WARAHI (Princely State)



PREDECESSORS and SHORT HISTORY: Also known as Moti Jatwad or Warahi [Joravarkhanji's Estate]. Founded as a result of the partition of the original state of Bajana amongst three Bhayat, with Malek Shri Hedar Khan [Hadoji], receiving a portion of Bajana, Malek Shri Pir Khan [Lakha] receiving Sitapur and Vanod with Malek Shri Isa Khan [Isaji] receiving Valivada as his portion. Warahi, and others in the agency, signed agreements in 1820 by which they became tributary to the British. In 1826 fresh Engagements were concluded, binding the chiefs to submission to the British government, but not to payment of tribute. All chiefs agreed to forbid the transport of contraband opium through their territories in 1822. The state of Warahi (or Varahi) was divided between two branches of the ruling family, who belonged to a Jat clan of muslims. Their estates were widely intermingled with those of lesser, non-jurisdictional estate holders. Rulers were....
  • Malek Shri ISA KHANJI [Isaji], Malek Saheb of Warahi, he removed his capital to Warahi, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Bhakarji Isakhanji (qv)
  • Malek Shri BHAKARJI ISAKHANJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Hamirkhanji Bhakarji (qv)
  • Malek Shri HAMIRKHANJI BHAKARJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Lakhaji Hamirkhanji (see below)
    • Malek Shri Pirojkhanji Hamirkhanji [Firuzkhanji] (see below)
    • Kumar Shri Ravaji Hamirkhanji
    • Kumar Shri Sedadkhanji Hamirkhanji, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Hamirkhanji Sedadkhanji, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Sedadkhanji Hamirkhanji, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Hamirkhanji Sedadkhanji

WARAHI Senior [Moti Jatwad or Jorawarkhanji's Estate]

AREA: 311 km2 REVENUE: 31,000Rs
VILLAGES: 16 RELIGION: Muslim
POPULATION: 2,821 (1921) DYNASTY: Malik
PRESENT RULER: The Malek Shri had the powers equivalent to that of a First Class Magistrate in Criminal matters and he had the power of hearing civil suits up to the value of 5,000Rs. The State held no Sanad of adoption. Primogeniture governed succession.
  • Malek Shri LAKHAJI HAMIRKHANJI, 1stly Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senior, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Umarkhanji I Lakhaji (qv)
  • Malek Shri UMARKHANJI I LAKHAJI, 2nd Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senior, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Dansinhji Umarkhanji (qv)
  • Malek Shri DANSINHJI UMARKHANJI, 3rd Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senio, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Mansinhji Dansinhji (qv)
  • Malek Shri MANSINHJI DANSINHJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senior, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Umarkhanji Mansinhji (qv)
  • Malek Shri UMARKHANJI II MANSINHJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senior, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Sahadadkhanji Umarkhanji (qv)
  • Malek Shri SAHADADKHANJI UMARKHANJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senior -/1847, married and had issue. He died 1847 leaving three widows, one of whom was pregnant at the time. The legitimacy of the birth of the heir was questioned by the late Malek's cousins, but after a thorough investigation by the British authorities, the infant was accepted as the true heir.
    • Malek Shri Umarkhanji III Sahadadkhanji (qv)
    AGENCY MANAGER 1847/1873
  • Malek Shri UMARKHANJI III SAHADATKHANJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senior 1848/1880, born 1848 (posthumous), he was granted full powers in 1873; married and had issue. He died in 1880.
    • Malek Shri Joravarkhanji Umarkhanji (qv)
    AGENCY MANAGER [1881] - [1.7.1901]
  • Malek Shri JORAVARKHANJI UMARKHANJI C.I.E., K.i.H., Malek Saheb of Warahi Senior 1881/1938, born 14th September 1881 (posthumous), succeeded 14th September 1881 (#1), installed 1st July 1901, he was awarded the C.I.E. and the Kaiser-i-Hind Medal (2nd Class); married and had issue. He died 17th March 1938 (#2 p.363).
    • Malek Shri Husenyavarkhanji Joravarkhanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Umarkhanji Joravarkhanji, born 9th September 1922.
    AGENCY MANAGER [17.3.1938] -
  • Malek Shri HUSENYAVARKHANJI JORAVARKHANI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Senior 1938/-, born 1st May 1930 (#2 p.358), he succeeded to the gadi on 25th May 1938 (#2 p.358), married and had issue.
    • Kumar Shri Joravarkhanji Husenyavarkhanji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1965), married and has issue.
      • Kumar Shri Sarfrajkhanji Joravarkhanji
    • Kumar Shri Sydullakhanji Husenyavarkhanji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1965).
    • Kumar Shri Yusufkhanji Husenyavarkhanji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1965).

WARAHI Junior [Muradkhanji's Estate]

AREA: 103.6 km2 REVENUE: 15,000Rs
VILLAGES: 5 RELIGION: Muslim
POPULATION: 1,253 (1921) DYNASTY: Malik
PRESENT RULER: The Malek Shri exercised the powers of a Second Class Magistrate in criminal matters and heard civil suits up to the value of 500Rs. Succession was governed by the rule of primogeniture.
  • Malek Shri PIROJKHANJI HAMIRKHANJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Junior, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Lakhaji Pirojkhanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Akherajji Pirojkhanji
  • Malek Shri LAKHAJI PIROJKHANJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Junior, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Adhesinhji Lakhaji (qv)
  • Malek Shri ADHESINHJI LAKHAJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Junior, married and had issue.
    • Malek Shri Muradkhanji Adhesinhji (qv)
  • Malek Shri MURADKHANJI I ADHESINHJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Junior, married and had issue.
    • Kumari Hamubai
    • Malek Shri Ravaji Muradkhanji (qv)
  • Malek Shri RAVAJI MURADKHANJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Junior, married and had issue.
    • Kumar Shri Gajukhanji Ravaji, he died young.
    • Malek Shri Muradkhanji II Ravaji (qv)
    AGENCY MANAGER fl.1895
  • Malek Shri MURADKHANJI RAVAJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Junior 1911/-; born 9th October 1889 (#2 p.358), succeeded 18th August 1911 (#2 p.358), married and had issue. He died after 1939.
    • Malek Shri Ravaji Muradkhanji (qv)
  • Malek Shri RAVAJI MURADKHANJI, Malek Saheb of Warahi-Junior, born 29th March 1923.
The help of John Duncan McMeekin, is gratefully acknowledged, July 2014.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p.578
2. "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