Meghrajji III

Meghrajji III

Maharaja Mayurdwajsinhji Meghrajji III (3 March 1923 - 1 August 2010) was the last ruling Maharaja of Dhrangadhra Halvad. He was a well-known academic, politician, member of several distinguished academic bodies, and one of the last surviving rulers of the former princely states of the Indian Empire. He was also the last surviving knight of the Order of the Indian Empire and the last of either of the chivalric orders of British Indian Empire.


Early life

Maharaja Meghrajji III was born on 3 March 1923 at Sundar Villas, Dhrangadhra as the second but eldest surviving son of Maharaja Sir Ghanshyamsinjhi Ajitsinhji Sahib Bahadur (1889–1942), the Maharaja of the 13-gun salute state of Dhrangadhra-Halvad and his third wife, Maharani Anand Kunverba Sahiba (1895–1979). He received his earliest education at a local school, then was sent to England, where he first attended Millfield School in Somerset and then the Heath Mount School in Hertfordshire.[1] He then studied at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire[2] before returning to India just prior to succeeding his father as Maharaja.

Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad

Upon the death of his father in 1942, Mehghrajji succeeded him as Maharaja. He continued his education at St. Joseph's Academy in Dehra Dun and at the Shivaji Military School in Pune. During his reign, he served as the Patron of Talukdari Girassia College and of the Bhandarkar oriental Research Institute. From 1945 to 1947, he was a member of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Princes.

Meghrajji's reign proved to be a short one, as when independence came to India in 1947, Meghrajji signed an Instrument of Accession to India. In that same year, he was knighted by being appointed a member of the Order of the Indian Empire, one of the last. However, Meghrajji threw himself wholeheartedly into the cause for his new nation, serving as a member of the Constituent Assembly of India from 1947 to 1948. On 15 February 1948, the Maharaja merged Dhrangadhra-Halvad into the United State of Kathiawad and into the Union of Saurashtra just a month later.

Politician and academic

From 1948 to 1952, Meghrajji served as Uprajpramukh (Deputy Rajpramukh) of the state of Saurashtra, also serving briefly (in 1949) as president of its state bank. In 1953, he attended the coronation of Elizabeth II. In 1967, he became a Member of the Gujarat State Assembly, representing Surendranagar. He then served as a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha for Jhalavad from 1967 to 1971. Working to keep the tradition of royal India's monarchies alive, Meghrajji simultaneously held the chair of Intendant-General for the Consultation of Rulers of Indian States in Concord for India until 1971.

In the 1950s, Meghrajji studied at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took a B.Litt in 1958. He also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and at the Institute for Social Anthropology at Oxford.

Personal life

In 1943, Meghrajji married Maharani Shrimati Sri Rajni Brijraj Kunverba Sahiba of Jodhpur (14 December 1930-). The couple had three sons:

  • 1. Patvi Namdar Jhalavrit Maharajkumar Shri Sodhsalji Shatrujitdev Sahib, Yuvaraja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, who succeeded as HH Maharaja Sodhsalji Shatrujitdev Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra-Halvad. (22 March 1944-); educ. Oxford. Married on 6 May 1970 Yuvarani Savitri Devi Sahib (16 November 1941-8 September 1983). Married on 21 September 1986 Yuvarani Ayesha Devi Sahiba (1 December 1948-). He has three daughters by his first wife:
    • Rajkumari Baiji Lal Nisha Devi Jhala (5 July 1971-)
    • Rajkumari Baiji Lal Rama Devi Jhala (30 July 1972-)
    • Rajkumari Baiji Lal Rohina Nitya Devi Jhala (4 February 1978-). Married July 2002 Liam F. McLaughlin.
  • 2. Maharajkumar Shri Dr. Jayasinhji Jawahirdev Sahib, PhD, MSc (13 October 1948-). Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Temple University, USA. Married 6 September 1977 Maharajkumari Shri Raya Devi Sahiba (31 August 1949-). He has two daughters:
    • Baiji Lal Angma Devi Sahib (26 April 1978-)
    • Baiji Lal Lila Devi Sahib (28 August 1979-)
  • 3. Maharajkumar Shri Siddhrajsinhji Gautama Deo Sahib (11 May 1950-). Artist and furniture maker. Married 14 June 1974 (divorced 1984) Aruna Devi; married 29 April 1985 Kavrani Kanchande Devi Sahiba (13 January 1957-). He has two daughters by his second wife:
    • Baiji Lal Amba Suhasini Sahiba (14 March 1986-)
    • Baiji Lal Sukanya Devika Sahib (4 November 1987-)

