Wankaner State

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Wankaner State
વાંકાનેર
Princely State
1605–1948

Flag of Wankaner

Flag

Location of Wankaner
Location of Wankaner State in Saurashtra
History
 -  Established 1605
 -  Accession to the Indian Union 1948
Area
 -  1931 1,075 km2 (415 sq mi)
Population
 -  1931 44,259 
Density 41.2 /km2  (106.6 /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. 
Wankaner Palace, built by Maharaja Amarsinhji in the 20th century.

Wankaner State was one of the princely states of India in the Saurashtra region during the period of the British Raj. It was an eleven gun salute state belonging to the Kathiawar Agency of the Bombay Presidency.[1] Its capital was in Wankaner, located in Rajkot district, present-day Gujarat state. Most of the territory of the state was mountainous.

History[edit]

Wankaner State was founded in 1620 by Sartanji, son of Prathirajji, eldest son of Raj Chandrasinghji of Dhrangadhra (1584-1628). The rulers of the state were Rajputs of the Jhala dynasty. In 1807 Wankaner State became a British protectorate when Maharana Raj Sahib Chandrasinhji II Kesarisinhji signed a treaty with the British. In 1862 the ruler of the state received a sanad giving the monarch authorization to adopt a heir. The last ruler acceded to the Indian Union on 15 February 1948.[2]

Rulers[edit]

The rulers of Wankaner were titled 'Maharana Raj Sahib'.[3]

Maharana Raj Sahibs[edit]

  • 1679 - 1721 Chandrasinhji I Raisinhji (d. 1721)
  • 1721 - 1728 Prithvirajji Chandrasinhji (d. 1728)
  • 1728 - 1749 Kesarisinhji I Chandrasinhji (d. 1749)
  • 1749 - 1784 Bharoji Kesarisinhji (d. 1784)
  • 1784 - 1787 Kesarisinhji II Raisinhji (d. 1787)
  • 1787 - 1839 Chandrasinhji II Kesarisinhji (d. 1839)
  • 1839 - 1842 Vakhatsinhji Chandrasinhji (d. 1842)
  • 1842 - 12 Jun 1881 Banesinhji Jaswantsihnji (b. 1842 - d. 1881)
    • 1842 - 1861 .... -Regent
  • 12 Jun 1881 - 15 Aug 1947 Amarsinhji Banesinhji (b. 1879 - d. 1954) (from 12 Dec 1911, Sir Amarsinhji Banesinhji)
  • 12 Jan 1881 - 1888 Ganpatrao Narayen Laud -Regent
    • 1888 - 18 Mar 1899 .... -Regent

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References[edit]

Coordinates: 22°37′N 70°56′E / 22.62°N 70.93°E / 22.62; 70.93