ICHALKARANJI

ICHALKARANJI(Jagir)

 

 

VILLAGES: 78 REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: xx
STATE: Kolharpur DYNASTY: Ghorpade RELIGION: Hindu
AREA: 622 km2 POPULATION: 9,107 (1881)

 

PRESENT RULER: Shrimant
GOVINDRAO [ABASAHEB] GHORPADE
, Chief of Ichalkaranji 1946/-

 

born 1936, adopted in 1946 by the widow of Shrimant
Narayanrao Govindrao Babasaheb Ghorpade, married and has issue, two
sons.

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: A
small estate lying 47 kilometres east of Kolhapur. Estate holders
were……

  • Shrimant NARO MAHADEO JOSHI,
    Chief of Ichalkaranji 1698/1720, he was adopted by Shrimant Santaji
    Ghorpade,
    and was granted the inam of Ichalkaranji. He died 1720
  • Shrimant VENKATRAO
    NARAYANRAO GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji 1720/1745, born
    1701, married Shrimant
    Anubai Sahiba, daughter of the first Maratha Peshwa,
    Balaji Vishwanath
    of Poona. He died 1745.
  • Shrimant NARAYANRAO
    VENKATRAO GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji 1745/1770, died 1770.
  • Shrimant VENKATRAO
    NARAYANRAO II GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji 1770/1795
  • Shrimant NARAYANRAO
    BABASAHEB GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji 1795/1827
  • Shrimant VENKATRAO
    NARAYANRAO III GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji 1827/1838
  • Shrimant KESHAVRAO
    VENKATRAO TATYASAHEB GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji 1838/1852
  • Shrimant NARAYANRAO
    GOVINDRAO BABASAHEB GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji
    1852/1864, led the
    industrial revolution
    in Ichalkaranji, which was considered to be the “Manchester of Western
    India”. Ichalkaranji became an industrial super state with an income
    almost
    half as much as that of Kolhapur despite being just 10th its size.
  • Shrimant GOVINDRAO
    ABASAHEB GHORPADE
    , Chief of
    Ichalkaranji 1864/1876, born 1853, adopted the son of Laxman Joshi
    (descendant of
    Naro
    Mahadeo Joshi, early
    17th century) in
    1876, who assumed the name of Shrimant Narayanrao Govindrao Babasaheb
    Ghorpade (qv). He died 1876.

    • (A) Shrimant Narayanrao Govindrao Babasaheb Ghorpade
      (qv)
  • Shrimant NARAYANRAO
    GOVINDRAO BABASAHEB GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji
    1876/1943, born 1870
    in Karkamb, Sholapur District, educated at Rajaram College, Kolhapur
    and
    Elphinstone and Law Colleges, Bombay, installed 1892, Member of the
    Bombay
    Legislative Council for 12 years; married in 1885, Shrimant Rani
    Gangabai
    [Maisaheb], daughter of Mohaniraj Paranjpe of Ahmednagar. They had no
    issue
    so he adopted his nephew Venkatrao in 1919.
    He died 21st October 1943 .

    • (A) Shri Laxman Vishnu Joshi M.A. [After adoption he
      was known as Yuvaraj Venkatrao
      Narayanrao
      Ghorpade], nephew and adopted son, Professor of History at Kayastha
      Pathshala College in Allahabad 1915/1917, adopted by his uncle in 1919,
      Private Secretary to the Chief of Ichalkaranji, married May 1914, Smt.
      Soubhagyavati Anubai Vahinisaheb
      Ghorpade [née Vimalatai Kanitkar], born 19th October 1900 at
      Alibaug, daughter of Shri Govindrao Wasudeo Kanitkar, District Court
      Judge at Alibaug, and his wife, Smt Kashitai, she was educated at Yeola
      Primary School, Girl’s High School at Hujoorpaga, Pune and matriculated
      from the Theosophical School in Banares, Member of the Theosophical
      Society in Kolhapur, President of the Shree Krishna Theosophical Lodge
      in Kolhapur; and had issue, one son and two daughters. He died 1924.

      • Shri Keshavrao Venkatrao
        Ghorpade, born 1920, died 1929.
      • Shrimati Shailajabai
        Ghorpade, married Shrimant Trimbakrao Bhawanrao Appasaheb Pant
        Pratinidhi, Chief of Vishalgadh,
        and had issue.
      • Shrimati Nirmaladevi
        Taisaheb Sohoni (née Ghorpade), married Shri Shridhar Vasudeo
        Sohoni, M.A., I.C.S., and had issue, two sons.

        • Dr. Venkatrao Sohoni, educated at the Indian
          Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, with a degree in electronics
          engineering (1963) and at IIT, Mumbai in 1972 with a Ph.D. in
          information systems; worked with IBM
          World Trade Corporation Mumbai 1963/1970 and later with Sandoz India
          1971/1985; President and C.E.O. of Wander 1985/1988; President, C.E.O.
          and Vice Chairman with Biosys, U.S.A. 1988/1995; Managing Director of
          Hindustan Ciba
          Geigy / Novartis, Mumbai, India 1996/1999; President and Managing
          Director of
          Pharmacia India, Gurgaon 1999/2003; Vice President of the Organisation
          of Pharmaceutical
          Producers of India (O.P.P.I.); Managing Director of Rallis India
          2003/-; married Neera Kuckreja
          Sohoni,
          and has issue.
        • Shrinivasrao Sohoni

  • Shrimant VINAYAK GHORPADE,
    Chief of Ichalkaranji 1943/1944, appointed by the
    Maharaja of Kolhapur, he claimed to be a descendant of Naro Mahadeo,
    and held the gaddi for a few
    months.
INTERREGNUM
1944/1946, after Shrimant Narayanrao Babasaheb Ghorpade passed away in
October 1943, there was a lot of confusion about the succession. A
member of the Kolhapur court was appointed for a short while, but
appeals made by Shrimant Rani Gangabai Maisaheb, the widow of Shrimant
Narayanrao Babasaheb to the Government (all the way to the Privy
Council in London), finally resulted in her getting permission to adopt
the successor. Even after that, there was some confusion because she
wanted to adopt the son of Shrimati Nirmaladevi Taisaheb Sohoni
(daughter of Venkatrao Narayanrao Ghorpade, see above). This was
resisted by Smt. Anubai Vahinisaheb Ghorpade, the widow of Venkatrao
Ghorpade. Eventually, this dispute was resolved and Smt. Gangabai
Maisaheb adopted Govindrao Abasaheb Ghorpade in 1946.
  • Shrimant GOVINDRAO
    ABASAHEB GHORPADE
    , Chief of Ichalkaranji (see above)

 

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