Bundi State

Bundi State
बूंदी रियासत
Princely State of British India
Flag Coat of arms
Bundi State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
  Established 1342
  Independence of India 1949
  1931 5,750 km2 (2,220 sq mi)
  1931 216,722 
Density 37.7 /km2  (97.6 /sq mi)
Today part of India
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bundi". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
View of the Garh Palace in Bundi
Garh Palace Chitrasala
Maharao Bhao Singh riding an elephant. Ca. 1675
Maharao Umed Singh of Bundi

Bundi State[1] was a princely state in the era of British India. Its relations with the British were managed by the Rajputana Agency. The last ruler of Bundi State signed the accession to join the Indian Union in 1949.

The Haraoti-Tonk Agency, with headquarters at Deoli, dealt with the states of Tonk and Bundi, as well as with the state of Shahpura.[2]


Bundi State was founded in 1342. On 10 Feb 1818 it became a British protectorate. Bundi's last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union on 7 April 1949.[3]


The hereditary rulers of Bundi used the title ‘Rao’ before being granted the prefix ‘Raja’ by the Mughals. A Raja is a ruler of exalted rank but inferior to Maharana or Maharawal.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Bundi was a shield depicting a warrior emerging from flames, signifying the creation-legend of the ruling Chauhan clan of Rajputs which was supposedly created from fire. The shield is flanked by cows representing dharma or righteousness; it is crowned by a hand holding a Katar.[4]

See also


  1. Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 9, p. 80.
  2. Imperial Gazetteer of India vol. IV (1907), The Indian Empire, Administrative, Published under the authority of His Majesty's Secretary of State for India in Council, Oxford at the Clarendon Press. Pp. xxx, 1 map, 552
  3. Princely States of India
  4. The Princely Armory. Publ. by The Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing. Calcutta. 1877

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Coordinates: 25°26′N 75°38′E / 25.44°N 75.64°E / 25.44; 75.64

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