SAVANTVADI (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

 
AREA: 2,409 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 107,500Rs  ACCESSION: 8th March 1948
STATE: Bombay  DYNASTY: Bhonsle  RELIGION: Hindu
AGENCY: Belgaum Agency (1931)
POPULATION: 206,440 (1931)
REVENUE: 6,75,397 Rs



PRESENT RULER: HH Raja Shrimant KHEM SAVANT VI BHONSLE Bahadur, present Sar Desai of Savantvadi
married HH Rani Parvatidevi Raje Bhonsle, and has issue, one son and two daughters.
  • Rakumari Hemlata Raje Bhonsle
  • Yuvraj Shivaram Sawant Bhonsle Bahadur
  • Rajkumari Satyavati Raje Bhonsle
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The founder of the family was Mang Savant, a feudatory of the Muslim dynasty of Bijapur, who shook of the allegiance to Bijapur in about 1554. His successors were unable to maintain their independence until Bijapur power declined and Khem Savant I was able to completely free himself o0f their control in 1627. Rulers were.....
  • Sar Desai KHEM SAVANT BHONSLE I, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1627/1640, married and had issue.
    • Shrimant Som Savant Bhonsle
    • Sar Desai Lakham Savant Bhonsle (qv)
    • Sar Desai Phond Savant Bhonsle I (qv)
  • Sar Desai LAKHAM SAVANT BHONSLE, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1640/1665 
  • Sar Desai PHOND SAVANT BHONSLE I, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1665/1675, married and had issue.
    • Sar Desai Khem Savant Bhonsle II (qv)
    • Shrimant (name unknown) Savant Bhonsle, married and had issue.
      • Sar Desai Phond Savant Bhonsle II (qv)
  • Sar Desai KHEM SAVANT BHONSLE II, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1675/1709, , he made Savantvadi as the capital of the state in 1692, and in 1707 he was granted a deed confirming him in his possessions by Raja Shahuji. He died 1709.
  • Sar Desai PHOND SAVANT BHONSLE II, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1709/1738, he entered into a treaty with the British in 1730, against Kanhoji Angre, the Maratha pirate; married and had issue. He died in 1738.
    • Shrimant (name unknown) Savant Bhonsle, married and had issue.
      • Sar Desai Ramchander Savant Bhonsle I (qv)
    • Shrimant Nag Savant Bhonsle, he founded Gandharvangad in 1724 (in 1778 it was captured by Kolhapur, and in 1787 it was taken by the Chief of Nesargi, who lost it to Kolhapur who eventually returned it to the original owners in 1793); married and had issue.
      • generations
        • Shrimant Herekar Savant
  • Sar Desai RAMKHANDER SAVANT BHONSLE I, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1738/1755, married and had issue. He died 1755.
    • Raja Bahadur Khem Savant Bhonsle III (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur KHEM SAVANT BHONSLE III, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1755/1803, he was recognized as a Sovereign Ruler by the Mughal Emperor and was granted the title of Raja Bahadur in 1784, the symbol of sovereignty and a khilat; married Rani Lakshmi Bai (qv), daughter of Shrimant Jayaji Scindia of Gwalior, and had issue as well as adoptive issue. He died spm in 1803.
    • (A) Raja Bahadur Ramchander Savant Bhonsle II alias Bhau Saheb (qv)
    Rani Lakshmi Bai, Regent of Savantvadi 1803/1805
  • Raja Bahadur RAMKHANDER SAVANT BHONSLE II, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1805/1807, he succeeded by adoption in 1805. He was murdered in 1807.
    Rani Durga Bai, Regent of Savantvadi 1807/1818
  • Raja Bahadur PHOND SAVANT BHONSLE III, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1807/1812, married and had issue. He died 1812.
    • Raja Bahadur Khem Savant Bhonsle IV (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur KHEM SAVANT BHONSLE IV, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1812/1867, born 1804, he was entrusted with the administration of the state in 1822, married and had issue. He died in October 1867 (#2 p.2).
    • Raja Bahadur Phond Savant Bhonsle IV alias Anna Saheb (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur PHOND SAVANT BHONSLE IV, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1867/1869, married a daughter of the Chief of Torgal, and had issue. He died 1869.
    • Raja Bahadur Raghunath Savant Bhonsle (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur RAGHUNATH SAVANT BHONSLE Raje Bahadur, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1869/1899, born 20th September 1862, succeeded 29th August 1870 (#1), married 21st December 1879, Rani Tara Bai Sahib, daughter of Maharaja Gaekwad Khanderao Gaekwad Shamsher Bahadur of Baroda, and his wife, Maharani Jamna Bai Sahiba. He died sp in December 1899 (#2 p.2).
  • HH Raja Bahadur RAM SAVANT BHONSLE, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1899/1913, he succeeded his cousin to the gadi on 7th June 1900 (#2 p.2), married and had issue, one son. He died 1913.
    • HH Raja Bahadur Khem Savant V alias Bapu Saheb Bhonsle (qv)
  • HH Raja Bahadur KHEM SAVANT BHONSLE V, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1913/1937, born 20th August 1897 (#2 p.2), he succeeded his father to the gadi on 2nd June 1913 (#2 p.2); educated at Malvern College, England and afterwards on completion of of the Officer's training course at Cambridge, he was granted and Honorary Commission in His Majesty's army and served in Mesopotamia as a 2nd Lieutenant attached to the 116th Mararthas for nearly two years; he was promoted to the rank of Honorary Captain in 1919, he was granted a permanent local salute of 11 guns in 1921; Member of the Chamber of Princes; he was invested with full ruling powers on 29th October 1924 (#2 p.2), married in April 1922, HH Rani Parvatidevi Raje Bhonsle [Rani Lakshmi Devi[, daughter of  Yuvaraj Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad of Baroda, and his wife, Yuvarani Padmavati Bai Saheba, one son and two daughters. He died 1937.
    • Rakumari Shrimati Tillotama Raje Bhonsle [aka Hemlata Raje], born 7th March 1923 (#2 p.2).
    • Yuvraj Shivaram Sawant Bhonsle Bahadur, he succeeded as HH Raja Bahadur Shivram Savant Bhonsle, Sar Desai of Savantvadi (qv)
    • Rajkumari Shrimati Satyavatiraje Bhonsle, married Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Ajitsinh Yeshwantrao Ghatge Sarjerao of Kagal-Junior, and has issue.
  • HH Raja Bahadur SHIVRAM SAVANT BHONSLE, Sar Desai of Savantvadi 1937/- , born 13th August 1927 (#2 p.2) in Poonch, married, HH Rani Satwashiladevi Sahib, born about 1935, daughter of HH Maharaja Sir Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad of Baroda, and his first wife, HH Maharani Sita Devi Sahib.
  • HH Raja Bahadur KHEM SAVANT BHONSLE VI, Sar Desai of Savantvadi (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 487
2. "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