The Princely State of Tavi 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 12 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 775 in the year 1931. The taluka of Tavi was situated in the District Thana of Wadhwan. The territory consisted of a single village that was located around 13 miles north of the princely state of Limbdi. The state was bordered by Devalia in the north; by the princely state of Limbdi in the south and east; and by an outlying block of territory of Wadhwan in the west. The District Thana of Wadhwan was generally bordered by the princely state of Lakhtar in the north; by the princely state of Limbdi in the south and east; and by the princely state of Wadhwan in the west. Almost all of the 17 estates were the branches of Wadhwan. The region was merged with Bhoika Thana after the year 1935 in order to form the new Wadhwan Bhoika Thana for convenience purposes. It incorporated around 35 estates, covering a total area of 347 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 38,719 in the year 1931.
The Princely State of Tavi 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 District Thana of Wadhwan as well. The princely state of Tavi was claimed by more than one native prince, who were formally addressed as shareholders. There are two such shareholders in the state of Tavi. The Jhala Rajputs, bhayats of Limbdi, were the shareholders the territory.
Tavi state was a non- jurisdictionary native state. The estateholders of the District Thana of Wadhwan were well learned and educated individuals who were politically aware. The native state of Tavi paid annual tribute to the princely state of Junagadh. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Tavi was attached to the princely state of Limbdi. The territory was amongst of the 29 units that were attached in the initial phase of the scheme which followed the lead of Ghodasar and Bhadwa in declining to recognize the power and authority of the attaching of princely states.
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. The erstwhile princely state is currently a part of the state of Gujarat.
(Last Updated on : 20-06-2012)