Porbandar State (1808-1948)
Kingdom of Porbandar (1193-1307; 1785-1808)
Kingdom of Ranpur (1307-1574)
Kingdom of Chhaya (1574-1785)
Porbandar in a map of the Bombay Presidency
|Status||Sovereign monarchy (1193-1808)|
Princely state of the British East India Company (1808-1858) and British India (1858-1948)
|Capital||Porbandar (1193-1307, 1785-1948)|
|Government||Sovereign Monarchy (1193-1808)|
Princely State of the British East India Company (1808-1858) and British India (1858-1948)
o 10 December 1908-15 February 1948
|Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji (last)|
|1931||1,647 km2 (636 sq mi)|
|Today part of||Porbandar district and Junagadh district, Gujarat, India|
The capital of state was the harbour town of Porbandar. Some other important towns of state were Bhanvad, Chhaya, Ranpar, and Shrinagar. Earlier Shrinagar served as the capital of Jethwas, then Ghumli served as the capital, but was lost to the Jadejas, however, architectural heritage built by them still stands at Ghumli. During the British Raj, the state covered an area of 1,663 square kilometres (642 sq mi), encompassing 106 villages and a population, in 1921, of over 100,000 people. It enjoyed a revenue of Rs. 21,00,000/-.
In 1193 Porbandar State was founded by an ancestral ruler expelled from Morvi State. In 1307 the state was renamed 'Ranpur' and in 1574 it was renamed 'Chhaya'. Finally in 1785 the state reverted to the name Porbandar. On 5 December 1809 it became a British protectorate and between 1886 and 15 September 1900 the state was administered by the Bombay Presidency. It was part of the Kathiawar Agency from 1819 to 1922.
Upon the Independence of India in 1947, the state acceded unto the dominion of India. It was merged with the 'United State of Kathiawar', effective from 15 February 1948 and eventually came to form part of the present-day state of Gujarat.
The grandfather of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of Indian independence movement, Uttamchand Gandhi and later his father - Karamchand Gandhi and uncle - Tulsidas Gandhi, served as Dewan to Rana of Porbandar state.
Porbandar State was ruled by the Jethwa dynasty of Rajputs. By 1947, the rulers held the style of "Highness" and the title of "Maharaj Rana Sahib"; they were entitled to a salute of 13 guns as a hereditary distinction.