PORBANDAR (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)


AREA: 1,663 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 3,80,000 Accession Date: 15th February 1948
STATE: Saurashtra DYNASTY: Jethwa RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 106 REVENUE: Rs2,100,000 POPULATION: 101,881 (1921)



PRESENT RULER: VACANT
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The rulers of this state are Jethwa Rajputs descended from Hanuman, a staunch devotee of Lord Rama. They probably came from the north and established themselves at Morvi in around 900AD. Predecessor state was founded in 1193, renamed Ranpur in 1307, then Chhaya in 1574 and finally Porbandar in 1785. A First Class state, governed by the law of primogeniture. Porbandar is known for its limestone, which is quarried in the Barda Hills and exported India wide. Porbandar also manufactures fine quality crushed salt. The Maharaja is entitled to be received and visited by the Viceroy and holds a sanad of adoption. The Maharajas salute was permanently raised to 13 guns on 1st January 1918. Rulers were...
  • Rana SAGHJI, 146th Jethwa ruler and 1st Rana of Morvi 1120/1150, married 1125, a daughter of Rana Virdhaval Vaghela, and had issue.
  • Rana RANOJI, 147th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Morvi 1150/1155
  • Rana NAGJI, 148th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Morvi 1155/1170
  • Rana BHARMALJI, 149th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Morvi 1170/1172
  • Rana BHANJI, 150th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Morvi 1172/1179
  • Rana MEJI, 15st Jethwa ruler and Rana of Morvi 1179/1190
  • Rana NAGJI, 152nd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Morvi 1190/1193
  • Rana VIKIOJI, 153rd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Nagnah then Shrinagar 1193/1220, during his reign the Jethwa rajputs were expelled from Morvi
  • Rana SHIYOJI, 154th Jethwa ruler in 1220 from Ghumli, he transferred the capital from Shrinagar to Ghumli.
  • Rana WAJSIJI, 155th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ghumli 1220/1245, he was a brave warrior, who was truly known as Sinh (Lion) and held considerable influence on Vishaldeo Vaghela, Raja of Patan.
  • Rana BHOJRAJJI, 156th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ghumli 1245/1270
  • Rana RAMDEVJI, 157th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ghumli 1270/1291
  • Rana RANOJI, 158th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ghumli 1291/1302
  • Rana NAGJI, 159th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ghumli 1302/1307
  • Rana BHANJI, 160th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1307/1360 (#6), during his reign, Ghumli was overthrown by Jadeja Bamanioji, and Ranpur became the new capital in 1313
  • Rana JASDHULJI, 161st Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ghumli 1360/1392
  • Rana RANOJI, 162nd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1392/1420
  • Rana SANGHJI, 163rd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1420/1461
  • Rana BHANJI, 164th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1461/1492
  • Rana RANOJI, 165th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1492/1525
  • Rana KHIMAJI I, 166th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1525/1550, married (amongst others), a daughter of Jam Shri Vibhaji Ravalji of Nawanagar, and had issue.
    • Rana Ramdevji IV Khimaji (qv)
  • Rana RAMDEVJI IV KHIMAJI, 167th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur 1550/1574, married and had issue. He died 1574.
    • Rana Bhanji Ramdevji (qv)
  • Rana BHANJI RAMDEVJI, 168th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Ranpur in 1574; married Rani Kalabai, and had issue.
    • Rana Khimaji II Bhanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Bhojrajji Bhanji of Morana
    • Kumar Shri Jethiji Bhanji of Rojhan
  • Rana KHIMAJI II BHANJI, 169th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1574/1626, he founded Chayya and made it his capital, married and had issue. He died 1626.
    • Rana Vikmatji II Khimaji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Karandji Khimaji of Pandavadar
  • Rana VIKMATJI II KHIMAJI, 170th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chhaya 1626/1671, married and had issue. He died 1671 at Porbandar.
    • Rana Sultanji Vikmatji (qv)
  • Rana SULTANJI VIKMATJI, 171st Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chayya 1671/1699, married and had issue.
    • Rana Bhanji Sultanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Sagramji Sultanji of Sisli
    • Kumar Shri Hajoji Sultanji of Bardia
    • Kumar Shri Kumbhoji Sultanji of Wachodu
    • Rani As Kunwarba Sahiba, married Raj Sahib Meghrajji II Amarsinhji of Dhrangadhra.
  • Rana BHANJI SULTANJI, 172nd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chayya 1699/1709, married and had issue.
    • Rana Khimaji IV Bhanji (qv)
    • Rani Manba Sahiba, married (as his 10th wife), Raj Sahib Meghrajji II Amarsinhji of Dhrangadhra.
  • Rana KHIMAJI IV BHANJI, 173rd Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chayya 1709/1728, married and had issue. He died 1728.
    • Rana Vikmatji III Khimaji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Jijibhai Khimaji of Kindarkeda
  • Rana VIKMATJI KHIMAJI III, 174th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Chayya 1728/1757, married and had issue.
    • Rana Sultanji IV Vikmatji (qv)
  • Rana SULTANJI IV VIKMATJI, 175th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar 1757/1804 and 1812/1813, he moved his capital to Porbandar in 1785, married (amongst others), Rani Bonjiba Sahiba, daughter of Raj Sahib Gajsinhji Raisinhji of Dhrangadhra , and his second wife, Rani Phuljiba Sahiba, and had issue. He died 1813.
    • Rana Halaji Sultanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Adabhai Sultanji of Parawara
    • Kumar Shri Wajesinhji Sultanji of Kunwadar
    • Kumar Shri Abhaisinhji Sultanji, of the Katwanu or Kathevana branch, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Meghrajji Abhaisinhji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Kalubha Meghrajji, died sp.
      • Kumar Shri Gagjibhai Abhaisinhji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Nagsinhji Gagjibhai, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Balubha Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mohansinhji Balubha, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Sardarsinhji Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Samatsinhji Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Devubha Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mobatsinhji Devubha
          • Kumar Shri Manubha Nagsinhji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mangalsinhji Manubha
        • Kumar Shri Abhairaji Gagjibhai, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Gagubha Abhairaji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Mahipatsinhji Gagubha
  • Rana HALAJI SULTANJI, 176th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar 1804/1812, of the Shrinagar branch, married and had issue. He died 1812.
    • Rana Khimaji Halaji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Halaji of Shrinagar, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Naransinhji Ramsinhji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Motiji Naransinhji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Shivsinhji Motiji, married and had issue.
            • Kumar Shri Indrasinhji Shivsinhji Jethwa, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1949); married and had issue.
              • Kumar Shri Rajendrasinhji Indrasinhji Jethwa, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1976)
            • Kumar Shri Kishansinhji Shivsinhji Jethwa, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1954).
            • Kumar Shri Dharmendrasinhji Shivsinhji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1964).
          • Kumar Shri Kesubha Motiji
          • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Motiji
  • Rana KHIMAJI HALOJI [Pratirajji], 177th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar (1812?) 1813/1831, married and had issue.
    • HH Rana Sahib Vikmatji IV Khimaji (qv)
  • HH Rana Sahib VIKMATJI IV KHIMAJI, 178th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar 1831/1894, born 1st April 1819, succeeded 20th June 1831 ( #1) , married (amongst others), HH Rani Bonjiba Sahiba, daughter of Raj Sahib Amarsinhji Raisinhji of Dhrangadhra , and his sixth wife, Rani Ram Kunwarba Sahiba, and had issue. He died 21st April 1900.
    • Yuvraj Saheb Madhavsinhji Vikmatji, married and had issue. He died vp in 1869.
      • HH Rana Sahib Bhavsinhji Madhavsinhji Bahadur (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Pratapsinhji Vikmatji of Adatiana, he died sp in 1873.
    • Kumar Shri Hamirsinhji Vikmatji of Bapodar, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Vajesinhji Hamirsinhji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Dadubha Vajesinhji Jethwa

