KUTCH

     

    KUTCH (Princely State)

    (17 gun salute, 19 gun local)

     

     

    AREA: 21,365 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 800,000Rs ACCESSION: 1st June 1948
    STATE: Saurashtra DYNASTY: Jadeja RELIGION: Hindu
    POPULATION: 512,084 (1892) CAPITAL:  Bhuj

     

     

    PRESENT RULER: HH
    Maharajadhiraj
    Mirza Maharao Shri PRAGMALJI MADANSINHJI III Sawai Bahadur

    [Prithvirajji]
    , 19th Maharao Saheb of Kutch since 21st June 1991.
    (The Palace,
    Bhuj,
    Kutch
    - 370001, Gujarat, India)

     

     

    married 1957, Maharajkumari Priti Devi [HH Maharani Priti
    Devi of Kutch], daughter of Lt.-Col.
    HH Bisam-Samar-Bijayi Mahamahodya Pancha-Srijukta Maharaja Manikya Sir
    Bir Bikram Kishore Dev Varman Bahadur of Tripura.

     

     

    PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Predecessor
    state
    founded
    about
    1255, and Kutch state was established by Jam Khengarji I, in 1548.
    HisHighness the Maharao maintains a military force of 354 cavalry, 1412
    infantry, and 164 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 1 7 guns (as of
    1892). Rulers were…

    • Jam GAOJI, Jam Saheb 1255/1285
    • Jam VAHENJI. Jam Saheb 1285/1321
    • Jam MULVAJI, Jam Saheb 1321/1347
    • Jam KAIYAJI, Jam Saheb 1347/1386
    • Jam AMARJI, Jam Saheb 1386/1429
    • Jam BHEENJI, Jam Saheb 1429/1472
    • Jam HAMIRJI, Jam Saheb 1472/1535, married and had issue. He
      was murdered about
      1535.

      • Rao Khengarji I Hamirji (qv)
      • Kumar Shri Aliaji Hamirji of Ramayan
      • Kumar Shri Sahebji Hamirji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Jasoji Sahebji of Vinjan
        • Kumar Shri Hamirji Sahebji of Mothara
        • Kumar Shri Panchanji Sahebji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Devaji Panchanji of Ruva Sumri Roha.
        • Kumar Shri Tamachiji Sahebji
      • Kumar Shri Rayabji Hamirji

     

      1. Rao KHENGARJI I HAMIRJI,
        1st Rao Saheb of Kutch 1548/1585 (Jam from 1535), born
        about 1510, married
        and had issue. He died 1585.

        • Rao Bharmalji I Khengarji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Bhojrajji Khengarji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Aliaji Bhojrajji of Kera Parganah.

     

      1. Rao BHARMALJI I KHENGARJI,
        2nd Rao Saheb of Kutch 1585/1631, married and had issue.

        • Kumar Shri Jethiji Bharmalji
        • Rao Bhojrajji Bharmalji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Meghji Bharmalji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Khengarji
            Meghji, he succeeded as Rao Khengarji II Bhojrajji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Rayadhanji Bharmalji
        • Kumar Shri Pragji Bharmalji
        • Kumar Shri Asaji Bharmalji
        • Kumar Shri Laghdirji Bharmalji

     

      1. Rao BHOJRAJJI BHARMALJI,
        3rd Rao Saheb of Kutch 1631/1645, married and had issue.

        • Kumar Shri Ajoji Bhojrajji of Madi
        • Rao Tamachiji Bhojrajji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Unadji Bhojrajji of Varsamedi
        • Kumar Shri Abhairajji Bhojrajji of Chirai
        • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Bhojrajji of Bhachau
        • Kumar Shri Sujoji Bhojrajji of Pakdasar
        • Kumar Shri Kumbhoji Bhojrajji of Kumbhardi

     

      1. Rao KHENGARJI II BHOJRAJJI,
        Rao Saheb of Kutch 1645/1654,
        born as Kumar Shri Khengarji
        Meghji, he was adopted by his uncle, married and had issue.

