RAJKOT (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

AREA: 730 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs2,85,000 Accession: 15th February 1948
STATE: Saurashtra DYNASTY: Jadeja RELIGION: Hindu
Villages: 64 POPULATION: 60,993 (1921) REVENUE: Rs10,00,000



PRESENT RULER: HH Thakore Saheb Shri MANOHARSINHJI PRADYUMANSINHJI, 15th and present Thakore Saheb of Rajkot since 9th November 1973. (Ranjit Vilas Palace, Rajkot, Gujarat, India)
born 18th November 1935, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1950); married the younger daughter of HH Shri Sawai Maharaja Sir Tej Singhji Dev Bahadur of Alwar, and his wife, HH Maharani Chand Kumari, and has issue.
  • Yuvraj Saheb Mandhattasinhji Manoharsinhji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1982); married Shreemati Yuvrani Kadambari Devi, second daughter of Shrimant Raja Narendra Singhji of Jamnia, and his wife, Shreemati Rani Kanak Devi, and has issue.
    • Tikka Saheb Jaideepsinhji Mandhattasinhji, born 1992, married 24th January 2015 in Bangalore, Rajkumari Shivatmika Kumari, born 1990, daughter Yuvraj Shri Harshvardhan Singh of Dungarpur, and his first wife.
    • Kumari Mrigesha Kumariba, married 17th January 2012 at the City Palace in Jaipur, Kunwar Dhananjai Singh of Khimsar.
  • Rani Uma Devi, married Maharajkumar Shri Chattrasal Singhji, son of HH Raja Shrimant Mahendra Singh Ju Dev Bahadur of Nagod, and his second wife, HH Rani Shyam Kumari, and has issue.
  • Rajkumarani Ambalika Devi, married 12th December 1977, Rajkumar Pushpendra Singh Ju Dev of Tori Fatehpur, and has issue, two sons.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Rajkot is a Second Class State founded about 1620, by Vibhaji Ajoji of Nawanagar. The state was under direct Mughal rule from 1720 to 1732. Rulers were...
  1. Thakore Saheb VIBHAJI AJOJI, 1st Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1620/1635, grandson of Jam Shri Sataji Vibhaji, Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, he was granted Kalawad and 12 other villages, married a daughter of the Vaghela Chief of Sardhar [Kanoji?], and had issue. He died 1635.
    • Thakore Saheb Mehramanji Vibhaji (qv)
    • Rani Bahurang De, she married (as his 4th wife), Rao Amar Singh, Rao of Nagaur (see Jodhpur).

  2. Thakore Saheb MEHRAMANJI I VIBHAJI, 2nd Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1635/1650, married and had issue. He died 1650.
    • Thakore Saheb Sahebji Mehramanji (qv)
    • Thakore Shri Kumbhoji Mehramanji, founder of Gondal and Kotda-Sangani.
    • Rani Lilajiba Sahiba, married Raj Sahib Meghrajji II Amarsinhji of Dhrangadhra.

  3. Thakore Saheb SAHEBJI MEHRAMANJI, 3rd Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1650/1676, died 1676.

  4. Thakore Saheb BAMANIAJI SAHEBJI, 4th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1676/1694, died 1694.

  5. Thakore Saheb MEHRAMANJI II BAMANIAJI, 5th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1694/1720, married and had issue.
    • Thakore Saheb Ranmalji I Mehramanji (qv)
    • Kumar Modji Mehramanji, founder of the House of Gavridad.(#1)
    • Kumar Kalaji Mehramanji, founder of the House of Shahpur.
    • Kumar Harbhamji Mehramanji, founder of the House of Pal.
    • Thakore Saheb Dadaji Mehramanji, he was granted 6 villages about 1733, founder of the House of Kotharia. (#2)
    • Kumar Jasaji Mehramanji, Founder of the House of Lodhika {Senior- Bhichri Branch}.
    • Kumar Fulji Mehramanji, Founder of the House of Lodhika {Junior - Khokhadad Branch}.

    MUGHAL OCCUPATION 1720/1732

  6. Thakore Saheb RANMALJI I MEHRAMANJI, 6th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1732/1746, married and had issue. He died 1746.
    • Thakor Saheb Lakhaji I Ranmalji (qv)
    • Kumar Vajeraj Ranmalji of Mankhawad.
    • Kumar Akheraj Ranmalji, founder of the House of Gadhka.
    • Kumar Prithuraj Ranmalji, founder of the House of Tramba.

  7. Thakor Saheb LAKHAJI I RANMALJI, 7th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1746/1796, married and had issue. He died 1796.
    • Yuvraj Saheb Mehramanji Lakhaji, married and had issue. He died vp in 1794.
      • Thakore Saheb Ranmalji II Mehramanji (qv)
      • Kumar Dadaji Ranmalji [Sangaji], died young.
    • Kumar Veraji Lakhaji of Samadhiala, Khanmbha and Suki Sajadiali.
    • Kumar Togaji Lakhaji
    • Kumar Suraji Lakhaji of Padasan and half of Kathrota.
    • Kumar Visaji Lakhaji, died young.

  8. Thakore Saheb RANMALJI II MEHRAMANJI, 8th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1796/1825, married and had issue. He died 1825.
    • Thakor Saheb Surajji Ranmalji (qv).
    • Kumar Hothiji Ranmalji, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Bhupatsinhji Hothiji

  9. Thakor Saheb SURAJJI RANMALJI, 9th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1825/1844, married and had issue. He died 1844.
    • Thakore Saheb Mehramanji IV Surajji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Gagubha Surajji, died young.

