(Last Updated on : 05-07-2012)
The Princely State of Dahida was amongst the well known erstwhile princely states of India during the rule of the British Empire in India
. During the early 19th century, the region was appointed as one of the princely states of India
under the indirect rule of the British administration. The region was scattered over a total area of 2 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 948 in the year 1931. The taluka of Dahida was located in the Lakhapadar Thana. The territory consisted of 3 villages. Dahida state was surrounded by the princely state of Dholarva in the north; by the princely state of Amreli
in the south and east; by Manavav in the southwest; and by the princely state of Dhasa in the west.
The erstwhile princely state of Dahida 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 included as a part of the Western Kathiawar Agency
and the Lakhapadar Thana as well.
The Lakhapadar Thana, which covered a total area of 111 sq miles and comprised of a population of 13,155 in the year 1931, was located in southeastern Kathiawar region. Most of the 21 estates, which included 247 bhagdars and 41 talukdars in 1940, were bounded by the Amreli Division of Baroda. Some of the estates were also bordered by the talukas of Vala Kathi and the princely state of Junagadh
. Lakhapadar thana also implemented jurisdiction over the princely state of Dhasa that belonged to the state of Rai Sankli. It also exercised jurisdiction over Bhayavadar which belonged to the territory of Kotda Pitha for more than 60 years.
The princely state of Dahida was claimed by more than one native prince, who were formally addressed as shareholders. There are 6 such shareholders, including bhagdars and talukdars, in the state. The Vala Kathis were the shareholders the territory. Dahida state was a non- jurisdictionary native state. The Princely State of Dahida was attached to the princely state of Baroda
under the Attachment Scheme of 1943.
The shareholders of the princely state of Dahida acceded the territory to the newly independent Union of India
after the political withdrawal of the British Government of India
from the country on 15th August 1947. After the country was divided between India and Pakistan, the native rulers of the states were given the choice of acceding to either the Dominion of India or the Dominion of Pakistan. The monarchs of the state decided to merge with the Republic of India. At present, the region is incorporated as a part of the modern Indian state of Gujarat.