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Dynasty

State

Saurashtra

Gun Salutes

11

Agency

Gujarat States Agency

Accession

15th February 1948

Area

1,080 Square Kilometers km²

Privy Purse

INR 180,000

Hindi Name

वांकानेर

Last Updated

28th Jul, 2017

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HH Maharana Raj Saheb Dr. DIGVIJAYSINHJI, Maharana Raj Saheb of Wankaner since 22nd May 2007. (Ranjit Vilas Palace, Wankaner - 363621, Gujarat, India)
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History

Founded in 1605 by a grandson of Raj Chandrasinhji, the ruler of Dhrangadhra.
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Genealogy

  • Raj Saheb SARTANJI/SULTANJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1605/1632, married 1stly [name unknown] daughter of Jam Saheb JASAJI SATAJI of Nawanagar and married 2ndly Pratapkunverba daughter of Rao VIRAMDASJI of Idar.
    • Raj Saheb Mansinhji Sartanji (qv)
    • Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Sartanji
  • Raj Saheb MANSINHJI SULTANJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1632/1653
  • Raj Saheb RAISINHJI MANSINHJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1653/1679
  • Raj Saheb CHANDRASINHJI I RAISINHJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1679/1721
  • Raj Saheb PRITHVIRAJJI CHANDRASINHJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1721/1728
  • Raj Saheb KESARISINHJI I CHANDRASINHJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1728/1749
  • Raj Saheb BHAROJI KESARISINHJI [Bhavaji], Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1749/1784, married (amongst others), Rani Kunkabai Sahiba, daughter of Kumar Shri Sagramji Kumbhoji Sahib of Gondal, and had issue.
    • Kumar Shri Raisinhji Bharoji, married and had issue. He died vp before 1784.
      • Raj Saheb Kesarisinhji II Raisinhji (qv)
  • Raj Saheb KESARISINHJI II RAISINHJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1784/1787
  • Raj Saheb CHANDRASINHJI II KESARINHJI [Raj Dosaji], Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1787/1839
  • Raj Saheb VAKHATSINHJI CHANDRASINHJI, Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1839/1842, married and had issue, 8 sons.
    • Kumar Shri Jaswantsinhji Vakhatsinhji, married and had issue. He died vp before 1842.
      • HH Maharana Raj Saheb Shri Banesinhji Jaswantsinhji (qv)
  • HH Maharana Raj Saheb Shri BANESINHJI JASWANTSINHJI, Maharana Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1842/1881, born , installed 1861, married (amongst others), HH Maharani Shri Bajirajba, daughter of Thakore Saheb Meruji Modji, 5th Thakore Saheb of Gavridad, and had issue. He died .
    • Capt. HH Maharana Raj Saheb Shri Sir Amarsinhji Banesinhji (qv)
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), married (as his first wife), HH Maharana Shri Sir Chhatrasinhji Gambhirsinhji of Rajpipla.
    • HH Maharani Takhat Kunverba Saheba, married 1916, HH Maharaja Purna Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj.
    • Maharajkumari Manher Kunverba [HH Maharani Kusum Kunwari of Lunawada], married Col. HH Maharaja Sri Virbhadrasinhji Ranjitsinhji of Lunawada, and had issue.
    • Rani Vilas Kunverba, married Raol Shri Sajjansinhji Takhatsinhji of Mansa, and had issue.
    • HH Maharana Raj Saheb Pratapsinhji Amarsinhji (qv)
    • Maharaj Saheb Chandra Bhanu Singhji, married Rani Kumud Manjli of Mayurbhanj, and had issue, four children.
      • Kumar Shri Jitendra Singh, married Camilla.
      • Kumar Shri Bhartendrasinhji Chandrabhanusinhji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1947).
      • Rajkumari Bhagyawanti Devi, born in Wankaner, Gujarat; married 24th November 1968 in Wankaner, Maharaj Devendra Pal Singh of Jhabua, and has issue, one son.
    • Maharajkumar Rasikkumarsinhji Jhala, married Baijilal Chandrawali Kumari, daughter of Rajkumar Pratap Singh, Yuvaraj Saheb of Banera, and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Janakkumarsinhji Rasikkumarsinhji Jhala, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1964).