        • Kumar Shri Hamirji Khengarji of Aniras

     

      1. Rao TAMACHIJI BHOJRAJJI,
        5th Rao Saheb of Kutch 1654/1662, married and had issue.

        • Kumar Shri Hajoji Tamachiji of Dhamarka
        • Rao Rayadhanji II Tamachiji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Hardholji Tamachiji
        • Kumar Shri Kalyanji Tamachiji of Vadli
        • Kumar Shri Meghji Tamachiji of Sagliyu

     

      1. Rao RAYADHANJI II TAMACHIJI,
        6th Rao Saheb of Kutch 1662/1697, married (amongst
        others), Rani
        Sajuba
        Sahiba, daughter of  Raj Sahib Meghrajji II Amarsinhji of Dhrangadhra, and had
        issue.
        He died 1697.

        • Maharao Pragmalji I Rayadhanji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Nanghanji Rayadhanji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Haloji Nanghanji of Kothara
          • Kumar Shri Sattoji Nanghanji of Nara
          • Kumar Shri Devaji Nanghanji of Akri
          • Kumar Shri Bharoji Nanghanji of Goniasar
        • Kumar Shri Ravaji Rayadhanji, married and had issue.
          • Thakur Sahib Kanyaji Ravaji, he consolidated Morvi.
        • Kumar Shri Sujoji Rayadhanji of Tharahada
        • Kumar Shri Jinoji Rayadhanji of Kera
        • Kumar Shri Gopalji Rayadhanji of Faradi
        • Kumar Shri Modji Rayadhanji of Gundara
        • Kumar Shri Abhairajji Rayadhanji

     

      1. Maharao PRAGMALJI I
        RAYADHANJI
        , 7th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1697/1715, married and
        had
        issue.

        • Maharao Ghodaji I Pragmalji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Niranji Pragmalji of Godhra
        • Kumar Shri Sagramji Pragmalji of Katariya
        • Kumar Shri Karanji Pragmalji of Mankuva
        • Kumar Shri Dudoji Pragmalji

     

      1. Maharao GHODAJI I PRAGMALJI,
        8th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1715/1718, married and had
        issue.

        • Maharao Desalji I Ghodaji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Rayabhji Ghodaji of Khakhar.
        • Kumar Shri Jiwanji Ghodaji of Ratadiya.
        • Kumar Shri Hajoji Ghodaji of Patri.
        • Kumar Shri Umroji Ghodaji of Gajod.

     

      1. Maharao DESALJI I GHODAJI
        [Daishalji] (Desara Parmesara), 9th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1718/1741,
        born 1707,
        married
        (amongst
        others), Maharani Ratna Sahiba, daughter of Raj
        Sahib
        Jaswantsinhji Gajsinhji of
        Dhrangadhra, and had issue. He died
        1741.

        • Mirza Maharao Lakhpatji Desalji (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Rayadhanji Desalji

     

      1. Mirza Maharao LAKHPATJI
        DESALJI
        , 10th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1741/1760, married and had
        issue.
        He died
        1760.

        • Mirza Maharao Ghodaji II Lakhpatji (qv)
        • Maharaj Mansinhji Lakhpatji of Dujapur.
        • Maharaj Khanji Lakhpatji of Khanpar.
        • Maharaj Sabalji Lakhpatji of Khirasra.
        • Maharaj Jiwanji Lakhpatji of Desalpar.
        • Maharaj Hajoji Lakhpatji of Jhakhau.
        • Maharaj Umroji Lakhpatji of Trambuv.

     

      1. Mirza Maharao GHODAJI II
        LAKHPATJI
        , 11th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1760/1778, married
        (amongst
        others),
        Maharani
        Shri Motiba Sahiba, daughter of
        Raj Sahib Raisinhji
        Pratapsinhji of Dhrangadhra,
        and his sixth wife, Rani Bajiba Sahiba, and
        had issue. He died 1778.

