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HH Maharaja Chhatrapati SHAHU II BHONSLE, 13th Maharaja of Kolhapur since 1983 (New Palace, Kolhapur – 416003, Maharashtra, India). Born , graduated in arts in 1967 from the Indo-Christian College in Bangalore, married 9th March 1970, HH Maharani Yadnaseni Raje Saheb, daughter of Sardar Mangulkar of Belgaum, and has issue, two sons.
  • Yuvraj Shrimant Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati Maharaj Sahib, born , married Yuvrani Sanyogeeta Raje Saheb of Dhamtari, and has issue, a son.
    • Shrimant Shahajiraje Sambhajiraje Bhonsle.
  • Maharajkumar Shrimant Malojiraje Bhonsle, born , graduate in Political Science; married Shrimant Dhawalshri Raje Saheb, daughter of Dr. Digvijay Khanvilkar, MLA from Kolhapur and Rajalaxmi Raje Saheb, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
    • Shrimant Yashasviniraje Bhonsle, born .
    • Shrimant Yashraj Malojiraje Bhonsle, born .
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The state was founded in 1700. His Highness, with his feudatories, maintains a military force of 255 cavalry, 1902 infantry, and 67 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 19 guns (as of 1892).
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  • Raja Chhatrapati SHIVAJI I BHONSLE, 1st Raja of Kolhapur 1700/1714 (deposed), born at Jinji, married 1stly, Rani Shrimant Bhavanibai Raje Saheb, married 2ndly, Rani Shrimant Parvatibai Raje Saheb, commited sati March 1726. He died o f smallpox on 14th March 1726.
    • Maharaja Chhatrapati Rajaram Rao Bhonsle II, succeeded to the Satara gaddi.
  • Raja Chhatrapati SHAMBHUJI I BHONSLE, 2nd Raja of Kolhapur 1714/1760, born at Panhala, signed the Treaty of Warna formally separating Satara and Kolhapur, married 1stly, Rani Shrimant Anandibai Raje Saheb, from the Ghatge family of Budh, married 2ndly, Rani Shrimant Umabai Raje Saheb, from the Khanvilkar family, married 3rdly, Rani Shrimant Sakwarbai Raje Saheb, married 4thly, Rani Shrimant Jijabai Raje Saheb, died , daughter of Shrimant Narsojirao Murarrao Shinde Sena Khas Khel of Torgal, married 5thly, Rani Shrimant Sundrabai Raje Saheb, from the Ghatge family of Tutunde, married 6thly, Rani Shrimant Durgabai Raje Saheb, from the Mohite family, married 7thly, Rani Shrimant Kusabai Raje Saheb, from the Ghatge family of Mangaokar. He died sp 20th December 1760.
  • REGENCY 1760/1762 Rani Shrimant Jiji Bai Raje Saheb (regent), died .
  • Raja Chhatrapati SHIVAJI II BHONSLE, 3rd Raja of Kolhapur 1762/1813, born , adopted by Rani Shrimant Jijibai on 22nd September 1762, succeeded 27th September 1762, married 1stly, Rani Shrimant Saibai Raje Saheb, daughter of Tuljojirao Ghatge Sarjerao of Kagal, married 2ndly, Rani Shrimant Chimnabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Ranoji Shinde Chavrekar, married 3rdly, Rani Shrimant Sakwarbai Raje Saheb, daughter of Shrimant Lakshmanrao Shinde Sena Khas Khel, Chief of Torgal, married 4thly, Rani Shrimant Umabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Mukundrao Pawar, Desai of Jamboti, married 5thly, Rani Shrimant Sundrabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Ratnojirao Khanvilkar, married 6thly, Rani Shrimant Ahilyabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Ranojirao Ghatge Sarjerao of Kagal, married 7thly, Rani Shrimant Anandibai Raje Saheb, daughter of Janrao Patankar, married 8thly, Rani Shrimant Mainabai Raje Saheb, another daughter of Lakshmanrao Shinde of Torgal, married 9thly, Rani Shrimant Gangabai Raje Saheb, daughter of the Pawar Desai of Athani, married 10thly, Rani Shrimant Dayabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Sayajirao Ghatge of Murgud, married 11thly, Rani Shrimant Sakwarbai Raje Saheb, daughter of Khanderao Shinde Khilwarkar, married 12thly, Rani Shrimant Anandibai Raje Saheb, daughter of Dhondojirao Patankar, married 13thly, Rani Shrimant Kamalajabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Limaji Naik Nimbalkar of Bairag, and had issue, eight children. He died .