    INTERREGNUM 1894/1900
  • HH Rana Sahib BHAVSINHJI MADHAVSINHJI Bahadur, 179th Jethwa ruler and Rana of Porbandar 1900/1908, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; he succeeded to the gaddi on 15th September 1900, married (a), a daughter of Thakore Saheb Suraji II Surtanji of Virpur, married (b), 1902, a daughter of HH Thakore Sahib Takhatsinhji Jaswantsinhji of Bhavnagar, and had issue. He died 10th December 1908.
    • Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Rana Sahib Shri Sir Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Bahadur (qv)
  • Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Rana Sahib Shri Sir
                    NATWARSINHJI BHAVSINHJI Bahadur Lt.Col. HH Maharaja Rana Sahib Shri Sir NATWARSINHJI BHAVSINHJI Bahadur K.C.S.I., 180th Jethwa ruler and Maharaja Rana of Porbandar 1908/1979, born 30th June 1901 (#3), he succeeded to the gadi on 10th December 1908 (#3 p.323), he was invested with full ruling powers on 26th January 1920 (#3 p.323), K.C.S.I. [cr. 3rd June 1929], Maharaja Rana Sahib [cr.1918] as a hereditary distinction on 1st January 1918; , educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (Diploma 1918); Captain of the All India Cricket Team in 1932; married 1stly, 5th February 1920 (#4), HH Maharani Shri Rupaliba Sahiba, M.B.E., died 1943, daughter of HH Thakore Sahib Shri Sir Daulatsinhji Jashwantsinhji [Dadha Muluji] of Limbdi, married 2ndly, 20th November 1954, Maharani Anant Kunverba (a Welsh lady), died 1989. He died sp on 4th October 1979 at Porbandar (#2) (NOTE).

OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Maj.-Gen. Kumar Shri Chandrasinhji Desaiji Jethwa of Morana, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1951); I.A. (ret'd.), President of the Old Boys Association of Rajkumar College 1997/2000, died 18th November 2001.
  • Kumar Shri Hamirsinhji Takhatsinhji Jethwa, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1952)
  • Rani Badan Kunwarba Sahiba, married (as his fifteenth wife), Raj Sahib Raisinhji Pratapsinhji of Dhrangadhra.
  • Kumar Shri Pratapsinhji Jethwa of Srinagar, married 1976, Kumari Kiran Kunverba, daughter of Rana Shri Udaisinhji Mansinhji Sahib of Bhadakva, and his wife, Rani Bharati Kunwarba Sahiba.
NOTE: His heir was a distant cousin, Kumar Shri Udaybhan Sinhji Bahadur, who died sp in 1973, as a result, there is no representative of the Royal Family presently known, although a number of young nobles of the Morana, Ratdi, Shrinagar, Pandavadar and Baredia branches were eligible for adoption. The property was inherited by the second family of Maharani Anant Kunverba.
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2. Cricinfo.com, courtesy of Philip Bailey, October 2002
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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.
6. "The History of Kathiawad From the Earliest Times With Illustrations And a Map", by Capt. H. Wilberforce-Bell. London: William Heinemann. 1916