Mudhol State

Mudhol State
ಮುಧೋಳ ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನ
Princely State of British India



Mudhol State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
  Established 1465
  Independence of India 1948
  1931 508 km2 (196 sq mi)
  1931 936,218 
Density 1,842.9 /km2  (4,773.2 /sq mi)
Today part of Karnataka, India

Mudhol State was a princely state during the British Raj. It was one of the former states of the Southern Maratha Country and its capital was the city of Mudhol in present-day Bagalkot District of Karnataka State in India. The last ruler was HH Shrimant Raja Bhairavsinhrao Malojirao Ghorpade II. Mudhol acceded to the Dominion of India on March 8, 1948, and is currently a part of Karnataka state.

Covering an area of 508 km2 (196 sq mi), Mudhol State enjoyed revenue estimated at £20,000 in 1901. According to the 1901 census, the population was 63,001, with the population of the town itself at 8,359 in that year.


The Mudhol jagir (estate) was founded ca 1400. Ruled by the Ghorpade dynasty of the Maratha, in 1670 Mudhol estate became a state. It became a British protectorate in 1819. The state flag, called 'Bavuta', was a triangular tricolour of horizontal bands, in order from the top: white, black and green. All colour bands came to the point in the fly. Mudhol State was one of the 9-gun salute states[1] of British India, under the summit of Niranjan.

Mudhol State's last king, HH Shrimant Raja Bhairavsinhrao Malojirao Ghorpade II, born 15 October 1929 and succeeded to the throne on 9 November 1937, was the 23rd Raja of Mudhol. He signed the accession to join the Indian Union on 8 March 1948.[2] He died in 1984 in a car accident.[3]

Royal Titles

Role Royal Title
The Ruling Prince Raja Shrimant (personal name) Raje Ghorpade Bahadur, Raja of Mudhol, with the style of His Highness
The Consort of the Ruling Prince Shrimant Sakal Soubhagyavati Rani (personal name) Raje Ghorpade, Rani of Mudhol, with the style of Her Highness
The Heir Apparent Yuvraj Shrimant (personal name) Raje Sahib Ghorpade
The sons of the ruling prince Rajkumar Shrimant (personal name) Raje Ghorpade
The unmarried daughters of the ruling prince Rajkumari Shrimant (personal name) Raje Ghorpade
The married daughters of the ruling prince Shrimant Sakal Soubhagyavati (personal name) Raje (husband's family name)
The other male descendant of the ruling prince (male line) Shrimant (personal name) Raje Ghorpade



Mudhol Hound

Shrimant Rajesaheb Malojirao Ghorpade of Mudhol (1884–1937) of the Mudhol State is credited with reviving the Mudhol hound. He noticed local tribal people using these hounds for hunting. Using selective breeding, he was able to restore the royal Mudhol hound. On a visit to England in the early 1900s, the Maharaja of Mudhol State presented King George V a pair of hounds, which popularized the Mudhol hound breed.[5][6]

See also


  1. William Barton, The princes of India. Delhi 1983
  2. Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  3. Buyers, Christopher (August 2008). "Mudhol: The Ghorpade Dynasty". Royal Ark. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  4. Jadeja, Arjunsinh (27 January 2015). "Tracking the hounds of Mudhol" (Bangalore). Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. Jadeja, Arjunsinh (23 July 2013). "Mudhol's royal chapter" (Bangalore). Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2 February 2015.

Coordinates: 16°19′50″N 75°19′20″E / 16.33056°N 75.32222°E / 16.33056; 75.32222

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