Kingdom of Porbandar (1193–1307; 1785–1808)
Kingdom of Ranpur (1307–1574)
Kingdom of Chhaya (1574–1785)
Porbandar State (1808–1948)
Flag of
Coat of arms of
Coat of arms
Porbandar in a map of the Bombay Presidency
Porbandar in a map of the Bombay Presidency
StatusSovereign monarchy (1193-1808)
Princely state of the British East India Company (1808-1858) and British India (1858-1948)
CapitalPorbandar (1193-1307, 1785-1948)
Ranpur (1307-1574)
Chhaya (1547-1785)
Common languagesGujarati
Old Gujarati
Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu)
GovernmentSovereign Monarchy (1193-1808)
Protectorate of the British East India Company (1808-1858) and Princely State British India (1858-1948)
Maharaja Rana 
• 10 December 1908-15 February 1948
Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji (last)
• Established
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Dominion of India
Today part ofPorbandar district and Junagadh district, Gujarat, India
Maharaja Bhavsinhji Madhavsinhji.
Hizoor Palace was built by last ruler of Princely State of Probandar, Rana Natwarsinhji, in early 20th century, stands near sear the shore at the Marine Drive in the city.

Porbandar State was a princely state during the British Raj ruled by Jethwa dynasty. It was one of the few princely states with a coastline.

The capital of state was the harbour town of Porbandar.[citation needed] Some other important towns of this state were Bhanvad, Chhaya, Ranpar, and Shrinagar. Earlier Shrinagar served as the capital of Jethwas, then Ghumli served as the capital, but was lost to the Jadejas, however, architectural heritage built by them still stands at Ghumli.[citation needed]


In 1888, during the reign of Vikramatji Khimojiraj, the State started metre-gauge railway called Porbandar State Railway, which after independence was merged in to Saurashtra Railway.[1]

Upon the Independence of India in 1947, the state acceded unto the dominion of India. It was merged with the 'United State of Kathiawar', effective from 15 February 1948 and eventually came to form part of the present-day state of Gujarat.[citation needed]

The grandfather of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of Indian independence movement, Uttamchand Gandhi and later his father – Karamchand Gandhi and uncle – Tulsidas Gandhi, served as Dewan to Rana of Porbandar state.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Porbandar railway".
  2. ^ [1] Encyclopaedia of Eminent Thinkers: The political thought of Mahatma Gandhi By K. S. Bharathi
  3. ^ "Porbandar". Retrieved 10 December 2012.

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