain in Malwa, and had issue. He died 1347.

    • Raol Dungarji Mokhdaji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Samarsinhji
      Mokhdaji,
      son of the Parmar
      Princess, he succeeded to the estate of his father-in-law when he died
      heirless,
      becoming the ancestor of the Maharanas of Rajpipla,
      and taking the name Arjun Sinhji.
  • Raol DUNGARJI MOKHDAJI, Raol of Gogha
    1347/1370
  • Raol VIJOJI DUNGARJI, Raol of Gogha
    1370/1395,
    married and had issue.

    • Raol Kanoji Vijoji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Ramji Vijoji
    • Kumar Shri Rudoji Vijoji
  • Raol KANOJI VIJOJI, Raol of Gogha
    1395/1420
  • Raol SARANGJI KANOJI, Raol of Gogha
    1420/1445
  • Raol SHIVDASJI SARANGJI, Raol of Umrala
    1445/1470
  • Raol JETHIJI SHIVDASJI, Raol of Umrala
    1470/1500,
    married and had issue.

    • Raol Ramdasji Jethiji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Gangdasji Jethiji of
      Chamardi.
  • Raol RAMDASJI JETHIJI, Raol of Umrala
    1500/1535,
    married and had issue.

    • Raol Sartanji Ramdasji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Sadulji Ramdasji
    • Kumar Shri Bhimji Ramdasji
  • Raol SARTANJI RAMDASJI, Raol of Umrala
    1535/1570,
    married and had issue.

    • Raol Visoji Sartanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Devoji Sartanji,
      ancestor of the Devani
      family.
    • Kumar Shri Viroji Sartanji,
      ancestor of the Vacchani
      family.
    • Kumar Shri Mokaji Sartanji
  • Raol VISOJI SARTANJI, Raol of Shihora
    1570/1600,
    married and had issue.

    • Raol Dhunaji Visoji (qv)
    • Raol Ratanji Visoji I (qv)
  • Raol DHUNAJI VISOJI, Raol of Shihora
    1600/1619
  • Raol RATANJI VISOJI I, Raol of Shihora
    1619/1620,
    married and had issue.

    • Raol Harbhamji Ratanji (qv)
    • Raol Govindji Ratanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Sarangji Ratanji
  • Raol HARBHAMJI RATANJI, Raol of Shihora
    1620/1622
  • Raol GOVINDJI RATANJI, Raol of Shihora
    1622/1636,
    married and had issue.

    • Raol Akherajji II Govindji
      (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Vajerajji Govindji,
      married and had issue.

      • Rani Ramba Sahiba, married
        (as
        his 3rd wife), Raj
        Sahib Chandrasinhji Raisinhji of Dhrangadhra.
  • Raol AKHERAJJI II
    GOVINDJI
    , Raol of
    Shihora
    1636/1660, married and had issue.

    • Raol Ratanji II Akherajji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Harbhamji Akherajji
      of
      Vartej.
    • Kumar Shri Vijayrajji Akherajji
    • Kumar Shri Sartanji Akherajji
    • Rani Roop Kunwarba Sahiba,
      married
      (as his 7th wife),
      Raj Sahib Amarsinhji Chandrasinhji of Dhrangadhra.
  • Raol RATANJI II
    AKHERAJJI
    , Raol of
    Shihora
    1660/1703
  • Raol Sahib BHAVSINHJI I
    RATANJI
    , Raol of Shihora
    1703/1723
    then Raol of Bhavnagar 1723/1764, in 1723 a skirmish occurred with the
    Marathas which resulted in their defeat, the Raol realised that the
    capital was in a weakly defended place and moved his capital to
    Bhavnagar, which he considered more secure, married and had issue. He
    died
    1764.

    • Raol Sahib Akherajji III Bhavsinhji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Visoji Bhavsinhji of
      Vala.
    • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Bhavsinhji
      of
      Haliad.
    • Kumar Shri Goyajji Bhavsinhji
      of
      Ranpur
    • Kumar Shri Modji Bhavsinhji
  • Raol Sahib AKHERAJJI
    III
    BHAVSINHJI

    [Bavaji], Raol of Bhavnagar 1764/1772,
    he assisted the Marathas against the Mughal Viceroy, and in 1771, he
    assisted the British in reducing the pirate stronghold of Talaji, he
    also gave shelter to the Peshwa,at that time a refugee, married and had
    issue. He died 1772.

