THE ARMS OF THE FORMER PRINCELEY STATES OF GUJARAT-1

BANSDA

bansdaArms: Or, three dexter hands appaumé Sable, ensigned with flames of the field within a bordure gules.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Or and Sable a Sara (Ibis leucocephalus – Ciconiidæ) proper.

Supporters: Two bears, ensigned on the shoulder with flames proper.

Motto: Wansheshwapi Chandra

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BHAVNAGAR

BHAVNAGAR

Arms: Murray, an eagle displayed Or, on a canton of the second a lion statant of the first.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Marry and Or, a sambuk Argent.

Supporters: Two bisons bezanté.

Motto: Manusya Yatna Isvara Krpá (Human Effort, God’s Grace).

 

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CHHOTA UDEPUR

CHHOTA UDEPURArms: Or, a demi man affronté in flames holding a sword in dexter and bow in sinister hand, all proper, within a bordure Sable, charged with eight quatrefoils of the field.

Crest: On a helemt to the dexter lambrequined Or and Sable, rising out of a mural crown Sable, a dexter arm vested Or, holding in bend sinister a sword broken and imbued proper.

Supporters: Dragons.

Motto: MEMORIA MANET (The memory Remains)

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DEVGAD BARIA

DEVGAD BARIA
Arms: Or, a demi man affronté in flames holding a sword in dexter, a bow in sinister hand all proper, within a bordure compony Sable and Argent.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter lambrequined Or and Sable, rising out of a mural crown Sable a dexter arm vested Or holding in bend sinister a sword broken and imbrued proper.

Lambrequines: Or and Sable.

Supporters: Dragons.

Motto: MEMORIA MANET (The Memory Remains)

* The man in flames is without any doubt a Hindu-god which, however, usually has a sword (khadga) and a shield (khetaka) in his hands. The motto was later translated in Hindi: Smarane Vartate.
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DHARAMPUR

DHARAMPUR
Arms: Argent, on a pile Gules between two hands couped Sable a sun in splendour.

Crest: On a helmet tot the dexter, lambrequined Argent and Purpure, a demi lion rampant Gules.

Supporters: A panther on the dexter and a bear on the sinister.

Motto: Suryavamso Dharmaraksah (The Race of the Sun is the Protector of Heavenly Law).

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DHRANGADRA

DHRANGADRA

Arms: Murray, three canopied niches Or.
Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Murray and Or, a hand clenched proper, vested Or.

Supporters: Two bulls proper.

Motto: Anatha Vajrapanjaro Mama Bahuh (My Arm Protects the Defenceless)

DHRANGADRA-2

 

Arms: Murray, three canopied niches Or, the field damasqued.
Crest: A five-pointed crown and a canopied niche surrounded by four axes.
Supporters: D. A lion guardant and S. An elephant
Motto: 1 Anatha Vajrapanjaro Mama Bahuh (My Arm Protects the Defenceless) in devanagiri. 2. Sri-Sakti-Prasadana Jayatu Sri-Rajah Sukhino Bhavatu Dhararyah (The Noble King be the Conqueror by the Favour of Sri Sakti, the Noble Dara be Happy) in Sanskrit and in gujarati script.
Compartment: A platform with three steps, before the lower step a holy cow couchant.

The achievement is embellished with fructed branches.
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GONDAL
GONDAL

Arms: A belt and sword with the word “Gondal” at the top.
   

Motto: Sajyam Cha Satyam (Ready and True).
                (Leithbridge)

 

 

 

 

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IDAR

IDAR

Arms: Barry of six Gules and Argent, on a pale raguly Vert, a tower of the second, and a canton paly of five Tenné, Argent, Gules, Or and Vert.

Crest: On a helmet tot the dexter, lambrequined Gules and Argent, a falcon rising proper.

Supporters: Two Leopards Sable.

Motto: Ama Idario Gadha Jitya (We Conquered the Fortress of Idar).

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JAMBUGHODA

JAMBUGHODA

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KACHCHH

The state was consolidated in 1549, by Sri Maharao Khengarji, the head of the Jadejaclan. This clan had originally migrated from Sindh. The capital of the State was established at Bhuj.