    • Raja Chhatrapati Shambhuji III Bhonsle [Abasaheb Maharaj] (by Sundrabai) (qv)
    • Raja Chhatrapati Shahji I Bhonsle [Buwasaheb Maharaj] (by Kamlajabai) (qv)
    • Shrimant Aubai Raje Bhonsle Saheb, married Yeshwantrao Ghatge of Kagal.
    • Shrimant Balabai Raje Bhonsle Saheb, married Sultanrao Nimbalkar Khardekar.
    • Shrimant Baijabai Raje Bhonsle Saheb, married Narayanrao Ghatge Baji.
    • Shrimant Yesubai Raje Bhonsle Saheb, married Sidhojirao Nimbalkar of Nipani.
    • Shrimant Chimnabai Raje Bhonsle Saheb, married Nagojirao Patankar.
    • Shrimant Akubai Raje Bhonsle Saheb, married Shankararo Shinde of Torgal.
  • Raja Chhatrapati SHAMBHUJI III BHONSLE, 4th Raja of Kolhapur 1813/1821, born , married 1stly, Rani Shrimant Saibai Raje Saheb, daughter of Trimbakrao Khanvilkar, married 2ndly, Rani Shrimant Jijabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Dharrao Nimbalkar, married 3rdly, Rani Shrimant Saibai Raje Saheb, daughter of Narayanrao Shirke, married 4thly, Rani Shrimant Sundrabai Raje Saheb, another daughter of Trimbakrao Khanvilkar, and had issue. He was murdered on 16th July 1821 at Bhawani Mandap Palace.
    • Shrimant Shivaji Rao [Balasaheb] Bhonsle, born , died o f smallpox in 1822 before he could succeed.
  • Raja Chhatrapati SHAHJI I BHONSLE, 5th Raja of Kolhapur 1821/1838, born , married 1stly, Rani Shrimant Ambaikabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Appajirao Naik Nimbalkar, married 2ndly, Rani Shrimant Sakwarbai Raje Saheb, daughter of Daulatrao Mohite Hambirrao, married 3rdly, Rani Shrimant Sagunabai [Babaisaheb], committed sati 1838, married 4thly, Rani Shrimant Anandibai Raje Saheb [Tarabai], daughter of Jyotirao Patankar, married 5thly, Rani Shrimant Narmadabai Raje Saheb, married 6thly, Rani Shrimant Rajasbai Raje Saheb, daughter of Manyajirao Khanvilkar, married 7thly, Rani Shrimant Umabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Yeshwantarao Ghatge Sarjerao of Kagal, married 8thly, Rani Shrimant Kamlabai Raje Saheb, daughter of Manyajirao Ingale, and had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died .
    • Shrimant Au Bai Bhonsle Raje Saheb, married Ramchandrarao Patankar, and had issue.
      • Raja Chhatrapati Rajaram I Bhonsle (Nagojirao Patankar) (qv)
    • Shrimant Bala Bai Bhonsle Raje Saheb, married Shrimant Narayanrao [Abasaheb] Ghatge of Kagal-Junior, and had issue. She died about 1866.
    • Raja Chhatrapati Shivaji III Bhonsle [Babasaheb Bhonsle] (by Anandibai)(qv)
    • Shrimant Shahu [Chimnasaheb] Bhonsle (by Narmadabai), born , he was accused of taking part in the 1857 revolt in Kolhapur city and was exiled to Karachi, married Shrimant Sakwarbai Raje Saheb, commited suicide on 2nd April 1858. He died sp 1869 on Manora island at Karachi.
  • Raja Chhatrapati SHIVAJI III BHONSLE, 6th Raja of Kolhapur 1838/1866, born , married Rani Shrimant Ahilyabai Raje Saheb of Baroda, adopted his nephew. He died sp on 3rd August 1866.
  • Raja Chhatrapati RAJARAM I BHONSLE, 7th Raja of Kolhapur 1866/1870, born as Nagojirao Patankar, married 1stly, Rani Tarabai Sahib, died , married 2ndly, Rani Sakwarbai Sahib. He died sp on 30th November 1870 in Florence, Italy.
