Excerpt from the London, UK’s The Telegraph on September 2, 2010:


The Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad

His Highness the Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, who died on August 1 [2010] aged 87, was the last of the Indian princes who ruled their own states before India became independent in 1947.


The Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad

On acceding to the gadi (throne) on his father’s death in 1942, he launched an economy programme, ordered the State Council to meet once a week and enacted a series of modernising laws. These affirmed his subjects’ fundamental rights, ending the segregation of the “untouchable” castes, and permitting women to hold property and to remarry. Compulsory free primary schooling was introduced as well as village and municipal self-government.

As Independence became inevitable, Dhrangadhra threw himself into the task of creating what he saw as the “free” India. Recognising that the amalgamation of his state with the larger Saurashtra was in the greater interest, he was among the first princes to sign Mountbatten’s Instrument of Accession, thereby losing his ruling powers.

Born Mayurdwajsinhji on March 3 1923, his birth was celebrated with the beating of war drums and the release of all Dhrangadhra-Halvad’s prisoners. Although small in comparison with its neighbours, the state comprised 1,157 square miles with a population of about 250,000, and rated a 13-gun-salute.

Tika, as the eldest son was traditionally known, was allotted apartments with his two brothers and eight sisters, and they had limited contact with their parents apart from a meal on Sundays. They were educated at the palace’s royal school, where he learned to recite Kipling’s poem If, and started his day either riding or doing drill at 6.30am. Scouting, carpentry, ploughing with bullocks and tinkering with cars as well as academic work followed.

The Maharaja of Dhrangadhra was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1948, and was the last surviving KCIE. He was president of Rajkumar College in Rajkot; and a life member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; of the World Wildlife Fund; the International Phonetic Association; and the Heraldry Society. He was also a member of the Cricket Club of India, the Fencing Association of Great Britain and the Bombay Masonic Lodge.

He married, in 1943, Brijraj Kumari Sahiba (daughter of the Maharaja of Jodphur), who survives him with their three sons. The eldest, 66-year-old Sodhsalji, prefers to be recognised as the head of Jhala clan, but is still popularly known as the maharaja.

To read this full article in The Telegraph on September 2, 2010 click here.



Jhallesvar Genealogy


Mother-in-law Udaymati Rani builds the famed Rani na Vav 1068-98 A.D.

Harpaldev [1090-1130]

Harpaldevji  with his wife ShaktiMa establishes Capital at Patan 1093 A.D.

Shakti Ma deified 1105 A.D. 1130 A.D King of Gujarat Sidhraj Jayasinh’s visits his elder cousin and washes his feet.

Sodhsaldev [1130-1160]

Sodhaji the 1st Jhallesvara grants Kingdoms of Jambu and Sacchana to his younger brothers.

Durjansalji [1160-1185]

Durjansalji defeats the forces of Muhamad Ghori 1178 A.D.

Jhalakdevji [1185-1210]

Arjundev [1210-1240]

Ajandasji places the Jhala Goddess in the spire of Dwarka Temple 1220-1240 A.D.

Devrajji [12401265]

Durjansalji II [1265-1280]

Sursinhji [1280-1305]

Santaldevji [1305-1325]

Vijaypalji [1325-1326]

Meghrajji I [1326-1331]

Santalji makes new capital at Santalpur 1303 A.D.

Vijaypalji and wife Nita De build  Jain temple in Patadi.

Padamsinhji [1331-1340]

Udaysinhji [1340-1352]

Prithurajji [1352-1355]

Vegadji [1355-1368]

Maid servant reveals her self as the Goddess Meladi Ma and drowns the Sultans invading army at Kadi.

Ramsinhji [1368-1385]

Virsinhji [1385-1392]

Ranmallsinhji I [1392-1408]

Satarsalji [1408-1420]

Satarsallji move capital to Mandal. Battles the Sultan three times.

His younger son Raghavnathji establishes new Jhala kingdom in Narwar in Malwa.

