The Princely State of Wadi comprised 2 distinctive blocks of territory which incorporated the villages of Bavchi and Khatav, located between Jamkhandi and Kolhapur. The Princely State of Wadi Jagir was under the administrative control of the Kolhapur Agency, which was a sub division of Deccan States Agency.
History of Princely State of Wadi
The Patwardhan Chitpavan Brahmins of the Kurunwad branch was the ruling family of the princely state of Wadi Jagir. In the year 1792, a conflict between the then chief of Kurunwad, Ragunathrao I, and his younger brother Shivrao was settled by Parsheramrao of Tasgaon, who was the apparent leader of the Patwardhan family. Shivrao was expelled from saranjam, which was granted by the Peshwa; but was granted some villages from the saranjam conferred by the raja of Akalkot. The lines of the 2 eldest sons of Shivrao have since become extinct. However one third of the villages were initially set aside for Shivrao, which were held by the last jagirdar, a descendant of his third son.
The native ruler of the princely state of Wadi, who held the title of Jagirdar exercised restricted civil, revenue and criminal jurisdiction. Residuary jurisdiction lied with the resident of British India, also known as the British political agent, in Kolhapur.
After the political withdrawal of the British Supremacy and the partition of India on 15th August 1947, the erstwhile princely state of Wadi Jagir was acceded to the independent formed Dominion of India, which was also known as Union of India.
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