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BHAVNAGAR (Princely State)(13 gun salute)

Bhavnagar Monogram
LOCATION: Saurashtra AREA: 7,669.0 km˛ PRIVY PURSE: Rs 1,000,000 POPULATION: 464,671 (1891) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 4,100,000 (1891) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Gohil SEAT: xx ACCESSION: 15th February 1948

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Raol Shri VIJAYRAJSINHJI VIRBHADRASINHJI Sahib, 29th and present Maharaja Raol of Bhavnagar since 26th July 1994. (Bhavnagar House, Bunglow no.2, Ruia Park, Juhu-North, Bombay - 400049, India)
born 29th April 1968, married HH Maharani Samyukta Kumari, daughter of Thakur Vijai Singh Mankotia of Tiara, and his wife, Thakurani Jaishree Kumari, daughter of Thakur Kishan Singhji of Kunadi, and has issue. PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Predecessor state of Sejakpur was founded in 1194 (or 1240 or 1260), then the capitals were at Ranipur 1254/1309, Umrala or Gogha 1309/1445, Umrala 1445/1570, Shihor 1570/1723 then finally Bhavnagar from 1723. The Gohils claim to be descended from the celebrated Pandavas, who belonged to the lunar or Chandravanshi race, and so trace their line from the celebrated Shalivahan, founder of the Shaka era (Col. James Tod makes them of the solar race). The old family title of Rawal or Raol was earned at the memorable battle of Chitor, fought with Alauddin Khilji in 1303. The state motto is "Man Proposes but God disposes" on a label azure. The state arms are Gules, an eagle or displayed, in chief on a canton of the second, a lion statant of the first. Rulers were....
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3. "Memoranda on The Indian States 1939", corrected up to 2nd January 1939, Published by the Manager of Publications, Delhi. Government of India Press, New Delhi. 1939.