MORVI

The Jadeja Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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Copyright© V&A Image Library1922 - 1948 H.H. Maharaja Shri Sir Lakhdhiraji Waghji [Jilubha] Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi, GBE (c 8.6.1939), KCSI (1.1.1930). b. at the Darbargadh Palace, Morvi, 26th December 1876, eldest son of H.H. Maharaja Shri Sir Waghji II Rawalji Sahib Bahadur, Thakore Sahib of Morvi, GCIE, by his wife, H.H. Palitanawala Maharaniji Shri Bajirajbakunverba Sahib, educ. in England and India. Succeeded on the death of his father, 11th June 1922. Ascended the gadi at the Darbargadh Palace, Morvi, 26th June 1922. Installed at the Darbargadh Palace, Morvi, 20th January 1923. Granted the hereditary title of Maharaja, 3rd June 1926. Abdicated in favour of his eldest son, 21st January 1948. A great builder who beautified his capital with fine public buildings, palaces and bridges.  Mbr Bombay Natural History Soc. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar (1911), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron. (1937) and Indian Independence (1948) medals. He continued his father’s plans for developing the state, concentrating on improving the infrastructure, education and industrial development. The railway was expanded several fold, several high schools and a technical institute constructed, a power house, mercantile bank, sugar refinery, salt works, pottery, tile factory, sugar, cloth and vegetable oil mills established. He also built several public spaces and sports facilities, official buildings and palaces, many of historic architectural interest. m. (first) at the Fort, Rajpipla, May1898, Gohelji Maharajkumari Shri Nandkunverba Sahib (b. at Nanod, 1883; d. at Morvi, 1915), second daughter of H.H. Maharana Shri Gambhirsinhji Verisalji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla. m. (second) at Devgad, Baria, 1898, H.H. Bariawala Maharani Shri Surajkunverba Sahib (b. at Devgadhanti, Baria, 5th March 1883; d. at Morvi, 29th November 1945), second daughter of H.H. Maharaol Shri Mansinhji Prithurajsinhji Sahib, Maharaol of Baria, by his wife, H.H. Gohel Rani Shrimant Shri Chandra Kunverba Sahib, daughter of H.H. Maharana Shri Verisalji II Narsinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla. m. (third) at Ranigan, 1908 H.H. Sarvaiyawala Maharani Kesarkunverba Sahib [Rajmata Sahib of Morvi] (b. at Ranigaum, Kathiawar, 7th September 1892), granted Mota Dahisara in jagir by her son 26th February 1948, daughter of Sarvaiya Shri Bawaji Ranaji Sahib, talukdar of Ranigam and Datha. He d. at Bombay, 4th May 1957, having had issue, seven sons and three daughters daughters:
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1948 - 1957 H.H. Maharaja Shri Mahendrasinhji Lakhdhiraji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi. b. at Devgadh Baria, 1st January 1918, fifth and eldest surviving son of H.H. Maharaja Shri Sir Lakhdhiraji Waghji [Jilubha] Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi, GBE, KCSI, by his third wife, H.H. Sarvaijawala Maharani Kesarkunverba Sahib, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot, Bradfield Coll, England, and St Mary’s High Sch, Bombay. MSC 1938-1948, Joint Presdt Morvi State Council 1939-1940, Presdt 1940-1948. Succeeded on the abdication of his father, 21st January 1948. Installed on the gadi, at the Darbargadh Palace, Morvi, 22nd January 1948. Merged his state into the United State of Kathiawad 15th February 1948. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937), and Indian Independence (1948) medals. m. (first) at the Fort, Rajpipla, 27th January 1932, H.H. Rajpiplawala Maharani Shri Mohinikunverba Sahib (b. at Vijay Palace, Nandod, 14th September 1918; d.s.p. at Morvi, 13th December 1993), third daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Maharana Shri Sir Vijayasinhji Chhatrasinhji, Maharaja of Rajpipla, GBE, KCSI, by his first wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Udaya Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Maharaj Shri Raghunath Singh, of Amleta in Ratlam state. m. (second) H.H. Maharani Sudhirkunverba Sahib, younger daughter of H.H. Maharaja Maharawal Shri Sir Indrasinhji Pratapsinhji Sahib, Maharaja of Bansda, KCIE. m. (third) 1945, H.H. Jhaliji Maharani Shri Vijaykunverba Sahib [Rajmata Sahib of Morvi] (b. 1931), Managing Trustee The Mayur Fndn since 1979, daughter of Shri Khodibha Jhala, of Rangpur. He d. at Buckhurst Park, Ascot, Berkshire, 17th August 1957, having had issue, one son and four daughters by his third wife:
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1957 - [1978] H.H. Maharaja Shri Mayurdhwaj Mahendrasinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi. b. at Poona, 29th November 1953, only son of H.H. Maharaja Shri Mahendrasinhji Lakhdhiraji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi, by his wife, H.H. Jhaliji Maharani Shri Vijaykunverba Sahib, educ. in the UK. Succeeded on the death of his father, 17th August 1957. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. He d.s.p. unm. from wounds received during a pub brawl, at Westminster, London, 22nd
August 1978.
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[1978] H.H. Maharaja Shri Vishaldityasinhji Mayurdhwaj Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi*. b. 1973, as Vishal Aditya Patrao, only son of Roy Charles Arthur Patrao, by his wife, Maharajkumari Ba Shri Maya Draupati Devi Sahib, second daughter of H.H. Maharaja Shri Mahendrasinhji Lakhdhiraji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot. Adopted by his maternal grandmother and succeeded as Maharaja of Morvi. His Subh Lagan ceremony was performed at Morvi, 10th December 2010. Trustee The Mayur Fndn. Dir of Severn Care Ltd (UK) and Severn Care (Properties) Ltd (UK) since 2007.
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* These two successions are disputed on the basis of caste considerations and contravention of family customs.
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