(Last Updated on : 21-06-2012)
The Princely State of Bhandaria was one of the renowned native states of India that was managed and supervised by a native prince under the guidance of the British authorities. The princely state was under the indirect control of the British Empire in India
. The state was scattered over a total area of 3 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 680 in the year 1931. The taluka of Bhandaria was situated in the Chok Datha Thana. The territory consisted of a single village that was located around 12 miles towards the south of the Bhavnagar town and almost 15 miles towards the inland of the island of Piram. The state of Bhandaria was bordered by Chok and Rohisala in the north; by the princely state of Vadal Bhandaria in the east; by the princely state of Bhavnagar
in the south; and by Ranparda state in the west.
Chok Datha Thana, which covered a total area of 115 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 24,782 in the year 1931. The region included around 23 estates and almost 22 estates of them were situated in a compacted area near Chok. The territory contained a virtual enclave in southern Bhavnagar, except a general border with Palitana in the north. The remaining taluka of Datha was located around 10 miles from the other states. It was entirely encompassed by the princely state of Bhavnagar. The Princely State of Bhandaria was under the administrative control of the Baroda Agency, which was incorporated as a part of the Western India States Agency
. Later the territory was merged with the state of Gujarat
. The state was also a part of the Eastern Kathiawar Agency
and the Chok Datha Thana as well.
The princely state of Bhandaria was claimed by more than one native prince, who were formally addressed as shareholders. There are 80 such estateholders, including bhagdars and talukdars, in the state of Bhandaria. The Ahirs of the Khamalia family were the shareholders the territory. Furthermore, the Rabadis and the Babrias were the indigenous people of the Kathiawar Peninsula. There were around 909 estateholders in the thana and almost all of them were Sarvaiya Rajputs
. Some of the shareholders were low caste Hindus as well.
Bhandaria state was a non- jurisdictionary native state. The estateholders of the region were primarily illiterate or had limited education and were tremendously impoverished and deprived. Most of them were shepherds or cultivators. The Princely State of Bhandaria paid annual tribute to the princely state of Junagadh
and the princely state of Baroda
. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Bhandaria was attached to the princely state of Bhavnagar.
The last native ruler of the princely state of Bhandaria acceded the princely state to the Dominion of India, also known as Union of India
, after the country gained independence from the British Dominion in the year 1947. Later the region was incorporated as a part of the Indian state of Gujarat.