  • Capt. HH Maharana Raj Saheb Shri Sir AMARSINHJI BANESINHJI [Gangubha], Maharana Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1881/1954, K.C.I.E. [cr.1911], born , educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married 1stly, 1896, HH Maharani Shri Gulab Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Shri Rajadhiraj Sir Naharsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Shahpura, married 2ndly, HH Maharani Shri Devkunverba Sahiba, daughter of HH Thakore Sahib Shri Bawajiraj Mehramansinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Rajkot, married 3rdly, HH Maharani Shri Padmarajkunverba Sahiba, a lady from Mandva, married 4thly, HH Maharani Shri Phul Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Thakore Sahib Shri Vakhatsinhji Meghrajji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Vala, and had issue. He died .
    • HH Maharani Takhat Kunverba Saheba, married 1916, HH Maharaja Purna Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj.
    • Maharajkumari Manher Kunverba [HH Maharani Kusum Kunwari of Lunawada], married Col. HH Maharaja Sri Virbhadrasinhji Ranjitsinhji of Lunawada, and had issue.
    • Rani Vilas Kunverba, married Raol Shri Sajjansinhji Takhatsinhji of Mansa, and had issue.
    • HH Maharana Raj Saheb Pratapsinhji Amarsinhji (qv)
    • Maharaj Saheb Chandra Bhanu Singhji, married Rani Kumud Manjli of Mayurbhanj, and had issue, four children.
      • Kumar Shri Jitendra Singh, married Camilla.
      • Kumar Shri Bhartendrasinhji Chandrabhanusinhji, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1947).
      • Rajkumari Bhagyawanti Devi, born in Wankaner, Gujarat; married 24th November 1968 in Wankaner, Maharaj Devendra Pal Singh of Jhabua, and has issue, one son.
    • Maharajkumar Rasikkumarsinhji Jhala, married Baijilal Chandrawali Kumari, daughter of Rajkumar Pratap Singh, Yuvaraj Saheb of Banera, and had issue.
      • Kumar Shri Janakkumarsinhji Rasikkumarsinhji Jhala, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1964).
  • HH Maharana Raj Saheb PRATAPSINHJI AMARSINHJI, Maharana Raj Saheb of Wankaner 1954/2007, born , married 5th February 1929, HH Maharani Rama Kunver, born , died , daughter of HH Rai-i-Rayan Maharawal Shri Bijay Singhji Bahadur of Dungarpur, and his first wife, HH Maharani Devendra Kumari, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died .
    • Maharajkumari Padmini Kumari [Rani Sahiba Padmini Kunverba of Kutch], married Maharajkumar Saheb Himmatsinhji Vijayrajji of Kutch, and had issue. She died at Kutch after a long illness.
    • Maharajkumari Nalini Kumari, married Maharajkumar Shivbhadrasinhji Krishnakumarsinhji Gohil of Bhavnagar.
    • HH Maharani Mohini Kumari, married HH Maharaja Govind Singh of Bijawar, born , died , and has issue.
      • HH Maharaja Jai Singhji of Bijawar.
    • HH Maharana Raj Saheb Dr. Digvijaysinhji (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Dr. Ranjitsinhji, born , educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1954); an expert on Indian wildlife and natural history, he has authored many books, including "Beyond the Tiger: Portraits of Asian Wildlife", joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1961, and held several environment-related jobs. As Forests and Tourism Secretary to Madhya Pradesh, he was responsible for the creation of 14 national parks and 11 wildlife sanctuaries. Later, he drafted the key Wild Life (Protection) Act of 1972, and served as India's first Director of Wildlife Preservation. He is perhaps best known for his work on Project Tiger, but he also played a crucial role in bringing back from the brink of extinction, the endangered central and eastern populations of the barasingha or swamp deer, (the eastern barasingha, cervus d. Ranjitsinhi, is named after him), married Maharajkumarani Kalpnakumari Ranjitsinhji Jhala, born , daughter of Shri Laxmansinghji Dilipsinghji Rathore of Sailana, and has issue.
      • Rajkumari Meenal Kumari, married 8th December 1990, Yuvaraj Amar Jyoti Singh Deo of Dhenkanal.
      • Rajkumari Radhika Kumari [Radhikaraje Gaekwad], married Yuvaraj Samarjitsingh Gaekwad, afterwards Maharaja of Baroda.
  • HH Maharana Raj Saheb Dr. DIGVIJAYSINHJI, Maharana Raj Saheb of Wankaner (see above)
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