Porbandar (Princely State)

PORBANDAR (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)

 
AREA: 1,663 km2PRIVY PURSE: 380,000R ACCESSION DATE:  15th February 1948
STATE: Saurashtra DYNASTY: Jethwa RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 106REVENUE: 2,100,000RsPOPULATION: 101,881 (1921)
   
PRESENT RULER: VACANT
 
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: A First Class state. Predecessor state was founded in 1193, renamed Ranpur in 1307, then Chhaya in 1574 and finally Porbandar in 1785. Rulers were...
  • 106. Rana SAGHJI 1120/1150, 106th Jethwa ruler and 1st Rana.
  • 111. Rana SHIYOJI
  • 154. Rana VIKIOJI 1193/1220
  • 155. Rana WAJSIJI 1220/1245
  • 160. Rana BHANJI 1307/1360
  • .....
  • Rana RAMDEVJI IV 1550/1574, mother was a daughter of Jam VIBHAJI of Nawanagar. He died 1574.
  • Rana KHIMAJI II (grandson) 1574/1626, died 1626.
  • Rana VIKMATJI II 1626/1671
  • Rana KHIMAJI III 1671/1699, married and had issue.
    • Rani As Kunwarba Sahiba, married Raj Sahib MEGHRAJJI II AMARSINHJI of Dhrangadhra.
  • Rana BHIMSINHJI 1699/1709, married and had issue.
    • Rani Manba Sahiba, married (as his 10th wife), Raj Sahib MEGHRAJJI II AMARSINHJI of Dhrangadhra.
  • Rana SULTANJI ??, married and had issue.
  • Rana KHIMAJI IV (grandson) 1709/1728, died 1728.
  • Rana VIKMATJI KHIMAJI III 1728/1759
  • Rana SULTANJI IV VIKMATJI 1759/1804 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 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] (1812?) 1813/1831
  • HH Rana Sahib VIKMATJI IV KHIMAJI 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 1900/1908, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; succeeded to the gaddi15th September 1900, married (a), a daughter of Thakur Saheb SURAJI II SURTANJI of Virpur, married (b), 1902, a daughter of HH Thakur Sahib TAKHATSINHJI JASWANTSINGHJI 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
  • Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Rana Sahib Shri Sir NATWARSINHJI BHAVSINHJI Bahadur 1908/1979, born 30th June 1901, Investiture was held on 26th January 1920, K.C.S.I., Maharaja Rana Sahib [cr.1918], 180th Jethwa ruler, 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 Thakur 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 sp1973, 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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