RAJPIPLA

The Gohil Dynasty

GENEALOGY

Mid 14th C Rana Shri Arjunsinhji [Arjunshaiji] Mokhrajji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla. b. as Kumar Shri Samarsinhji, elder son of Thakore Mokhadaji [Mokhura] Ranoji Gohil, Thakore of Perim, by his wife, the daughter and heiress of Prince Chokrana, of Junaraj (old Rajpipla), of the Parmar dynasty of Ujjain, in Malwa. Ascended the gadi as ruler of Rajpipla, after the death of his maternal grandfather, who died without male issue. He d. at Rajpipla, having had issue, a son:
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13xx - bf. 1403 Rana Shri Bhaosinhji Arjunsinhji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla, only son of Rana Shri Arjunsinhji [Arjunshaiji] Mokhrajji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father. He d. before 1403, having had issue, a son:
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bf. 1403 - 1421 Rana Shri Gomalsinghji Bhaosinhji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla, son of Rana Shri Bhaosinhji Arjunsinhji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father. Forced to flee his capital when his territories were invaded and conquered by Sultan Muhammad I in 1403. Allied himself with the rulers of Idar and Champaner with Sultan Hoshang of Malwa, against Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1416. He d. 1421, having had issue, two sons:
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1421 - 14xx Rana Shri Vijayapalji Gomalsinghji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla, younger son of Rana Shri Gomalsinghji Bhaosinhji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1421. He attempted to recover the capital from the Muslims with the help of the Bhil hill tribes. He had issue, a son:
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14xx-1431 & 1443-1463 Rana Shri Harisinhji Vijayapalji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla, son of Rana Shri Vijayapalji Gomalsinghji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father. He was also forced to flee his capital in 1431, when his territories were invaded by Sultan Ahmad Shah for a second time. Became an outlaw, but succeeded in recovering his domains in 1443, after allying himself with Sultan Hoghang of Malwa during his invasion of Gujarat. He d. at Rajkot, 1463, having had issue:
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1463 - 1526 Maharana Bhimdev Harisinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Rana Shri Harisinhji Vijayapalji Gohil, Rana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1463. Assisted Prince Latif Khan, half-brother of Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat. He was k. in battle, 1526, having had issue:
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1526 - 1543 Maharana Raisinhji Bhimdev Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Bhimdev Harisinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1526. He plundered Dohad in revenge for his father, but was then forced to defend himself against a punitive expedition sent to punish him. Although the expedition ended in failure, Sultan Bahadur Shah led another invasion in the following year and secured his submission. He d. 1543, having had issue:
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1543 - 15xx Maharana Karanbaji Raisinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Raisinhji Bhimdev Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1543. He had issue:
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15xx - 15xx Maharana Abhayrajji Karanbaji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Karanbaji Raisinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. He had issue:
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15xx - 15xx Maharana Sujansinhji Abhayrajji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Abhayrajji KaranbajiSahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. He had issue:
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15xx - 1583 Maharana Bhairavsinhji Sujansinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Sujansinhji Abhayrajji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Udai Singh of Mewar received shelter in Rajpipla, for a period after the fall of Chittor in 1567. He incurred the wrath of Emperor Akbar by offering refuge to Sultan Muzaffar Shah Nathu of Gujarat in 1580. He d. ca. 1583, having had issue:
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1583 - 1593 Maharana Shri Prithvirajsinhji [Pruthurajji] Bhairavsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Bhairavsinhji Sujansinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1583. Forced to accept Mughal suzerainty, provide a hugely increased tribute of Rs 35.556 and a contingent of 1,000 troops to the Imperial army. The district of Nandod was also given over to Haider Quli Khan. He d. at Rajpipla, 1593, having had issue:
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1593 - 16xx Maharana Shri Deepsinhji Prithvirajsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Shri Prithvirajsinhji [Pruthurajji] Bhairavsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1593. He had issue, three sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Durgashahji Deepsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Shri Deepsinhji Prithvirajsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father. He had issue, three sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Maharajji Durgasahiji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, eldest son of Maharana Shri Durgasahiji Deepsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. He had issue, two sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Rayasalji Maharajji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, younger son of Maharana Shri Maharajji Durgasahiji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. He had issue, two sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Chandrasinhji Rayasalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, elder son of Maharana Shri Rayasalji Mahrajji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. He had issue, two sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Gambhirsinhji I Chandrasinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, younger son of Maharana Shri Chandrasinhji Rayasalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. He had issue:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Subhayrajji Gambhirsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, second son of Maharana Shri Gambhirsinhji I Chandrasinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. He had issue, two sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Jaisinhji Subhayrajji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, younger son of Maharana Shri Subhayrajji Gambhirsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father. He had issue:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Mulrajji Jaisinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, younger son of Maharana Shri Jaisinhji Subhayrajji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father, instead of his paternal nephew.  He had issue, three sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Surmalji Mugatraj Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Yuvraj Shri Mugatraj Jaisinhji Sahib. Succeeded on the death of his paternal uncle. He had issue, three sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Udaykaranji Surmalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Shri Surmalji Mugatraj Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father. He had issue, three sons:
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16xx - 16xx Maharana Shri Chandrabha [Chandrabaji] Udaykaranji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, second son of Maharana Shri Udekaranji Surmalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father. He had issue, one son:
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16xx - 1705 Maharana Shri Chatrasalji Chandrabaji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Shri Chandrabha [Chandrabaji] Udekaranji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father. He d. before 1705, having had issue, two sons:
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1705 - 1715 Maharana Shri Mota Verisalji I Chatrasahiji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Shri Chatrasalji Chandrabaji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Succeeded on the death of his father, before 1705. He asserted his independence when the Mughal power began to weaken, laying waste to southern Gujarat in 1705. Allied himself with the Maratha General Damaji Jadhav, and defeated Aurangzeb's army at Ratanpur. He d. before 1715, having had issue, two sons:
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bf. 1715 - 173x Maharana Shri Jeetsinhji Verisalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, son of Maharana Shri Mota Verisalji I Chatrasalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, before 1715. Allied himself with Pilajirao Gaekwar and wrested control of Nandod (new Rajpipla), lost to the family since the late sixteenth century. Established his capital there in 1730. He d. at the Fort, Rajpipla, 173x, having had issue, five sons:
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173x - 1754 Maharana Shri Gomalsinghji Jeetsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, eldest son of Maharana Shri Jeetsinhji Verisalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 173x. Hed.s.p.m. at the Fort, Rajpipla, 1754, having had issue, an only daughter:
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1754 Maharana Shri Dalilsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla. Proclaimed as ruler on the death of Maharana Gomalsinhji by his principal widow, who claimed that Dalil was their son. He reigned for six months before the fraud was discovered and he was deposed in favour of the late Maharana's eldest surviving brother.
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1754 - 1764 Maharana Shri Pratapsinhji Jeetsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, eldest surviving son of Maharana Shri Jeetsinhji Verisalji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the deposition of the impostor, Dalail Singh, six months after the death of his elder brother, 1754. The Marathas overran Rajpipla during his reign and began to exact tribute. m. (first) Rani Rattanbai Kunverba Sahiba. m. (a) Kesharsingbai (d. after 1815). m. (b) Suraj Kunwarbai. He d. 1764, having had issue, four sons and a daughter:
