PORBANDAR

 

PORBANDAR (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)

 

 

AREA: 1,663 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 380,000Rs Accession Date:  15th
February 1948
STATE: Saurashtra DYNASTY: Jethwa RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 106 REVENUE: 2,100,000Rs POPULATION: 101,881 (1921)

 

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Predecessor state was founded in 1193, renamed Ranpur in
1307,
then Chhaya in 1574 and finally Porbandar in 1785. A
First
Class state, governed by the law of primogeniture. Rulers were…

  • Rana SAGHJI, Jethwa
    ruler and 1st Rana 1120/1150
  • Rana SHIYOJI,
    Jethwa ruler
  • Rana VIKIOJI, 154th
    Jethwa ruler 1193/1220
  • Rana WAJSIJI, 155th
    Jethwa ruler 1220/1245
  • Rana BHANJI, 160th
    Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1307/1360
  • …..
  • Rana KHIMAJI I,
    167th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur, married (amongst others), a
    daughter of Jam
    Shri Vibhaji Ravalji of Nawanagar,
    and had issue.

    • Rana Ramdevji IV (qv)
  • Rana RAMDEVJI IV,
    168th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1550/1574, married and had issue.
    He died 1574.

    • generation
      • Rana Khimaji II (qv)
  • Rana KHIMAJI II,
    169th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1574/1626, died 1626.
  • Rana VIKMATJI II,
    170th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1626/1671
  • Rana KHIMAJI III,
    171st Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1671/1699, married and had
    issue.

    • Rani As Kunwarba Sahiba, married Raj
      Sahib
      Meghrajji
      II Amarsinhji of Dhrangadhra.
  • Rana BHIMSINHJI,
    172nd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1699/1709, married and had
    issue.

    • Rani Manba Sahiba, married (as
      his
      10th wife), Raj
      Sahib
      Meghrajji
      II Amarsinhji
      of Dhrangadhra.
  • Rana SULTANJI,
    ?Rana of Chhaya?, married and had issue.

    • generation
      • Rana Khimaji IV (qv)
  • Rana KHIMAJI IV,
    173rd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1709/1728, died 1728.
  • Rana VIKMATJI KHIMAJI III,
    174th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1728/1759
  • Rana SULTANJI IV VIKMATJI,
    175th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1759/1785 then
    Rana of Porbandar 1785/1804 and 1812/1813, married
    (amongst others),
    Rani Bonjiba Sahiba, daughter of Raj Sahib Gajsinhji Raisinhji of Dhrangadhra,
    and his second wife, Rani Phuljiba Sahiba, and had issue. He died 1813.

    • Rana Halaji Sultanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Abhaisinhji Sultanji, of the Kathevana branch,
      married and
      had
      issue.

      • Kumar Shri Meghrajji Abhaisinhji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Kalubha Meghrajji, died sp.
      • Kumar Shri Gagjibhai Abhaisinhji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Nagsinhji Gagjibhai, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Balubha Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mohansinhji Balubha, married and had
              issue.
          • Kumar Shri Sardarsinhji Nagsinhji, married and had
            issue.
          • Kumar Shri Samatsinhji Nagsinhji, married and had
            issue.
          • Kumar Shri Devubha Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mobatsinhji Devubha
          • Kumar Shri Manubha Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mangalsinhji Manubha
        • Kumar Shri Abhairaji Gagjibhai, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Gagubha Abhairaji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mahipatsinhji Gagubha
  • Rana HALAJI SULTANJI,
    176th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar 1804/1812, of the
    Shrinagar branch,
    married and had
    issue. He died 1812.

    • Rana Khimaji Halaji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Halaji, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Naransinhji Ramsinhji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Motiji Naransinhji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Shivsinhji Motiji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Indrasinhji Shivsinhji Jethwa,
              educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1949); married and had issue.

