BANSDA (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)


AREA: 557 kmē PRIVY PURSE: 160,000Rs ACCESSION: 10th June 1948
STATE: Bombay DYNASTY: Solanki - Vansdia clan
RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: xx POPULATION: 40,125 (1921) REVENUE: 776,942 Rs
AGENCY: Surat Agency (1930)



PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Sahib Shri DIGVIRENDRASINHJI INDRASINHJI, 22nd Raja of Bansda (19xx/-) (Digvi Niwas, Gujarat, India)
born 1st October 1927 (#4 p.60), married the elder daughter of Rajkumar Dr. Raghubir Sinh of Sitamau.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in the latter part of the 15th century by Solanki Rajputs of Kalarigarh, who were defeated in battle with Ahmed Shah of Ahmedabad and forced to make their home elsewhere. In 1893, the Maharawal was allowed to maintain a military force of 24 cavalry, 111 infantry, and 1 gun. Rulers were...
  • Raja Sahib (name unknown), 1st Raja of Bansda, after the defeat of the Rajas of Kalarigarh, a section of the Solanki rajputs settled in Bansda, and founded a principality, after defeating the Bhils in possession there.
  • Raja Sahib MULDEVJI, 2nd Raja of Bansda
  • Raja Sahib KHANDHALDEVJI, 3rd Raja of Bansda
  • Raja Sahib BALDEVJI, 4th Raja of Bansda
  • Raja Sahib KARANDEVJI, 5th Raja of Bansda
  • Raja Sahib UDAISINHJI I, 6th Raja of Bansda
  • Raja Sahib MALKARANJI, 7th Raja of Bansda
  • Raja Sahib UDAISINHJI II, 8th Raja of Bansda -/1701; married and had issue. He died 1701.
    • Raja Sahib Virsinhji I Udaisinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib VIRSINHJI I UDAISINHJI, 9th Raja of Bansda 1701/1716; married and had issue. He died 1716.
    • Raja Sahib Raybhanji Virsinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib RAYBHANJI VIRSINHJI, 10th Raja of Bansda 1716/1739; married and had issue. He died 1739.
    • Raja Sahib Ghulabsinhji Raybhanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Jorawarsinhji Raybhanji, he was granted the estate of Bisanpur after his father's death, but it was taken by the Maharaja of Baroda in 1763, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Virsinhji Jorawarsinhji, he disputed the succession of Raja Sahib Udaisinhji III Ghulabsinhji, but it was confirmed by the Peshwa and he was granted five villages in compensation; he was adopted by Raja Sahib Kiratsinhji Udaisinhji, and succeeded as Raja Sahib Virsinhji II Kiratsinhji, 14th Raja of Bansda (qv)
      • Kumar Shri Naharsinhji Jorawarsinhji, adopted by his brother, Raja Sahib Virsinhji Kiratsinhji and succeeded as Raja Sahib Naharsinhji Virsinhji, 15th Raja of Bansda (qv)
  • Raja Sahib GHULABSINHJI RAYBHANJI, 11th Raja of Bansda 1739/1753; married and had adoptive issue. He died 1753.
    • (A) Raja Sahib Udaisinhji III Ghulabsinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib UDAISINHJI III GHULABSINHJI, 12th Raja of Bansda 1753/1770; a distant cousin of his predecessor, he succeeded by adoption; married and had issue. He died about 1770.
    • Raja Sahib Kiratsinhji Udaisinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib KIRATSINHJI UDAISINHJI, 13th Raja of Bansda 1770/1780; married and had adoptive issue. He died 1780.
    • (A) Raja Sahib Virsinhji II Kiratsinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib VIRSINHJI II KIRATSINHJI, 14th Raja of Bansda 1780/1789; born as Kumar Shri Virsinhji Jorawarsinhji (see above), succeeded by adoption; married and had issue. He died 1789.
    • (A) Raja Sahib Naharsinhji Virsinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib NAHARSINHJI VIRSINHJI, 15th Raja of Bansda 1789/1793, born as Kumar Shri Naharsinhji Jorawarsinhji (see above), succeeded by adoption; married and had issue. He died 1793.
