Morvi State
મોરબી રિયાસત
Princely State of British India
Flag of Morvi

Location of Morvi State in Saurashtra
• 1931
627 km2 (242 sq mi)
• 1931
• Established
Succeeded by
Dominion of India
Picture of the Maharaja Thakur Sahib of Morvi Sir Waghji II Rawaji (1858–1922)
Equestrian statue of Sir Waghji

Morvi State, also spelled as Morvee State or Morbi State, was a princely salute state in the historical Halar prant (district) of Kathiawar during the British Raj.

The town of Morvi (Morbi), Gujarat, was its capital.[citation needed] The Kotwals of the royal palace of Morvi were Talpada Kolis of Radhavanaj village of Kheda district.[1]

The rulers of the princely state belonged to the Jadeja rajput dynasty.[2][3]

The state's last ruler signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India on 15 February 1948.[citation needed]


Morvi was founded as a princely state around 1698 by Kanyoji when the heir apparent of Cutch State fled Bhuj with his mother after his father Ravaji was murdered and the throne was seized by his uncle Pragmalji I.[4] It became a British protectorate in 1807. The state was in the colonial sway of the Kathiawar Agency of the Bombay Presidency.

In 1943, with the implementation of the 'attachment scheme', Morvi State enlarged its territory by an additional 310 km2 with about 12,500 inhabitants when the Hadala Taluk and the Kotda-Nayani Thana, as well as the small Malia princely state were merged.

On 15 August 1947, the state officially ceased to exist by merging into the west Indian United State of Saurashtra (initially - of Kathiawar), which later merged into Bombay state; since that was divided, it is in Gujarat.


The rulers of the state belonged to the Jadeja clan of Rajputs, and bore the title Thakur Sahib until the last added the higher title Maharaja in 1926.[5]

Thakur Sahibs

Thakur Sahib Maharaja

See also


  1. ^ Vanyajāti. Gujarat, India: Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh. 1989. p. 26.((cite book)): CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  2. ^ Spodek, Howard. “Rulers, Merchants and Other Groups in the City-States of Saurashtra, India, around 1800.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 16, no. 4 (1974): 448–70.
  3. ^ "Follow the Star visits Morbi, a princely state". YouTube.
  4. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Cutch, Palanpur, and Mahi Kantha. Government Central Press. 1880. p. 137.
  5. ^ "Indian states before 1947 K-W". Retrieved 17 August 2019.

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