  10. Thakor Saheb MEHRAMANJI IV SURAJJI, 10th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1844/1862, married (amongst others), Thakorani Naniba Saheba, and had issue.
    • HH Thakore Saheb Bavajirajsinhji Mehramanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Ladhubha Mehramanji of Cash and half of Badpur.
    • Rani Magal Kunwarba Sahiba [Majirajba], married 1871 (as his first wife), Rajkumar Jaswantsinhji Mansinhji of Dhrangadhra, and had issue.

  11. Thakore Saheb BAVAJIRAJSINHJI MEHRAMANJI, 11th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1862/1890, born 1856, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, granted limited ruling powers in 1874 and full powers in 1876, married and had issue. He died 1890.
    • Thakore Saheb Sir Lakhajirajsinhji II Bavajirajsinhji (qv)
    • Kumar Prithvirajji Bavajirajsinhji, died young.
    • Kumar Shatrusalsinhji Bavajirajsinhji, died young.
    • Kumar Dilipsinhji Bavajirajsinhji, died young.
    • Kumar Karansinhji Bavajirajsinhji, died young.
    • HH Rani Baisai Kunwarba Sahiba, married (as his sixth wife), HH Raj Sahib Sir Ajitsinhji Jashwantsinhji of Dhrangadhra.
    • HH Maharani Shri Devkunverba Sahiba, married (as his second wife), Capt. HH Maharana Raj Saheb Shri Sir Amarsinhji Banesinhji, Maharana Raj Saheb of Wankaner.

  12. Thakore Saheb Sir LAKHAJIRAJSINHJI II BAVAJIRAJSINHJI K.C.I.E., 12th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1890/1930, born 17th December 1885, succeeded 16th April 1890, K.C.I.E. [cr.1908], married 1stly (amongst others), HH the Shemaliawala Rani, and had issue. He died 2nd February 1930 (#3) (#4).
    • HH Thakore Saheb Shri Dharmendrasinhji Lakhajirajsinhji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Kishorsinhji Lakhajirajsinhji, born 1912, died young.
    • HH Thakore Saheb Shri Pradyumansinhji Lakhajirajsinhji (qv)

  13. Thakore Saheb Shri DHARMENDRASINHJI LAKHAJIRAJSINHJI, 13th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1930/1940, born 4th March 1910 (#6 p.324), he succeeded to the gadi on 2nd February 1930 (#6 p.324) and was invested with full ruling powers on 21st April 1931 (#6 p.324); he attended the coronation of HM King George VI in London in 1937; he was a Member of the Chamber of Princes. He died sp on 11th June 1940.

  14. HH Thakore Saheb Shri PRADYUMANSINHJI LAKHAJIRAJSINHJI, 14th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot 1940/1973, born 24th February 1913 (#5), he succeeded to the gadi on 12th June 1940 and was invested with full ruling powers on 17th August 1940; married HH Thakorani Padma Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of HH Maharawal Shri Fatehsinhji Motisinhji Sahib of Chhota-Udaipur, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died 9th November 1973 at Rajkot (#3).
    • HH Thakore Saheb Shri Manoharsinhji Pradyumansinhji (qv)
    • Kumarsaheb Prahladsinhji Pradyumansinhji, born 7th June 1938, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1956); married Kumarani Ranjnadevi, daughter of Thakore Saheb Naharsinhji Ranjitsinhji of Janod (see Lunawada), and has issue, one son and two daughters.
      • Yuvrani Bhuvaneshwari Devi, married Yuvaraj Shri Rajratansinhji Rajendrasinhji, born 26th February 1962, son of Rana Rajendrasinhji Khushalsinhji of Mandva, and has issue.
      • Kumarsaheb Aniruddhasinhji Prahladsinhji Jadeja, married Kuwarani Saheb Hanshinidevi, daughter of Rao Digpalsinhji Chauhan of Juda in Rajasthan, and has issue, four children.
        • Rajlaxmikumari Aniruddhasinhji Jadeja
        • Virangnakumari Aniruddhasinhji Jadeja
        • Kumarsaheb Ranshurveersinhji Aniruddhasinhji Jadeja, born on 28th January 1992 and presently (2014) studying at Atmiya Institute College in Rajkot
        • Kumarsaheb Pushkarrajsinhji Aniruddhasinhji Jadeja, born on 19th February 1995 and presently (2014) studying at Princess High School in Rajkot.
    • Kumarsaheb Jayraghurajsinhji Pradyumansinhji (+), married and had issue.
      • Kumar Jitendrasinhji Jayraghurajsinhji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1980).
    • Kumari (name unknown) [Rani Pramila Raje of Mudhol], married (as his first wife), HH Shrimant Raja Bhairavsinhrao Malojirao Ghorpade II of Mudhol.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married (as his first wife), Maharaja Madaneshwar Singh Deo of Surguja.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married (div.), Raja Shri Nrusingh Narayan Bhanj Deo of Keonjhar.

  15. HH Thakore Saheb Shri MANOHARSINHJI PRADYUMANSINHJI, 15th Thakore Saheb of Rajkot (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • a niece of the Thakore Sahib of Rajkot, married 1913 (as his first wife), Maj.-Gen. HH Raj Rajeshwar Maharajdhiraj Maharaja Shri Sir Hari Singh Bahadur Indar Mahindar Sipar-i-Saltanat-i-Inglishia of Jammu and Kashmir. She died 1915.
The help of Y.S. Jaideepsinh Jadeja is gratefully acknowledged, 2002.
1. Second son, according to "The History of Jamnagar" and "Indian Union".
2. Second son, according to "Shri Vansh Sudhakar", 1905.
3. Cricinfo.com, courtesy of Philip Bailey October 2002
4. "Who Was Who 1929-1940" ; Volume III ; London 1944 ; Adam & Charles Black ; p.1118
5. "Indian Annual Register", N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945
6. "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.