    • Raol Sahib Wakhatsinhji Akherajji
      [Atabhai] (qv)
  • Raol Sahib WAKHATSINHJI
    AKHERAJJI

    [Atabhai], Raol of Bhavnagar 1772/1816, a wise ruler and intrepid
    soldier, he largely extended his domains, and during his lifetime, he
    cultivated the friendship of the British, then trading in Surat,
    married and had issue. He
    died 1816.

    • Raol Sahib Vijaysinghji Wakhatsinhji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Bapaji Wakhatsinhji
    • Kumar Shri Raisinhji
      Wakhatsinhji
  • Raol Sahib VIJAYSINHJI
    WAKHATSINHJI
    , Raol of Bhavnagar
    1816/1852,
    his reign, extending over thirty-six years, was largely prosperous,
    married and had issue. He died 1852.

    • Kumar Shri Bhavsinghji
      Vijaysinghji, married and
      had issue. He died before 1852.
      • Raol Sahib Akherajji IV Bhavsinhji (qv)
      • Raol Sahib Jaswantsinhji Bhavsinhji (qv)
      • Kumar Shri Rupsinhji
        Bhavsinhji
        of Varal.
      • Kumar Shri Devisinhji
        Bhavsinhji
        of Ramdhari.
    • Kumar Shri Akherajji
      Vijaysinhji [Akhubha], he was
      granted the villages of Lakhanka, Zinzavadar and Surka, married and
      had issue, whose descendants are still living in these villages, as
      well as in
      Bhavnagar.
      • Kumar Shri Sardarsinhji Akherajji, died sp.
      • Kumar Shri Deepsinhji Akherajji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Daansinhji Deepsinhji, married and had
          issue.

          • Kumar Shri Dilawarsinhji Daansinhji, married and
            had issue.

            • Kumar Shri Kiritsinhji Dilawarsinhji, married and
              had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Chandrasinhji Dilawarsinhji Raol,
              educated at
              Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1961), married
              Kumari Dhirajkumari, and has issue.

              • Kumar Shri Harpalsinhji Chandrasinhji,
                married Kumari Rajshree Girnara, daughter of Rawat Rampratap Singhji of
                Mandawal in
                Jaora, and his wife, Rani Annapurna Devi, and has issue, one son.

                • Bhanwar Yashrajsinhji Harpalsinhji Gohil
              • Kumar Shri Jaypalsinhji Chandrasinhji, born
                28th April 1971, a graduate with the degrees of M.Sc. and M.B.A.
                (HR-Marketing), married 29th September 1995, Kumari Deepika, and has
                issue.

                • Bhanwar Divyaraj Jaypalsinh Raol, born 2nd
                  May 2000 in Dapan, Marwad.
                • Kumari Mumal Jaypalsinh Raol, born 7th March
                  2004 in Bhinmal, Marwad.
            • Kumar Shri Bhadrasinhji Dilawarsinhji Raol,
              educated at
              Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1970).
        • Kumar Shri Hematsinhji Deepsinhji, married and had
          issue.

          • Kumar Shri Madhavsinji Hematsinhji
      • Kumar Shri Motibhai Akherajji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Jaysinhji Motibhai, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Kesrisinhji Jaysinhji
          • Kumar Shri Ratansinhji Jaysinhji
          • Kumar Shri Raghuvirsinhji Jaysinhji
          • Kumar Shri Harishchandrasinhji Jaysinhji
        • Kumar Shri Banesinhji Motibhai
        • Kumar Shri Jethibhai Motibhai [Jethiji Motiji],
          married and had issue.

          • Kumar Shri Bahadursinhji Jethibhai Saheb, a very
            learned and
            well educated person, having attained a Master’s degree in Biology from
            Pune University. He was a favorite with HH Maharaja Raol
            Krishnakumarsinhji. He was offered a position in the local Government
            of Bhavnagar as a special Aide to the Maharaja, and was also provided
            specials gifts of property
            within Bhavnagar. He helped initiate the main cattle trade between the
            state of Bhavnagar and the big Cattle Barons of Brazil, and over time,
            established HH Maharaja Raol Krishnakumarsinhji as the top breeder and
            owner of the renowned Gir cattle, married and had issue.

