GONDAL

The Jadeja Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1851 - 1869 H.H. Thakore Shri Sangramsinhji [Sagramji II] Bhanabhai Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Gondal. b. at Dhoraji Palace, 24th February 1823, eldest son of H.H. Thakore Shri Bhanabhai Devaji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Gondal, by his second wife, Thakorani Shri Motiba Kunverba Sahiba, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1851. At last, after several unsuccesful reigns, Gondal acquired a ruler who took a deep interest in the affairs of his state and welfare of its people. He took the first steps towards modernisation by reforming the judicial system, building court houses and a gaol, and creating a police force. He also established the first municipal government for the capital and the first schools for public instruction. Granted a permanent salute of 9-guns 1866. m. three wives (first) H.H. Shri Jhalivalu Thakorani Shri Ramba Kunverba Sahiba (d. at Gondal, 1857), daughter of Harisinhji Jhala, of Gundiyadi. m. (second) H.H. Shri Jhalivalu Thakorani Shri Sadaba Kunverba Sahiba (d.s.p. young), daughter of Jhala Shri Panchaliji Sahib. m. (third), 1st June 1857, H.H. Shri Jhalivalu Thakorani Shri Monghiba Kunverba Sahiba (d. at Gondal, 2nd November 1895), daughter of Jhala Shri Ratansinhji Sahib, a lady from Minapur. He d. at Bombay, 14th December 1869, having had issue, three sons and a daughter:
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1869 - 1944 H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Sir Bhagvatsinghji Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal, GCSI (1.2.1937), GCIE (21.6.1897, KCIE 15.2.1887). b. at Dhoraji Palace, 24th October 1865, youngest and only surviving son of H.H. Thakore Shri Sangramsinhji [Sagramji II] Bhanabhai Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Gondal, by his third wife, H.H. Shri Jhalivalu Thakorani Shri Monghiba Sahiba, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot, and Edinburgh Univ (MB & CM 1892, MD 1895), MRCP (Edin 1892), FRCP (Edin 1895), FCP&SB (Bombay 1913). Succeeded on the death of his father, 14th December 1869. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, at the Naulakha Palace, Gondal, 25th August 1884. Attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Queen-Empress Victoria in London 1887. Raised to the rank of a first class ruling prince and granted a permanent salute of 11-guns, 1st January 1888. Received a sanad of adoption, 1st August 1889. A great social reformer, educator, and supporter of female education and emancipation. Published the first ever Gujarati dictionary "Bhagvatgaumandal", author of "Journal of a Visit to England" (1883), "A Short History of Aryan Medical Science" (1895), etc. Hon LL.D. (Edinburgh 1887), Hon DCL (Oxon. 1892), FRS (1894), FRSSE (1909), MRAS, MRI (GB & Ireland), HPAC, Fellow of Bombay Univ. (1885), Presdt. Organizing Cttee. 8th International Congress of Hygiene & Demography at Budapest 1894, Vice-Presdt Indian Medical Assoc, and the Deccan Educational Soc, Vice-Patron St John Ambulance Assoc, Governor Rajkumar Coll Council, etc. Rcvd: the Prince of Wales gold medal (1875), KIH gold medal (1877), Golden Jubilee (1887), Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 & 1911), Coron. (1911 & 1937), and Silver Jubilee (1935) medals. m. (first) at the Naulakha Palace, Gondal, 3rd June 1881, H.H. Maharani Shri Nand Kunverbaiji Sahiba, CI (2.8.1892). (b. at Dharampur, 1867; d. at Bombay, 9th March 1936), rcvd: Coron. (1911) and Silver Jubilee (1935) medals, second daughter of H.H. Namdar Shrimant Maha Mandaleshwar Maharajadhiraj Maharana Shri Narayandevji II Dharma Dev Rana Raja, Raja of Dharampur, by his second wife, H.H. Chhasatia Rani Bai Shri Gulab Kunverba, daughter of Sardar Bhagubava Sahib of Dharampur. m. (second) 4th April 1882, H.H. Maharani Shri …Kunverba Sahiba, a cousin of the Raja of Wankaner. m. (third) 4th April 1882, H.H. Maharani Shri …Kunverba Sahiba (d. at Gondal, 3rd August 1885), daughter of his maternal uncle, Jhala Shri Kiliansinhji Ratansinhji Sahib, of Minapur. m. (fourth) H.H. Maharani Shri Rupaliba Kunverba Sahiba (d. at Gondal 26th September 1919), daughter of Thakur Shri Becharsinhji Raisinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Chuda. He d. at the Hozoor Palace, Gondal, 9th March 1944 (succ. by his eldest son), having had issue, six sons and three daughters.
