MORVI (Princely State)

(11 gun salute)

AREA: 2,129 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 520,000Rs ACCESSION: 15th February 1948
STATE: Saurashtra DYNASTY: Jadeja RELIGION: Hindu

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1697, and represents the senior-most branch of the Jadeja Rajputs. Rulers were...
  1. Thakore Sahib KANYAJI RAVAJI, 1st Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1697/1734, son of Jam Ravaji Rayadhanji of Kutch, married 1stly, Kumari Keshar Kanwarba from Kotharia, married 2ndly, Kumari Suraj Kanwarba from Vaveti, married 3rdly, Kumari Chudasamiji Dhanjiba from Gamph, married 4thly, Kumari (name unknown) of Bet-Dwarka, married 5thly, Kumari Jhaliji Surajba of Wadhwan, and had issue.
    • Kumar Shri Tejmalji Kanyaji, married Kumari Shri Pamba Sahiba, daughter of Raj Sahib Jaswantsinhji Gajsinhji of Dhrangadhra, and his third wife, Rani Phuljiba Sahiba. He died spm.
    • Thakore Sahib Aliaji Kanyaji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Bhimji Kanyaji of Gugan, with the villages of Jetpur [Machhu] and Sultanpur at Morvi.
    • Kumar Shri Lakhaji Kanyaji of Lakadia, Nagdavas, Gharana, Bahadurgadh at Morvi and Manaba (Vagad) etc.
    • Kumar Shri Raysangji Kanyaji of Kumbharia (Vagad).
    • Thakore Sahib Modaji Kanyaji, founder of Vandhia, Chitred and Malia.
    • Kumar Shri Ranmalji Kanyaji of Kumbharia (Machhu) and Laliana (Vagad)
    • Kumar Shri Ramsangaji Kanyaji of Jangi (Vagad).

  2. Thakore Sahib ALIAJI KANYAJI, 2nd Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1734/1739, married and had issue.
    • Thakore Sahib Ravaji Aliaji I (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Hardholji Aliaji
    • Kumar Shri Jiyaji Aliaji of Monpar

  3. Thakore Sahib RAVAJI ALIAJI I, 3rd Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1739/1763, married and had issue.
    • Thakore Sahib Panchanji Ravaji (qv)
    • Thakore Sahib Waghji Ravaji I (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Rayabji Ravaji of Khanpar
    • Kumar Shri Ajubhai Ravaji of Mitana
    • Kumar Shri Jivanji Ravaji of Lajai
    • Kumar Shri Vinoji Ravaji of Sarvad
    • Kumar Shri Veroji Ravaji of Deraru

  4. Thakore Sahib PANCHANJI RAVAJI, 4th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1763/1772

  5. Thakore Sahib WAGHJI RAVAJI I, 5th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1772/1783, married and had issue.
    • Kumar Shri Hamirji Waghji
    • Thakore Sahib Jyaji Waghji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Devaji Waghji, he was granted the estate of Sajjanpur, married and had issue (see Sajjanpur).
    • Kumar Shri Mehramanji Waghji of Bela

  6. Thakore Sahib JYAJI WAGHJI, 6th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1783/1828, married and had issue.
    • Thakore Sahib Prithirajji Jyaji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Mokadji Jyaji of Savdi

  7. Thakore Sahib PRITHIRAJJI JYAJI, 7th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1828/1846

  8. Thakore Sahib RAVAJI II PRITHIRAJJI, 8th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1846/1870, married and had issue. He died 1870.
    • HH Thakore Sahib Waghji Ravaji II (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Harbhamji Ravaji, M.A., LL.B. (Cantab), educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot and Cambridge University, barrister-at-law, Member of the Foreign Service in the Berars under the British Government, Assistant Commissioner, Civil Judge, Prime Minister of Bharatpur, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji Harbhamji of Mota-Khijadia
        • Unknown Generations
          • Kumar Shri Manudada Jadeja of Mota-Khijadia, acknowledged as the Maharaja of Morvi in 1979, by the nobles of the former Princely State, as the nearest heir of the late Maharaja.
        • Generation
          • Maharaj Shri Manvendrasinhji Jadeja, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Omkarsinhji Manvendrasinhji Jadeja of Mota-Khijadia, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1964).
            • Rajkumari Amrapali Devi, married Kumar Shri Mayurdhwajsinhji Kishorsinhji Zala of Lakhtar, and has issue, two daughters.
      • Kumar Shri Prabalsinhji Harbhamji Jadeja, married and had issue.
        • Kumari Nirmalkuvarba Jadeja, married Raj Rani Shri Kanaksinhji Shivsinhji Jhala of Hampur in Dhrangadhra, and had issue, one son.
    • Kumar Shri Parbatsinhji Ravaji of Dharuvnagar

