MANDAWAD (Girasia) 






Kathi Rajput (#1) state also known as
Mandav Gadh, the giras
(ownership) of
this estate at one time
extended to more then 150 villages. During the minority of Wala Harsur
Bapu, a neighboring
Girasia, Bawa Wala, laid a forcible hand on his Giras and dispossessed
him. Ten years later, Harsur Bapu murdered Bawa Wala and regained his
old Giras. But Bawa’s descendants would not quietly submit to the
deed and were out to seek revenge. The Junagadh state interfered and
sequestered the Giras of Harsur Bapu for this act of violence.
left with nothing, Harsur Bapu became an outlaw. Later his grievance
was carried to the British government and because of the harassment to
Junagadh state through his outlawry, an agreement was reached between
Junagadh and Harsur Bapu. By this Parwana
(agrrement), the Girasia, in lieu of
his old giras, received 6
specified villages and certain privileges in Gir forest (certain rights
cutting wood, grazing, collecting grass etc.). Later these rights,
because of certain disagreements relating to
duties, were converted into a cash amount of 3,500Rs and 2 lakh bundles
of grass in a famine year. The amount was given under Sudhara Varad, this payment (Vadtar or reimbursement) was
stopped some years
ago, but it was successfully challenged in the supreme court by the
late Darbar Shri, and is still being payed yearly of the amount of
3,500Rs. Around 175 years ago, when the new state was formed
comprising the 6
villages mentioned above, the capital was shifted to Nani Visavadar,
which was renamed some years later to Mandawad, though “Nava Visavadar
urfe (meaning alias)
Mandavad” remained in all
official records till 1947. This was because of the
presence of a deity (or an angelic demon or a Gin) in a Banyan tree
which is called Vadlo in Gujarati. This Vadlo is still present
and hordes of people still come to pray (or for Mannat) to the deity.
inside the Darbar Gadh at Mandawad, there is a dargah of a Muslim Pir
called Davalsha Pir. Many people come to worship at this dargah every

  • Darbar Shri HARSUR WALA -/1856, born 1800, died 1856.
  • Darbar Shri KALA WALA 1856/1860, born 1825, died 1860.
  • Darbar Shri HARSUR WALA 1860/1912, born 1860, died 1912.
  • Darbar Shri JIVA WALA 1912/1936, born 1895, married and had
    issue. He
    died 1936.

    • Darbar Shri BABBHAI JIVA WALA (qv)
    • Darbar Shri KALA JIVA WALA (qv)
  • Darbar Shri BABBHAI JIVA WALA 1936/-, died young.
  • Darbar Shri KALA JIVA WALA -/1963, born 1930, married and
    issue. He died 1963.

    • Darbar Shri JASSA KALA WALA 1963/2001, born 1950,
      educated at
      Rajkumar College of Rajkot; married and had issue.
      He died 2001.

      • Darbar Shri HARPALSINH JASSA WALA,
        born 1975, married February 2007, present joint Darbar Shri of Mandawad
        since 2001.
      • Darbar Shri YASHPAL JASSA WALA, born 1979, present
        joint Darbar Shri of Mandawad since 2001. (Mumbai,
    • Darbar Shri PUNJA KALA WALA, born 1956 in Mandavad,
      present joint Darbar Shri of Mandawad since 1963, educated at Rajkumar
      College of Rajkot (Senior Cambridge with a First Class), Head Boy of
      the Seniors, awarded the Wynter-Blyth Gold Medal and the Prefect’s Cup,
      besides many prizes for Recitations, Dramatics, Sports and Art-Drawing
      and Metal Work, and at the Wilson College, Bombay (B.A. with History
      and Political Science), elected the Social Secretary and the Secretary
      for the History Department; together with his wife, they established
      the Sunshine School in 1985, Member of the Committee of the Ahmedabad
      Kennel Club, Member of the Committee of the Young Riders’ Club (Gujarat
      Equestrian Club), Life Member of WWF (World Wildlife Fund), the the
      Animal Help Foundation and the Ka-Ma Ashwa Society (for Kathiawadi and
      Marwari breed horses), former Charter President of the Lions Club of
      Ahmedabd Midtown and currently a member of the prestigious Rotary Club
      – Ahmdabad Main; associated with the Blind People’s Association and is
      a regular participant in Car Rallies held in their aid and also as a
      Trophy Sponsor, Proprietor of Sungrace Enterprise (real-estate
      business), Treasurer of the Heritage Hotels Association; married Rani
      Nirmalkunvarba from Paliyad in Bhavnagar Dist., and has issue, two
      daughters. (Ahmedabad,

      • Kumari Devkunvarba (Deviba) Wala
      • Kumari Gayatri Devi (Gayatriba) Wala


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