BARODA

ORDERS & DECORATIONS

 

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Vikramaditya or First Class, sash badge (L) and breast star (C), and Udayaditya or Second Class neck badge (R)

The Most Noble Decoration of the Rising Sun (Aditya Mandal): founded by Maharaja Sayajirao III. Awarded in three classes (1. Vikramaditya, 3. Udayaditya and 4. Arunaditya). Obsolete 1956.

The Most Noble Decoration of the Rising Sun - Arunaditya, or Third Class, breast star (L) and neck badge (R)

Title Badges: founded by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1922 and awarded in three classes (1. Raj Valabh - "Beloved of the Ruler", 2, Raj Mitra - "Friend of the Ruler", and 3. Raj Praya - "Dear to the Ruler"). Obsolete 1956. 

The Rajya Ratna Decoration - First Class in gold, chest badge.

The Jewel of the State Decoration (Rajya Ratna Mandal): founded by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1922. Awarded in three classes, gold, silver and bronze medals with the title Raj Ratna. Obsolete 1956.

The Decoration for Knowledge (Dnyan Mandal): founded by Maharaja Sayajirao III to reward scholarship, poetry and literary endeavour. Awarded in three classes (1. Dnyan Baskhar Mandal in gold, 2. Dnyan Jyoti Mandal in silver, and 3. Dnyan Ratna Mandal in bronze). Obsolete 1956.

 

The Decoration for Knowledge - Dnyan Baskhar Mandal or Second Class in gold, chest badge.

The Decoration for the Arts (Kala Mandal): founded by Maharaja Sayajirao III to reward artistic endeavour. Awarded in three classes (1. Baskhar Mandal in gold, 2. Kala Jyoti Mandal in silver, and 3. Kala Ratna Mandal in bronze).

The Decoration for Charity - Danaveer or Second Class in silver, chest badge obverse (L) and reverse (R).

The Decoration for Charity (Dana Mandal): founded by Maharaja Sayajirao III to reward charitable and philanthropic services, but usually given out to those who made large donations. Awarded in three classes (1. Danamurti in gold, 2. Danaveer in silver, and 3. Danapriya in bronze).

                   

Baroda State Forces Meritorious Service Medal (L) and Baroda Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (R).

Baroda State Forces Meritorious Service Medal: instituted by Maharaja Sayajirao III to recognise meritorious services by officers and men of the Baroda State Forces. Awarded in a single class, a circular silver medal.

Baroda Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: instituted by Maharaja Sayajirao III to recognise unblemished continuous long service and good conduct by officers and men of the Baroda army. Awarded in a single class, a circular silver medal.

Maharaja’s Police Medal: instituted by Maharaja Pratapsingh Gaekwad to recognise acts of gallantry and brave conduct by officers and men of the Baroda State Police. Awarded in a single class, a circular silver medal.

                   

Maharaja's Police Medal (L) and Baroda State Police Medal for Long & Meritorious Service (R).

Baroda State Police Medal for Long & Meritorious Service: instituted by Maharaja Pratapsingh Gaekwad to recognise unblemished continuous long and meritorious service by officers and men of the Baroda State Police. Awarded in a single class, a circular copper medal.

Baroda Golden Jubilee Medal - third class in cupro-nickel, reverse (L) and obverse (R).

Golden Jubilee Medal: instituted by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1926 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his accession. Awarded in three grades (gold-for members of the Gaekwad House, silver and cupro-nickel).

Baroda Diamond Jubilee Medal - second class is silver, obverse (L) and reverse (R).

Diamond Jubilee Medal: instituted by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1936 to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of his accession. Awarded in three grades (gold-for members of the Gaekwad House, silver and cupro-nickel).

Gaekwar's Baroda State Railway Diamond Jubilee Medal - obverse (L) and reverse (R).

Gaekwar’s Baroda State Railway Diamond Jubilee Medal: instituted by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1936 to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of his accession and especially awarded to staff of the GBS Railway as a reward for good service. Awarded in a single class, a circular silver medal.

Baroda Accession Medal - obverse.

Accession Medal: instituted by Maharaja Pratapsingh Gaekwad in 1939 to commemorate his accession to the gadi. Awarded in a single grade, a circular silver medal, and inscribed for particular institutions and events associated with or held in celebration of the event (e.g. the Small Scale Industry Exhibition, Cottage Industries, Railways, etc).
 

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