The Jhala Dynasty
- The ruling
family of Limbdi descends from Harapal Devji, of Patdi,
common ancestor with the ruling family of Dhrangadhra.
Manghuji, second (or nineteenth) son of Harapal Devji and
Sakti Devi, received the chorasis of Jambu and
Kundni. His grandson, Dhaval, married the daughter of
Vaja Palaji of Veraval Patan and received seven villages
in dowry. Sultan Qutb ud-din Aibak of Delhi drove him
from Jambu in 1194, when he retired to Veraval Patan. His
father-in-law assisted him to conquer forty-one villages
along the coast, when he established his capital at
Dhamlej. He returned to Jambu once the Muslims had left
the area, but finding it laid waste, returned to Dhamlej,
appointing a governor to administer that region. His son,
Kaluji, established his capital at Kundni, where it
remained for the next six generations. Soghaji
re-established the capital at Jambu, but his son,
Sarangji, moved to Jasdan. Thereafter the state capital
alternated between Kundni, Jambu and Jasdan.
Maharana Shri Khetoji II, who reigned during the
fifteenth century, incurred the enmity of both the
Vaghela and Sarvaiya clans, and lost his life and
property in battle with them. At he heart of the trouble
lay a romantic tale chivalry, so often told by he Rajput
bards. Khetoji once came across he marriage procession of
the intended bride of Vaghela Godhba of Sardhar, the
daughter of the Sarvaiya Rao of Bhadli. By chance, her
eyes fell upon his long hair when he had cause to remove
his turban, and she was smitten. She implored him to take
her away, and he agreed to do so after consulting his
advisers. Godhba, furious at this insult, invaded Kundni
and met him in mortal combat, slew Khetoji and annexed
Kundni and Jasdan. Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat,
stepped into the breech and annexed Jambu and Shiani to
his own domains.
Khetoji left thirteen sons, the eldest of who suffered
from physical disabilities, could not reassert the family
honour and was debarred from ascend the gadi according to
the traditions of the house. He abdicated his rights in
favour of his next and younger brother. Bhanji Sahib
headed the house in exile for a period but then
voluntarily abdicated, along with his other brothers, in
favour of the youngest and more able brother, Sangaji.
The latter headed a band of 500 horsemen, who wandered
about the countryside until they came upon Godhba at
Jhobala. Aided by 8,000 loyal shepherds, they defeated
and exacted vengeance upon the Vaghela. Sangaji settled
at Dhanvaa until the Sultan heard of his deeds, took
sympathy upon the family and restored Jambu and Shiani to
him. Maharana Sangaji's line reigned over the state until
the eighteenth century, when they shifted their capital
Maharana Shri Harisinhji came under British protection
because of the Treaty of Bassein with the Marathas in
1807. His great grandson, Maharana Jaswantsinhji
succeeded as a minor in 1862. The first ruler of his line
to receive a modern education, at which he excelled and
then used his knowledge to very good effect. Great
changes and reforms were instigated by him which brought
about a transformation. He constructed irrigation works
and improved agriculture, reformed the courts and built
schools, endowed scholarships for gifted students and
established municipal government. Not content with the
knowledge he had gathered within India, he travelled
abroad to the UK and Europe, to learn about the latest
innovations and methods of administration, agriculture
and health care. Returning to India, he redoubled his
efforts to improve the lot of his people. His exertions
were recognised with government sought his advice and
council. The Governor of Bombay appointed him a member of
the Bombay Legislative Council, one of the first princes
to hold such a position. At his death in 1907, he left
behind the best-administered state in Bombay and
universally happy subjects.
Maharana Shri Daulatsinhji, a direct descendant of
Khetoji I's eldest son, succeeded as the chosen heir of
his kinsman, Jaswantsinhji. Although very distantly
related to the late ruler, he had made a career for
himself in neighbouring states, where he had proved
himself an able administrator and soldier. He
apprenticeship was fortuitous, for he proved to be an
equally capable and distinguished ruler as his
predecessor. Ho continued all his good works, especially
in the fields of education and agriculture. Limbdi
excelled in both fields, and her treasury showed the
beneficial results of his policies. Despite he size and
income of his state, he spared nothing in supporting the
British cause during the Great War. He reigned
successfully for thirty-three years, and died during the
dark days of the Second World War in 1940. It would have
saddened him to go at that time. Loyal to his
King-Emperor in an almost fanatical way, he would have
relished a second victory against the old foe.
