Pragmalji II

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Maharao Pragmalji II, GCSI (1839−1875) (reign: 1860-1875) was the Rao of Princely State of Cutch, a ruler of Jadeja dynasty who ascended the throne upon death of his father & king Rao Deshalji II on 26 July 1860 and ruled till his death on 19 December 1875.[1]

Maharao Pragmulji II of Cutch

He was a progressive King and the Gadh of Mandvi, Mundra were re-built during his time. The embankment of Hamirsar Lake, Prag Mahal in Bhuj were other constructions during his reign. It was during his reign the system of state funded education started.[2] In 1870 he started Alfred High School, the first high school of Kutch at Bhuj.[3][4] He was succeeded by his son Khengarji III of Kutch. Prag Mahal, named after him, which was commissioned by him in 1865, designed by Colon Wilkins, was built for by the British architects and the Kutchi builders was completed after his death in year 1879 during reign of his son, Khengarji III.[5] The Port Police, Special cell for minerals, Forest officers for forest protection and the first Bhuj Municipality was formed during the reign of Pragmulji only.[6] The civil and army laws were framed under guidance of British. Also the modernization set foot in Kutch with the appointment of Non Kutchi Dewan Dewan Bahadur Krishnaji Tulkar, Police Commissioner Pandurang Shivram, and as the Chief Justice Shri Vinayakrao Bhagwat in which only Kutchis were appointed till now.[6]

Political Office[edit]

Pragmalji II
Born: 1839 Died: 1875
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Deshalji II
Maharaja of Kutch
1860-75
Succeeded by
Khengarji III

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jadeja dynasty of Kutch -Family Tree
  2. ^ Reign Of Pragmalji state funded education started in Kutch
  3. ^ [1] Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Cutch, Pálanpur, and Mahi Kántha. 1880, Page 205.
  4. ^ Shree Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya Samaj : A brief History & Glory of our fore-fathers : by Raja Pawan Jethwa, Calcutta, 2007 Page:63 Jairam Ruda Gajdhar of Mistri community was the Gaidher of the State during reign of Pragmulji II and part of reign Khengwarji Bawa, when Prag Mahal, Alfred High School, Fergusson Museum, embankment of Hamirsar Lake, etc. were constructed.
  5. ^ Prag Mahal -This palace was built for Rao Pragmalji II (1860-75) by the British architects and the Kutchi builders
  6. ^ a b The touch of modernization in Kutch