The achievement of the Rao of Kachchh (formerly spelled Cutch or Kutch) following a description of the Diwan of Kutch from 1876 was:

KACHCHHArms: Quarterly: 1. The field of an off-white color, a trident per pale and a sword and an axe in saltire proper; 2. A sambuk on waves of the sea, all proper; 3. A holy cow in a landscape, all proper; 4. A killed tiger (depicted is a lion) in a landscape with a red sky, all proper. Over all a palmtree proper.
Crest: On an iron helmet affronté, lambrequined Vert, the crown of Kachchh surmounted by a crescent Argent.
Supporters: Two horsemen, the sinister carrying a pennon Tenné, charged with a crescent and a sun in splendour (the “Jari Patha” flag), all proper.
Motto: COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE in black lettering on a yellow ribbon.
Badges: a. In dexter chief of the achievement: a castle ensigned BHUJ. b. In sinister chief of the achievement: An elephant passant proper, his saddlecloth and headgear Gules, fringed Or. On his back two men (sowaris), the hindmost carrying the “Mahi Muratab” or Goldfishbanner.
KACHCHH-2
For his design of the arms on the flag presented at the durbar of 1877, Taylor made a selection of some of the elements presented to him and so the arms were much simplified:

Arms: Gules, over a sword and axe in saltire a banner Or, on a chief Azure an eastern galley (i.e. a sambuk) Argent.
Crest: On a helmet affronté, lambrequined Gules and Or, a castle ensigned BHUJ.
Supporters: Horsemen mounted proper, the dexter armed with a sword, the sinister with a lance.
Motto: COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE.
A more recent drawing of the achievement however shows the version of 1876.

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LIMBDI

LIMBDILimbdi was a princely state during and before the British empire, ruled by the Jhala Rajput dynasty, who also ruled neighboring princely states of Limbdi, Lakhtar, Sayla, Chuda, and Wankaner. After India’s independence from British colonial rule in 1947, Limbdi was integrated into the nation with other princely states.

The arms of Limbdi show the emblem of Wankaner within a bordure. Its crest is an open hand and its supporters are a tiger and a lion.

 

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LUNAVADA

A coat of arms was granted to Maharaja Wakhatsinhji Dalelsinhji (1867-1929) at the Durbar in Delhi in 1877. It is:

LUNAVADA
Arms: Gules, a tiger passant proper between three tridents Or.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Gules and Or, a dexter hand appaumé ensigned with a flame proper.
Supporters: Two saras (Ibis leococephalus – Ciconiidæ) proper.

Motto: Vado Vaumsa Vaghel (The Great Race of Baghel).

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NAVANAGAR

Nawanagar was one of the two largest of the Kathiawar States in Western India. It covers an area of four thousand square miles. The Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar maintains as his State Forces a regiment of Lancers consisting of two squadrons and a company of Infantry. Both of these units are composed almost entirely of Rajputs, to which race he himself belongs.

At the Durbar of Delhi in 1877 Maharaja Jam Sahib Vibhhaji II Ranmalji (1859-1895) was granted a coat of arms. It is:
NAVANAGAR
NAVANAGAR-2Arms: Parted per fess dancetty Gules and Argent, three fish naiant in chief and a galley in base counterchanged.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Gules and Argent, an antelope’s head erased proper, ensigned with a crescent.
Supporters: Two antelopes gutty d’eau.
Motto: Sri Jamo Jayati (The Glorious Jam Conquers).NAVANAGAR-3

The emblem of the Sate of Nawanagar is a lion rampant with a banner:

 

Crest: A lion rampant holding a banner and the motto NIL DESPERANDUM. L.: SHRI HAZUR – NAWANAGAR STATE.

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PORBANDAR

A coat of arms was granted to Rana Sahib Vitematji IV Khimaji (1831-1894) at the Durbar in Delhi of 1877. It is:
PORBANDARArms: Tenné, three eastern galleys (i.e. sambuks) Argent, two and one, and an escutcheon Argent Hanuman proper.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Tenné and Argent, a bull couchant proper.
Supporters: Two bisons

Motto: Sri Vrsabhadhvajaya Namah (Honour to Him Who has the Bull in his Banner)

A later version of Maharaja Rana Sahib Shri Sir Natwarsinhji Bhansinhji Bahadur (1908-1979) shows:

PORBANDAR-2

Arms: Hanuman proper, in base two swords in saltire, surrounded by the legend: H.H. THE MAHARAJA RANA SAHEB.

Crest: On a helmet affronté, lambrequined (Tenné and Argent?) a bull couchant proper.

Supporters: Two bulls proper.

Motto: 1. PORBANDAR. 2. Sri Vrsabhadhvajaya Nama (Honour to him who has the Bull in his Banner)

 

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RAJKOT

RAJKOTIn the time of Dharmendra Singh (1930-1947) the emblem of Rajkot State was a crescent between two tridents.

In chief a running deer.

 

 

 

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RAJPIPLA

A coat of arms was granted to Maharana Shri Gambirsinhji Vairisalji (1860-1897) at the Durbar in Delhi in 1877. It is:

RAJPIPLA

Arms: Azure, on a pale wavy betwen two galleys Argent, three cannon Gules, pointed to the sinister.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Azure and Argent, a bull statant.