              • Kumar Shri Rajendrasinhji
                Indrasinhji Jethwa,
                educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1976)
            • Kumar Shri Kishansinhji Shivsinhji Jethwa,
              educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1954).
            • Kumar Shri Dharmendrasinhji
              Shivsinhji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1964).
          • Kumar Shri Kesubha Motiji
          • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Motiji
  • Rana KHIMAJI HALOJI
    [Pratirajji], 177th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar (1812?)
    1813/1831
    • HH Rana Sahib VIKMATJI IV
      KHIMAJI
      , 178th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar
      1831/1894, born 1st April
      1819, succeeded
      20th June 1831 (#1),
      married
      (amongst others), HH Rani Bonjiba Sahiba, daughter of Raj Sahib
      Amarsinhji Raisinhji of Dhrangadhra, and his sixth
      wife, Rani Ram Kunwarba Sahiba, and had issue.
      He
      died 21st April 1900.

      • Yuvraj Saheb Madhavsinhji Vikmatji, married and had
        issue. He died vp
        before 1900.

        • HH Rana Sahib Bhavsinhji Madhavsinhji Bahadur (qv)
      • Kumar Shri Pratapsinhji Vikmatji, died sp.
      • Kumar Shri Hamirsinhji Vikmatji of Bapodar, married and
        had issue.

        • Kumar Shri Vajesinhji Hamirsinhji, married and had
          issue.

          • Kumar Shri Dadubha Vajesinhji Jethwa

 

INTERREGNUM 1894/1900

  • HH Rana Sahib BHAVSINHJI
    MADHAVSINHJI Bahadur
    , 179th Jethwa ruler and Rana of
    Porbandar 1900/1908,
    educated at Rajkumar
    College, Rajkot; succeeded to the gaddi 15th September 1900,
    married (a), a daughter of Thakur Saheb Suraji II Surtanji of Virpur, married
    (b), 1902, a daughter of HH Thakur Sahib Takhatsinhji Jaswantsinhji of Bhavnagar,
    and
    had issue.
    He died 10th December 1908.

    • Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Rana Sahib Shri Sir Natwarsinhji
      Bhavsinhji Bahadur (qv)
  • Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Rana
    Sahib Shri Sir NATWARSINHJI
    BHAVSINHJI Bahadur
    , 180th Jethwa ruler and Maharaja Rana of
    Porbandar
    1908/1979, born 30th June 1901, Investiture was held on 26th January
    1920,
    K.C.S.I.,
    Maharaja Rana Sahib [cr.1918],  educated at Rajkumar
    College, Rajkot (Diploma 1918); Captain of the All India Cricket Team
    in
    1932; married 1stly, 5th February 1920, HH Maharani Shri Rupaliba
    Sahiba, M.B.E., died 1943, daughter of HH Thakore Sahib Shri Sir
    Daulatsinhji Jashwantsinhji [Dadha
    Muluji] of Limbdi, married 2ndly, 20th
    November 1954, Maharani Anant
    Kunverba
    (a Welsh lady), died 1989. He died sp 4th October 1979 at
    Porbandar (#2).
    His heir was a distant cousin, Kumar Shri Udaybhan Sinhji Bahadur, who
    died sp
    in 1973, as a result, there is no representative of the Royal Family
    presently
    known, although a number of young nobles of the Morana, Ratdi,
    Shrinagar,
    Pandavadar and Baredia branches were eligible for adoption. The
    property
    was inherited by the second family of Maharani Anant Kunverba.

OTHER MEMBERS:

 

  • Maj.-Gen. Kumar Shri Chandrasinhji Desaiji Jethwa of
    Morana,
    educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1951); I.A. (ret’d.), President
    of the
    Old Boys Association of Rajkumar College 1997/2000, died 18th November
    2001.
  • Kumar Shri Hamirsinhji
    Takhatsinhji Jethwa, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1952)
  • Rani Badan Kunwarba Sahiba, married (as his fifteenth
    wife), Raj Sahib Raisinhji Pratapsinhji of Dhrangadhra.
  • Kumar Shri Pratapsinhji Jethwa
    of Srinagar, married 1976, Kumari Kiran Kunverba, daughter of Rana Shri
    Udaisinhji Mansinhji
    Sahib of Bhadakva, and his wife, Rani Bharati Kunwarba Sahiba.

 

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