History of Princely State of Malpur
The Rathod Rajputs were the ruling family of the princely state of Malpur. They descended from Virajmal, the son of the 7th Rao of Idar state, who was granted land during the early 14th century. In the year 1466, Rawal Vaghsinhji, who was the 8th in descent from Virajmal, moved to the princely state of Malpur. The forces of Gaekwad intruded the town of Malpur in 1780 and the native ruler, who held the title of Thakor, had been a tributary of Baroda from that period. The Maharana of Modasa, Salimsinhji, attacked and assassinated Salimsinji of Malpur in the year 1796. His son Takht Singh was not allowed to succeed until the state paid tribute. The native state paid tribute to Idar in 1816. The succession of the throne of Malpur was governed by the rule of male primogeniture.
The native ruler of the princely state of Malpur ranked first among Third Class Mahi Kantha chiefs, before the classes were abolished in the year 1928. The state ranked 27th in order of precedence among the states of Western India. The Thakor or Raolji of Malpur state exercised substantial civil and criminal jurisdictional powers. He also took charge of the administration of the state. The princely state of Malpur paid tribute to Idar, Baroda and the British Government of India. During the 1930s, the princely state of Malpur was admitted as one of the constituent members of the Chamber of Princes, a number of smaller states indirectly represented by 12 princes who were elected periodically by them.
According to the 1943Attachment Scheme, Malpur state attached Magodi in the initial phase of the attachment in June, 1943. Later the region was attached to the princely state of Baroda in the second phase in December, 1943. The princely state of Malpur amongst the 15 second stage states which initially refused to cooperate with the attaching of states. In the year 1947, the last ruler of the native state, Raolji Shri Gambhirsinhji Himmatsinhji, who was the 25th of his line, acceded his state to the newly formed Union of India, also known as Dominion of India.
Rulers of Princely State of Malpur
The chronology of the native rulers of the princely state of Malpur is discussed as follows-
* Raolji Vaghsinhji (1466)
* Raolji Govindsinhji (1537)
* Raolji Panchsinhji
* Raolji Indrasinhji (1780- 1796)
* Raolji Takhatsinhji Jamalsinhji (1796- 1816)
* Raolji Shivsinhji I (1816- 1822)
* Raolji Dipsinhji I (1843)
* Raolji Shivsinhji Ii Khumansinhji (1875- 1882)
* Raolji Dipsinhji Ii Shivsinhji (1882- 1914)
* Raolji Jaswantsinhji Dipsinhji (1914- 1923)
* Raolji Shri Gambhirsinhji Himmatsinhji (1923- 1969)
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