DHARAMPUR

 

The Sisodia Dynasty

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1891 - 1921 H.H. Namdar Shrimant Maha Mandaleshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharana Shri Mohandevji Dharma Dev Rana Raja, Raja of Dharampur. b. at the Raj Mahal, Dharampur, 9th June 1863, educ. Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot. Succeeded on the death of his father, 7th August 1891 and ascended the gadi on the same day. Outlawed animal sacrifice within his state, 1894. He founded and built 22 free schools throughout the state, including two girls schools and a high school at his capital, and the first Mahar school for untouchables in 1899. He constructed an extensive road network, numerous bridges, tanks and wells. He also built two rural dispensaries and established a travelling dispensary service. Adopted the Rajgit or State Anthem in 1911. Granted a personal salute of 11-guns, together with the style of His Highness, 1st January 1921. Presdt. Mohandevji Club (Dharampur). Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 and 1911). m. as his only wife, H.H. Akhand Soubhagyavati Namdar Shrimant Maharani Baiji Shri Rajba Kunverba Sahib [Jadeja Rani Maji Sahib] (d. at Virpur, 24th February 1922), daughter of Thakore Shri Suroji II Sultanji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Virpur. He d. at Mohan Vilas Palace, Dharampur, 26th March 1921, having had issue, two sons:
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1921 - 1952 H.H. Namdar Shrimant Maha Mandaleshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharana Shri Vijayadevji II Dharma Dev Rana Raja, Raja of Dharampur. b. at the Raj Mahal, Dharampur, 3rd December 1884, elder son of H.H. Namdar Shrimant Maha Mandaleshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharana Shri Mohandevji Dharma Dev Rana Raja, Raja of Dharampur, by his only wife, H.H. Akhand Soubhagyavati Namdar Shrimant Maharani Baiji Shri Rajba Kunverba Sahib, educ. Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot. State Revenue Cmsnr. 1904-1907. Succeeded on the death of his father, 26th March 1921. Installed  on the gadi, at the Durbargadh, Dharampur, 23rd May 1921. Granted a personal salute of 11-guns, together with the style of His Highness, 1st January 1932 (the style being made hereditary in 1948). He took a great interest in health and medical matters, constructing and equipping modern dispensaries and hospitals offering free medical treatment to subjects and outsiders alike. He also constructed roads and established the first telephone service, built a museum and library, extended school provision and established hostels to accommodate students from country areas. A gifted musician and musicologist. Author of "Sangeet Bhava" (1933) a treatise on music in six volumes, "Speeches and Writings on Indian Music and Art" (1938), etc. Presdt. Humanitarian League of Bombay 1927, Hindustani Music Conference 1936, etc. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar silver (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron. (1937), and Indian Independence (1947) medals. m. (first) at the Fort, Rajpipla, March 1905, Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharajkumari Baiji Shri Rasik Kunverba Sahiba (b. at Nanod, 1890; d. at Dharampur, January 1907), third daughter of H.H. Maharana Shri Gambhirsinhji Verisalji, Raja of Rajpipla, by his fifth wife, H.H. Maharani Baiji Shri Rattan Kunverba Sahib, second daughter of H.H. Rana Shri Rupdeo Singh, Rana of Ali Rajpur. m. (second) at Bombay, May 1907, H.H. Akhand Soubhagyavati Namdar Shrimant Maharani Baiji Shri Manhar Kunverba Sahib (b. at Adpur, 1888; d. at Bombay, 8th January 1939), daughter of Kumar Shri Samatsinhji Sursinhji Bahadur, of Adpur, in Palitana. He d. at Bombay, 5th May 1952, having had issue one son and three daughters:
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1952 H.H. Namdar Shrimant Maha Mandaleshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharana Shri Sahadevji Dharma Dev Rana Raja, Raja of Dharampur. b. 7th December 1929, elder son of Namdar Shrimant Maharaj Kumar Shri Narhardevji Vijayadevji Sahib, by his wife, Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharaj Kumari Baiji Shri Indira Kunverba Sahiba, educ. Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot. Succeeded on the death of his father, 5th May 1962. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a "ruler" and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. m. 12th March 1948, Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharajkumari Baiji Shri Bharati Devi Sahiba, daughter of Rana Lakshmansinhji Banesinhji Jhala, of Vana. He had issue, one daughter:
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