Maharani Chimnabai

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Maharani Chimnabai and Indira Raje of Baroda wearing a 'Nauvari', a traditional Maharashtrian sari

Maharani Chimnabai (1872 – 23 August 1958), also known as Chimnabai II, was the second wife of Sayajirao Gaekwad and Maharani of Baroda.

A progressive woman, she worked toward education for girls, abolishing the purdah system and child marriage, and she also became the first president of the All India Women's Conference (AIWC) in 1927.[1][2]

Born as Shrimant Gajrabai Devi, daughter of Shrimant Sardar Bajirao Amritrao Ghatge, Sarjerao, of Dewas senior. Her daughter Indira Devi become the consort of Maharaja Jitendra Narayan, Maharaja of Cooch Behar.


  • Chimnabai II (Maharani of Baroda.); Siddha Mohana Mitra (2005). Position Of Women In Indian Life. Cosmo Publications. ISBN 978-81-307-0094-6.


  1. ^ "Past Presidents". AIWC: All India Women's Conference. Archived from the original on 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  2. ^ Geraldine Forbes; Geraldine Hancock Forbes (28 April 1999). Women in Modern India. Cambridge University Press. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-521-65377-0.

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