KURUNDWAD Senior (Princely State)


AREA: 471 kmē PRIVY PURSE: 49,924Rs ACCESSION: 8th March 1948
STATE: Bombay DYNASTY: Patwardhan RELIGION: Hindu
AGENCY: Southern Maratha Country States (1931) POPULATION: 38,760 (1931) REVENUE: 331,870 (1931)



PRESENT RULER: Raja Shrimant BHALCHANDRARAO II CHINTAMANRAO PATWARDHAN, Raja of Kurundwad-Senior since 1980. The Raja ranks as a 1st Class Sardar in the Southern Maratha Country States (Kurundwad House, 10-A Margaldas Road, 411001 - Pune, Maharashtra, India)
born 15th May 1953, married Ranisaheb Shrimant Radhikadevi, born 29th November 1959 and has issue.
  • Shrimant Yuvaraj Raghunathrao III Bhalchandrarao alias Balasaheb Patwardhan, born 24th November 1988.
  • Shrimant Rajkumari Rajasidevi Sathe, born 25th August 1980, married 12th May 2004, Shri Sandeeprao Sathe.
  • Shrimant Rajkumari Ishwaridevi Patwardhan, born 29th May 1984, she died 25th June 2008 of a heart attack.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The parent state was founded in 1733 with a grant by the Peshwa in inam to Trimbakrao Patwardhan, third son of Bramhibhoot Harbhat Buva Patwardhan, a Chitpawan Brahmin, with a division occurring in 1811 and again in 1854. Kurundwad represents the senior most line amongst the Patwardhan States. Succession is by primogeniture. A sanad of adoption was granted to the rulers of Kurundwad, though it is the only line which is without any adoptions. The Chief maintains a military force of 10 cavalry, 164 infantry, and 2 guns (as of 1892). The rulers were...
  • Haribhat Patwardhan, a Brahmin (priest) from the area of Kinkan rose to distinction in 1722 during the days of the second Peshwa, he was well known for his piety, saintliness and Vedic lore, he was ancestor of the Royal Families of Kurundwad, Budhgaon, Miraj, Sangli and Tasgaon (lapsed in 1848), he married and had issue. He died 1750.
    • Balambhat Patwardhan
    • Raghunath Bhat Patwardhan, married and had issue.
      • Bramhibhoot Haribhat Buva Patwardhan, married and had issue.
        • Shrimant Trimbakrao I alias Appasaheb Patwardhan (third son), founder of Kurundwad (see below).
        • Sardar Govind Hari Patwardhan (fourth son), founder of Miraj, he was granted the title of Sardar by the Peshwa, married and had issue.
          • Sardar Pandurangrao Patwardhan, married and had issue. He died at an early age.
            • Sardar Hariharrao Patwardhan, successor to his father, but died at the age of 17 years.
            • Sardar Chintamanrao Patwardhan I, ruled at Miraj initially, but during one of his battles, he was rumoured to have died and his uncle then was crowned as his successor. When Chintamanrao returned he was angry and left the house with only an idol of Lord Ganesha and vowed to set up another Capital for his Jagir. As a result he established the city of Sangli in 1801.
          • Gangadharrao Patwardhan of Miraj.
        • Mahadev Rao Patwardhan
        • Ramchandra Rao Patwardhan (sixth son), married and had issue.
          • Parashuram Rao Patwardhan, married and had issue, five sons.
            • Ramchandra Rao Patwardhan, married and had issue, one son.
              • Shrimant Gopal Rao Ramchandra Rao Patwardhan, founder of Jamkhandi state.
            • Haripanth Patwardhan
            • Madhav Rao Patwardhan, founder of the Chinchanikar branch of Patwardhan family.
            • Vinayak Rao Patwardhan
            • Ganpat Rao Patwardhan, founder of the Tasganv branch of Patwardhan family.
        • Bhaskar Rao Patwardhan
        • Tara Bai
    • Krishna Bhat Patwardhan
  • Meherban TRIMBAKRAO I alias APPASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 1st Chief of Kurundwad 1733/1771, married and had issue. He died 1771.
    • Meherban Neelkanthrao Trimbakrao alias Dadasaheb Patwardhan (qv)
    • Kanherrao Trimbakrao Patwardhan, founder of the Shedbal branch.
  • Meherban NEELKANTHRAO TRIMBAKRAO alias DADASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 2nd Chief of Kurundwad-Senior 1771, born 1726, during his reign, gold coins were authorised by the Peshwa, Madhavrao I, to be minted, and these were called 'Neelkantha' (#2) in his honour; fought in the Battle of Moti Talav against Hyder Ali where he was mortally wounded; married and had issue. He was killed in the battle of Moti Talav on 3rd March 1771, his body was brought to Madhavpur-Belgaum in a palanquin and was cremated there, and his samadhi is still present to this day.
    • Meherban Raghunathrao I Nilkanthrao alias Dadasaheb Patwardhan (qv)
    • Shivrao Nilkanthrao Patwardhan, founder of Vadi Jagir.
  • Meherban RAGHUNATHRAO I NILKANTHRAO alias DADASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 3rd Chief of Kurundwad-Senior 1771/1801, born 1750, married and had issue, one son. He died 1801.
    • Meherban Trimbakrao II Raghunathrao alias Appasaheb Patwardhan (qv)
  • Meherban TRIMBAKRAO II RAGHUNATHRAO alias APPASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 4th Chief of Kurundwad-Senior 1801/-, in 1811 the state of Shedbal was formed, but it lapsed in 1857 to the British government in default of a male heir, married and had issue.
    • Meherban Keshavrao Trimbakrao alias Babasaheb Patwardhan (qv)
  • Meherban KESHAVRAO TRIMBAKRAO alias BABASAHEB] PATWARDHAN, 5th Chief of Kurundwad-Senior -/1827, he signed the Treaty of Pandharpur with the English Crown in 1819; married and had issue. He died 1827.
    • Meherban Raghunathrao II Keshavrao alias Dadasaheb Patwardhan (qv)
    • Hariharrao Keshavrao aalias Bhausaheb Patwardhan [?Ganpatrao], Co-Ruler of Kurundwad-Jnr
    • Vinayakrao Keshavrao alias Appasaheb Patwardhan, Co-Ruler of Kurundwad-Jnr
    • Trimbakrao Keshavrao alias Abbasaheb Patwardhan, Co-Ruler of Kurundwad-Jnr, died spl 1869, and his share was transferred to Ganpatrao and Vinayakrao.