  9. HH Thakore Sahib WAGHJI II RAVAJI G.C.I.E., 9th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1870/1922, born 7th April 1858, K.C.I.E. [cr.1887], G.C.I.E. [cr.1897], educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married HH Thakorani Sahiba Bajirajba of Palitana, and had issue, as well as issue by secondary wives. He died 11th July 1922 (#1) (or 11th June 1922 (#2)).
    • HH Maharaja Shri Sir Lakhdirji Waghji Bahadur (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Ajitsinhji Waghji, educated at Harrow 1899/1901.
    • Kumar Shri Chandrasinhji Waghji
    • Kumar Shri Shivsinhji Waghji (by a secondary Bharvad wife), married Kumari Jiran Ba of Jaipur, and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Pruthvirajsinhji Shivsinhji Jadeja, married Kumari Alka Ba, daughter of Capt. Kumar Shri Raghunathsinhji or Raghuraj Sinhji Jhala, and his wife, Kumari Kusum Mehta, and has issue.
        • Kumar Shri Mahipalsinhji Pruthvirajsinhji Jadeja [Kumar Mahipal Sinh P. Jadeja], married Kumari Nalini Kuwar Ba, daughter of Thakur Narender Singhji Rajawat of Thikana Chandroli near Jaipur, and his wife, Thakurani Puran Kuwar Ba, daughter of Rao Raja Balwant Singhji [Lalaji] of Jodhpur.
    • Kumar Shri Amarsinhji Waghji Jadeja, married Kumari Manohar Kumari, daughter of Shri Jaysinhji Rathore from Jodhpur, and had issue, three sons.
      • Kumar Shri Ajitsinhji Amarsinhji Jadeja, married Kumari Gajendra Rathore of Jhabua.
      • Kumar Shri Pritisinhji Amarsinhji Jadeja, married Kumari Nisha of Mumbai.
      • Kumar Shri Dilipsinhji Amarsinhji Jadeja, married Kumari Seema Ba Dilip Sinh Jadeja, daughter of Kunwar Shri Narendra Sinhji Tanwar, and his wife, Kunwarani Sukanya Kumari of Kurukshetra, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Kumari Yasna Ba D. Jadeja
    • Kumar Shri Pratapsinhji Waghji Jadeja, married Kumari P. Jadeja from Jaipur.

  10. HH Maharaja Shri Sir LAKHDHIRJI WAGHJI
                    Bahadur (1876-1957)HH Maharaja Shri Sir LAKHDHIRJI WAGHJI Bahadur G.B.E., K.C.S.I., 10th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1922/1948, born 26th December 1876 (#2), he succeeded to the gadi on 11th June 1922 (#3 p.314); educated privately in India and England, G.B.E., K.C.S.I. [cr. 1st January 1930], Maharaja [cr.1926], married (amongst others), HH HH Maharani Suraj Kunverb Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharawal Shri Mansinhji Prithvirajji of Baria, and had issue. He died 4th May 1957.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Mahendrasinhji Lakhdhirji Sahib Bahadur (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Kalikakumarsinhji Lakhdhirji Jadeja of Khareda, born 7th November 1918 (#3 p.322), married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Shri Shaktisinhji Kalikakumarsinhji Jadeja of Khareda, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1953).
      • Ranisaheb Shrimant Devyani Raje (née Jadeja), married Col. Maharaj Ashok Raje of Baroda.

  11. HH Maharaja Shri MAHENDRASINHJI LAKHDIRJI Sahib Bahadur, 11th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1948/1957, born 1st January 1918 (#3 p.322), educated initially privately at home, then at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, at Bradfield College, England and at St. Mary's School, Bombay; he was appointed Joint President, State Council in 1939 and then President, State Council in October 1940; married 1stly, 27th January 1932, HH Maharani Mohini Devi, died 1993, daughter of Lt.-Col. HH Maharana Shri Sir Vijaysinhji Chhatrasinhji Sahib of Rajpipla, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Vijaykunverba, married 3rdly, HH Maharani Sudheer Kunverba, daughter of HH Maharaja Sahib Indrasinhji Pratapsinhji of Bansda, and had issue. He died 17th August 1957 at Ascot, Berkshire, U.K.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Mayurdhwajsinhji Mahendrasinhji (see below)
    • Maharajkumari Shrimati Draupati Devi [Meera]
    • Maharajkumari Shrimati Uma Devi [Mrs. Uma Dubash] (by Maharani Vijaykunverba), married Adi Dubash, and has issue.
    • Maharajkumari Shrimati Raukshani Devi [Mrs. Maya Patroa] (by Maharani Vijaykunverba), married Roy Patroa, and has issue, one son.
    • Maharajkumari Harshad Purna Devi [The Hon. Mrs. Browne] (by Maharani Vijaykunverba), born 1952, married 1981, Hon. Garech Domnagh Browne of the Lords Oranmore and Browne, born 25th June 1939.

  12. HH Maharaja Shri MAYURDHWAJSINHJI MAHENDRASINHJI, 12th Thakore Sahib of Morvi 1957/1978, born 29th November 1953, died unmarried 22nd August 1978.
1. "Who Was Who 1916–1928" ; Volume II, London 1930 ; Adam and Charles Black ; p.752
2. "Burke's Peerage,Baronetage and Knightage" ; 1931 part 2 ; p.2764
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.