BARIA (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

AREA: 2,105.67 km˛ PRIVY PURSE: Rs2,25,000 ACCESSION: 10th June 1948
STATE: Bombay DYNASTY: Kichhi-Chauhan RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 495 POPULATION: 159,429 (1941) REVENUE: 12,03,463Rs
AGENCY: Rewa Kantha Agency (1930)

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The ancestor of the family was Rawal Patai, last Chauhan King of Champaner around 1484. His son Rawal Raisinghji, had two sons, of whom the elder succeeded to Chhota-Udaipur, and the younger, Raja Dungarsinghji, became the founder of Baria in around 1524. A Second Class state in the Rewa Kantha Agency. In 1893, the Raja was allowed to maintain a military force of 38 cavalry, 250 infantry and 3 guns. Rulers were....
  • Raja DUNGARSINHJI I, 1st Raja of Baria, married and had issue. He lived around 1524.
    • Raja Udaisinhji Dungarsinhji (qv)
  • Raja UDAISINHJI DUNGARSINHJI, 2nd Raja of Baria, married and had issue.
    • Raja Rayasinhji Udaisinhji (qv)
  • Raja RAYASINHJI UDAISINHJI, 3rd Raja of Baria, married and had issue.
    • Raja Vijaysinhji Rayasinhji (qv)
  • Raja VIJAYSINHJI RAYASINHJI, 4th Raja of Baria, married and had issue.
    • Raja Mansinhji Vijaysinhji (qv)
  • Raja MANSINHJI VIJAYSINHJI, 5th Raja of Baria, married and had issue. He died about 1720 (#2).
    • Raja Prithvirajji Mansinhji (qv)
  • Raja PRITHVIRAJJI I MANSINHJI, 6th Raja of Baria, married and had issue. He died after 1732.
    • Raja Rayadharji Prithvirajji (qv)
  • Raja RAYADHARJI PRITHVIRAJJI, 7th Raja of Baria, married and had issue. (#3)
    • Raja Gangadasji Rayadharji (qv)
  • Raja GANGADASJI I RAYADHARJI, 8th Raja of Baria, married and had isssue.
    • Raja Gambhirsinhji Gangadasji (qv)
  • Raja GAMBHIRSINHJI GANGADASJI, 9th Raja of Baria, married and had issue.
    • Raja Dhiratsinhji Gambhirsinhji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Sahebsinhji Gambhirsinhji, married and had issue.
      • Raja Jashwantsinhji Sahebsinhji (qv)
  • Raja DHIRATSINHJI GAMBHIRSINHJI, 10th Raja of Baria (#4)
  • Raja JASHWANTSINHJI SAHEBSINHJI, 11th Raja of Baria, married and had issue. He lived around 1803.
    • Raja Gangadasji II Jashwantsinhji (qv)
  • Raja GANGADASJI II JASHWANTSINHJI, 12th Raja of Baria -/1819, married and had issue. He died in August 1819.
    • Raja Bhimsinhji Gangadasji (qv)
    • Raja Prithvirajji II Gangadasji (qv)
  • Raja PRITHVIRAJJI II GANGADASJI, Raja of Baria in 1819 (first time), he usurped the throne after his fathers death, but was deposed after a short term.
  • 'Raja' RUPJI, Raja of Baria in 1819, he usurped the throne, but was deposed after a short term.

  • Raja BHIMSINHJI GANGADASJI, 13th Raja of Baria 1819/1820 (deposed)

