BHAVNAGAR

The Gohil Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1660 - 1703 Maharaj Raol Shri Ratansinhji II Akherajji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Sihor, only son of Maharaj Raol Shri Akherajji II Harbhamji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Sihor, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1660. His reign was long, peaceful, and largely without event. m. the daughter of the Wala Chief of Nigala. He d. 1703, having had issue, an only surviving son:
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1703 - 1764 Maharaj Raol Shri Bhavsinhji I Ratansinhji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Bhavnagar. b. at Sihor, 1683, only surviving son of Maharaj Raol Shri Ratansinhji II Akherajji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Sihor, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1703. Installed at Sihor, 1703. Defeated a Maratha invasion near Sihor in 1722. Moved his capital to Vadwa in 1722. Founded a new fort and capital there in 1723, naming it Bhavnagar, after himself. Exceptionally gifted with tact and statesmanship, he did much to consolidate his position through diplomacy and good relations with his subjects, vassals and neighbouring rulers. He cultivated friendship with the British at an early stage in their rise to power. m. several wives. He d. at the Darbargadh Palace, Bhavnagar, 1764, having had issue, five sons:
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1764 - 1772 Maharaj Raol Shri Akherajji III Bhavsinhji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Bhavnagar. b. at Sihor, 1714, elder twin son of H.H. Maharaj Raol Shri Bhavsinhji I Ratansinhji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Bhavnagar, educ. privately. Succeeded to Bhavnagar on the death of his father, 1764. He d. at the Darbargadh Palace, Bhavnagar, 1772, having had issue, one son:
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1772 - 1816 H.H. Maharaj Raol Shri Vakhatsinghji [Atabhai] Akherajji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Bhavnagar. b. at the Darbargadh Palace, Bhavnagar, 1748, only son of Maharaj Raol Shri Akherajji III Bhavsinhji Sahib, Maharaj Raol of Bhavnagar, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1772. Fought continuous wars with the Kathis, Jats, Kolis, Kathis, Gaekwads, Babis and his Palitana clansmen. Conquered the fort of Talaja from the Nawab of Cambay, Mahuva from Jasa Khasio, and Kundla Paraguah from the Kathis. Forced to accept British administration in the districts of Gogha, Dhandukha and Ranpur. m. ca. 1778, H.H. Thakorani Shri …Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Rana Shri Khimabha Sahib, the Wala Chief of Dhank. He d. at the Darbargadh Palace, Bhavnagar, 1816, having had issue, three sons and one daughter:
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