The Princely State of Noghavandar, also known as Noghavadar, was amongst the former native states 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 1 sq mile and was incorporated as a part of the Indian state of Gujarat. The region comprised of a total population of 174 in the year 1931. The erstwhile princely state of Noghavandar was incorporated as a part of the Baroda Agency, which was a sub division of the Western India States Agency. Later the territory was merged with the state of Gujarat. The state was also a part of the Western Kathiawar Agency and Babra Thana as well. The taluka of Noghavandar was located in the Babra Thana region. It included only a single village, which was located in the western Kathiawar.
Babra Thana covered a total area of 298 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 21,406 in the year 1931. The region included around 13 estates and almost all of the estates were held by Khachar Kathi and Vala shareholders, including talukdars and bhagdars. The territory also includes the villages of Vavdi, situated 6 miles towards the southwest of Babra, and Kotda Pitha, which belonged to the 3 Bhoka Jaitani talukas and Kotda Pitha respectively. Babra Thana was generally bordered by the princely state of Jasdan in the north; by the princely state of Bhavnagar in the east; by the estate of Jetpur in the south; and by the princely state of Gondal in the west.
The princely state of Noghavandar was claimed by several princes, who were formally addressed as shareholders. There are 10 such shareholders, including bhagdars and talukdars, in the state of Noghavandar. The Deriya Kathis were the shareholders the territory. Noghavandar state was a non- jurisdictionary native state. The estate holders of the Babra Thana were well learned and educated and were aware of the political scenario in the nation. Almost all of the shareholders possessed substantial financial resources which improved their status amongst the native rulers of other states. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Noghavandar was attached to the princely state of Baroda.
In the year 1947, the princely state of Noghavandar or Noghavadar was acceded to the newly formed Union of India, also known as Dominion of India after the Indian independence and British withdrawal. Later the territory was merged with the modern state of Gujarat, India.
(Last Updated on : 23-06-2012)