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Palitana State

Palitana State
Princely State
Location of Palitana
Location of Palitana in Saurashtra
 -  Established 1194
 -  Indian independence 1948
 -  1921 777 km2 (300 sq mi)
 -  1921 58,000 
Density 74.6 /km2  (193.3 /sq mi)

Palitana was a princely state in India during the British Raj until 1948. The center was the city of Palitana. The last ruler of the state received a privy purse of 180,000 Rupees at the state's accession to independent India on 15 February 1948.


As a "Second Class" princely state it was founded in 1194. It was one of the major states in Saurashtra, where there were many smaller states. Palitana covered 777 km² and had 58,000 inhabitants (in 1921) in 91 villages, generating a 744,416 Rs revenue. In 1940 it had a population of 76,432.[1]

It used to be a native state of India in the Kathiawar Agency of the Bombay Presidency. Area, 289 sq. m.; pop. (1901), 52,856, showing a decrease of 15% in the decade. Gross revenue, £42,000; tribute jointly to the Gaekwar of Baroda and the Nawab of Junagadh, £700. The capital of the state, Palitana, had a population of 12,800. Its ruler enjoyed a 9-guns salute.[2]


The rulers were Gohil Rajputs, with the title of Thakur Sahib.[3]

  • 1697 - 1734 Prithvirajji Kandhaji
  • 1734 - .... Nonghanji III
  • .... - 1766 Sartanji II
  • 1766 - 1770 Alubhai
  • 1770 - 1820 Undaji
  • 1820 - 1840 Kandhaji IV
  • 1840 - 1860 Nonghanji IV
  • 1860 Pratapsinghji (d. 1860)
  • 1 Jun 1860 - Nov 1885 Sursinhji (b. 1844 - d. 1885)
  • 24 Nov 1885 - 29 Aug 1905 Mansinhji Sursinhji (b. 1863 - d. 1905) (from 1 Jan 1896, Sir Mansinhji Sursinhji)
  • 29 Sep 1905 - 15 Aug 1947 Bahadursinhji Mansinhji (b. 1900 - d. 1964) (from 1 Jan 1930, Sir Bahadursinhji Mansinhji; personal style Maharaja from 1944)

See also


  1. ^ - Rajput Provinces of India - Palitana State (Princely State)
  2. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer p. 1417.
  3. ^ Princely States of India

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