JUNAGADH

The Babi Dynasty

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1851 - 1882 H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khanji II Bahadur Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, KCSI (20.5.1871). b. at Junagadh, 10th May 1838, second son of H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Muhammad Bahadur Khanji II Hamid Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, by his fourth wife, Naju Bibi Sahiba, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his elder brother, 1851. He was placed under surveillance and certain restrictions by his mother, with the help of an ambitious party at court. Escaped to Wanthali and appealed for British help, when he was freed from the intriguers and allowed to return. Granted a sanad confirming succession in accordance with Islamic laws, 11th March 1862. Attended the Imperial Durbar at Delhi, where he was granted an increased personal salute of 15-guns 1st January 1877. Together with the able Diwan Amarsinhji, the Nawab oversaw an extensive building programme to beautify and modernise the city, commissioning schools and colleges, hospital, markets, courts and other buildings, many in a unique Venetian-Gothic. Rcvd: Prince of Wales's gold medal (1875) and KIH gold medal (1877). m. (first) at Radhanpur, 1851 (div. ca. 1856), Bima Shri Kamal Bakhte Sahiba, elder daughter of H.H. Nawab Muhammad Jorawar Sher Khan Babi, Nawab Sahib of Radhanpur. m. (second) at Junagadh, 1853, H.H. Nawab Ladli Bibi Sahiba (d. at Junagadh, 1864, and bur. Mahabatkhanji Muqbara), daughter of Shaikh Muhammad Hashambhai. m. (third) 1866, H.H. Nawab Sardar Bakhte Begum Sahiba (d. at Junagadh, November 1876, and bur. Mahabatkhanji Muqbara), daughter of Khan Shri Jamal Khan Babi, of Ranpur, in Junagadh state. m. (a) Nur Bibi Sahiba, daughter of a mahout. m. (b) Chhotibu [Seja], a former dancer. m. (c) Nanibu. He d. at Junagadh, 29th September 1882 (bur. there at the Mahabatkhanji Muqbara), having had issue:
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1882 - 1892 H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Bahadur Khanji III Mahabat Khanji, Nawab of Junagadh, GCIE (21.5.1890). b. at Junagadh, 22nd January 1856, eldest son of H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khanji II Bahadur Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, KCSI, by his second wife, H.H. Nawab Ladli Bibi Sahiba, educ. privately and at Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot. Succeeded on the death of his father, 29th September 1882. Granted a personal salute of 15-guns. Colonel-in-Chief Junagadh Imperial Service Lancers 1891-1892. m. (first), at Junagadh, May 1873, H.H. Nawab Amir Bakhte Begum Sahiba, daughter of the Babi Khan Sahib, of Ranpur, in Junagadh state. m. (second), May 1873, H.H. Nawab Umrao Bakhte Begum Sahiba, daughter of Khan Shri Sarbuland Khanji Babi Sahib, Khan Sahib of Bantva. m. (third) at Balasinor, 1874, H.H. Nawab Dosi Bibi Sahiba (b. at Balasinor, 1847), daughter of H.E. Nawab Shri Muhammad Zorawar Khan Edul Khan Babi, Nawab Sahib of Balasinor. m. (fourth) 10th February 1891, a daughter of Khan Shri Hayat Khan walad Sardar Mohammed Khan, of Dholka. He d.s.p. at Junagadh, 21st January 1892 (bur. there at the Mahabatkhanji Muqbara) (succ. by his younger brother), having had issue, several daughters.
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1892 - 1911 H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Mahabat Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, GCSI (1.1.1909, KCSI 31.12.1898). b. at Junagadh, 30th July 1858, second son of H.H. Shri Diwan Nawab Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khanji II Bahadur Khanji, Nawab Sahib of Junagadh, KCSI, by Nur Bibi Sahiba, educ. privately. Proclaimed on the death of his elder half-brother, 23rd January 1892. Installed on the musnaid, at Junagadh, 20th June 1892. Granted a personal salute of 15-guns. An enlightened ruler, he expanded educational institutions and built railways and hospitals, and virtually extinguished the historic animosities between the Hindu and Muslim communities. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medal (1903). m. H.H. Nawab Ayisha Bi Sahiba [Maji Sahiba] (d. at Junagadh, 1928). He d. at Junagadh, 22nd January 1911 (bur. there at the Mahabatkhanji Muqbara), having had issue, four sons and two daughters:
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