Nawanagar State

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Nawanagar State
નવાનગર / नवानगर
Princely State
1540–1948 [[India|]]

Flag of Nawanagar


Location of Nawanagar
Navanagar, part of Bombay Presidency, 1909
 -  Established 1540
 -  Independence of India 1948
Area 9,632 km2 (3,719 sq mi)
Nawanagar (Princely State)

Navanagar was an Indian princely state, in the Kathiawar region, situated on the south of the Gulf of Kutch. It was ruled by the Jadeja dynasty from its formation in c 1540 until 1948 when it seceded to newly formed, India. The district is now known as Jamnagar. It had an area of 3,791 square miles (9,820 km2) and a population estimated at 336,779 in 1901. Its rulers, who used the title of "Jam Sahib" were Jadeja Rajput of the same clan as the Rao of Cutch and followed the Hindu religion. They were entitled to a 13-gun salute. The state flag was a rectangular red flag with a white elephant, near and facing the hoist. During the British Raj, the state was part of the Kathiawar Agency, within the Gujarat Division of Bombay Presidency."Navanagar State". The Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 18. Oxford Clarendon Press, London. 1909. p. 419. 

The state had a pearl fishery and much of its wealth came from this. Nawanagar is also famous for its former ruler Jam Saheb Ranjitsinhji (died 1933), who was a famous cricket player at Cambridge in England before his accession to the throne.

The last of the Jam Sahib, H.H. Maharaja Jamsahib Satrushalua Digvijay singhji Jadeja b 20 February 1930, succeeded to the throne on the death of his father on 3 February 1966. After the amendment of the Indian Constitution on 28 December 1971 all titles were taken away by the Government of India.


Nawanagar was founded in 1540 by Jam Rawal, a descendant of the Jadeja ruler of Kutch, and was thereafter in an almost constant state of war with its neighbors and with the Mughal Empire. The "Walker Treaty of 1807" brought peace to the Kathiawar states for the first time in several generations. Nawanagar came under British protection on February 22, 1812.[1]

K. S. Ranjitsinhji was one of the world’s greatest cricket players and, later, became Jam Sahib in 1907 until 1933.[2] The inclusive circle of eight players promoted excellence in cricket,both in the county and domestic games. After his death, Ranji Trophy, a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between different city and state sides, was started in 1934 by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Ranjitsinhji, remained the Chancellor of the Chamber of Princes (1931–1933); after his death in 1933, he was succeeded by his nephew K. S. Digvijaysinhji also remained its Chancellor (1937–1944) and continued to promote the octet circle in excellence in cricket,academics and welfare.

Nawanagar was one of the first princely states to sign the Instrument of Accession in 1948 after Indian independence. Afterwards, the former ruler Jam Shri Sir Digvijaysinhji served as the first Rajpramukh of Kathiawar, then represented his country at the United Nations.

In 1949 after the former princely states of Nawanagar and Dhrol, Dhrafa Thana and part of Jalia Dewani in Kathiawar merged into new the state of Saurashtra. On June 19, 1959, the boundaries of the district were enlarged by the inclusion of the adjoining Okhamandal, and the district was renamed Jamnagar. This district became part of the new State of Gujarat on the division of the State of Bombay on May 1, 1960.[3]

Jam Sahib[edit]

Regime Rulers Born Died
October 2, 1690 - October 13, 1708 Lakhaji Tamachi 1708
October 13, 1708 - August 13, 1711 Raisinhji Lakhaji 1711
August 13, 1711 – 1743 Tamachi Raisinhji 1743
September 1743 - November 2, 1767 Lakhaji Tamachi 1743 1767
November 2, 1767 - August 6, 1814 Jasaji Lakhaji 1814
August 6, 1814 - February 24, 1820 Sataji Lakhaji 1820
February 24, 1820 - February 22, 1852 Ranmalji Sataji 1852
February 22, 1852 - April 28, 1895 Vibhoji Ranmalji 1827 1895
April 28, 1895 - August 14, 1906 Jashwantsinhji Vibhoji 1882 1906
March 12, 1907 - April 2, 1933 Ranjitsinhji Vibhoji 1872 1933
April 2, 1933 - August 15, 1947 Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji 1895 1966
February 3, 1966 - December 28, 1971 Satrushalya Digvijaysinghji Ranjitsinghji 1938–present

Jewellery collection[edit]

The Maharaja Jamsahib of Nawanagar were also known for their Jewellery collection especially Ranjithsinhji, whose Emerald collection according to Jacques Cartier was "unequaled in the world, if not it quantity, then certainly in quality". The collection included, an emerald and pearl necklace, an art deco emerald and diamond necklace designed by Jacques Cartier, and an Emerald collar or choker also designed by Jacques Cartier.[4][5]

The 61.50 carat (12.3 g) whiskey-coloured diamond, "The Eye of the Tiger", was mounted by Cartier in a turban aigrette for the Jam Sahib or Maharajah of Nawanagar in 1934.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nawanagar History and Genealogy at Queensland University
  2. ^ "Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawānagar". 
  3. ^ Nawanagar Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  4. ^ "Emerald Necklaces of the Maharajah of Nawanagar". 
  5. ^ Nadelhoffer, Hans (2007). Cartier. Chronicle Books. p. 169. ISBN 0-8118-6099-X. 
  6. ^ Eye of the Tiger

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Coordinates: 22°28′N 70°04′E / 22.47°N 70.07°E / 22.47; 70.07