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1944 - 1952 H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Bhojirajsinhji [Bhojirajji] Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal. b. at the Naulakha Palace, Gondal, 8th January 1883, eldest son of H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Sir Bhagvatsinghji Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal, GCSI, by his first wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Nand Kunverbaiji Sahiba, CI, educ. Eton, Berks., and Balliol Coll., Oxford. Succeeded on the death of his father, 9th March 1944 and ascended the gadi, at the Naulakha Palace, Gondal, 10th March 1944. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 15h August 1947. Merged his state into the United State of Kathiawad 15th February 1948. m. at Vana 25th January 1905, H.H. Maharani Shri Rajkunverba Sahiba (b. at Vana, 7th November 1890; d. at Bombay, 14th October 1968), educ. privately, Presdt. Gujarati Hindu Women's Assoc. 1909, daughter of Rana Shri Banesinhji Sahib, of Vana. He d. at Vellore, 31st July 1952, having had issue, three sons and five daughters:
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1952 - 1969 H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Vikramsinhji Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal. b. at the Riverside Palace, Gondal, 13th October 1914, eldest son of H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Bhojirajsinhji [Bhojirajji] Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Rajkunverba Sahiba, educ. St Joseph's Boy's High Sch, Bangalore. Succeeded on the death of his father, 31st July 1952. Presdt St Joseph's OBA 1951-1952. m. at Achrol, 12th May 1937, H.H. Maharani Shri Nayankunverba Sahiba, daughter of Rajadhiraj Shri Keshri Singh, of Achrol, in Jaipur, by his wife, by his wife, Ranidhiraj Shri Anand Kunwar, daughter of Thakur Bhim Singh, of Kanota, sometime DIG Jaipur State Police. He d. 22nd August 1969, having had issue, two sons and two daughters:
  • 1) Yuvaraj Shri Jyotendrasinhji Vikramsinhji Sahib, who succeeded as H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Jyotendrasinhji Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal - see below.
  • 2) Maharajkumar Shri Ganadityasinhji Vikramsinhji Sahib. b. at Gondal, 3rd March 1946, educ. the Doon Sch, Dehra Dun. Racing driver and sports car enthusiast. Winner of the All-India Grand Prix at Sholavaram circuit in Madras 1978. Settled in New Delhi. He d. unm. by suicide, at the Urmi Apartments, Worli, Mumbai, 9th June 2010. Copyright© Christopher Buyers
  • 1) Maharajkumari Bai Shri Prakash Kunverba Sahiba [H.H. Maharani Shri Prakash Kumari Sahiba, Maharani Sahiba of Idar]. b. October 1941. m. 20th February 1960, H.H. Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Rajendrasinhji Daljitsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Idar (b. 25th September 1938), eldest son of H.H. Maharajadhiraja Maharajaji Shri Daljitsinhji Himatsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Idar, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Ba Shri Vraj Kunverba Sahiba, younger daughter of Maharaj Shri Jivansinhji of Jamnagar. She has issue, one daughter - see India (Idar).
  • 2) Maharajkumari Bai Shri Aditya Kunverba Sahiba. b. 1943.
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1969 H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Jyotendrasinhji Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal. b. 26th May 1940, elder son of H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Vikramsinhji Sahib, Maharaja Thakore Sahib of Gondal, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Nayankunverba Sahiba, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot, the Doon Sch, Dehra Dun, and at St.Stephen's Coll, Delhi Univ (BA 1958). Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Gondal, 22nd August 1969. 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. H.H. Maharani Shri Kumud Kumari Sahiba, daughter of Raol Shri Dharmakumarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib, of Bhavnagar, by his wife, Rani Bai Shri Manhar Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Thakur Ranjit Singh, of Bagli, in Central India. He had issue, one son:
  • 1) Yuvaraj Shri Himanshusinhji Jyotindrasinhji Sahib. b. 30th December 1966. m. (div.) Maharajkumari Hemangini Kumari Sahiba, only daughter of Maharaj Sri Chandra Shekhar Singhji, of Bikaner, by his wife, Rani Ansuyu Kumari Sahiba, of Nawanagar.
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