        • Mirza Maharao Rayadhanji Ghodaji III (qv)
        • Maharaj Prithvirajji Ghodaji Sahib [Bhaijibawa]

     

      1. Mirza Maharao RAYADHANJI
        GHODAJI III
        , 12th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1778/1786, born 1764,
        died
        1813.

    FATEH MUHAMMED 1786/1813
    (regent)

    HUSAIN MIYAN 1813/1814
    (regent)

      1. Mirza Maharao BHARMALJI
        RAYADHANJI II
        , 13th Maharao Saheb of Kutch
        1814/1819 (deposed)

     

      1. Mirza Maharao DESALJI
        BHARMALJI II
        [Daishalji], 14th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1819/1860,
        born
        1816, married
        1stly, Maharani Baijirajba Sahiba, daughter of Raj Sahib Amarsinhji
        Raisinhji of Dhrangadhra,
        and his seventh wife, Rani Ram Kunwarba Sahiba, married 2ndly,
        Maharani
        Rupaliba Sahiba, daughter of Raj Sahib Amarsinhji
        Raisinhji of Dhrangadhra,
        and his fourth wife, Rani Sahib Kunwarba Sahiba, and had issue. He died
        26th July 1860.

        • Mirza Maharao Pragmalji Desaji II (qv)
        • Thakur Saheb Hamirji Desalji Sahib of Tera, married and
          had
          issue.

          • Thakur Saheb Gagubha Hamirji Sahib of Tera (41
            villages), married and
            had
            issue.

            • Thakurani Jijiraj Ba Sahiba, married 1898 (as his
              fourth wife), Thakur
              Amar Sinhji of Namli in Madhya Pradesh.
            • Thakur Saheb Jethisinhji Gagubha of Tera, married
              Kumari Shri Tara Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of Kumar Shri Shivsinhji
              Govindsinhji of Hampar in Dhrangadhra,
              and
              his
              third
              wife,
              Kumari Shri Raj Kunwarba Sahiba, and
              had issue.
              • Thakur Saheb Dr. Rudrasinhji Jethisinhji Jadeja of
                Tera, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married and had issue. He
                died 25th January 2003.

                • Kumar Shri Mayurdhwajsinhji Rudrasinhji, educated
                  at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1985).
              • Kumar Shri Narendrasinhji Jethisinhji, educated
                at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1958).
              • Kumar Shri Gajendrasinhji Jethisinhji, educated
                at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1971).
          • [?Thakur Saheb Nanubha Hamirji Sahib of Tera,
            married and
            had
            issue.

            • Thakurani Manhar
              Kunwarba, married Col. Thakur Rajendra Sinhji of Namli, and had issue.
              ]

     

      1. Mirza Maharao PRAGMALJI
        DESALJI II
        G.C.S.I., 15th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1860/1876, born
        1838,
        early on he showed himself anxious to improve the management of the
        State, he framed codes for the guidance of his officers in matters of
        civil
        and criminal justice, he undertook works of public usefulness, and
        introduced State systems of public instruction and of vaccination, in
        recognition of his excellent administration he was honoured with the
        title of Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India in 1871; he
        constructed important public works, e.g. the Albert Edward Breakwater
        and
        Harbour Works at Mandvi, the Alfred High School at Bhuj, the provincial
        centre of education, and the establishment of two “Rao Shri Pragmalji
        Scholarships” in the Elphinstone College, and two in Sir Jamsetji
        Jijibhai’s School of Art, Bombay, he also constructed the Pragsar Tank,
        an immense reservoir of rain water in the
        Chadwa range of hills, and a causeway in the large Hamirsar tank, he
        also built the Jail, the Hospital, the Horse and Elephant Stables, and
        the Schools at Bhuj and Mandvi, he remitted transit duties, and
        occasionally remitted import duties in times of scarcity or deficient
        rainfall; married
        1stly, 1854,
        Maharani Achuba Kunwarba Sahiba, daughter of HH Raj Sahib Ranmalji
        Amarsinhji of Dhrangadhra, and his
        first wife, HH Rani
        Jan
        Kunwarba Sahiba, married 2ndly, 1862,
        Maharani
        Karsan Kunwarba Sahiba [Krishna Kumari], daughter of HH Raj Sahib
        Ranmalji Amarsinhji of Dhrangadhra,
        and
        had
        issue.
        He
        died 1st January 1876.

        • HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Shri Sir Khengarji
          Pragmalji III Sawai
          Bahadur (qv)
        • Maharaj Kumar Kalyansinhji Pragmalji Saheb, born 1870,
          educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, he was created a Companion of the
          Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire in 1887, married in March
          1889,
          a Princess of Aramda in Okha, Kathiawar.
        • Kumari Bairajba [HH Maharani Sahiba of
          Bikaner], married 187x, HH Maharaja Shri Dungar Singhji of Bikaner.

     

      1. HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Shri Sir
        KHENGARJI
        PRAGMALJI III Sawai
        Bahadur
        G.C.I.E., 16th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1876/1942, born
        23rd August
        1866, on 11th August 1884, having attained his majority of eighteen
        years of age, he was invested with full ruling powers, formally
        installed on 14th November 1884, he was granted the title of Sawai
        Bahadur on 2nd March 1885 as a hereditary distinction, he was created a
        Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire (G.C.I.E.) in 1887, and
        a Knight Grand Commander of the Most
        Exalted Order of the Star of India (G.C.S.I.) in 1917, he enjoys a
        local gun salute of 19, Member
        of the Standing Committe of Indian Princes’ Chamber, he evinced a deep
        interest in education, and especially in the education of women, by
        founding a Sanskrit school or Pathshala, the Fergusson Museum and
        Library at Bhuj, as well as a number of scholarships for both male and
        female students, he made considerable improvements in public works,
        including the extension of roads, the pier and reclamation works, and
        the erection of new buildings; well irrigation, and other means of
        irrigation have also been adopted, strenuous efforts have also been
        made in the direction of reclamation of waste land and fifteen new
        villages have been established; married
        simultaneously on 19th
        February 1884 in a joint ceremony (#1),
        HH Maharani Motiba Saheb, daughter
        of the Thakur Sahib of Sayla, married simultaneously on 19th February
        1884 in a joint ceremony, HH
        Maharani
        Gangaba
        Saheb,
        daughter of Raj Rana Jalamsinhji of Charadva
        in Dhrangadhra, and had issue. He passed away on 15th January 1942.

        • HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Shri Vijayarajji
          Khengarji Sawai
          Bahadur
          [Madhubha] (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Godji Khengarji Saheb [Manubha], born 12th
          September 1888 (#1),
          he received an appanage in the villages of Chasra and Mokha in the
          Taluka of Mundra in Kutch; married
          Rani
          Roop
          Kunwarba
          Saheba, daughter of Maharaj Jai Singh of Bambolia,
          and his wife, Rani Jadav Kunwar, and had issue.

          • Kumar Shri Zorawarsinhji Godji, married Rani
            Pushpawali Kunwar, daughter of Rajkumar Pratap Singh, Yuvaraj Saheb of Banera, and had issue, three sons and one
            daughter.

            • Kumar Shri Ghanshyamsinhji Zorawarsinhji, educated
              at
              Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1961); married Baijilal Shobha Kumari,
              daughter of Thakur
              Prithviraj Singh of Bidwal, and his
              wife,
              Thakurani Shrimant Daulat Kunwarji,
              and has
              issue.