            • Kumar Shri Pradeepsinhji Bahadursinhji, married
              Kumari Shri Praveenprabha of Mokampura, and has issue, three daughters.

              • Kumari Monica Singh, married Maharajkumar
                Mahipalsinhji Girnar of Sardargarh
                (Lava).
              • Kumari Shri Vidhatri Devi, married Maharajkumar
                Bhagirathsinhji Takhatsinhji of Utelia.
              • Kumari Shri Gayatri Devi, married Major
                Tappansingh Rathore from Jaipur.
            • Kumari Shri Nalini Devi
            • Kumar Shri Mahideepsinhji Bahadursinhji, married
              Kumari Shri Jitendra Kumari of Bagsuri, and
              has issue.

              • Kumar Shri Vikramsinhji Mahideepsinhji, married
                Kumari Shri Mandakini Devi of Jodhpur.
            • Kumar Shri Karmadeepsinhji Bahadursinhji, married
              Kumari Shri Nirupama Devi of Rojka, and has issue.

              • Kumar Shri Jaydeepsinhji Karmadeepsinhji,
                married Kumari Shri Bhagyalakshmi Devi of Muli.
            • Kumar Shri Vishwadeepsinhji Bahadursinhji,
              married Kumari Shri Padmini Devi, daughter of Rana Jaidevsinhji
              Gulabsinhji of Pratappur,
              and his wife, Rani Shri Vijay
              Kunwarba Saheb, and has issue.
              • Kumar Shri Digvijaysinhji Vishwadeepsinhji,
                married Kumari Shri Kamakshi Devi of Datha.
              • Kumar Shri Jayvijaysinhji Vishwadeepsinhji
          • Kumar Shri Kiritsinhji Jethibhai, married and had
            issue.

            • Kumar Shri Balvirsinhji Kiritsinhji, married and
              has issue.

              • Kumari Ba Diptikumari, married Kumar Shri
                Apurvasinhji Rajendrasinhji Jadeja of Gavridad,
                and has issue.
            • Kumar Shri Chandrajitsinhji Kiritsinhji, married
              Kumari Chhaya Devi, daughter of Kumar Shri Girivarsinhji of Sanganwa in
              Gavridad, and has issue. 
        • Kumar Shri Shersinhji Motibhai
      • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Akherajji
    • Kumar Shri Narsinhji Vijaysinhji
      [Narubha], he was granted the
      villages of Bhimdad, Tatum and Nani Salingpur, married and had issue,
      whose last descendant passed away without issue very recently (2006).
  • Raol Sahib AKHERAJJI IV
    BHAVSINHJI

    [Bhajiraj], Raol of Bhavnagar 1852/1854,
    died spm in 1854.
  • Raol Sahib
    JASWANTSINHJI
    BHAVSINHJI
    K.C.S.I., Raol of Bhavnagar
    1854/1870,
    G.C.S.I., married and had issue. He died in April 1870.

    • HH Maharaja Raol Sahib Takhatsinhji Jaswantsinhji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Javansinhji
      Jaswantsinhji, educated
      at Rajkumar College, Rajkot.
  • HH Maharaja Raol
    TAKHATSINGHJI
    JASWANTSINGHJI
    G.C.S.I., Raol of Bhavnagar 1870/1896, born 6th
    January
    1858 (#1), he
    succeeded to the gadi in April 1870, educated initially in Bhavnagar
    and then at Rajkumar College, Rajkot for three years till 1874, where
    he was one of its first pupils, he was further educated privately under
    the tutelage of Captain (later Colonel) H. I. Nutt of the Bombay Staff
    Corps; in March 1877 he took the place of the Indian Minister of State
    for nine months, until he attained his majority and was granted full
    ruling powers on 5th April 1878, he conferred with the honour of a
    Knight Commander of the Star of India on 24th May 1881 by the Her
    Majesty the Empress of India, he was advanced to Grand Commander of
    this Order on 1st January 1886, he was granted the title of Maharaja in
    1891 by the Viceroy, he effected great and rapid improvements in his
    domains, liberal in his charities, generous in his grants for the
    public good, he constructed over 310kms of railway, intersected the
    state with roads and built many important public works, he instituted a
    State Council and revised the State laws, both civil and criminal,
    married six wives,
    including
    (a), 1874, HH Rani  Shri Nahniba, married (b), 1874, HH Rani Shri
    Hariba, married (c), 1874, HH Rani
    Shri
    Bajirajba, married (d), 1879, HH Rani Shri Bairajba, married (e),
    1888, HH Rani Shri Kesarba, and
    had issue. He died 29th January 1896.

