JUNAGADH (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)

LOCATION: Kathiawar AREA: 8,642.83 km˛ VILLAGES: 841 POPULATION: 670,515 (1941) RELIGION: Muslim
REVENUE: Rs 1,00,00,000 DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Babi (Yousufzai Pathan) PRIVY PURSE: Rs ACCESSION: 1948
AGENCY: Kathiawar Agency 1822-1924 then Western India States Agency 1924-1944 then Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency 1944 - 1947


PRESENT RULER: HH Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED JAHANGIR KHANJI DILAWAR KHANJI, 11th Nawab of Junagadh since 1989.
born 6th August 1955, living in Karachi, Pakistan, married and has issue. PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Junagadh was originally the kingdom of the Chudasama Rajputs for over four hundred years, until it was conquered by Sultan Muhammad Beg in 1473. The modern state was founded in 1730, when Sherkhan Babi, a soldier of fortune and officer under the subah, expelled the Deputy Deputy Governor and established his rule in Junagadh. The State follows the rule of Primogeniture for succession, and it also had a Sanad of adoption. His Highness the Nawab maintains a military force of 251 cavalry, 1972 infantry and 66 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 11 guns (as of 1892). Rulers were...

  1. Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED SHER KHAN BABI, 1st Nawab of Junagadh 1735/1758, he was placed in charge of Viramgam by his father in 1728, succeeded in Junagadh in 1730 and declared himself independent in 1735; married and had issue. He died 1758.

  2. Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED MAHABAT KHANJI I, 2nd Nawab of Junagadh 1758/1774, married and had issue. He died 1774.

  3. Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED HAMID KHANJI I, 3rd Nawab of Junagadh 1774/1811, married and had issue. He died 1811.

  4. Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED BAHADUR KHANJI I, 4th Nawab of Junagadh 1811/1840, married and had issue.

  5. Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED HAMID KHANJI II, 5th Nawab of Junagadh 1840/1851, born 1828, died 1851.

  6. Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED MAHABAT KHANJI II K.C.S.I., 6th Nawab of Junagadh 1851/1882, he was created Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India in 1871, married and had issue. He died 29th September 1882.

  7. HH Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED BAHADUR KHANJI II G.C.I.E., 7th Nawab of Junagadh 1882/1892, born 1856, he succeeded to the gadi on 29th September 1882 (#1), educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, he was invested with the insignia of a Knight Grand Commander of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire on 20th November 1890; died 23rd January 1892 (#2).

  8. HH Nawab Saheb Sir MUHAMMED RASUL KHANJI G.C.S.I., 8th Nawab of Junagadh 1892/1911, born 1858, married and had issue. He died 24th January 1911 (#4). or 2nd January 1911 (#2) or 22nd January 1911 (#3)(#5 p.320).

  9. Capt. HH Nawab Saheb Sir MUHAMMED MAHABAT KHANJI III RASUL KHANJI G.C.S.I., K.C.S.I., 9th Nawab of Junagadh 1911/1959, born 2nd August 1900 (#3), educated in England and at Mayo College, Ajmer; he succeeded to the gadi on 22nd January 1911 (#5 p.314); he was invested with full ruling powers on 31st March 1920 (#5 p.320); in recognition of the services of the state to the British war effort during WWI, the salute was permanently raised to 13 guns on 1st January 1918; the Nawab was granted a personal 15 gun salute and a 15 gun local salute on 15th January 1921; he was made a K.C.S.I. [cr. 1st November 1926], and a G.C.I.E. [cr. 1st January 1931] (#5 p.320); married HH Nawab Munawar Jahan Begum Saheb of Bhopal and had issue. He died 7th November 1959 at Karachi.

  10. HH Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED DILAWAR KHANJI MAHABAT KHANJI, 10th Nawab of Junagadh 1959/1989, born 23rd June 1922 (#2) in Junagadh, educated privately by Col. A.H.S. Wheatley as Tutor and Guardian, then at Hailybury College, England (1933/38); married 1stly, 30th November 1945, married 2ndly, HH Nawab Shah Begum Sahiba, and had issue. He died 1989.

  11. HH Nawab Saheb MUHAMMED JAHANGIR KHANJI DILAWAR KHANJI, 11th Nawab of Junagadh (see above)
The assistance of Y.S. Jaideepsinh Jadejais greatfully acknowledged © 2002
1. "The Golden Book of India"; Sir Roper Lethbridge, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.221
2. "Indian India" ; Volumes 1-2 ; 1946/1947
3. "Burke's Peerage,Baronetage and Knightage" ; 1931 part 2 ; p.2725
4. "Who Was Who 1897-1915" ; Volume I, London 1920 ; Adam and Charles Black ; p.387
5. "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.