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The Jhala Dynasty

BRIEF HISTORY

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1842 - 1881 H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Banesinhji Jaswantsinhji Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner. b. at Wankaner, 1842, son of Kumar Shri Jaswantsinhji Vakhatsinhji Sahib, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his paternal grandfather, 1842. Reigned under a Council of Regency, until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 1861. A progressive and modern ruler who introduced the first reforms and innovations in administrations, revenue collection, justice, public works and police matters. Unfortunately, much of his reign was spent in battling against the twin scourges of drought and famine. Rcvd: Prince of Wales's (1875), and KIH (1877) gold medals. m. (first) H.H. Motisarwala Maharani BaShri Majirajba Sahiba, a lady from Motisar. m. (second) H.H. Paramariji Maharani BaShri Jethiba Sahiba, daughter of Thakore Shri Vakhatsinhji Ramabhai Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Muli. m. (third) H.H. Bada Jadeji Maharani Shri Sundarba Sahiba, daughter of H.H. Thakore Shri Jaisinhji II Bupatsinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Dhrol. m. (fourth) H.H. Gavradadwalan Maharani Shri Bajirajba Sahiba (d. at the Zenana Palace, Wankaner, 26th June 1924), daughter of Thakore Shri Meruji Modji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Gavridad. m. (fifth) H.H. Lal Jadeji Maharani Bama Shri Jamba Kunverba Sahiba [Raja Matushri], daughter of Thakore Shri Vibhaji Pratapsinhji Jadeja, of Sajjanpur, in Morvi. m. (sixth) H.H. Maharani BaShri Motiba Sahiba. He d. at the Darbargadh Palace, Wankaner, 12th June 1881, having had issue, one son and two daughters:
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1881 - 1954 Captain H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Sir Amarsinhji Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner, KCSI (1.1.1936), KCIE (12.12.1911). b. at Wankaner, 4th January 1879, only son of H.H. Maharana Raj Shri Banesinhji Jaswantsinhji Sahib, Maharana Raj Sahib of Wankaner, by his second wife, H.H. Jadeji Rani Shri Jamba Kunverba Sahiba, educ. Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot. Succeeded on the death of his father, 12th June 1881. Reigned under a Council of Administration under the supervision of the British Agent. He came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 18th March 1899. Served during the Great War with the Kathiawar Motor Ambulance Corps 1915-1916, prom. temp. Hon. Capt. on special service 9/1/1916, Hon. Capt. IA 1/1/1918. Granted a personal salute of 11-guns together with the hereditary style of His Highness, in recognition of war services 1st January 1921 (made permanent 17th September 1931). Acceded to the Dominion of India, 15th August 1947. Entered into a covenant with his fellow rulers by which he merged his state into the United State of Kathiawad (Saurashtra), 15th February 1948. A well-educated and progressive ruler, he took a great interest in improving the welfare of his subjects. He established the first Farmers Co-operative Bank in Saurashtra to provide finance to farmers, promoted agriculture, the dairy and textile industries. He also introduced village self-government schemes, the first pensions for state employees, reformed the public services and a strong and effective police force. A gifted sportsmen, he excelled in badminton, cricket and marksmanship. He also took a keen interest in motoring, aircraft and architecture, building a several lovely palaces and public buildings in Wankaner and in Bombay. He celebrated his Golden Jubilee on 31st May 1931. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 & 1911), 1914/15 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals (1918), Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron. (1937), and Indian Independence (1947) medals. m. (first) at Shahpura, 1896, Shahpurawala Maharani Shri Gulab Kunverba Sahiba (d. at the Zenana Palace, Wankaner, October 1904), eldest daughter of Svasti Shri Rajadhiraja Sir Nahar Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Shahpura, KCIE. m. (second) Rajkotewala Maharani Shri Devkunverba Sahiba (d. at the Zenana Palace, Wankaner, 1903), eldest daughter of H.H. Thakore Shri Bawajiraj Mehrmansinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Rajkot. m. (third) H.H. Mandawala Maharani Shri Padmaraj Kunverba Sahiba (d. at the Zenana Palace, Wankaner, 6th February 1910), a lady from Mandwa (or Mandawa). m. (fourth) H.H. Valawala Maharani Shri Phul Kunverba Sahiba (d. aged 103), eldest daughter of Thakore Shri Vakhatsinhji Meghrajji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Vala. He d. at Ranjit Vilas Palace, Wankaner, 28th June 1954, having had issue, four sons and four daughters:
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