Bhor State

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Bhor State
भोर संस्थान
Princely State of British India


Flag of Bhor


Location of Bhor
Bhor State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
 •  Established 1697
 •  Independence of India 1948
 •  1901 3,862 km2 (1,491 sq mi)
 •  1901 137,268 
Density 35.5 /km2  (92.1 /sq mi)
Today part of Maharashtra, India
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bhor". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Bhor State was one of the 9-gun salute Maratha princely states of British India.It was the only state belonging to the Poona Agency under the Bombay Presidency, which became later part of the Deccan States Agency. Along with Akkalkot State, Aundh State, Phaltan State and Jath State, it was one of the Satara Jagirs.

Situated among the higher peaks of the Western Ghats, the state covered an area of 2,357 square kilometres, and had a population of 137,268 in 1901.[1]

The town of Bhor, once the capital of the princely state, is located about 51 kilometres south of Pune, adjacent to Bhatghar Dam. The royal palace is still present. Also present in the vicinity is the temple of Bhoreshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva. A temple dedicated to goddesses Janubai and Khiloba is located in Mhalawadi, a village close to the Bhatghar Dam.


The Jagir (feudatory estate), which was the forerunner of the state, was granted to Shankarji Narayan for his services as the Pantsachiv, one of the eight hereditary Maratha ministers, by Rajaram Chhatrapati in 1697. The jagir remained part of the Maratha empire until the 1818 when Peshwa rule came to an end. The jagir then became part of the shortly lived Satara state with an agreement signed with the British East India Company in 1820.[2]

The ruling family of Bhor were Hindus of the Deshastha Brahmin caste. They continued using the Maratha title Pant sachiv, only later assuming the royal stye of Raja, and were entitled, under British rule, to a hereditary 9-gun salute. Raja Shrimant Sir Raghunathrao Shankarrao Babasaheb Pandit Pantsachiv, the last ruler of the state, signed the accession to the Indian Union on 8 March 1948.[3]

Bajiprabhu Deshpande lived in Shind, which is 8 km from Bhor. Fort Raireshwar and Rohida fort are near Bhor.

Rulers of Bhor[edit]

Jagirdars, title Pant Sachiv
  • 1697 - death 1707 Shankarji Narayan
  • 1707 - death March 1737 Naro
  • 1737 - death 1757 Chimnaji I
  • 1757 - death 1787 Sadasiv Rao
  • 1787 - death 1791 Raghunath Rao
  • 1797 - death 1798 Shankr Rao I
  • 1798 - death 1827 Pantsachiv Chimnaji Rao II
  • 1827 – death 1837 Pantsachiv Raghunath Rao I Chimnaji Rao
  • 1837 - death 12 February 1871 Pantsachiv Chimnaji Rao III Raghunath Rao
  • 12 February 1871 - death 17 July 1922 Pantsachiv Shankr Rao II Chimnaji Rao (born 1854)
  • 1922 - June 1936, see below Pantsachiv Raghunathrao Shankarrao Bhausaheb "Baba Sahib" (born 1878)
  • Raja Shrimant Sir Raghunathrao Shankarrao Bhausaheb Pandit Pantsachiv "Baba Sahib" (June 1936, see above – 15 August 1947; died 1951), last ruler

The line is nominally continued

  • Raja Shrimant Sadashivrao Babasaheb Pandit Pantsachiv (1951-1978)
  • Raja Shrimant Chintamanrao Abasaheb Pandit Pantsachiv (1978–...)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bhor Princely State (9 gun salute)
  2. ^ Kulkarni, Sumitra (1995). The Satara raj, 1818-1848 : a study in history, administration, and culture (1st ed.). New Delhi: Mittal Publications. pp. 42–43. ISBN 9788170995814. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  3. ^ WorldStatesmen - India - Princely States A-J

Coordinates: 18°10′N 73°51′E / 18.167°N 73.850°E / 18.167; 73.850