    • HH Maharaja Rao Bhavsinhji II Takhatsinhji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Mangalsinghji Takhatsinhji, born 3rd
      June 1881,
      educated
      at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married and had issue.

      • Kumar Shri Chandrajitsinhji Mangalsinhji of
        Mangalsinhji Mahal, married
        Kumari Shri Usha Devi, daughter of Kumar Shri Harishchandrasinhji
        Jaswantsinhji of Wadhwan, and had
        issue.

        • Kumar
          Shri Lokendrasinhji Chandrajitsinhji Raol, educated at
          Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1973); married Kumar Rani Mamta Devi,
          daughter of
          Thakore
          Saheb Virvikramsinhji Mulvaji, 11th Thakorer of Lodhika-Senior, and his wife,
          Thakorani Kalpana Devi, and has
          issue.

          • Kumari Ambica Kumari Raol, born 21st June 1984 at
            Mangalsinhji Mahal, Bhavnagar, educated at Mayo College Girls School,
            Ajmer (2002) and at Nowrosjee Wadia College,
            Pune, graduating with a Bachelors Degree (Psychology, 2007); married
            20th January 2011 at Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur, Lal Sahib Rajvikram
            Singh Deo, Rajkumar of Seraikella.
          • Kumar Shri Kartiksinhji Raol, born 24th January
            1986,
            educated at the École Hotelier de Glion, Switzerland (2006), and
            at Woodside Park International, London.
    • Kumar Shri Bhagwatsinhji Takhatsinhji
    • Kumari Shri Ramba Sahiba
    • Kumari Shri Kesaba Sahiba
    • Kumari Shri Rupaliba Sahiba
    • Kumari Shri (name
      unknown
      ) Sahiba, married 1902, HH Rana Sahib Bhavsinhji
      Madhavsinhji Bahadur of Porbandar,
      and had issue.
  • HH Maharaja Raol Shri
    BHAVSINHJI II TAKHATSINGHJI
    , Maharaja Raol of Bhavnagar
    1896/1919, born 26th
    April 1875, Maharaja Raol [cr.1917], K.C.S.I. [cr.1904], married 1stly,
    1893, HH Maharani Dev Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharawal Shri
    Mansinhji
    Prithvirajji of Baria,
    and his wife, HH Maharani Chandra
    Kunverba Sahiba, married 2ndly, 1905, HH Maharani Nand Kunverba Sahiba,
    daughter of Thakore Raisinhji Jijibhai of Khirasra,
    and had issue. He died 17th July 1919.

    • HH Maharani Manhar Kunverba (by Maharani Dev Kunverba),
      married
      1912, HH Maharaja
      Mahendra
      Sir Yadvendra Singh Bahadur of Panna.
      She
      died
      1927.
    • Lt. HH Maharaja Raol Shri Sir Krishnakumarsinhji
      Bhavsinhji
      (qv)
    • Maharaj Nirmalkumarsinhji Bhavsinhji Gohil, married and
      had issue, two daughters. He died in the 1980’s.

      • Rajkumari Shri (name
        unknown
        ) Devi, married into the Samode royal family.
      • Rajkumari Shri Gayatri Devi, married Thakur Ashok Kumar
        Singh of Diggi, and has issue.
    • Maharaj Dharamkumarsinhji Bhavsinhji Gohil, born
      April 1917,
      educated
      at Harrow 1930/1931, married and had issue. He died January 1986.

