Timeline (Date Archives)


January 1 1877: Maharaja Sayajirao III’s first Indian tour ended at Delhi, to attend the durbar, where Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India.

January 1 1903: Attended Delhi Darbar on the occassion of the coronation of Kind Edward VII.

January 2 2015: Death of Dr. Mrunalini Devi Puar due to illness. She was sister of Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad & chancellor of MSU.

January 3 1936: Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III – the day which marks Sayajirao’s accession to the throne & 60 Years of Golden Rule.

January 4 1929: Yuvraj Pratapsingh Rao married Kumari Shantadevi.

January 6 1879: Maharaja Sayajirao III married to Kumari Laxmibai, (Later renamed Maharani Chimnabai), the neice of the Maharaja of Tanjore. (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

January 8 1879: Maharaja Sayajirao III inaugurated Sayajibaug (earlier known as Kamatibaug)

January 8 1879: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III laid foundation stone for Baroda College (MSU).

January 8 1885: The Construction work of the Sayaji Sarovar at Ajwa began, which later supplied drinking water to Baroda. Ceremony performed by Lady Watson, wife of Resident Watson.

January 9 1861: BB & CI linked Baroda when first train reached Goya Gate amidst great fanfare.

January 11 1925: Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III.

January 12 1880: The foundation stone of Lukshmi Villas Palace was laid by the Agent to the Governor Mr. Melville, in the presence of Sir, Richard Temple (Governor of Bombay).

January 15 1915: Laid foundation of Kirti Mandir near the royal cemetary where the memory of past rulers, benefactors of the State, and devoted members of the family could be honoured.

January 15 1926: The Viceroy, Lord and Countess Reading visited Baroda and Lord Reading laid the foundation stone of the science Institute (now the Faculty of Science – MSU).

January 17 1848: Ganpatrao Gaekwad became the Maharaja of Baroda.

January 31 1952: National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) was founded (at Pratap Vilas Palace) (i/i)

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


February 6 1939: After a glorious reign of 63 Years, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III died at Mumbai.

February 10 1890: Kalabhavan was established.

February 10 1890: Construction work of Lukshmi Vilas Palace was completed & became the Royal Residence of the Gaekwad Family. (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

February 19 1883: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad visited Calcutta, on the invitation of the Viceroy Lord Ripon.

February 22 1917: Baroda State General Hospital was opened by Lord Willingdon, Governor of Bombay! (i)

February 28 1958: Vishwamitri Bridge was made open to Public!

February 1914:: Maharani Chimnabai II signalled her abandonment of purdah by sitting on the same sofa with the Maharaja at a prize distribution ceremony at Nyaya Mandir


March 2 1892: Princess Indira Raje, third child of Maharani Chimnabai Gaekwad II was born , who later became Maharani of Cooch Behar.

March 8 1934: Statue of Chatrapati Shivaji at Sayajibaug was unveiled by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.

March 11 1863: Gopalrao (Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III) was born in Kalvana Village to Kashirao Gaekwad.

March 13 1890: Prince Albert Victor of Wales, who was on a sporting tour to India, arrived in Baroda.

March 17 1907: Maharaja Holkar of Indore visited Baroda and unveiled an Equestrian Statue (KalaGhoda) of Maharaja Sayajirao made by Sir Derwent Wood.

March 18 1941: Shri Pratap Shastraghar, located inside Lukshmi Villas Palace was erected by Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad. (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

March 25 1919: Foundation Stone of State’s first Railway Workshop (at Goya Gate – Pratap Nagar) was laid by Lord Chelmsford.

March 29 1892: Ajwa water works began functioning and supply of drinking water through taps started in Baroda.

March 30 1953: Fire Brigade Office (Agni Shaman Kendra) near Sursagar Lake was inaugurated.


April 1 1966: Vadodara Municipal Corporation (now VMSS – Vadodara Mahnagar Seva Sadan) was formed. On 1st April Baroda got the status of the Municipal Corporation and hence the Bombay Municipal Corporation Act was enforced. Vadodara Municipality was elevated to the status of a Municipal Corporation in the year 1966. (i)

April 1 1731: Peshwas & Gaekwads’ battle was fought at Bhilapur area between Baroda & Dabhoi

April 2 1930: Son of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad and Cricketer, Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad were born.