Jaitsinhji [ 1420-1441]

Jaitsinhji establishes new capital at Kankavati.

Ranvirji [1441-1460]

Bhimsinhji [1460-1469]

Bhimsinhji’s Uma De marries Ra Mandalik of Junagadh. Poet Narsi Mehta attends marriage festiivities.

Waghoji [1469-1486]

Waghoji’s daughter Soma is deified. Only Jhala princess to become a Goddess. 1486 A.D.

Rajoddharji [1486-1500]

Rajodharji establishes new capital at Halvad 1487. His wife Kalyan De bans the practice of sati in the family, 1523 A.D.

Raj Ajoji dies at the battle of Khanva 1527 against Mughal Emperor Babar.

Ajaysinhji [1500]

Ranigdev [1500-1523]

Mansinhji I [1523-1564]

Mansinhji attacks Sultan Bahadur Shah at the sea fortress of Diu and regains his kingdom.

His wives join poet Mira Bai at Dwarka in widowhood, 1564 A.D.

Raysinhji I [1564- 1584]

Rayasinhji I defeats Emperor Akbars wrestling champion 1586 A.D. Friendship is born.

Both men have their eldest sons marry the daughters of Jodhpur Raja Udaysinhji.

Sufi Rahimji comes to live at Halvad.

Chandrasenji [1584-1628]

Raj Chandransen and Emperor Jehangir are brothers-in law.

Asakaranji [1628-1634]

Amarsinhji I [1634-1645]

Meghrajji II [1645-1661]

Raj Meghrajji II cousin to Imperial Crown Prince Dara Shikoh, visits Halvad in 1648 A.D.

Gajsinhji I [1661-1673]

Jasvantsunhji I [1673-1718]

Raj Jaswantsinhji I recovers kingdom from Emperor Aurangzeb 1680 A.D.

In 1709 A.D. he drives the Mughal forces out of Jhalavad. Builds victory tower at Halvad citadel.

Pratapsinhji [1718-1730]

Raysinhji II [1730-1745]

Gajsinhji II [1745-1782]

Jijima  rescuing her captured husband from the Marathas circa 1750 A.D.

Shmalji established new Jhala kingdom of Sayla circa 1750 A.D..

Jasvantsinhji II [1782-1801]

Raj Jaswantsinhji II establishes capital at Dhrangadhra 1791 A. D.

Raysinhji III [1801-1804]

Amarsinhji II [1804-1843]

Raj Amarsinhji II ends the war of 1805 A.D.

This is the last battle that takes place in Jhalavad. Builds Shakti temple at Halvad.

Wrote the famed collection of poems and/or hymns known as the EKavisi:

“1819 Eathquake damages Halvad palace that his son Ranmalsinhji II restores.”

Ranmallsinhji II [1843-1869]

Builds the temples of Rammol and Girdhariji’s Haveli.

Mansinshji II [1869-1900]

Ajitsinhji [1900-1911]

Ghanshyamsinhji [1911-1942]

Raj Ghanshyamsinhji builds Dhrangadhra Chemical Works the first chemical factory in India that work with salt in 1923 A.D.

Founds Millfield School in England circa 1930’s.

Mayurdhvajsinhji/ Meghrajji III [1942-1947 / 2010]

Raj Meghrajji III unites the kingdoms of Saurastra and merges then with theRepublic of India.

1948 A.D. Shankracharya attends Maharudra Yagna. Names Harpalsagar lake. Builds Shakti temple at Dhama 1990s.

His wife Maharani BrijrajkunvarBa begins building the Isan Shakti temple at Patadi 2013 A.D.

Sodhsalji II [2010]

The statue to Maharaja Ghanshyamsinhji was in installed 2010 in Dhrangadhra

The statue to founder of the Jhala dynasty Isana Avatar Raj Harpaldevji installed in Dhrangadhra

Jayasinhji [2017]

The shrine to the 8 warrior Queens was made in Kankavati village in 2018 by Rajmata Maharani BrijrajkunvarBa of Dhrangadhra