Dholpur State

Dholpur State
धौलपुर रियासत
Princely State of British India
c. 700–1949


Dholpur State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
  Established c. 700
  Independence of India 1949
  1901 3,038 km2 (1,173 sq mi)
  1901 250,000 
Density 82.3 /km2  (213.1 /sq mi)
Today part of Rajasthan, India
Maharaj Rana of Dholpur Sir Bhagwant Singh in 1870.
Kesarbagh palace, the mansion of the former ruler of the erstwhile Dholpur State in Dholpur, now Dholpur Military School

Dholpur State or Dhaulpur State was a kingdom of eastern Rajputana, India, which was founded in AD 1806 by a Hindu Jat Ruler.[1] After 1818 the state was placed under the authority of British India's Rajputana Agency. The Ranas ruled the state until the independence of India in 1947, when the kingdom was merged with the Union of India.

Dholpur princely state was located in the present-day state of Rajasthan. The state had an area of 3,038 km2 (1,173 sq mi), and an estimated revenue of Rs.83,000/-.

The current chief minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, is a member of the erstwhile ruling family of Dholpur.


Very little is known of the early history of the state. According to tradition a predecessor state was established as Dhavalapura. In 1505 neighboring Gohad State was founded and between 1740 and 1756 Gohad was occupied by Gwalior State. From 1761 to 1775 Dholpur was annexed to Bharatpur State and between 1782 and December 1805 Dholpur was again annexed by Gwalior. On 10 January 1806 Dholpur became a British protectorate and in the same year the Ruler of Gohad merged Gohad into Dholpur.[2][3]

The last ruler of Dholpur signed the instrument of accession to the Indian Union on 7 April 1949.[4]


The rulers of the state were Hindu and were styled Maharaja from 1806 onwards.[2]  They were entitled to a 15-gun salute.

Rulers of Gohad (title Rana)

Rulers of Dholpur (title Maharaja Rana)

See also


  1. John Zubrzycki (2012). The Mysterious Mr Jacob. Random House India. p. 3. ISBN 9788184003369.
  2. 1 2 Princely States
  3. Gazetteer of India, v. 11, p. 323.
  4. Dholpur Princely State (15 gun salute)

Template:Princely states of Rajputana

Coordinates: 26°42′N 77°54′E / 26.7°N 77.9°E / 26.7; 77.9

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