MUDHOL (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

AREA: 953.12 kmē (1931)
PRIVY PURSE: 50,454Rs ACCESSION: 8th March 1948
STATE: Bombay (now Karnataka) REVENUE: Rs 5,11,094 (1931)
RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: POPULATION: 62,832 (1941) DYNASTY: Sisodia - Bhonsle clan - Ghorpade lineage
AGENCY: Southern Maratha Country States (1931): Deccan States Agency (1941)



PRESENT RULER: VACANT since 1984.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: A Second Class state founded about 1400. The rulers claim descent from the Ranas of Chittor about 1300. The founder of the family was Rana Sujan Singh [or Rana Ajay Singh, ca1340], who came to the Deccan to find his fortune and was granted this state by Allauddin Hassan, founder of the Bahmani Kingdom. The Raja is first in order of precedence within the agency. Rulers were...
  1. Rana BHAIRAVJI [Bosaji], 1st Rana of Mudhol, he was granted the Jagir of Mudhol, comprising 84 villages on the 25th, Rabilaval, 800H, with this ruler the family came to use Bhosale or Bhonsle as a family name, married and had issue. He died after 800A.H. (ca1394).
    • Rana Devraj Singh (qv)
    • Shri Karan Singh, died 815A.H.

  2. Rana DEVRAJ SINGH, 2nd Rana of Mudhol c1394/c1420, married and had issue. He died 825A.H.
    • Rana Ugrasen (qv)
    • Shri Pratap Singh, died after 1460.

  3. Rana UGRASEN, 3rd Rana of Mudhol ca1420/1453, married and had issue. He died 1453.
    • Rana Karan Singh (qv)
    • Shri Shubha Krishna, he was granted a jagir in Mirat province, his descendants retained Bhonsle as their family name and were ancestors of the rulers of Kolhapur, Nagpur, Sattara and Tanjore.

  4. Rana KARAN SINGH, 4th Rana of Mudhol 1453/1469, married and had issue.
    • Raja Bhim Singh (qv)

  5. Raja BHIM SINGH, 5th Raja of Mudhol 1469/- , he was granted the title of Raja Ghorpade Bahadur, henceforth his successors used Raja as their title, and Ghorpade as their family name, married and had issue.
    • Raja Kheloji Ghorpade (qv)

  6. Raja KHELOJI GHORPADE, 6th Raja of Mudhol -/1514, married and had issue. He died 1514.
    • Raja Maloji Ghorpade I (qv)

  7. Raja MALOJI GHORPADE I, 7th Raja of Mudhol 1514/-, married and had issue.
    • Raja Akhaisingh Ghorpade (qv)

  8. Raja AKHAISINGH GHORPADE, 8th Raja of Mudhol -/-, married and had issue.
    • Raja Karansingh Ghorpade (qv)
    • Shri Bhimsingh Ghorpade, died ca1576.

  9. Raja KARANSINGH GHORPADE, 9th Raja of Mudhol -/1565, married and had issue. He died 1565.
    • Raja Cholaraj Ghorpade (qv)

  10. Raja CHOLARAJ GHORPADE, 10th Raja of Mudhol 1565/1578, received a mansab of 7000 foot, as well as 26 villages in Vijayanagar provinces and 40 more to the south of Shira, he married and had issue. He died 1578.
    • Raja Piraji Ghorpade (qv)
    • Shri Valabhasinh Cholaraj Ghorpade, ancestor of the Royal Families of Kapshi and Gajendragad.
    • Shri Kanoji Cholaraj Ghorpade, ancestor of the Rajas of Sandur.

  11. Raja PIRAJI GHORPADE, 11th Raja of Mudhol -/-, married and had issue.
    • Raja Prataprao Ghorpade (qv)

  12. Raja PRATAPRAO GHORPADE [Nahuji], 12th Raja of Mudhol -/1645, died 1645.

  13. Raja BAJIRAJE GHORPADE, 13th Raja of Mudhol 1645/ca1666, married and had issue, four wives and six sons were killed about 1666. He was killed about 1666.
    • Raja Shrimant Malojirao Ghorpade I (qv)
    • Shri Shankroji Ghorpade [Jaisingh], died 1666/1667 near Tasgaon.

  14. Raja Shrimant MALOJI GHORPADE I, 14th Raja of Mudhol ca1666/1700, during his rule, the jagir became an independent state in 1670, married and had issue. He died 1700.
    • Raja Shrimant Akhayajirao Malojirao Ghorpade (qv)

  15. Raja Shrimant AKHAYAJIRAO MALOJIRAO GHORPADE, 15th Raja of Mudhol 1700/1734, Governor of Bijapur -/1734, married and had issue. He died 1734.
    • Raja Shrimant Pirajirao Akhayajirao Ghorpade (qv)
    • Shri Bajirao Akhayajirao Ghorpade

  16. Raja Shrimant PIRAJIRAO AKHAYAJIRAO GHORPADE, 16th Raja of Mudhol 1734/-, married and had issue. He died about 1738.
    • Raja Shrimant Malojirao Pirajirao Ghorpade III (qv)
    • Shrimant Sahib Shankrojirao Pirajirao Ghorpade, received lands in Bilgi, Bidri and Tikota.
      • Several Generations
        • Raja Shrimant Sankhraji of Bilgi, he died 9th August 1820 whereupon the jagir was resumed by the British government (#2).

