Maharani Shantadevi was born in Maratha family (October 1914) & were from Kohlapur. Her Father was Sardar Hausrkar Mansinhrao Subbarao of Hasur. At age of 13, Shantadevi came to Baroda to meet Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, who liked her and immediately arranged her engagement with his grandson Pratapsinh Gaekwad in January 1929.

She was also president of Kamatibaug Women’s Club (ref Maharani Chimnabai Ladies Club, located inside Sayajibaug). Due to age of 88 years, Shantadevi were hospitalized, but she passed away on 22 May 2002.

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