Palanpur State
પાલનપુર રિયાસત
पालनपुर रियासत
Princely State of British India
Flag of Palanpur
Coat of arms of Palanpur
Coat of arms

Map of Palanpur State area in 1922
• 1940
4,574 km2 (1,766 sq mi)
• 1940
 • Motto"Ba aql giriftah ba shamsher Dasht"
(What has been won by reason, he Sustains by force)[1]
• Established
Succeeded by
Dominion of India
Today part ofIndia
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Palanpur". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

Palanpur State was a princely state of India during the British Raj. It was a Salute state with the Nawab of Palanpur having a hereditary salute of 13-guns. It was the main state of the Palanpur Agency. Palanpur State became a British protectorate in 1809/17; its capital was the city of Palanpur.


The state encompassed an area of 4,574 square kilometres (1,766 sq mi) and had a population of 222,627 in 1901. The town of Palanpur housed a population of only 17,800 people that year. The state commanded a revenue of approximately £50,000 per year.[2]

Palanpur State was traversed by the main line of the Rajputana-Malwa Railway, and contained the British cantonment of Deesa. Wheat, rice and sugar-cane were the chief products. Watered by the Saraswati river, the state was heavily forested in its northern end (the present-day Jessore Sanctuary) but undulating and open in the south and east.[2] The country was on the whole somewhat hilly, being at the edge of the Aravalli Range. In 1940 Palanpur State had a population of 315,855.[3]


Main article: History of Palanpur

According to tradition Palanpur state was founded in 1370[4] and was ruled by the Bihari Pathan tribe Lohani (Hetani, Bihari Pathan) of Jhalori dynasty. 'While the earlier history of the family is who established themselves in Bihar during the twelfth century and ruled there as Sultans, so some of from this family also known as a Bihari(Vihari). Malik Khurram Khan Vihari (Bihari), the founder of the Palanpur house, left Bihar and entered the service of Vishaldev of Mandore during the late fourteenth century. Appointed Governor of Songad or Jhalor, he took control of that place in the confusion that followed the death of the Mandore ruler';[citation needed] a forebear of the family is reputed to have wed the foster-sister of the Mughal emperor Akbar and received Palanpur and surrounding areas as dowry. However, the family comes into historical prominence during the period of instability that followed the demise of Aurangzeb in the early 18th century. It was overrun soon afterwards by the Marathas; the Lohanis followed the trend of seeking recourse in the British East India Company against them and finally entered the subsidiary alliance system in 1817, along with all other neighbouring states, becoming a British protectorate.

Palanpur State was dissolved in 1949.[citation needed]


Palanpur State court fee ticket
Family Tree of Palanpur State rulers

The rulers of Palanpur State belonged to the Lohani tribe (Hetani, Bihari Pathan) of Jalori dynasty.[5] All rulers used the title of Diwan except the last two rulers who used the title of Nawab.


Nawab Sahibs

See also


  1. ^ Hurber, De Vries. "National Arms and Emblems past and present".
  2. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Palanpur" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  3. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer. p. 1413.
  4. ^ "Princely States - Palanpur". Archived from the original on 15 January 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  5. ^ States before 1947 K-W

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