Rewa Kantha Agency

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Rewa Kantha Agency
Agency of British India
Location of Rewa Kantha Agency
Map (1878)
 •  Established 1811
 •  Formation of the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency 1937
 •  1901 12,877 km2 (4,972 sq mi)
 •  1901 479,065 
Density 37.2 /km2  (96.4 /sq mi)
Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Rewa Kantha was a political agency of British India, managing the relations of the British government of the Bombay Presidency with a collection of princely states. It stretched for about 150 miles between the plain of Gujarat and the hills of Malwa, from the Tapti River to the Mahi River crossing the Narmada or Rewa River, from which it takes its name.[1]

The political agent, who was also collector of the British District of the Panchmahal, resided at Godhra.


The states came under British subsidiary alliances after the Third Anglo-Maratha War of the early 19th century.[2]

In 1937 the princely states of the Rewa Kantha Agency were merged with Baroda State in order to form the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency.[3]

After the Independence of British India in 1947, as India and Pakistan, the rulers of the states all agreed to accede to the Government of India and were integrated into Bombay State. Bombay state was split along linguistic lines in 1960, and Rewa Kantha became part of Gujarat.


The number of separate states was 61, but all were minor states except for five. Many of them were under British influence; the largest one was Rajpipla.[4]

The Agency also dealt with five second-class states named Chhota Udaipur State, Devgadh Bariya State, Santrampur, Lunawada State, and Balasinor State. The total area of the states the agency related to was 12,877 km2 (4,972 sq mi). In 1901 their population was 479,065. Many of the inhabitants were Bhils and Kolis.[5]


In addition to those of Rewa Kantha itself, revenue and/or court fee stamps were issued for the following states in the Rewa Kantha Agency: 1) Balasinor 2) Baria 3) Bhadarva 4) Chhota Udaipur 5) Gad Boriad 6) Jambughoda 7) Kadana 8) Lunavada 9) Naswadi 10) Pandu Mewas 11) Rajpipla 12) Sanjeli 13) Sant 14) Shanor 15) Umeta 16) Vajiria 17) Bakrol (Boru)

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