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Rawal (also spelled Raval) or Raol originally is a variation of the Hindi princely ruler title Ra(d)ja(h) (literally "king"[1]) used in some princely states in Rajputana and Western India (notably Gujarat), and is now also used as a caste designation or surname by several communities in Southern Asia.

Princely titles[edit]

Notable (but non-salute) states using this title for their ruling prince were, both under the colonial Mahi Kantha Agency (in the third -high- of seven classes of states) and in present Gujarat :


This 'Western' equivalent of the higher (gradually deflated) Hindi title Maharaja (literally 'great king') was notably used by two salute states in Rajputana (presently in Rajasthan), both entitled to a (high-ranking) Hereditary gun salute of 15-guns :

and one in Gujarat, entitled to a (rather low-ranking) Hereditary salute of 9-guns (11-guns personal) :

  • the Maharaol (or Maharawal) of Bari(y)a

As a surname[edit]

As a surname, "Rawal" is found among multiple communities in India, Pakistan and Nepal:

Individuals named rawal[edit]

People with the title or surname Rawal include (in alphabetical order):

Other uses[edit]

Groups of people



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