Later life

Since 1966, he had served as the President of Rajkumar College, Rajkot and of the Sri Rajaram Educational Foundation. He was also a life member of the Millfield Society, the Indian Council of World Affairs, the Indian Parliamentary Group, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (all since 1967), the Linguistic Society of India, the Numismatic Society of India, the Heraldry Society of India and the World Wildlife Fund. As well, he was a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. He was also a member of the Cricket Club of India and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


The Maharaja died of complications of old age at Dhrangadhra on 1 August 2010, aged 87. He was succeeded by his eldest son and heir as Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad.[3].

Titles, style and honours


  • 1923-1942: Patvi Namdar Jhalavrit Maharajkumar Shri Meghrajji Ghanshyamsinjhi Sahib, Yuvraj of Dhrangadhra Halvad
  • 1942-1947: His Highness Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Mayurdwajsinhji Meghrajji III Ghanshyamsinjhi Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra Halvad
  • 1947-2010: His Highness Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Sir Mayurdwajsinhji Meghrajji III Ghanshyamsinjhi Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra Halvad, KCIE

Full Style



External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dhrangadhra — Ajouter une image Administration Pays  Inde État et territoire Gujarat District …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Liste des monarques qui perdirent leur trône ou abdiquèrent au XXe siècle — Voici la liste des monarques qui perdirent leur trône ou abdiquèrent au XXe siècle. Sommaire 1 Abou Dhabi 2 Afghanistan 3 Albanie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Monarques déchus au XXe siècle — Monarques déchus au XXe siècle par pays. Sommaire 1 Abou Dabi 2 Afghanistan 3 Albanie 4 Allemagne et États allemands …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom — The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals personal bravery, achievement, or service to the United Kingdom and the British Overseas Territories. The system consists of three types of award: honours, decorations and medals:… …   Wikipedia

  • Christ Church, Oxford — This article is about the Oxford college. For other uses, see Christ Church (disambiguation) and Christchurch (disambiguation). Colleges and halls of the University of Oxford Christ Church …   Wikipedia

  • Rajpramukh — was an administrative title in India which existed from India s independence in 1947 until 1956. Rajpramukhs were the appointed governors of certain of India s provinces and states.British India, which included modern day India, Pakistan, and… …   Wikipedia

  • Dhrangadhra (Staat) — Flagge von Dhrangadhra 1946–48 Dhrangadhra war ein 3010 km² großer Fürstenstaat Britisch Indiens im Nordosten der Halbinsel Kathiawar im heutigen Bundesstaat Gujarat. Hauptstadt war der Ort Dhrangadhra. Der Vorgängerstaat Jhalawad wurde 1090 von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Madansinhji — H.H. Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Sri Madansinhji Vijayaraji Sawai Bahadur (12 October 1909 21 June 1991 ) was last official ruler of Princely State of Cutch.[1][2][3] He was called and named as Yuvraj Sahib Meghraji and was married HH Maharani… …   Wikipedia

  • Kathiawar Agency — Kathiawar (1909, Besitzungen Barodas in gelb) Die 60.488 km² große Kathiawar Agency war eine verwaltungsmäßige Gruppierung von indischen Fürstenstaaten zur Zeit der Kolonialherrschaft auf der gleichnamigen Halbinsel. Sie grenzte im Osten an die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”