      • HH Maharani Kumud Kumari, married HH Maharajah Shri
        Jyotendrasinhji Vikramsinhji Sahib
        of Gondal, and has issue.
  • Lt. HH Maharaja Raol Shri Sir
    KRISHNAKUMARSINHJI
    BHAVSINHJI
    , Maharaja Raol of Bhavnagar
    1919/1965, born
    19th May 1912, educated at Harrow 1927/1928, K.C.S.I. [cr.1938],
    Governor
    of Madras 1948/1952, Acting Rajpramukh of Saurashtra in 1948, married,
    HH Maharani Vijayba Sahiba, born 19th June 1910, died 6th October 1990,
    daughter of HH Maharajah Shri Bhojrajjisinhji Bhagwatsinhji Sahib of Gondal, and his wife, HH Maharani Raj
    Kunverba Saheb, and had issue. He died 1st April
    1965.

    • HH Maharaja Raol Shri Virbhadrasinhji Krishnakumarsinhji
      (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Shivbhadrasinhji Krishnakumarsinhji Gohil,
      married Maharajkumari Nalini Kumari,
      daughter
      of HH Maharana Raj Saheb Pratapsinhji Amarsinhji of Wankaner,
      and his wife, HH Maharani
      Rama
      Kunverba Sahiba.
    • Maharajkumari Hansa Devi Gohil [Yuvrani Hansa Devi of
      Ajaigarh], born 1941, married Yuvaraj
      Kaushalendra Singh of Ajaigarh, and
      has issue.
    • HH Maharani Dilhar Kumari, married HH Maharaja Mahendra
      Manvendra Singh
      Ju Deo of Panna, and has issue.
    • Maharajkumari Rohini Devi Gohil, married Maharajkumar
      Hanumant Sinhji of Kutch, and has issue.
  • HH Maharaja Raol Shri
    VIRBHADRASINHJI KRISHNAKUMARSINHJI
    , Maharaja Raol of Bhavnagar
    1965/1994,
    born
    14th March 1932, married 12th March 1955, HH Maharani Brijrajnandini
    Devi, daughter of HH Maharaja Shri Ganesh Pal Deo Bahadur Yadakul
    Chandra
    Bhal
    of Karauli, and had issue. He died
    26th
    July 1994.

    • HH Maharaja Raol Shri Vijayrajsinhji Virbhadrasinhji (qv)
  • HH Maharaja Raol Shri
    VIJAYRAJSINHJI VIRBHADRASINHJI
    , Maharaja Raol of Bhavnagar (see
    above)

OTHER MEMBERS:

  • Kumar Shri Chandrajitsinhji Vijaysinhji, educated at
    Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1942).
  • Kumar Shri Bharatkumarsinhji Ghanshyamsinhji, educated at
    Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1943).
  • Kumar Shri Pragraisinhji Gambhirsinhji of Varal, educated
    at
    Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1946).
  • Kumar Shri Manharsinhji
    Khedubha, educated at
    Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1954).
  • Kumar Shri Narendrasinhji Chandrajitsinhji, educated at
    Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1967), married and has issue.

    • Kumar Shri Satyajitsinhji, born 18th June 1987, educated
      at Rajkumar College, Rajkot.
  • Kumar Shri Raghvendrasinhji
    Chandrajitsinhji, educated at
    Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1976)
  • Kumar Shri
    Chandrasinhji
    Gohil, married Kumari Shri Hem Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Kumar Shri
    Shivsinhji Govindsinhji of Dhrangadhra,
    and his third wife, Kumari Shri Raj Kunwarba Sahiba, and had issue.
  • Kumar Shri Narsinhsinhji Raol, married and has issue, two
    sons.

    • Kumar Shri Hardevsinhji Raol, married Kumar Rani Jayaba
      Jadeja from Dhunia, and has issue, three daughters. (U.K.)

      • Kumari Tejalba Raol
      • Kumari Viralba Ballachanda, married 28th April 2008,
        Trishul Ballachanda from Coorg (Mysore), and has issue, one daughter.

        • Miss Tanvi Ballachanda
      • Rajalba Raol
    • Kumar Shri Jayveersinhji Raol, married Kumar Rani
      Manharba Jadeja from Dhunia, and has issue, three children.

      • Kumari Rajviba Raol
      • Kumar Shri Rajveersinhji Raol, married Kumar Rani
        Vandanaba from Lakadia.
      • Kumari Rajeshwariba Raol

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