  • Raja Chhatrapati SHIVAJI V BHONSLE, 8th Raja of Kolhapur 1870/1883, adopted by Rani Tarabai, born as Shrimant Narayanrao Bhonsle, son of Dinkarrao Bhonsle of the Khanwatkar branch, married Rani Anandibai Saheb (she adopted Yeshwantrao Ghatge of Kagal as successor). He died sp on 25th December 1883 at Ahmednagar.
  • Col. HH Maharaja Sir Shri Chhatrapati SHAHU I BHONSLE, 9th Maharaja of Kolhapur 1884/1922, born as Meherban Shrimant Yeshwantrao Jaisinhrao Ghatge, son of Meherban Shrimant Jaisinhrao Narayanrao [Abasaheb] Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, 4th Chief of Kagal-Senior, adopted to Kolhapur and succeeded to the gadi as a minor on 17th March 1884, granted full ruling powers on 2nd April 1894, Maharaja [cr. 24.5.1900]; made a G.C.V.O. on 1st January 1902, LL.D. (Hon.) [10.6.1902], Hon. Member of the Royal Agricultural Society; granted a personal salute of 21 guns on 1st January 1909, founded the Shahu Vedic School in 1920, made a G.C.I.E. on 12th December 1911 at the Delhi Durbar; married 1st April 1891, HH Maharani Lakshmi Bai Saheb, born , daughter of Meherban Gunajirao Khanvilkar of Baroda, and had issue. He died at Bombay.
    • HH Maharani Radhabai Akka Sahib Maharaj Bhonsle, born , married 21st March 1908, HH Maharajah Sir Tukoji III Rao Puar, 6th Maharaja of Dewas-Snr, and had issue.
      • HH Maharaja Chhatrapati Shahaji II Puar (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Ambai Akka Sahib Raje Bhonsle, born , died young.
    • HH Maharajah Chhatrapati Sir Shri Rajaram II Bhonsle (see below)
    • Maharajkumar Shivajirao Bhonsle, born , married Shrimati Indumati Raje Saheb [Jamunakka], died (or 1975), daughter of Shankarrao Jagtap of Saswad. He died sp on 12th June 1918 at Miraj.
  • HH Maharaja Chhatrapati Sir Shri RAJARAM II BHONSLE, 10th Maharaja of Kolhapur 1922/1940, born , G.C.I.E. [cr.1924], succeeded 21st May 1922, married 1stly 1918, HH Maharani Shrimati Indumati Devi Tarabai Sahib, daughter of Yuvaraj Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad of Baroda, and his wife, Yuvarani Padmavati Bai Saheba, married 2ndly, 1925, HH Maharani Shrimati Vijayamalabai Saheb, died , daughter of Meherban Shrimant Atmaramrao Mohite of Tanjore, and had issue. He died spm on 26th November 1940.
    • Maharajkumari Padma Raje, born , married February 1959, Sardar Raghojirao Kadam Bande of Torkhed, and had issue, two sons. She died .
      • Sardar Harshvardhan Kadam Bande
      • Sardar Rajvardhan Kadam Bande
  • REGENCY 1940/1942
  • HH Maharaja Chhatrapati SHIVAJI V BHONSLE, 11th Maharaja of Kolhapur 1942/1946, born as Pratapsinh, second son of Shrimant Nanasaheb Shankarrao Bhonsle Charvekar of the Khanwatkar branch, born 22nd November 1941, died .
  • REGENCY 1946/1947 HH Maharani Chhatrapati Tara Bai Saheb (regent)
  • HH Maharaja Chhatrapati SHAHAJI II PUAR, 12th Maharaja of Kolhapur 1947/1983, born , also 7th Maharaja of Dewas-Snr 1937/1948, adopted to Kolhapur on 31st March 1947, married 30th December 1926, HH Maharani Pramilaraje of Jath, Regent of Dewas from 1946 to 1947, and had issue. He died
    • HH Maharaja Powar Krishnaji III Rao Puar, 8th Maharaja of Dewas-Snr (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Shaliniraje Puar, married Rajaramsinhrao Bhonsle of Nagpur and has issue.
      • HH Maharaja Chhatrapati Shahu II Bhonsle (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Vijayaraje Puar (by Pramilaraje), married Sardar Pratapsinh Shitole, Sardesai of Ankli.
    • Maharajkumari Urmilaraje Puar (by Pramilaraje), married Shrimant Vijaysingh Ghorpade of Sandur.
  • HH Maharaja Chhatrapati SHAHU II BHONSLE, 13th Maharaja of Kolhapur (see above)
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