              • Kunwar Adityasinhji Ghanshyamsinhji, educated at
                Daly College and at Simbiosis College, Puna (B.Com.)
            • Kunwar Raghuvirsinhji Jorawarsinhji, educated at
              Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1965).
            • Kunwar Devendrasinhji Jorawarsinhji, educated at
              Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1968).
          • Kumar Shri Narpatsinhji Godji
          • Kumar Shri Naharsinhji Godji, married Rani Shyamlata
            Kumari of
            Rajpipla, sp.
          • HH Maharani Dilhar Kumari, born 30th January 1925 in
            Bhuj,
            married 19th May
            1943, HH Maharana Sahib Devi Singhji of Barwani,
            and
            had
            issue.
            She
            died 18th August 2007.
          • Kumar Shri Dilipsinhji Godji, born 16th August 1927,
            educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1947); married in
            Kutch,
            Rani Saheba Narendra Kumari, born
            16th September 1934, died 23rd October 2000, daughter of Maharaj
            Virbhadra Singh of Dungarpur,
            and his wife, Rani Tej
            Kunwar, and has issue.

            • Rajkumari Veena Kumari, born 25th July 1954, married
              22nd January 1976,
              Kunwar Abhimanyu Singh of Churhat,
              born
              15th January 1950, and has issue.

              • Kunwar Abhijeet Singh, born 19th
                July
                1978.
              • Baiji Lal Aradhana Kumari, born
                15th
                January 1985.
            • Rajkumari Mandakini Kumari, born 12th June 1959,
              married 10th July 1988 (div. 24th March 2000), Kumar Shri Ajayveersinh
              Ghanshyamsinh Chapotkat of Mansa,
              born 30th September 1958, and has issue, one
              son.

              • Kumar Shri Jayvardhan Sinh Chapotkat, born
                26th
                October 1990.
            • Kunwar Devrajsinhji Dilipsinhji, born 11th August
              1960, married 5th May
              1992, Kunwarani Jaylakshmi Devi, daughter of HH Thakore Sahib Shri
              Kedarendradevsinhji Surendrasinhji of Wadhwan,
              and
              his wife, HH Thakorani Saheb Jayshree Kumari, and
              has
              issue.

              • Baiji Lal Malavika Kumari, born 7th September 1993.
              • Baiji Lal Ambika Kumari, born 28th March 2001.
        • Maharajkumar Lakhubha Khengarji Sahib, died young.
        • Maharajkumari Kesaba Saheb [HH Maharani Saheb of Kotah],
          married 17th April 1897 at Bhuj, Colonel HH Maharao Shri Umaid Singhji
          II of Kotah.
        • Maharajkumari (name unknown) [HH Maharani Saheb
          of Ratlam], married 29th June 1902, Col. HH Maharaja Sir
          Sajjan Singhji
          Bahadur
          of Ratlam.
        • Maharajkumari Takhat Kunverba Saheb [HH Maharani Saheb
          of Sirohi], married HH Maharajadhiraj Maharao Sir Sarup Ram
          Singhji of Sirohi.

     

      1. HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza
        Maharao Shri VIJAYARAJJI KHENGARJI
        Sawai
        Bahadur

        [Madhubha], 17th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1942/1948, born 2nd September
        1885, married 6th March 1907,
        HH
        Maharani
        Shri
        Padmakunwar Ba Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharao Kesari Singhji Bahadur of
        Sirohi, and had
        issue. He passed away on 26th February 1948.

        • Yuvaraj Shri Madansinhji
          Vijayarajji Sawai
          Bahadur, he succeeded as HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Shri
          Madansinhji
          Vijayarajji Sawai
          Bahadur
          of Kutch (qv)
        • Maharajkumar Sahib Natwarsinhji Vijayrajji, died young.
        • Maharajkumar Shri Fatehsinhji Vijayrajji Jadeja, married
          and
          has issue.