  • Meherban RAGHUNATHRAO II KESHAVRAO alias DADASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 6th Chief of Kurundwad-Senior 1827/1876, born 1812. On the 5th of April 1854 the state was split into Senior and Junior branches, with Raghunathrao continuing the line in Kurundwad Senior. He died 1876.
  • Meherban CHINTAMANRAO I RAGHUNATHRAO alias BALASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 7th Chief of Kurundwad-Senior 1876/1908, born 14th February 1849, he succeeded to the gadi on 25th January 1876 (#1), married and had issue. He died 1908.
    • Meherban Bhalchandrarao I Chintamanrao alias Annasaheb Patwardhan (qv)
    • Meherban Shrimant Raja Sir Madhavrao II Harihar alias Babasaheb Patwardhan, he was selected to succeed the childless late Raja of Miraj Junior (qv)
    • Shrimant Soubhagyavati Yamutai alias Akkasaheb, born 1908, married Mr. M. D. Bhat B.A., Bar.-at-Law, I.C.S.,
  • Meherban BHALCHANDRARAO I CHINTAMANRAO alias  ANNASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 8th Chief of Kurundwad-Senior 1908/1927, born 12th May 1873, married Ranisahib Shrimant Sita Bai Sahib alias Masisahib of the Kale family of Tasgaon and Poona, born 1901, died 1969, Regent of Kurundwad Senior 1927/1942 during the minority of her son; and had issue. He died 1927.
    • Raja Shrimant Chintamanrao II Bhalchandrarao alias Balasaheb Patwardhan (qv)

  • Raja Shrimant CHINTAMANRAO II BHALCHANDRARAO alias  BALASAHEB PATWARDHAN, 9th Raja of Kurundwad-Senior 1927/1980, born 13th February 1921 and succeeded to the gadi on 10th September 1927 (#3), married Rani Shrimant Vijayadevi, born 4th January 1927, daughter of Raja Shrimant Sir Raghunathrao II Shankarrao Babasaheb Pandit Pant Sachiv of Bhor. He died 15th January 1980.
  • Raja Shrimant BHALCHANDRARAO II CHINTAMANRAO PATWARDHAN, Raja of Kurundwad-Senior (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Shashikala Devi Pant Amatya [late Rajmata of Bavda], of the Sardar Raste family and grand-daughter of the Raja of Kurundwad, married (as his second wife), the Raja of Bavda (married 1stly, a Princess of Jamkhandi), widowed at 29 years, died January 2005 aged 92.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.272
2. The remaining five gold coins were given to Pandit Nehru, by Meherban Raja Shrimant Ganpatrao Trimbakrao [Tatyasaheb] Patwardhan, Raja Saheb of Kurundwad Junior, and are likely to be in the National Museum in Delhi.
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