BARODA

The Gaekwad Dynasty

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1875 - 1939 H.H. Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Shrimant Maharaja Sir Sayajirao GaekwadIII, Sena Khas Khel Shamsher Bahadur, Maharaja of Baroda, GCSI (15.2. 1887), GCIE (1.1.1919). b. at Kavlana, 10th March 1863 as Shrimant Gopalrao Gaekwad, second son of Meherban Shrimant Kashirao Bhikajirao [Dada Sahib] Gaekwad, by his wife Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Ummabai Sahib, educ. Maharaja’s Sch, Baroda. Selected by the GOI as successor to Maharaja Malharrao Gaekwad, 25th May 1875. Adopted by Maharani Jamna Bai, widow of Maharaja Sayajirao, 27th May and ascended the gadi at Sarkarwada Palace, Baroda, 16th June 1875. Granted the title of Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, 29th December 1876. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, in a shamina at Nazar Bagh, Baroda, 28th December 1881. Attended the Delhi Durbars of 1877, 1903, 1911 and Coronation of the King-Emperor George VI and Queen-Empress Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in London 1937. Represented India at the Imperial Conference in London 1937. General-in-chief Baroda State Forces. Colonel-in-Chief Baroda Lancers. Author “From Caesar to Sultan”, “Famine Notes”, “Speeches”, and “Selected Letters”. Chancellor Benares Hindu Univ. Presdt World Fellowship of Faiths (Chicago 1933). Patron Baroda Art Gallery, Baroda Art Sch, Baroda Music Festival, Sanskrit Acad, Gandhava Natak Mandali, Baroda Coll 1881-1939, Silver Jubilee Science Inst 1926-1939, etc. Mbr Western India Turf Club, Poona Club, Willingdon Sports Club, etc. Hon. LL.D. Benares Hindu Univ (1924). Rcvd: Prince of Wales’s gold medal (1875), KIH gold medal (1877) and Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 and 1911), George V Silver Jubilee (1935) and George VI Coron (1937) medals, and a DGBStJ (20.5.1932). m. (first) at Nazar Bagh Palace, Baroda, 6th January 1880, H.H. Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharani Chimnabai I Sahib Gaekwad (b. at Tanjore, 1864; d. at Baroda, 7th May 1884), née Shrimant Lakshmibai Mohite, daughter of Shrimant Sardar Haibatrao Dajisahib Mohite, Amirrao, by his wife, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Nagammabai Sahib Mohite, daughter of Sri Abajirao Ghatge, Serjirao, of Tanjore. m. (second) at Nazar Bagh Palace, Baroda, 28th December 1885, H.H. Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharani Chimnabai II Sahib Gaekwad, CI (2.8.1892) (b. 1872; d. at Bombay, 23rd August 1958), author of “The Poisition of Women in Indian Life” (1911), etc, rcvd: George V Silver Jubilee (1935), George VI Coron (1937), Baroda Golden Jubilee (1926), Diamond Jubilee (1936) and Accession (1939) medals, née Shrimant Gajrabai Ghatge, daughter of Shrimant Sardar Bajirao Amritrao Ghatge [Mama Sahib], Sarjerao, of Dewas senior. He d. at Gopal Bhavan, Malabar Hill, Bombay, 6th February 1939, having had issue, four sons and three daughters:
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