Sayaji Era

You have come to the right place! This is the page where you will find a list of some of the landmark or historically important events of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III.

1863: 11 March, a boy named Gopalrao was born at Kalvane, Nashik

1875: 27 May, Maharani Jamnabai (widow to Khanderao Gaekwad) adopted Gopalrao (Sayajirao) & sat him at Gadi

1877: Honored with title of ‘Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia’

1877: Biological father of Sayajirao, Kashirao Gaekwad died

1880: 6 January, Married to Chimnabai I (Laxmibai)

1881: 28 December, Issued full governing power to Sayajirao

1883: 3 August, Eldest son Fatehsinhrao was born

1885: Inauguration of Ajwa Water Works

1885: 7 May, Death of Maharani Chimnabai I (Laxmibai)

1885: 28 December, Married to Chimnabai II

1887: 29 May, He was taken to Europe due to ill health for his treatment

1887: Honored with title of GCSI

1888: 2nd son Jaysinhrao was born

1890: Established Kalabhavan (now Senapti Bhavan Building)

1890: 3rd son Shivajirao was born

1890: Lukshmi Villas Palace was built & became the Royal Residency of Gaekwads

1892: Daughter Indiraraje was born

1892: Election campaigning was started for Baroda

1893: 4th Son Dhairyashilrao was born

1894: Bapat Commission

1895: Bapat Nirdosh pan Nokri ma Hajar n kari lidha

1896: Viceroy Elgin’s visit to Baroda

1896: Vedokt Vidhi performed at Rajmahal

1898: Riots of Pilwai

1898: Death of Maharani Jamnabai Gaekwad

1899-1900: Chappanio Dukad (Drought)

1900: Curzon Circular

1901: After 50 years of Babashahi Currency, new Kaldar currency was introduced

1902: For Election’s, Gaam Panchayats were established

1903: Visited Delhi Durbar on occasion of Rajyabhishek of King Edward XVII

1904: 4 February, Yuvraj Fatehsinhrao was married to Yuvrani Padmavatidevi

1904: Justice & Executive Departments were separated

1904: Child Marriage was banned

1904: Sayajirao III elected as president of Hindi Sansar Sudhara Council

1904-1905: Visit to China, Japan & America & met President Roosevelt

1905: Beginning of co-operative societies

1906: Elected as president of Hindi Industrial Council at Kolkata (Calcutta)

1906: Compulsory Primary Education in State

1907: Legislative Assembly was established to give advice to the Government

1907: Full State responsibility was given to Sayajirao III. Ropya Mahotsav was celebrated

1908: Bank of Baroda was established

1908: 29 June, Pratapsinh Gaekwad was born

1908: 14 September, Death of Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad

1909: Viceroy Lord Minto visits Baroda

1910: Death of King Edward XVII

1910: Met Emperor of Japan

1910: Library was introduced

1911: Laid foundation of Patan Water Works

1911: Laid foundation of Male Training School’s building

1911: 12 December, Visited Delhi Durbar on occasion of Rajyabhishek of King George V

1912: Bhadran Water Works was inaugurated

1913: Marriage of Prince Jaysinhrao

1913: Marriage of Princess Indiraraje

1913: Marriage of Prince Shivajirao

1914: Friendly states like England, Russia & France announced fight with Germany & Austria-Hungary

1914: Baroda’s first Co-operative council was inaugurated by Maharaja

1914-1918: Helped British Government by proving an aid of Rs 1 Crore for Maha-Yuddha (World War I)

1915: Patan Water Works & Dormitory was established

1916-1917: State Prajamandal was established

1917: Death of Shri Anandrao Gaekwad

1918: Honored with Title of GCSI

1918: Marriage of Raj-poutri (daughter) Indumatiraje

1918: Spreading of Influenza in Baroda State

1918: Maha-Yuddha (World War I) ended

1919: Lord Chemsford’s visit to Baroda

1919: 24 November, Death of Shivajirao Gaekwad

1919: Foundation of Goya-Gate Railway Workshop

1919: 10 November, Death of Padmavatidevi

1921: Prince of Wales on visit to Baroda

1922: Marriage of Prince Dhairyashilrao

1923: 27 August, Death of Prince Jaysinhrao

1924: Maharaja Sayajirao as Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University & delivered Chancellor’s address.

1926: Foundation of Kirti Mandir

1926: Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Sayajirao’s rule (11-14 January)

1926: Sayajirao III visits his native place – Kalvane, Nashik

1926: Viceroy Lord Reading’s visit to Baroda

1926: Port Okha was inaugurated

1926: Shri Pilajirao Orphange was established

1928: Navsari Water Works was established

1929: Lakkadiya Heem

1929: 4 January, Marriage of Yuvraj Pratapsinh to Yuvrani Shantadevi

1930: Pratappura Lake was established

1930: Viceroy Lord Ervin’s visit to Baroda

1930: 2 April, Birth of Shrimant Pratapsinhrao’s child

1931: Naming ceremony of the child. The child was named – Shrimant Fatehsinhrao

1932: Viceroy Lord Willingdon’s visit to Baroda

1933: Inauguration of The Indian Oriental Conference

1933: 71st Birthday of Sayajirao was celebrated throughout Baroda State

1933: Became President of All Faiths Conference at Chicago

1934: Gnyati Traas Nivaran nibandh pasar

1934: Sanyasdiksha niyamak nibandh pasar

1934: Ganot niyaman pasar

1934: Death of Shri Sampatrao Gaekwad

1935: Established Golden Jubilee Science Institute

1935: 27 May, Celebrations of 60 years of Rule of Sayajirao III

1936: 1-12 January, Hirak Mahotsav was celebrated

1936: Viceroy Lord Willingdon invited as the guest during Hirak Mahotsav

1936: 5-6 January, Science Institute was established

1936: 24 February, Kirti Mandir was established

1936: 13 March, Inauguration of the statue – ‘Sinhasan seated Maharaja (Sayajirao seated on the throne)’ by Maharaja of Bikaner near Railway station & it marked the end of Hirak Mahotsav

1936: 11 April, Trip to Europe

1936: Rule of Compulsory Physical Education for all

1936: Became President of Vishwadharm Parishad Bethak (World Religious Conference) at London

1937: Made strict rules for the abolishment of Child Marriages.
Heavy fine was imposed & those found guilty were jailed

1937: 8 May, Ranjitsinh Gaekwad was born

1938: 31 October, Returned to Mumbai from the tour of Europe

1939: 6 February, Death of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III

*Info collected from books