The Gaekwads

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Dynasty: Gaekwar (Gaekwad)
State: earlier Bombay (now Mumbai) | now Gujarat
Gun Salutes: 21
Independent from Bombay: 1st May, 1949
Name in Gujarati & Hindi Language: બરોડા, बड़ौदा
Also known as: Vadodara

‘Matre’ was originally believed as the Family name of the Gaekwad’s. They belonged to Maratha Clan, who are ranked among Kshatriyas, the warrior Class. Among several stories, it is believed that a farmer named Nandaji who was a cow protectionist and a farmer holding headship of more than one village. He was came to be known as ‘gae-kaiwari’ which means ‘a person who is ready to fight for cause of cow protection. Later it was simplified in Gaekwad (or Gaekwar).

Current Head:
HH Maharaja Samarjitsinghrao Gaekwad (Sena Khas Khel Shamsher Bahadur Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia)

Maharaja Samarjitsinghrao Gaekwad are 16th Maharaja of Baroda, since 2012.

Born: 25th April 1967
Married: 27th February 2012 with Rajkumari Radhikaraje Gaekwad.

Heirs:
Shrimant Maharajkumari Padmaja Raje Gaekwad (Born: 17th November 2006).
Shrimant Maharajkumari Narayani Raje Gaekwad (Born: 11th August 2008).

Gaekwad Maharajas of Vadodara – Baroda

– Pilaji Rao Gaekwad (1721–1732)
– Damaji Rao Gaekwad (1732–1768)
– Govind Rao Gaekwad (1768–1771)
– Sayaji Rao Gaekwad I (1771–1789)
– Manaji Rao Gaekwad (1789–1793)
– Govind Rao Gaekwad (restored) (1793–1800)
– Anand Rao Gaekwad (1800–1818)
– Sayaji Rao II Gaekwad (1818–1847)
– Ganpat Rao Gaekwad (1847–1856)
– Khande Rao Gaekwad (1856–1870)
– Malhar Rao Gaekwad (1870–1875)
– Maharaja Sayyaji Rao III (1875–1939)
– Pratap Singh Gaekwad (1939–1951)
– Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad (1951–1988)
– Ranjitsinh Pratapsinh Gaekwad (1988-2012)
– Samarjitsingh Ranjitsinh Gaekwad (2012-Present)

Family Tree of Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III (1875 onwards)

— Sayajirao Gaekwad III
— Bajubai Gaekwad (1881–1883)
— Putlabai Gaekwad (1882–1885)
— Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad (1883-1908)
— Pratap Singh Gaekwar and two daughters
– Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad (1930-1988)
– Mrunalini Raje Gaekwad (1931-)
a daughter.
– Premila Raje Gaekwad (1933-)
a son and a daughter.
– Sarla Raje Gaekwad (1935-)
a son and a daughter.
– Vasundharadevi Raje Gaekwad (1936-)
three sons and a daughter.
– Ranjitsinh Pratapsinh Gaekwad (1938-2012)
– Samarjitsingh Gaekwad (1967-)
– Alaukika Raje (1988-)
– Anjana Raje (1999-)
– Lalitadevi Raje Gaekwad (1939-)
– Sangramsinhrao Gaekwad (1941-)
– Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad (1970-)
– Priyadarshini Raje Sahib Gaekwad (1975-)
— Sayajirao Gaekwad (1945-1985)
— Jaisinghrao Gaekwad (1888-1923)
— Shivajirao Gaekwad (1890-1919)
Two sons and a daughter
— Indira Devi (Indiraraje) (1892-1968)
— Gayatri Devi and two other daughters and two sons
– later decendent Riya Sen and Raima Sen
— Dhairyashilrao Gaekwad (1893-1940)
Three sons and two daughters
— Other decendents

-Source: Wikipedia

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