Morvi State

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Morvi State
મોરબી
Princely State of British India
1698–1948

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Location of Morvi
Location of Morvi State in Saurashtra
History
 -  Established 1698
 -  Indian independence 1948
Area
 -  1931 627 km2 (242 sq mi)
Population
 -  1931 42,602 
Density 67.9 /km2  (176 /sq mi)
Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Morvi State, also spelt as 'Morvee State', was a princely state during the British Raj. The town of Morvi (Morbi) in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat was its capital. Its last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union on 15 February 1948.[1]

History[edit]

Morvi was founded as a state around 1698 when the heir apparent of Cutch State fled Bhuj with his mother after his father was murdered.[2] It became a British protectorate in 1807. The state was part of the Kathiawar Agency of the Bombay Presidency.[3]

In 1943, with the implementation of the 'attachement scheme', Morvi State enlarged its territory by an additional 310 km² with about 12,500 inhabitants when the Hadala Taluk and the Kotda-Nayani Thana, as well as the small Malia princely state were merged.

Rulers[edit]

The rulers of the state bore the title 'Thakur Sahib'. Morvi State was ruled by the senior-most branch of the Jadeja dynasty of Rajputs.[4]

Thakur Sahibs[edit]

  • 1698 - 1733 Kanyoji Rawaji(of kutch) (d. 1733)
  • 1733 - 1739 Aliyaji Kanyoji (d. 1739)
  • 1739 - 1764 Rawaji Aliyaji I (d. 1764)
  • 1764 - 1772 Pachanji Rawaji (d. 1772)
  • 1772 - 1783 Waghji I Rawaji (d. 1783)
  • 1783 - 1790 Hamirji Waghji (d. 1790)
  • 1790 - 1828 Jyaji Waghji (d. 1828)
  • 1828 - 1846 Prithirajji Jyaji (d. 1846)
  • 1846 - 17 Feb 1870 Rawaji II Prithirajji (b. 1828 - d. 1870)
  • 17 Feb 1870 - 11 Jul 1922 Waghji II Rawaji (b. 1858 - d. 1922) (personal style Maharaja from 16 Feb 1887) (from 30 Jun 1887, Sir Waghji II Rawaji)
  • 17 Feb 1870 - 1 Jan 1879 Regents (Council of administration)
    • - Shambhuprasad Laxmilal
    • - Jhunjhabai Sakhidas (to 187.)

11 Jul 1922 - 3 Jun 1926 Lakhdirji Waghji (b. 1876 - d. 1957)

Thakur Sahib Maharaja[edit]

  • 3 Jun 1926 - 15 Aug 1947 Lakhdirji Waghji (s.a.) (from 1 Jan 1930, Sir Lakhdirji Waghji)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 22°49′N 70°50′E / 22.82°N 70.83°E / 22.82; 70.83