          • Rani Virendra Kumari, born 12th December 1940, married
            Brig. Shri V. P. Singhji Saheb.
          • Rani Raj Vijayraj Kumari, born 21st December
            1942, married 15th
            May 1972, Maharaj Shri Arvind Singhji of Udaipur,
            and
            has
            issue.
        • Maharajkumar Shri Himmatsinhji Vijayrajji Jadeja,
          educated at
          Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1947); married Kaurani Sahiba Padmini
          Kunverba,
          died
          4th December 2006 at Kutch, daughter of HH
          Maharana Raj Saheb Pratapsinhji Amarsinhji of Wankaner, and his wife, HH Maharani
          Rama
          Kunver, and
          has
          issue.

          • Rani Bharati Kunwarba, married Maharaj Mahijit Singh of
            Jhalawar,
            and has issue.
        • Maharajkumari Raj Kunverba Saheb [HH Maharani Hansa
          Kumari of Sant], married HH Maharana Shri
          Pravinsinhji
          Jorawarsinhji
          of Sant, and had issue.
        • Maharajkumari Dev Kunverba Saheb [HH Rani Saheba of
          Narsinghgarh], married June 1929, HH Raja Shri Sir Vikram
          Singhji Sahib of Narsingharh.
        • Maharajkumari Pravin Kunverba Saheb [HH Maharani Saheb of
          Rewah], married 1943, HH Maharajah
          Martand Singhji of Rewah.

     

      1. HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza
        Maharao Shri MADANSINGHJI
        VIJAYRAJJI Sawai
        Bahadur

        [Meghrajji], 18th Maharao Saheb of Kutch 1948/1991, born 12th October
        1909 in Bhuj, married HH
        Maharani
        Rajendra
        Kunverba, daughter of Lt.-Col. HH Umdae Rajhae Buland Makan
        Maharajadhiraja
        Maharaja Sir
        Madan
        Singhji Bahadur of Kishangarh, and had
        issue. He passed away on 21st June 1991 in London.

        • HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Shri Pragmalji
          Madansinhji III Sawai
          Bahadur
          [Prithvirajji] (qv)
        • Maharaj Kumar Sahib Bhupatsinhji Madansinhji Jadeja
        • Maharaj Kumari Sahiba Nanda Kumari, married 16th May
          1976, Rajkumar
          Birendra
          Singhji, son of Rao Sahib Udaya Singhji of Patan.
        • Maharaj Kumar Sahib Hanuwantsinhji Madansinhji Jadeja,
          married Maharajkumari Rohini Devi, daughter of Lt. HH
          Maharaja Raol
          Shri Sir Krishnakumarsinhji
          Bhavsinhji
          of Bhavnagar,
          and his wife, HH Maharani Vijayba Sahiba, and
          has
          issue.

          • Kumar Shri Satyajitsinhji Hanuwantsinhji Jadeja
          • Kumar Shri Pratapsinhji Hanuwantsinhji Jadeja, born 3rd
            March 1972 in Bombay, Graduate, educated at Jamnabai Narsee School,
            Bombay; Junior National Gold Medalist in the High Jump; married 12th
            March 1993 in Bombay, Kumari Shalini
            Kumari of Ramgarh Pachwara, and has issue, two sons and one daughter.

            • Kumar Shri Anirudhsinhji Pratapsinhji Jadeja,
              presently (2008) studying at Rajkumar College, Rajkot;
            • Kumari Shri Trishulinikumari Pratapsinhji Jadeja,
              presently (2008) studying at Mayo College, Girl’s School, Ajmer;
            • Kumar Shri Meghdeepsinhji Pratapsinhji Jadeja
        • Maharaj Kumari Sahiba Brijraj Kumari, married Rajkumar
          Raj Sinh of Sitamau,
          and has issue.

     

    1. HH Maharajadhiraj Mirza
      Maharao Shri PRAGMALJI MADANSINHJI
      III Sawai
      Bahadur
      , 19th Maharao Saheb of Kutch (see above)

     

     

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