    • Raja Sahib Raisinhji Naharsinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib RAISINHJI NAHARSINHJI, 16th Raja of Bansda 1793/1815, married and had adoptive issue. He died 1815.
    • (A) Raja Sahib Udaisinhji IV Raisinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib UDAISINHJI IV RAISINHJI, 17th Raja of Bansda 1815/1828, a distant cousin of his predecessor; married and had adoptive issue. He died 27th October 1828 (#2).
    • (A) Raja Sahib Hamirsinhji Udaisinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib HAMIRSINHJI UDAISINHJI, 18th Raja of Bansda 1828/1862, born in or about April 1826, married and had adoptive issue. He died 1862.
    • (A) Raja Sahib Ghulabsinhji II Hamirsinhji (qv)
  • Raja Sahib GHULABSINHJI II HAMIRSINHJI, 19th Raja of Bansda 1862/1876, born 26th December 1858 (1838), cousin of his predecessor; educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married and had adoptive issue. He died 13th February 1876.
    • Maharaja Maharawal Sahib Shri Pratapsinhji Ghulabsinhji (qv)
  • Maharaja Maharawal Sahib Shri PRATAPSINHJI GHULABSINHJI, 20th Raja of Bansda 1876/1911, born 23rd November 1864 or 6th December 1863, succeeded 6th March 1876 (#1), educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married and had issue. He died 21st September 1911.
    • HH Maharaja Maharawal Sahib Shri Indrasinhji Pratapsinghji (qv)
    • Thakur Pravinsinghji Pratapsinghji, born 1891, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married and had issue.
      • Thakur Narendrasinghji Pravinsinghji
      • Thakur Ghanshyhamsinghji Pravinsinghji
      • Thakur Vikramsinghji Pravinsinghji
      • Thakur Bhupendrasinghji Pravinsinghji, married and has issue.
        • Thakur Shree Ajaypalsinghji Bhupendrasinghji, Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, Baroda, married Thakurani Krishanakunverbasaheb of Sapar in Morvi, and has issue, one son.
          • Kanwar Harshwardhan Singh, born 1980, working for Jetairways Baroda, married Kumari Dhaneshwari Devi, daughter of Kumar Shri Shivrajsinhji Surendrasinhji of Sayla, and has issue, one son.
            • Kumar Chandraaditya Sinhji Harswardhan Sinhji Solanki
      • Thakur Pradumansinghji Pravinsinghji
      • Thakur Nrupendrasinhji Pravinsinghji
    • Thakur Natwarsinhji Pratapsinhji, born 20th October 1894, died 13th November 1912.
    • Thakur Kishorsinhji Pratapsinghji
  • Maharaja Maharawal Sahib Shri INDRASINHJI PRATAPSINHJI K.C.I.E., 21st Raja of Bansda 1911/-, born 16th February 1888 (#3)(#4 p.60) and succeeded 21st September 1911, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, married and had issue.
    • Kunwari Shri Sushil Kunwarba [HH Maharani Sushil Devi of Ajaigarh], born 10th July 1914, married HH Sawai Maharaja Devendra Vijaya Singh of Ajaigarh, and had issue.
    • Maharajkumar Shri Digvirsinhji Indrasinhji, born 21st July 1916.
    • Maharajkumar Shri Harshadkumarsinhji Indrasinhji, born 24th February 1918, died 30th December 1920.
    • HH Maharaja Sahib Shri Digvirendrasinhji Indrasinhji (qv)
    • Maharani Sudheer Kunverba, married HH Maharaja Shri Mahendrasinhji Lakhdhirji of Morvi.
    • Rani Sahiba (name unknown), married (as his first wife), Raja Shri Amar Krishna Narain Singhji, Raja of Ramnagar-Dhameri.
  • HH Maharaja Maharawal Sahib Shri DIGVIRENDRASINHJI INDRASINHJI, 22nd and present Raja of Bansda (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893, p.50; gives date of birth as 6th December 1863.
2. ref. IOR/F/4/1409/55607 - date: Jul 1828-Apr 1832
3. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945
4. "List Of Ruling Princes And Chiefs In Political Relations With The Government Of Bombay And Their Leading Officials Nobles And Personages", Calcutta: Government of India Central Publication Branch, 1931