  • Raja PRITHVIRAJJI II GANGADASJI, 14th Raja of Baria 1820/1864 (second time), married (amongst others), (a), a daughter of Rana Mohan Singhji II, Rana of Barwani, and had issue. He died 1864.
    • HH Maharawal Shri Mansinhji II Prithvirajji (qv)
  • HH Maharawal Shri MANSINHJI II PRITHVIRAJJI, 15th Raja of Baria [5.3.1864] - [25.2.1908], born 4th October 1855, succeeded 5th March 1864 (#1), educated at Ahmedabad Talukdari School and at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, granted full ruling powers on 6th November 1876, married 1873, HH Maharani Chandra Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Maharana Vairisalji Naharsinhji of Rajpipla, and had issue. He died 25th February 1908.
    • Lt.-Col. HH Maharawal Sir Shri Ranjitsinhji Mansinhji (qv)
    • Maharaj Shri Naharsinhji Mansinhji Sahib, born 12th December 1887 (#7 p.42), he held the honorary rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Indian Land Forces and of Lieutenant-Colo0nel in the Baria State Forces, of which he is the Chief Commandant; married Rani Drupad Kunverba Sahiba, died 1980, daughter of Maharana Shri Gambhirsinhji Vairisalji of Rajpipla, and had issue, one son.
      • Maharaj Shri Prithisinhji Naharsinhji Sahib, married 1stly, Bai Shri Ajit Kunverba Sahib [Rani Ajit Kunverba Sahiba of Baria], daughter of Thakore Sahib Shri Dipsinhji Vibhaji, 4th Thakore Saheb of Sajjanpur in Morvi, and his third wife, Thakorani Shri Jhaliji Sahib, and had issue.
        • Rajkumari Niranjana Devi, born 14th November 1929, married (as his second wife), Rao Harendra Singhji, 18th Rao of Kushalgarh, born 11th May 1924, died 21st February 1967, and has issue.
        • Maharaj Digvijaysinhji Prithisinhji, married a daughter of General Maharajadhiraj Shri Sir Ajit Singhji Sahib of Jodhpur, and his wife, Rani Man Kumari, and had issue.
          • Maharaj Indravijaysinhji Digvijaysinhji
        • Rajkumari Vandana Devi, married into Baroda
        • Maharaj Virvijaysinhji Prithisinhji, married and had issue.
          • Rajkumari Preeti Singh, married Rawal Raja Raghvendra Singh of Samode, and has issue, a son and a daughter.
        • Air Commodore Raja Pritamsinhji Prithisinhji (by 2nd wife), married and has issue.
          • Shayne Prithi Singh
        • Rio Singh (by 2nd wife)
    • HH Maharani Suraj Kunverb Sahiba, married HH Maharaja Shri Sir Lakhdirji Waghji Bahadur of Morvi, and had issue.
    • HH Maharani Dev Kunverba Sahiba, married 1893 (as his first wife), HH Maharaja Rao Bhavsinhji II Takhatsinghji of Bhavnagar, and had issue.

