The Babi Dynasty


The Balasinor family is a junior branch of the Babi dynasty of Junagadh. Balasinor was separated from the other family domains by Nawab Bahadur Khanji I of Junagadh in 1748, for his younger son Sardar Muhammad Khan, and willed to him at his death in 1758. Nawab Sardar Muhammad's grandson and successor, Nawab Salabat II Khan, died without issue in 1820. He was succeeded by his adopted son and first cousin, Shri 'Abid Khan, the son of his aunt. Nawab 'Abid Khan was deposed in favour of his elder brother and son-in-law, Shri Jalal Khan [Edul Khan]. The succession, thereafter remaining with the descendants of Nawab Jalal Khan. Three of his descendants succeeded as minors, the state being ruled by government appointed administrators for many years. The last Nawab of the independent state, Nawab Muhammad Salabat Khan II, succeeded at the age of nine months. Too young to be involved in the great decisions of his age, the Maharaja of Lunawarda was appointed to represent him in signing the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India in 1947. Since independence, he has turned his principal palace into an hotel.

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Vert on a bend or between two garbs proper, three Katars gules. Crest: A cescent upright gules on a wreath. Supporters: Pigeons proper. Motto: "Lenar pasae thi lidhu" (I took from the taker) or on a riband gules. Lambrequins: Vert and or.

4x4.5 green rectangle with the arms in red in the centre.

The ruling prince: Nawab Shri (personal name) Khan Sahib Bahadur, Nawab of Balasinor, with the style of His Highness.
The consort of the ruling prince: Nawab (personal name) Begum Sahiba, with the style of Her Highness.
The sons of the ruling prince: Nawabzada Shri (personal name) Khanji (father's name) Khanji Babi.
The daughters of the ruling prince: Nawabzadi Bima Shri (personal name) Bakhte Sahiba.
The grandsons and other male descendants of the ruling prince, in the male line: Suba Shri (personal name) Khanji (father's name) Khanji Babi.
The granddaughters and other female descendants of the ruling prince, in the male line: Bima Shri (personal name) Bakhte Sahiba.


Male primogeniture, amongst the adherents of the Islamic faith.

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Nawab Abdul Majid Khan.
Father Lawrence Ober, SJ.
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