Sawantwadi State

Savantvadi State
सावंतवाडी रियासत
Princely State of British India

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Sawantwadi 1896
  Established 1627
  Independence of India 1948
  1931 2,396 km2 (925 sq mi)
  1931 250,589 
Density 104.6 /km2  (270.9 /sq mi)
Today part of Maharashtra, India
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. 
Savantvadi State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India

Savantvadi State, also spelt Sawantwadi ruled by the Savant Bhonsale dynasty was one of the non-salute Maratha princely states during the British Raj. It was the only state belonging to the Kolaba Agency under the Bombay Presidency, which became later part of the Deccan States Agency.[1] Its capital was at Sawantwadi, in the present-day Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.

Sawantvadi State measured 438 square kilometers in area. According to the 1931 census, the population was 250,589. The main language of the inhabitants of the state was Konkani.[2]


Savantvadi state was founded in 1627, later becoming a vassal state of the Sultanate of Bijapur. It had some fortified hills, such as Manohar and Mansantosh. On 7 April 1765 Savantvadi State became a British protectorate.

Sawantwadi acceded to the Dominion of India on 15 August 1947, becoming part of Bombay State in 1948.[3]


The rulers of Sawantvadi State were Hindu and belonged to the Bhonsale Savant clan. They used the title of Raja Bahadur from 1763 onwards, a hereditary title granted to the head of the family for his services against the Portuguese.[4]

Title Raja Sar Desai

Title Raja Bahadur

See also


  1. Imperial Gazetteer of India, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908
  2. Great Britain India Office. The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.
  3. Royal House of Sawantwadi
  4. List of rulers of Sawantwadi

Coordinates: 16°00′N 73°45′E / 16.00°N 73.75°E / 16.00; 73.75

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