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1764 - 1786 Maharana Shri Raisinhji Pratapsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, eldest son of Maharana Shri Pratapsinhji Jitsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1764. Secured a partial reduction in his tribute from Damajirao Gaekwad. He d.s.p. at the Fort, Rajpipla, 1786 (succ. by his younger brother), having had issue, including a daughter:
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1786 - 1803 H.H. Maharana Shri Ajabsinhji Raisinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla. b. at Nandod, 1750, third son of Maharana Shri Pratapsinhji Jitsinhji Sahib, Maharana of Rajpipla, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his adopted father and elder brother, 1786. A weak ruler who lost control over the Bhils and fell victim to increasing interference from the Gaekwars, who were able to exact increases in their tribute. Forced to accept a regency in 1793 under his third son, Naharsinhji, after a long period of family intrigue and dissension. m. (first) Patvirani Chandrabai Kunverba Sahiba (d. at Rajpipla, before 1786). m. (second) Rani Shri Jijibai Kunverba Sahiba (d. at Nandod, 1791). m. (third) Rani Shri Rattan Kunwarbai Sahiba (d. at Nandod, after 1810). m. (a) Meetabai. He d. at the Fort, Rajpipla, 15th January 1803, having had issue, four sons and three daughters:
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1803 - 1810 H.H. Maharana Shri Ramsinhji Ajabsinhji, Raja of Rajpipla. b. at Nandod, second and eldest surviving son of Maharana Shri Ajabsinhji Raisinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla, by his second wife, Rani Shri Jiji Bai Kunverba Sahib, educ. privately. He fled to Mandwa after a disagreement with his father in 1800. Persuaded to return in 1801, his father promptly arrested him and confined him as a prisoner in the Fort. Released from confinement by loyal troops following the death of his father, 15th January 1803. Ascended the gadi, at the Fort, Rajpipla, 30th January 1803. m. (first) Rani Umed Kunverbai Sahiba (d. at Nandod, after 1815). m. (second) Rani Sirdar Kunverbai Sahiba (d. after 1815). m. (third) at Mandwa, 1799, Rani Shri Suraj Kunverbai Sahiba (b. 1789; d. after 1823), granted a special allowance for her maintenance by Maharana Verisalji 20th February 1823, daughter of Meherban Rana Shri Jaitsinhji I Sahib, Thakore of Mandwa. He d.s.p. at Nandod, 10th May 1810 (succ. by his half brother), leaving a putative son:
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1810 - 1821 H.H. Maharana Shri Naharsinhji Ajabsinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla. b. at Nandod, ca. 1780, third son of H.H. Maharana Shri Ajabsinhji Raisinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla, by his third wife, Rani Shri Rattan Kunwarbai Sahiba, educ. privately. Appointed as Regent by the British authorities, 1793. Reluctantly relinquished control to his elder brother, after his father's death, 15th January 1803. Asserted his claim to the succession after the death of his brother on 10th May 1810. The Maharana suffered from blindness after contracting smallpox during the 1803 epidemic, a physical imperfection making him ineligible to rule according to the tenets of ancient Rajput tradition. The Gaekwar used this as an excuse to step-in and prevent him from ruling, appointing his own administrators to rule the state 1815-1820. Their mismanagement of affairs and the rapidly deteriorating administration prompted intervention by the British authorities. An exhaustive enquiry concluded in fa vour of Naharsinhji's claims, 9th August 1821. However, the Gaekwar objected to his rule because of his disability, eventually agreeing to his eldest surviving son's investiture when the British threatened to make arrangements on their own. m. (first) ... m. (second) ... m. (third) ... m. (fourth) ... m. (fifth) Rani Shri Guman Kunverbai Sahiba. He had issue, three sons:
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1821 - 1860 H.H. Maharana Shri Verisalji II Naharsinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla. b. at Nandod, 1808, second and eldest surviving son of H.H. Maharana Shri Naharsinhji Ajabsinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla, by his fifth wife, H.H. Rani Shri Guman Kunverbai Sahiba, educ. privately. Proclaimed on the decision of the Maharaja Gaekwad of Baroda and recognised by the GOI, 9th August 1821. Installed on the gadi at the Fort, Rajpipla, 15th November 1821. Entered into treaty relations with the HEIC, by which he bound himself and his successors to act in conformity with British advice, thereby terminating the suzerainty of the Gaekwar, 11th October 1821. The state suffered from revolts and lawlessness by the Bhils, until finally surpressed in 1860. Exhausted by these events, Verisalji abdicated in favour of his only son, 17th November 1860. m. (first) H.H. Rani Shri …Kunverba Sahiba (d. at Nandod, July 1847). m. (second) H.H. Rani Shri Nand Kunverba Sahiba. He d. at Nandod, August 1868, having had issue, one son and one daughter:
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