Maharana Shri Digvijaysinhji succeeded his father for
just about a year before dying in 1941 and leaving his
throne to his son Chatrashailyasinhji, barely a year old
at that time. The government appointed a regency council
to conduct the administration during his minority. He
never received his full ruling powers as the transfer of
power intervened when he was six years old, and Limbdi
acceded to the Dominion of India in 1947. It joined the
other states of the region to form the United State of
Kathiawad (Saurashtra) in the following year. The
Maharana became a successful businessman and hotelier. He
has retained an interest in motor cars and angling
throughout his life.
Shield in murrey, a small temple in or, the
inside of the temple is vert with a trident and
snake in or inside; between two flags, the dexter gules,
the sinister or; all within a bordure vert.
Helmet: Or. Crest: A dexter hand
appumÚ or. Supporters: dexter, a tiger and
sinister, lion, all or. Motto: In the
powers of the Almighty. Lambrequins: Or.
STYLES & TITLES:
The ruling prince: Maharana Shri (personal name) (father's
personal name) Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Limbdi, with
the style of His Highness.
The consort of the ruling prince: Thakorani Shri (personal
name) Sahiba, Thakorai Sahib of Limbdi, with the
style of Her Highness.
The Heir Apparent: Yuvaraj Shri (personal name) (father's
personal name) Sahib, Yuvaraj Sahib of Limbdi.
The consort of the Heir Apparent: Yuvarani Shri (personal
name) Sahiba, Yuvarani Sahib of Limbdi.
The younger sons of the ruling prince, during the
lifetime of their father: Rajkumar Shri (personal name)
(father's personal name) Sahib.
Th daughters-in-law of the ruling prince: Rani Shri (personal
The brothers of the ruling prince: Maharaj Shri (personal
name) (father's personal name) Sahib.
The daughters and grandaughters of the ruling prince, in
the male line: Rajkumari Bai Shri (personal name)
The grandsons of the ruling prince, in the male line:
Rajkumar Shri (personal name) (father's
personal name) Sahib.
The other male descendants of the ruling prince, in the
male line: Kumar Shri (personal name) (father's
personal name) Jhala.
The other female descendants of the ruling prince, in the
male line: Bai Shri (personal name) Sahiba.
RULES OF SUCCESSION:
Male primogeniture, with the right of adoption by the
recognised head of the family on the failure of natural
ORDERS & DECORATIONS:
Annual Administration Report of the Limbdi State.
1909/10-1912/13, 1914/15-1932/33, 1934/35,
1936/37-1938/39, & 1941/42-1944/45. IOR/V/10,
Oriental & India Office Collection, British Library,
St Pancras, London.
Chiefs and Leading Families in Rajputana (The Ruling
Princes, Chiefs and Leading Personages in Rajputana and
Ajmer). Office of the Superintendent of Government
Printing, Calcutta, 1894, 1903, 1912, 1916 and 1935.
Alexander Kinloch Forbes. Ras-Mala, Hindu Annals of
Western India, with particular reference to Gujarat.
Heritage Publishers. New Delhi, 1973.
Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency. Volume VIII.
Kathiawar. Government of Bombay, Bombay, 1884.
C. Mayne. History of Dhrangadhra State. Thacker, Spink
& Co.,Calcutta and Simla, 1921.
Memoranda on The Indian States 1940 (Corrected up to the
1st January 1940). Manager of Publication, Government of
India, Delhi, 1940.
The Rajputana Gazetteer. Volume II. Office of the
Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta, 1879.
The Ruling Princes, Chiefs and Leading Personages in the
Western India States Agency, 1st edition.
The Ruling Princes, Chiefs and Leading Personages in the
Western India States Agency, 2nd edition.
Manager of Publications, Delhi, 1935.
Elizabeth Sharpe. Thakore Sahib Shri Sir Daulat Singh of
Limbdi, Kathiawar. A biography. John Murray & Co.
Ltd., London, 1933.
Thacker's Indian Directory. Thacker's Press &
Directories, Ltd., Calcutta 1863-1956.
A. Vadivelu, The Ruling Chiefs, Nobles & Zamindars of
India. G.C. Loganadham Bros., Madras, 1915.
Capt. H. Wilberforce-Bell, The History of Kathiawad, from
the earliest times. William Heinemann, London, 1916.
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