  • Lt.-Col. HH Maharawal Shri Sir RANJITSINHJI MANSINHJI K.C.S.I., 16th Raja of Baria [29.2.1908] - [7.9.1949], born 10th July 1886 (#7 p.42), he succeeded to the gadi on 28th February 1908 (#8 p.1223) and was installed on 7th May 1908 (#7 p.42), educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, and for a short time at a private school in Derbyshire, England and in the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun; he served in France and Flanders during WWI and on the N.W. Frontier during the Afghan War 1919, he was conferred with the Honorary rank of Captain on 1st January 1918 in recognition of services rendered during WWI; he was promoted to Major in 1930; K.C.S.I. [cr.1.1.1922] (#7 p.42), married 1stly, 1905, HH Maharani Takhat Kunverba Sahiba, died 1916, daughter of HH Maharana Shri Sir Chhatrasinhji Gambhirsinhji of Rajpipla, married 2ndly, 1918, HH Maharani Dilhar Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Maharana Shri Gambhirsinhji Vairisalji of Rajpipla, and had issue. He died 7th September 1949 (#5).
    • HH Maharawal Jaideepsinhji SobhagsinhjiYuvaraj Sobhagsinhji Ranjitsinhji (by Maharani Takhat Kunverba), born 9th June 1909 (#7 p.42), married Yuvarani Bibhasprabha Devi, daughter of HH Maharaja Birendra Kishore Dev Varman Manikya Bahadur of Tripura, and had issue. He died in January 1934.
      • Yuvaraj Jabbarsinhji Sobhagsinhji, he died between 1938 and 1949.
      • HH Maharawal Jaideepsinhji Sobhagsinhji (qv)
      • Maharaj Pradeepsinhji Sobhagsinhji, married Rani Tika Rajya Lakshmi Devi of Nepal, and had issue.
        • Maharaj Jitendrasinhji Pradeepsinhji, born 7th January 1962, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1980), married and has issue, two sons.
          • Rajkumar Varun Singh Chauhan
          • Rajkumar Aditya Singh Chauhan
        • Maharaj Udayendrasinhji Pradeepsinhji, born 3rd November 1963, died 16th June 2003 in Baria.
      • Maharajkumari Samyukta Devi, married in Raj Nandgaon.
    • Maharaj Shri Hirasinhji Ranjitsinhji (by Maharani Dilhar Kunverba), born 11th February 1922 (#7 p.42), married Rani Ranjana Devi of Rajpipla, and had issue.
      • Rajkumar Prithviraj Singh, died 1985.
      • Rajkumari Geeta Devi, married Dr. Uday Saraiya.
    • Kunwari Sahiba Rajendra Kunwar Ba, engaged 19th July 1915, to Yuvraj Fateh Singh of Alirajpur.
  • Col. HH Maharawal Shri JAIDEEPSINHJI SOBHAGSINHJI, 17th Raja of Baria 1949/1987, born 24th June 1929 (#6), educated at Mayo College, Ajmer; he succeeded to the gadi on 7th September 1949 after the death of his grandfather; Member of the 8th Lok Sabha, a renowned polo player, married 27th May 1948, HH Maharani Prem Kumari, daughter of HH Saramad-i-Rajahai Hindustan Raj Rajendra Shri Maharajadhiraj Sir Sawai Man Singhji II Bahadur of Jaipur, and his first wife, HH Maharani Marudhar Kunwar, and had issue. He died 1987?
    • Maharajkumari Urvashi Devi [Princess Bambi], born 22nd July 1949 in Devgadh-Baria, Dahod; B.A. (Hons.), Member of the 8th Gujarat Legislative Assembly, married Rajkumar Kanak Singh of Dumraon, and has issue, one son.
      • Rajkumar Tushar Singh (Baba) [Kumar Shri Tusharsinhji Kanaksinhji], born 19th April 1973, educated at boarding schools in Shimla, a District Panchayat Member, Chairman of the Panchayat Construction Committee, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Gujarat from Devgadh Baria; married Maharajkumari Ambika Kumari, born 17th January 1977, daughter of Raja Aniruddh Pal Singh of Awagadh, and his wife, Rani Anjali Devi, and has issue, two sons.
        • Kunwar Arunoday Singh, born 9th July 2002.
        • Kunwar Nirbhay Singh, born 15th December 2005.
  • Rajkumar Tushar Singh
                      (Baba) [Kumar Shri Tusharsinhji Kanaksinhji]HH Maharawal (name unknown)
  • Maharani Kanak Kumari, married Maharaja Bahadur Ram Ran Vijay Prasad Singh of Dumraon, and had issue.
  • Captain Kalyan Singh, married and had issue.
    • Kanwar Pravin Singh, born about May 1931.
    • Kanwar Nirmal Singh, born about December 1932.
On the 15th of February, 2015 members of the Royal Family of Baria moved back into the original residence known as "Rajmahal". The Palace was returned to the Royal Family by the Government of India in 2006, and after nine years of renovations it has been restored to it's original glory. A very big vastu-pujan ceremony was held on the occasion attended by approximately 10,000 people who represented every town and village of the erstwhile state of Devgadh Baria. According to the last wishes of HH Maharaja Jaideepsinghji, Tushar Singh was formally crowned as "His Highness Maharaja Saheb of Devgadh Baria" by his uncle and elders of the Rajput community and neighboring princely states along with representatives of all communities and village heads.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.56
2. One account makes Raja Mansinhji I, the grandson of Raja Dungarsinhji, by his son Prithirajji, thus omitting, his three predecessors. [Bombay Government Sel. XXIII 118]
3. One account places Raja Mansinhji I between Raja Rayadharji and Raja Prithirajji. [Bombay Government Sel. XXIII 119]
4. Some accounts omit Raja Dhiratsinhji, while others omit his grandfather, Raja Gangadasji. [Bombay Government Sel. XXIII 119, 147 and Bombay Chiefs, Rewa Kantha, 13]
5. "Who Was Who" ; Volume IV ; London ; Adam & Charles Black ; p.59
6. "The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who 1952/1953", Published by Bennett, Coleman & Co., Bombay. Compiled by The Times of India; 1952-1970.
7. "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
8. Who's Who Among Indian Princes, Rajas and Chiefs, Nobles 1941-42