30 June 1901|
Porbandar, Gujarat, India
|Died||4 October 1979
Porbandar, Gujarat, India
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
Lieutenant-Colonel Maharaja Rana Shri Sir Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, KCSI (30 June 1901 – 4 October 1979) was the last Maharaja of Porbandar belonging to Jethwa dynasty, who ascended the throne of princely state of Porbandar on 10 December 1908 and ruled until his state was merged into India on 15 February 1948.
He was educated at the Rajkumar College at Rajkot and stood first in the diploma examination for all the Princes' colleges in India. He succeeded his father on his death on 1908-12-10 and ascended the throne on 26 January 1920 after he came of age.
He captained India in her first Test tour of England in 1932, but played in only four of the 26 first-class matches and stood down from the captaincy in favor of the more talented C.K. Nayudu for the Test against England. K. S. Ghanshyamsinhji, the elder brother of Rupaliba Sahiba, served as his vice captain.
Natwarsinhji was an avid painter, author and musician; his literary works include "From the Flow of Life" (1967), "India's Problems: Reflections of an Ex-Ruler" (1970) and "International Solidarity" (1975). He was the joint composer with AW Hansen, of Great Britain of the "Oriental Moon Waltz" in 1930.
He gave land to Nanji Kalidas Mehta, to start Maharana Mills manufacturing textiles. After independence of India, he merged his state into the United State of Kathiawar on 15 February 1948. He also took active interest along with Nanji Kalidas Mehta to see that Kirti Mandir is being built in Porbandar, as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi
Maharaja Sir Natwarsinhji Jethwa of Porbandar died in 1979 after a 71-year reign, aged 78. Although he had adopted a son, Rajkumar Udaibhansinhji Jethwa, in 1941, he died in 1977 with no issue; therefore, the headship of the dynasty is still uncertain after three decades.
- 1901–1908: Patvi Namdar Maharajkumar Shri Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib
- 1908–1918: His Highness Maharaja Rana Shri Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Rana Sahib of Porbandar
- 1918–1929: His Highness Maharaja Rana Shri Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Rana Sahib of Porbandar
- 1929–1941: His Highness Maharaja Rana Shri Sir Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Rana Sahib of Porbandar, KCSI
- 1941–1945: Captain His Highness Maharaja Rana Shri Sir Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Rana Sahib of Porbandar, KCSI
- 1945–1946: Major His Highness Maharaja Rana Shri Sir Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Rana Sahib of Porbandar, KCSI
- 1946–1971: Lieutenant-Colonel His Highness Maharaja Rana Shri Sir Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Rana Sahib of Porbandar, KCSI
- Delhi Durbar Gold Medal – 1911
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India (KCSI) – 1929
- King George V Silver Jubilee Medal – 1935
- King George VI Coronation Medal – 1937
- Indian Independence Medal – 1947
Natwarsinhji BhavsinhjiBorn: 30 June 1901 Died: 4 October 1979
(as Maharaja of Porbandar)
|Maharaja of Porbandar
(Merge within the Republic of India)
|Titles in pretence|
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Maharaja of Porbandar
Reason for succession failure:
Royal titles & privy purse abolished by Government of India
- Obituary in Indian Cricket 1980
- Indian Princely States : Genealogy of the rulers of Porbandar
- Catalog of copyright entries: Musical compositions, Part 3 By Library of Congress. Copyright Office. 1932. p. 516.
- The Maharana Mills was opened by Nanji Kalidas. His Highness gave him the land at one rupee per square yard. The aim was to lead the city and its subjects to prosperity. Journeys to freedom: Dalit narratives By Fernando Franco, Jyotsna Macwan, Suguna Ramanathan
- At the time when Gandhiji was released for the last time from the Agakhan palace by the British Government, residential public of Porbandar had decided to construct an ideal memorial on the birth palace of Mahatmaji. At that time, organization of the project was accomplished by the intensive efforts of the late Maharaja of Porbandar, Shri Natavarsinhji, and Rajaratna Shri Manjibhai Kalidas Mehta and his wife, Smt. Santokbehn.