Kagal Senior (Jagir)

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Information

DynastyGhatge
Area290.6 km²
Accession1956
Revenue 291,834 (1906)
Villages41
Population49,233 (1901)
ReligionHinduism

Short History

A small estate lying 31 kilometers south of Kolhapur. The ancestor of the family, Piraji Raje, left his native place of Udaipur in Rajputana and came down to the Deccan in search of adventure, after distinguishing himself in much warfare and earning for himself the title of Zunzar Rao (Valiant Fighter), he enlisted in the army of Sultan Mahmud Padshah, the then king of Bijapur, and successfully put down many disturbances. In recognition of his meritious services and deeds of valour, the Padshah was pleased to confer on him in 1572, the title of Sarjerao and the Kagal pargana consisting of 69 and a 1/2 villages as Jagir. During The first Quarter of the 19th century when there were incessant wars and depredations, some of the villages belonging to the senior branch of the Ghatge family changed hands from one power to another, but by article 3 of the Treaty entered into by the Maharaja of Kolhapur with the British Government in 1826, the villages now in the rulers possession which number 41 have been guaranteed. The name was eventually corrupted to Ghatge, which means “Take a jump”. Legend has it that during a war, the Maratha ruler, Shivaji shouted “Ghat ge” to an ancestor.

Predecessors

  • Shrimant Pirajirao I Tulojirao Ghatge, founder of Kagal State, son of Shrimant Tuljojirao Kamrajrao Ghatge.
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Vithoji Ghatge
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Mahadji Ghatge Sarjerao
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Vithoji Ghatge II Sarjerao
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Pirajirao Ghatge Sarjerao, the state was split into the Senior and Junior lines in 1768, with the title of Sarjerao remaining with the Junior line, while the Senior line enjoy the title of Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, married and had issue.
    • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Tuljojirao Sakharam Ghatge Sarjerao (qv)
    • Shrimant Vishwasrao Ghatge, received the village of Valva and seven others from his brother in 1786, as his share of the family estate, married 4thly, Rani Shrimant Ramnabai, died 1861, having adopted a son. He died sp in 1824.
      • Shrimant (name unknown) Vishwasrao Ghatge, married and had issue.
        • Shrimant (name unknown) Ghatge, married Ramabaisaheb, she petitioned the Government for permission to adopt a son but the state lapsed and was resumed by Kolhapur. He died sp in 1864.
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Tuljojirao Sakharam Ghatge Sarjerao, he married and had issue.
    • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Hindurao Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab (qv)
    • Rani Shrimant Baijabai Raje Saheb, married Maharaja Scindia Daulatrao Scindia of Gwalior.
    • Rani Shrimant Saibai Raje Saheb, married (as his first wife), Raja Chhatrapati Shivaji II Bhonsle of Kolhapur.

Kagal: Senior Branch

  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri [Jaisinghrao] Hindurao alias Babasaheb Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, 2nd Chief of Kagal-Senior -/1856, built a new fort in Kagal in 1813; married 1stly, Rani Shrimant Ramabai, married 2ndly, Rani Shrimant Parvatibai, and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1856.
    • (A) Govindrao [Dajisaheb] Ghatge of the Kenwade branch, adopted and succeeded as Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Sakharam Bapu Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab (qv)
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Sakharam Bapu Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, 3rd Chief of Kagal-Senior 1856/1864, married Rani Shrimant Sundarabai, and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1864 aged 20.
    • (A) Dattajirao [Abasaheb] Ghatge, adopted and succeeded as Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Jaisinhrao Narayanrao [Abasaheb] Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab (qv)
  • H.H. Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Jaisinhrao Narayanrao alias Abasaheb Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, 4th Chief of Kagal-Senior 1864/1885, born 12th March 1857, granted full ruling powers in 1878, Regent of Kolhapur, British Government bestowed upon him the honour of personal salute of 9 guns and style of “His Highness” as a personal distinction, married Rani Radhabai Sahib, died 1877, daughter of Shrimant Raja Balwantrao Vyankatrao Ghorpade of Mudhol, and had issue. He died 20th March 1885.
    • Meherban Shrimant Yeshwantrao Jaisinhrao Ghatge, adopted to the Kolhapur gaddi on 17th March 1884, and succeeded there as Col. HH Maharaja Sir Shri Shahu I Chhatrapati of Kolhapur.
    • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Sir Pirajirao Jaisinhrao Ghatge [Bapusaheb Ghatge] Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab (qv)
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Sir Pirajirao Jaisinhrao Ghatge alias Bapusaheb Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab K.B.E., C.S.I., C.I.E., 5th Raja Saheb of Kagal-Senior 1885/1926, born 1876, K.B.E., C.I.E. [cr.1906], C.S.I. [cr.1911], educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married and had issue. He died 9th May 1926.
    • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Jaisinhrao Pirajirao Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab (qv)
    • Meherban Hindurao Pirajirao alias Babasaheb Ghatge, he was adopted in 1924 to the Kenavadekar Ghatge family. He died after 1943.
    • Meherban Sakharamrao Pirajirao Ghatge
    • Meherban Yeshwantrao Pirajirao alias Appasaheb Ghatge, married and had issue. He died after 1943.
      • Rani Shrimant Jyotsnaraje, married Meherban Shrimant Raja Anilraje Dafle of Jath, and has issue.
    • Rani Shrimant Tara Bai [Lakshmi Bai (Akka Sahib)], born 1899, married Raja Meherban Shrimant Fatehsinhrao III Bhonsle of Akalkot, and had issue. She died 1942.
    • Ranisaheb Shrimant Mohini Raje Gaekwad (née Ghatge), married 1942, Lt.-Col. Maharaj Khanderao Gaekwad of Baroda.
      • Rajkumar Sayajirao Khanderao Gaekwad.
        • Priya Gaekwad.
        • Anjali Gaekwad.
      • Rajkumar Anandrao Khanderao Gaekwad.
        • Shivajirao Anandrao Gaekwad.
        • Udaysinh Anandrao Gaekwad.
    • Ranisaheb Shrimant (name unknown) Shinde (née Ghatge), married Meherban Shrimant Narsojirao II Murarrao alias Babasaheb Shinde Sena Khas Khel, Chief of Totgal, and had issue, two sons and two daughters.
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Jaisinhrao Pirajirao  alias Abasaheb Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, 6th Raja Saheb of Kagal-Senior 1926/-, born 8th July 1917, educated at Rajkot for a short period then locally under an English guardian; during his minority the administration was under the supervision of the Darbar and the Resident of Kolhapur till 28th June 1937 when he was invested with ruling powers, married Rani Shrimant Vijayraje Sahib Bhonsle [Rajmata of Kagal-Senior], died 10th July 2008 aged 88, daughter of Raja Meherban Shrimant Fatehsinhrao III Bhonsle of Akalkot, and his wife, Rani Shrimant Tara Bai, and had issue.
    • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Vikramsinh Jaisinhrao Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab (qv)
    • Shrimant Pravinsinh Jaisinhrao Ghatge, born 1957, married Soubhagyavati Nanditadevi, and has issue.
      • Kumari Madhurika Ghatge, born 31st July 1985.
      • Kumar Virendrasinh Ghatge born 27th October 1990.
  • Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Vikramsinh Jaisinhrao Ghatge Sarjerao Vajarat-ma-ab, born 1948, 7th and present Raja Saheb of Kagal-Senior; married and has issue.
    • Kumar Samarjeetsinh Ghatge, born 18th January 1983.
    • Kumari Tesjawini Ghatge, born 28th August 1984.

Kagal: Junior Branch

See Kagir Junior (Jagir).

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