Dungarpur State

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Dungarpur State
डूंगरपुर रियासत
Princely State of British India

Flag of Dungarpur


Location of Dungarpur
Dungarpur State in the The Imperial Gazetteer of India
 •  Established 1197
 •  Independence of India 1947
 •  1901 3,781 km2 (1,460 sq mi)
 •  1901 100,103 
Density 26.5 /km2  (68.6 /sq mi)
Today part of Rajasthan, India
Dungarpur (Princely State)
View of the Juna Mahal Palace of Dungarpur
Painting on a wall of the Juna Mahal Palace

Dungarpur State was a princely state during the British Raj. Its capital was the city of Dungarpur in the southernmost area of present-day Rajasthan State in India. In 1901 the total population of Dungarpur State was 100,103, while that of the town was 6094

Dungarpur is the seat of elder branch of Sisodiyas of Udaipur, while the younger branch is the seat of the Maharana of Mewar.


Dungarpur State was founded in 1197 by Samant Singh, the eldest son of the ruler of Mewar, Karan Singh.[1] They are descendants of Bappa Rawal, eighth ruler of the Guhilot Dynasty and founder of the Mewar Dynasty (r. 734-753). The chiefs of Dungarpur, who bear the title of Maharawal, are descended from Mahup, eldest son of Karan Singh, chief of Mewar in the 12th century, and claim the honours of the elder line of Mewar. Mahup, disinherited by his father, took refuge with his mother's family, the Chauhans of Bagar,[2] and made himself master of that country at the expense of the Bhil chiefs.

The town of Dungarpur, the capital of the state, was founded towards the end of the 14th century by his descendant Rawal Bir Singh, who named it after Dungaria, an independent Bhil chieftain whom he had caused to be assassinated.[3] After the death of Rawal Udai Singh of Bagar at the Battle of Khanwa in 1527, where he fought alongside Rana Sanga against Babar, his territories were divided into the states of Dungarpur and Banswara.[3][4] Successively under Mughal, Maratha, and British Raj control by treaty in 1818, where it remained 15-gun salute state [5]


[6] The Maharawals belonged to the Shishodhya dynasty, Ahra Guhilot clan

  • 1691 - 1702 Khuman Singh
  • 1702 - 1730 Ram Singh
  • 1730 - 1785 Shiv Singh
  • 1785 - 1790 Vairi Sal
  • 1790 - 1808 Fateh Singh
  • 1808 - 19 Dec 1845 Jashwant Singh (b. ... - d. 1845)
  • 1846 - 1898 Udai Singh (b. 1838 - d. 1898)
  • 13 Feb 1898 – 15 Nov 1918 Bijai Singh (b. 1887 - d. 1918)
  • 15 Nov 1918 – 15 Aug 1947 Laxman Singh (b. 1908 - d. 1989)

The last princely ruler of Dungarpur was HH Rai-i-Rayan Maharawal Shri Lakshman Singh Bahadur (1918–1989), who was awarded KCSI (1935) and GCIE (1947), and after independence became a Member of the Rajya Sabha twice, in 1952 and 1958, and later a member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (MLA) in 1962 and 1989.[1]

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Coordinates: 23°50′N 73°43′E / 23.83°N 73.72°E / 23.83; 73.72