Dhrangadhra State

Dhrangadhra State
ધ્રાંગધ્રા રિયાસત
ध्रांगध्रा रियासत
Princely State of British India


Location of Dhragandhra State in Saurashtra
  Established 1742
  Indian independence 1948
  1892 3,023 km2 (1,167 sq mi)
  1892 100,000 
Density 33.1 /km2  (85.7 /sq mi)
Today part of India
Princely States of India

Dhrangadhra State (Hindi ध्रान्गढ़रा) was a princely state during the British Raj. The town of Dhrangadhra served as its capital. It was also known as Halvad-Dhrangadhra State. Halvad once had been the capital of this state.[1]


The state was founded as Jhalawad in 1090 by Harpal Dev Makwana, also founding father of the Jhala Rajput dynasty of Wankaner State. In 1742 Dhrangadhra, a new capital, was founded and the state was renamed after it. Among the earlier names were Kuwa and Halwad; the state is still sometimes styled Halwad(-Dhrangadhra).

Dhrangadhra State was ruled by Rajputs belonging to the Jhala dynasty.[2] The rulers of the state bore the title Raj Sahib,[3] until 1918 when the style Maharaja Shri Raj Sahib was adopted.

Under the British raj, the colonial Eastern Kathiawar Agency was in charge of Dhrangadhra, which was a salute state entitled to a Hereditary salute of 13-guns. The state had a population of 100,000 in 1892 on 3,023 Square Kilometers km². The privy purse was fixed at 380,000 Rupees when it ceased to exist by accession to recently independent India's western state Saurashtra (now in Gujarat) on 15 February 1948.


Raj Sahibs of Jhalawad

Raj Sahibs of Dhrangadhra

Maharaja Shri Raj Sahibs of Dhrangadhra

See also


  1. Surendranagar India. Superintendent of Census Operations, Gujarat - Director, Government Print. and Stationery, Gujarat State, 1964.
  2. Rajput Provinces of India - Dhrangadhra State (Princely State)
  3. States before 1947

Coordinates: 22°59′N 71°28′E / 22.98°N 71.47°E / 22.98; 71.47

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