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IDAR (Princely State)(15 gun salute)

LOCATION: Bombay AREA: 4,323 km² VILLAGES: 884 (1901) POPULATION: 226,351 (1931) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 14,06,477 (1931) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Rathore - Idariya clan SEAT: xx ACCESSION: 10th June 1948
PRIVY PURSE: Rs 328,000 AGENCY: Mahi Kantha Agency till 1933 then the Western India States Agency

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri RAJENDRA SINGHJI Sahib Bahadur, 12th Maharaja of Idar since 17th May 1992
born 25th September 1938, married HH Maharani Prakash Kumari [aka Princess Pinkie], born in October 1941, daughter of HH Maharaja Shri Vikramsinhji Bhojrajsinhji of Gondal, and his wife, HH Maharani Shri Nainkunwarba Sahiba, and has issue.
The state was founded about 1257, when Rao Soningji, younger son of Rao Sheoji of Marwar (Mandore), took Idar from the Dabhi Rajputs. In 1729, when Abhai Singh, Raja of Jodhpur, was Subahdar of Gujarat under the Emperor Muhammad Shah, and his brother Bakht Singh was the conqueror of Nagar, two other brothers, named Anand Singh and Rai Singh, established themselves at Idar by force of arms. The Peshwa and the Gaekwad soon despoiled the young State, and Raja Sheo Singh, was compelled to lose part of his territories, and to pay tribute to the Gaekwad. This tribute is still (1893) paid by the Maharaja of Idar, who in return receives tribute from some other minor States. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 54 cavalry, 100 infantry and 21 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 15 guns. Rulers were...
Period of anarchy 1679/1731, Thakore Sardarsinghji ruled in Idar for a short time but was expelled and replaced by Bacha Pandit until 1731, when Idar was conquered by the brothers of the Maharaja of Jodhpur.
The help of John Duncan McMeekin is gratefully acknowledged, January 2011 and July 2014.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; by Sir Roper Lethbridge, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.188
2. ref. IOR/F/4/1467/57761 - date: Oct 1828-Nov 1834
3. When Maharaja Shri Takhatsinhji was adopted to Jodhpur in 1843, Ahmednagar came under an Administrator and was later merged into Idar on 14th April 1848.
4. After Maharaj Shri Amirsinhji's death, Baad may have been administered by a Council till 1826 when Baad was resumed by or merged into Idar.
5. After Maharaj Shri Pratapsinhji's death, Morasa may have been administered by a Council till 1821 when Morasa was resumed by or merged into Idar.
6. "The Indian and Pakistan Year Book and Who's Who 1951", published by Bennett, Coleman & Co., Ltd., Bombay, pp. 762-763
7. "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.
8. "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