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The Bhonsle Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1870 - 1896 Meherban Shrimant Raja Shahaji III Maloji Raje Bhonsle [Baba Sahib], Raja of Akalkot. b. at the Juna Rajwada, Akalkot, 14th December 1867, only son of Meherban Shrimant Raja Maloji II Shahaji Raje Bhonsle [Buwa Sahib], Raja of Akalkot, educ. Rajaram Coll., Kolhapur. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1870. Reigned under an Administrator appointed by the Governor of Bombay. Invested with full ruling powers, at the Rajwada, Akalkot, November 1891. m. 1881, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani Lakshmibai Raje Bhonsle, Regent for her adopted son 1896-1916, daughter of Shrimant Sardar Narayanrao Dhaibar Killedar, by his wife, the second daughter of H.H. Shrimant Maharaja Sir Khanderao II Gaekwad, Sena Khas Khel Shamsher Bahadur, Maharaja of Baroda, GCSI. He d. at the Rajwada, Akalkot, 31st December 1896, having had issue, three daughters:
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1896 - 1923 Captain Meherban Shrimant Raja Fatehsinhrao III Shahaji Raje Bhonsle, Raja of Akalkot. b. at Kurla, 24th August 1894, as Meherban Shrimant Sayaji Ganpatji Raje Bhonsle [Bapu Sahib], elder son of Meherban Shrimant Sardar Ganpatji Bhawanji Raje Bhonsle, of Kurla, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot, and with the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Selected as successor to the late Raja and formally adopted by Rani Lakshmibai Raje Sahib, in right of her late husband, Raja Shahaji III, 1896. Given the new name of Fatehsinhrao III Shahaji Raje Bhonsle and ascended the gadi as Raja of Akalkot, 1896. Reigned under the Regency of his adopted mother until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, at the Rajwada, Akalkot, 20th August 1916. Cmsnd as Hon 2nd-Lieut ILF attached 1st Kolhapur Infantry 1910, prom Hon Lieut 31/10/1914 attached 19th Royal Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own), served in the Great War in France and Flanders as ADC to the GOC Cavalry divsn BEF, prom Hon Capt 1/1/1918. Attended the Imperial Coronation Durbar in Delhi 1911. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar gold medals (1903 & 1911), 1914/15 star, British War and Allied Victory medals (1918). m. (first) at Kolhapur, 28th April 1912, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani Tarabai Raje Sahib Bhonsle, KIH gold medal (1.2.1937) (b. at Kagal, Kolhapur, 1899; d. at the Rajwada, Akalkot, 15th November 1942), nee Shrimant Lakshmibai Ghatge [Akka Sahib], Regent of Akalkot during the minority of her eldest son 3rd April 1923 to 27th February 1936, rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), and Coron (1937) medals, second daughter of Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Sir Pirajirao [Bapu Sahib] Ghatge, Sarjerao, Hindurao, Vazarat, Ma-ab, Chief of Kagal (Senior), KBE, CSI, CIE, sometime Regent of Kolhapur, by his second wife, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Ahalyabai Sahib Ghatge, daughter of Shrimant Narsinhrao Nimbalkar, a nobleman of Kolhapur state. m. (second) Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani … bai Raje Sahib Bhonsle. He was k. by accidental poisoning while undergoing medical treatment at the Sassoon Hospital, Poona, 3rd April 1923 (succ. by his eldest son), having had issue, three sons and three daughters:
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1923 - 1952 Meherban Shrimant Raja Vijayasinhrao Fatehsinhrao Raje Bhonsle, Raja of Akalkot. b. at the Rajwada, Akalkot, 13th December 1915, eldest son of Captain Meherban Shrimant Raja Fatehsinhrao III Shahaji Raje Bhonsle, Raja of Akalkot, by his first wife, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani Tarabai Raje Bhonsle, KIH, sometime Regent of Akalkot, educ. Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot, Bishop Cotton High Sch. and Deccan Coll., Poona. Succeeded on the death of his father, 3rd April 1923. Ascended the gadi 4th April 1923 and reigned under the Regency of his mother until he came of age. Invested with full ruling powers 27th February 1936. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, August 1947. Merged his state into Bombay 8th March 1948. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron. (1937), and Indian Independence (1947) medals. m. (first) at Gwalior, 23rd February 1934, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani Shanta Raje Sahib Bhonsle (b. at Gwalior, 14th November 1914; d.s.p. at Bombay, from a pierced lung received in a freak motor accident caused by a whirlwind near Akalkot, 19th March 1934), née Maharajkumari Shrimant Mary Kambabai Raje Scindia, only daughter of Lieutenant-General H.H. Ali Jah, Umdat ul-Umara, Hisam us-Sultanat, Mukhtar ul-Mulk, Azim ul-Iqtidar, Rafi-us-Shan, Wala Shikoh, Muhtasham-i-Dauran, Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Shrimant Sir Madho Rao Scindia Bahadur, Srinath, Mansur-i-Zaman, Fidvi-i-Hazrat-i-Malik-i-Mua'zzam, Rafi-ud-Darja-i-Inglistan, Maharaja Scindia of Gwalior, GCSI, GCVO, GBE, KIH, by his second wife, H.H. Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharani Gajrabai Raje Sahib Scindia, sometime Regent of Gwalior, daughter of Sardar Baba Sahib Vithalrao Rane, Sar Desai of Sankli, in Goa. m. (second) at the Baroda Estate, Bombay, 25th April 1942, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani Nirmala Raje Sahib Bhonsle (b. at Baroda, 1st December 1917; d. at Bombay, 15th January 1993), MLA for North Sholapur in the Bombay state assembly 1951-1956 and Maharashtra 1956-1967, Parliamentary Sec. to the Chief Minister 1952-1953, Chair. Labour Welfare Brd. 1953-1956, Dep. Minister for Education 1956, née Shrimant Maharajkumari Nirmala Devi Gaekwad, daughter of Shrimant Maharajkumar Shivajirao Gaekwad, of Baroda, by his wife, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharajkumari Kamaladevibai Gaekwad, daughter of Sardar Kadam. He d.s.p. at Bombay, 10th April 1952 (succ. by his younger brother).
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1952 - 1965 Meherban Shrimant Raja Jayasinhrao Vijayasinhrao Raje Bhonsle, Raja of Akalkot. b. at the Rajwada, Akalkot, 28th January 1923, youngest son of Captain Meherban Shrimant Raja Fatehsinhrao III Shahaji Raje Bhonsle, Raja of Akalkot, by his second wife, educ. Nutan Marathi High Sch., and Bombay Univ. Succeeded on the death of his elder brother, 10th April 1952 (recognized as ruler by the GOI 1952). m. (first) Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani Mrudula Raje Sahib Bhonsle, Presdt Akalkot Education Soc. m. (i) (morganatic) … He d. at Model Colony, Poona, 20th January 1965, having had issue, two daughters:
Raja Shrimant Jayasinhrao Vijayasinhrao Raje Bhonsle, also had issue by his morganatic wife, one son (not in the line of succession):
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[1965]  Shrimant Rani Sumitrabai Raje Bhonsle, Head of the Royal House of Akalkot, elder daughter of Meherban Shrimant Raja Jayasinhrao Vijayasinhrao Raje Bhonsle, Raja of Akalkot, by his first wife, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Rani Mrudula Raje Sahib Bhonsle. She assumed the title of Rani and the headship of the family, following the death of her father, but the GOI refused to recognise her as ruler or sanction her succession. unm. She has an adopted son:
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