  17. Raja Shrimant MALOJIRAO PIRAJIRAO GHORPADE III, 17th Raja of Mudhol -/1805, Governor of Bijapur 1738/-, married (a), a Rajput lady, married (b), another Rajput lady, married (c), a lady from Pole, married (d), a lady from Kathiawar, married (e), a Parmar lady, and married (f), a Solanki lady, and had issue. He died 1805.
    • Shrimant Sahib Govindrao Raje Malojirao Ghorpade (by 1st wife), married and had issue. He died about 1770.
      • Raja Shrimant Narayanrao Govindrao Ghorpade (qv)
    • Shrimant Sahib Maharrao Malojirao Ghorpade (by 1st wife), he was granted the estate of of Machaknur, married Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Gunwantabai Saheb, died after 1832.
    • Shrimant Sahib Bajirao Malojirao Ghorpade (by 2nd wife)
    • Shrimant Sahib Ranojirao Malojirao Ghorpade (by 3rd wife), married and had issue. He died 1779.
      • Shrimant Sahib Nahirjirao Ranojirao Ghorpade, he was granted the Jagir of Padsalgi.

  18. Raja Shrimant NARAYANRAO GOVINDRAO GHORPADE, 18th Raja of Mudhol 1805/1815, married 1stly, a Solanki Rani (Senior Queen), married 2ndly, a Parmar Rani (Junior Queen), and had issue. He died 1815.
    • Raja Shrimant Vyankatrao Narayanrao Ghorpade I (by 1st wife) (qv)
    • Shrimant Sahib Laxmanrao Ghorpade (by 1st wife), married Rani Laxmi Bai Saheb, married and had issue. He died after 1845.
    • Shrimant Sahib Govindrao Ghorpade (by 2nd wife), eldest son, though by the Junior Queen, contested the succession unsuccessfully, died 1818 at the Battle of Ashtee (#3).

  19. Raja Shrimant VYANKATRAO NARAYANRAO GHORPADE I, 19th Raja of Mudhol 1815/1854, married and had issue. He died 1854.
    • Raja Shrimant Balwantrao Vyankatrao Ghorpade (qv)

  20. Raja Shrimant BALWANTRAO VYANKATRAO GHORPADE, 20th Raja of Mudhol 1854/1862, born 1843, married 1857, a daughter of the Chief of Torgal, and his wife, Rani Ahilya Bai Sahib, and had issue. He died 1862.
    • HH Raja Shrimant Meherban Vyankatrao Balwantrao Raje Ghorpade [Bala Saheb] (qv)
    • Rani Radhabai Sahib, born 1861, married Meherban Raja Shrimantmanya Rajashri Jaisinhrao Narayanrao [Abasaheb] Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, 4th Chief of Kagal-Senior, and had issue. She died 1877.

  21. HH Raja Shrimant Meherban VYANKATRAO II BALWANTRAO RAJE alias BALA SAHEB GHORPADE, 21st Raja of Mudhol 1862/1900, born 9th April 1861, succeeded 27th March 1862 (#1), educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; established a regular system of government in the State, married and had issue. He died 1900.
    • HH Raja Shrimant Meherban Sir Malojirao Vyankatrao Ghorpade IV [Nana Saheb] (qv)
    • Rajkumar Laxman Singh, died after 1938.

  22. Shrimant Raja Sir
                    Meherban MALOJIRAO VENKATRAO GHORPADE [NANASAHEB]Hon. 2nd Lt. HH Raja Shrimant Meherban Sir MALOJIRAO IV VYANKATRAO alias NANA SAHEB GHORPADE K.C.I.E., 22nd Raja of Mudhol 1900/1937 (abdicated), born 1884, he was invested with ruling powers in 1904 (#7 p.19), Honorary 2nd Lieutenant Indian Army, served with the British Forces in Egypt 1914/1918; Member of the Chamber of Princes; he was granted the title of Raja as a hereditary distinction on 3rd June 1922; K.C.I.E. [cr.1920], married 1stly, a sister of Col. HH Maharaja Shri Sir Udajirao II Puar Bahadur of Dhar, married 2ndly, Shrimati Soubhagyavati Parvati Devi Ranisaheb, daughter of Kumar Shri Mohabatsinhji of Moda near Jamnagar, and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
    • Lt. HH Raja Shrimant Bhairavsinhrao Malojirao Ghorpade II (qv)

  23. Lt. HH Raja Shrimant BHAIRAVSINHRAO MALOJIRAO GHORPADE II, 23rd and last Raja of Mudhol 1937/1984, born 15th October 1929 (#6) and succeeded on the abdication of his father on 9th November 1937 (#4, #6) as the 23rd Raja of Mudhol and was invested with full ruling powers on 10th July 1947, educated at Westgate-on-Sea, England, at Shri Shivaji Preparatory Military School, Poona and at The Doon School, Dehra Dun from, February 1941; he was appointed a Lieutenant in the Indian Army; married 1stly, 12th March 1948, Shrimant Soubhagyavati Rani Pramila Raje of Rajkot, ?married 2ndly, Rani Indira Raje, and had issue. He died 1984 in a car accident.
    • Rajkumari Menaka Raje Bhonsle
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p.325
2. ref. IOR/F/4/746/20305 - date: Aug 1820-Aug 1821
3. ref. IOR/F/4/1438/56787 - date: Apr 1832-Jul 1833: Further papers regarding the individual who claimed to be Govind Rao Ghorpade, half brother to the Raja Vyankat Rao - Bombay Government consider that on the balance of probabilities he is almost certainly an impostor.
4. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945
5. File 1832 Mudhol. Demand of Gunwantabai Saheb Widow of Maharao Ghorpade of Machaknur, for the assignment of villages in lieu of the allowance enjoyed by Maharao.IOR/R/2/982/4501832
6. "The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who 1952/1953", Published by Bennett, Coleman & Co., Bombay. Compiled by The Times of India; 1952-1970.
7. "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