Supporters: Two Bhils armed with bow and arrow.

Motto: Rewah Jine Kanté.

 

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SANTH

A coat of arms was granted to Rana Pratabsinhji (1873-1896) at the Durbar in Delhi in 1877.

SANTHArms: Or, a globe Sable between three flames proper.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter lambrequined Or and Sable, two wings endorsed Or.

Supporters: Two elephants.

Motto: Prthvi Paramaro Tani.

 

 

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VADODARA

THE RULING PRINCES OF BARODA BORE THE TITLE OF “GAEKWAD” WHICH means “The Rescuer of the Cow”. This refers to an incident in Poona where Nandaji Rao rescued a (holy) cow from the claws of a tiger. The title “Shamsher Bahadur” has been gained by a son of Nandaji Rao who distinguished himself in the battles between the Maratha’s and the Nizam of Hyderabad.
After the collapse of Maratha power the Gaekwad remained the only representative of their former status and Baroda was reputed for its enlightened administration. In 1937 Rewa Kantha, Surat, Kaira, Nasik en Thana joined Baroda and founded the Gujarat States Agency with Baroda as its capital. In July 1947 the states joined India and became a part of the State of Bombay. With the splitting up of that state into Gujarat and Maharashtra in 1960 Baroda was incorporated into Gujarat.

VADODARA

Arms: Gules, the words GUICAWAR + SIRKAR + (Government of the Gaekwar) per bordure Argent and the words SENA KHAS KHEL SHUM BAHADUR (The Valiant, The Sword of the Cavalry, The Leader) also Argent.

Crest: Two indian maces in saltire, in chief a sword per fess and in base a golden indian shield, all proper.

Garland: Flowering branches encircling the shield and in base two other branches in saltire.

Supporters: Dexter a tiger and sinister a horse saddled, both suppor­ting a banner consisting of a double triangle Gules charged with two swords Or.
Mantle: A pear-shaped screen Gules, strewn with crosslets and circlets Or, crowned with a royal crown.
(State Museum Baroda Obj. P 7.9.: The coat of arms of old Baroda State. Foto H.P. de Vries, 1984)

VADODARA-2
Arms: Parted in saltire Argent and Gules, a horseman charging proper.

Crest: On a helmet guardant, lambrequined Gules and Argent, a naked arm holding a sword in bend sinister.

Supporters: Two elephants.

Motto: In base: JIN GHAR JIN TAKHT (The Saddle is my House, my Home and my Throne); in chief: SRI MAHADEVA (Great Lord) both in devenagi­ri script.

On the banner of Baroda, preserved in the State Museum at Baroda, the shield is parted per saltire Argent and Purpure, the shade of purpure tending to violet.

VADODARA-3

Arms: Tenné, a horseman charging Argent.
Crest: On a wreath Argent and Or, an arm embowed armed with a sword proper.

Supporters: Two elephants proper.

Motto: JIN GHAR JIN TAKHT in black devenagiri script on a ribbon 
VADODARA-4

 

Pratap Singh
1939-1951
Arms: (Tenne) a horseman charging (Argent).

Crest: A sword per fess, hilt on the sinister proper.

Crown: The crown of Baroda.

Supporters: Two elephants, in their trunks two indian maces in salti­re.

Motto: In chief: SRI MAHADUR; in base: JIN GHAR, JIN TAKHT.
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WADHWAN

The state of Wadhwan was founded about 1630 as an offshoot of Dharangdra. An achievement of the state of Wadhwan is known from the reign of Thakur Sahib Shri Balsinhji (1885-1910):

WADHWAN

Arms: A sun radiant charged with the word “OM” (amen).

Crest: A trident with a pennon.
Supporters: Two lions rampant guardant.
(On a stamp, 1888)

The flag of Wadhwan shows the trident from the crest.

 

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WANKANER

WANKANER

Emblem: A temple enclosing a trident entwined with a double headed snake
Crest: A white crescent and a golden sun
Supporters: Two tigers with red pennons
Motto: IN GOD IS MY TRUST.
Title: WANKANER

The flag of Wankaner shows the achievement of Wankaner in yellow on a red cloth.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kuldipsinh k jadeja
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 12:01:27

    Ghani khmma jijisahiba ji

    Reply

  2. Ian Robson (@SlashHairNet)
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 10:07:14

    I’ve got a small-ish bag, purse or pouch with a crest and Devghad Baria 31 January 1913 written on the back. Here’s a link to the crest on the front: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/COsTDSaW8AAF0Ce.jpg

    Have you got any ideas?

    Reply

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