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Lunavada

Lunavada princely state lay in the political agency of Rewa Kantha, Bombay during the British-Raj. It was bounded on the north by the Rajputana State of Dungarpur, on east by Sunth and Kadana States of Rewa Kantha, on the south by the Godhra taluka of Panch Mahal district and on the west by Idar (Mahi Kantha) and Balasinor State (Rewa Kantha). Lunavada is today a part of Indian State of Gujarat.

The town was founded by Rana Bhim Singhji in 1434. About the beginning of the 19th century the town was a flourishing center for traffic between Malwa and Central Gujarat. Its artisans were remarkable for their skill and a brisk trade in arms and accouterments went on. The chief of this state descended from a Rajpur dynasty that ruled at Anhilvada Patan and his ancestors were said to have established themselves at Virpur in 1225.

In 1434 the family moved to Lunavada having in all probability been driven across the Mahi by the increasing power of the Muhammadan kings of Gujarat. Lunavada was tributary both to Gaikwar and to Sindhia; the rights of the latter ruler were guaranteed by the British Government in 1819. It was later transferred by him with the cession of the Panch Mahals in 1861. Until 1825 the State was under the Political Agency of Mahi Kantha. The chiefs (Maharana) of Lunavada belonged to the Hindu Solanki Rajput caste and were entitled to a salute of nine guns.

The list of rulers was as follows: • 1674 - 1711 Bir Singh (d. 1711)

• 1711 - 1735 Nar Singh (d. 1735)

• 1735 - 1757 Wakhat Singh (d. 1757)

• 1757 - 1782 Dip Singh (d. 1782)

• 1782 - 1786 Durjan Singh (d. 1786)

• 1786 Jagat Singh

• 1786 - 1818 Partab Singh

• 1818 - 1849 Fateh Singh (d. 1849)

• 1849 - 1851 Dalpat Singh (d. 1851)

• 1851 - 1852 interregnum

• 1852 - Jun 1867 Dalil Singh (d. 1867)

• 31 Oct 1867 – 27 Apr 1929 Wakhat Singh Dalil Singh (b. 1860 - d. 1929) (from 25 May 1889, Sir Wakhat Singh Dalil Singh)

• 27 Apr 1929 – 15 Aug 1947 Virbhadra Singh Ranjit Singh (b. 1910 - d. 1986)

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