(Last Updated on : 22/06/2012)
The Princely State of Toda Todi 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 1 sq mile and comprised of a total population of 635 in the year 1931. The territory consisted of 2 villages. The erstwhile native state was bordered by Panchavda in the north; by the British Collectorate of Ahmedabad
in the east; by the princely state of Palitana in the south; and by the princely state of Bhavnagar in the west. Todi was a distinct block of land located towards the east of the territory of Toda. It was bounded by areas that belonged to the British Collectorate of Ahmedabad and Bhavanagar in the north; and by the region of Vavdi Vachhani in the south. The Princely State of Toda Todi was amongst the Vachhani States, which was a collection of 6 mini-states that was spread along a north south axis from the northern border of the princely state of Palitana to the southern boundary of the native state of Vala.
The taluka of Toda Todi was situated in the Songadh Thana region. Songadh Thana, which covered a total area of 57 sq miles and had a population of 19,144 in the year 1931, comprised of 22 states with around 355 recognized estateholders. Most of these estateholders, excluding the Charans of Samadhiala, were Gohel Rajputs
. Almost 13 talukas were branches of the state of Bhavnagar, while 8 talukas were branches of Lathi. There were around a thousand estateholders, of which only 355 were recognized. The talukas were not located in a single condensed block of territory, but were scattered over a rather extensive area within the borders of the princely state of Bhavnagar.
The erstwhile princely state of Toda Todi was incorporated as a part of the Baroda Agency, which was a sub division of the Western India States Agency
. Later the territory was amalgamated with the state of Gujarat
. The native state was also a part of the Eastern Kathiawar Agency
as well as the Songadh Thana.
The princely state of Toda Todi was claimed by more than one native prince, who were formally addressed as shareholders. There are 19 such estateholders, including bhagdars and talukdars, in the state. The estateholders of Toda Todi state belonged to the Vachhani sub-clan of the Gohel Rajputs. The ruling family was styled as Vacchani after Vacchaji, the younger son of the founder of the town of Bahvnagar, Bhavsing. The Princely State of Toda Todi was a non- jurisdictionary native state. The estateholders of the region were primarily illiterate or had limited education and were tremendously impoverished and deprived. The estates of the shareholders were minutely sub divided. The native state 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 Toda Todi was attached to the princely state of Bhavnagar.
After the political withdrawal of the British Supremacy and the partition of India
on 15th August 1947, the princely state was acceded to the independent Dominion of India, which was also known as Union of India
. The erstwhile princely of Toda Todi state was a part of the state of Gujarat.