| Bhor State|
|Princely State of British India|
Bhor State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
|•||Independence of India||1948|
|•||1901||3,862 km2 (1,491 sq mi)|
|Density||35.5 /km2 (92.1 /sq mi)|
|Today part of||Maharashtra, India|
|This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bhor". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.|
Bhor State was one of the Maratha princely states of British India. It was the only state belonging to the Poona Agency under the Bombay Presidency, which became later part of the Deccan States Agency. Along with Akkalkot State, Aundh State, Phaltan State, and Jath State, it was one of the Satara Jagirs.
Situated among the higher peaks of the Western Ghats, the state covered an area of 2,357 square kilometres, and had a population of 137,268 in 1901.
The town of Bhor, once the capital of the princely state, is located about 51 kilometres south of Pune, adjacent to Bhatghar Dam. The royal palace is still present. Also present in the vicinity is the temple of Bhoreshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva. A temple dedicated to goddesses Janubai and Khiloba is located in Mhalawadi, a village close to the Bhatghar Dam.
The state was founded by Shankarji Narayan, who was appointed as the Pantsachiv, one of the eight hereditary ministers by Rajaram Chhatrapati in 1697, and was acceded to the Dominion of India on 8 March 1948.
The rulers of Bhor were Hindus of the Deshastha Brahmin caste. They used the title "Pantsachiv" and were entitled to a hereditary 9-gun salute. Raja Shrimant Sir Raghunathrao Shankarrao Babasaheb Pandit Pantsachiv, the last ruler of the state, signed the accession to the Indian Union on 8 March 1948.
Rulers of Bhor
- Pantsachiv Chimnajirao (–1827)
- Pantsachiv Raghunathrao Chimnajirao (1827–1837)
- Pantsachiv Chimnajirao Raghunathrao (1837–1871)
- Pantsachiv Shankarrao Chimnajirao (1871–1922)
- Raja Shrimant Sir Raghunathrao Shankarrao Bhausaheb Pandit Pantsachiv (1922–1951)
- Raja Shrimant Sadashivrao Babasaheb Pandit Pantsachiv (1951-1978)
- Raja Shrimant Chintamanrao Abasaheb Pandit Pantsachiv (1978–present)