(Last Updated on : 16-06-2012)
The Princely State of Alampur, also known as Alampar, was one of the prominent princely states of India
that were administered by native rulers or Indian princes
under the indirect control of the British Government of India
. The state covered a total area of 3 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 499 in the year 1931. The taluka of Alampur in Songadh Thana included one village. It was one of the Devani States, a collection of 6 mini states that were compressed along the western boundary of Vala. The princely state of Alampur was located around 14 miles northwest of Chanardi, 2 miles south of the Ghelo River. The region was bounded by Vala in the east and the north; by Vadod in the southeast; by Ramanka in the south; by Chitravav in the west; and by a small block of Amreli (Baroda
) territory in the northwest.
The Princely State of Alampur was incorporated as a part of the Baroda Agency
, which was a sub division of Western India States Agency
. Later the region became a part of the Indian state of Gujarat
. The region was also a part of the Eastern Kathiawar Agency and the Thana of Songadh.
History of Princely State of Alampur
The estateholders of Alampur belonged to the Devani sub-clan of the Gohel Rajputs. They are titled and styled Devani after the younger son of Bhavsing named Devaji, the founder of the town of Bahvnagar in the 18th century. The Princely State of Alampur was claimed by more than one native ruler, who were formally identified as shareholders. There were 33 estateholders, including bhagdars and talukdars in Alampur. Songadh Thana, which covered a total area of 57 sq miles and had a population of 19,144 in 1931, included 22 estates with a total of 355 recognized estateholders. Most of the estateholders were Gohel Rajputs
. Around 13 of the talukas were branches of Bhavnagar and 8 talukas were offshoots of Lathi. Only 355 estateholders were recognized as such, but it was estimated that there were almost a thousand estateholders. The talukas did not form a compact block but were spread over a moderately wide area in the boundaries of Bhavnagar.
Alampur state was a non- jurisdictionary native state. The estateholders were primarily illiterate and impoverished. Their estates were further sub divided. The princely state of Alampur paid annual tribute to the princely state of Baroda
and the princely state of Junagadh. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the state was attached to Bhavnagar.
After the withdrawal of the British and the independence of India on 15th August 1947, the native ruler acceded his state to the newly formed Union of India
, also known as the Dominion of India.