April 5 1961: Foundation stone of Sardar Sarovar Dam was laid by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

April 10 1875: The Then Maharaja of Baroda, Maharaja Malharrao Gaekwad were sent to Madras for Imprisonment by Britishers. (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

April 11 1961: Maharaja’s School was remodelled & extended as Maharaja Fatesingh Museum & opened by the then Governor of Gujarat, Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung.

April 15 1963: For Education and Training of Indian Army’s Vehicles and Guns, EME School was established. (i)

April 19 1875: Malharrao Gaekwad were deposed & exiled to Madras Jail

April 29 1848: Royal Indian Painter, Raja Ravi Varma were born !

April 30 1949: Originally known as Baroda College, it became ‘The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda’ after independence. (i)


May 02 1949: Merging of Gaekwars Baroda State Railway (GBSR) with Bombay Baroda & Central India.

May 03 1800: Maharaja Sayajirao II were born at SarkarWada (The Maharaja Palace).

May 03 1875: The British Governor General appointed Sir T. Madhav Rao as Diwan of Baroda

May 06 2010: A Bridge going through Dandia Bazaar to Akota was given Name of Maharani Shantadevi.

May 08 1938: Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad were born at Ooty.

May 09 1916: Manubhai Mehta were made Deewan of Baroda State. They were Deewan for 11 years.

May 10 2012: Death of Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad.

May 11 1960: A Record Breaking Temperature of 47.7C was noted in City.

May 12 1888: Son of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, Prince Jaysinhrao were Born. Also Queen Victoria sent a Special Message wishing for it.

May 14 1732: Death of Pilajirao Gaekwad. They established Gaekwad’s Reign in Baroda State.

May 15 1953: A last ‘Sentenced to Death’ was given, then nobody was given.

May 21 1906: Sir Sayajirao went Washington to learn library system, which was then later accepted in Vadodara. (i(© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

May 22 2002: Death of The Rajmata Shantadevi of Gaekwad Family.

May 23 1863: An Article was Published of Dabhoi-Miyagam Bullock Train.

May 24 2010: MSU’s Faculty of Management Studies’ BBA building was inaugurated.

May 25 1954: Death of Prof. Manikrao. He was Physical Educator of Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad. (i)

May 27 1875: Shrimant Gopalrao Gaekwad was adopted as Sayajirao Gaekwad by Maharani Jamna Bai and were also selected as successor to Maharaja Malharrao Gaekwad by the British Government. (i)

May 29 1875: After selected as Maharaja, Sayajirao Gaekwad visited Main Temples (Navnaths) of City.


June 01 1894: Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad established Baroda Museum inside Sayaji Baug.

June 04 1882: Maharaja Sayajirao’s and Maharani Chimanabai’s second daughter Putlabai was born

June 04 1913: Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar were Accepted to sent to Columbia University for Studies.

June 05 2005: After 97 Years, Bank of Baroda changed its Logo.

June 06 1875: Keshavrao Pandit and Vyankatesh Joshi (Bhau Master), after the initiation ceremony, took to formally educating the young Maharaja

June 06 1964: Shakespeare’s Show was organised at City’s TownHall – Gandhi Nagar Gruh in 3 Parts.

June 07 1875: After selected as Maharaja, education was given to him by Vyankatesh Joshi and Keshav Pandit.

June 10 1952: Canara Coffee House, one of the oldest cafe of city, was established. (i)

June 11 1865: French Traveller and Photographer, Lui Rosevelt stayed with Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad as a Guest for 5 months. (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

June 15 1897: Death of Princess Tarabai at 16 Years, daughter of Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad and sister of Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad.

June 16 1949: Baroda Medical College was inaugurated by Dr. D.D. Gilder, the Health Minister of Bombay State. (i)

June 17 1906: By Order of Maharaja  Sayajirao Gaekwad, Floor-Mill were started.

June 18 1940: One and only Israeli (Yahudi) Kabristan was constructed in Nizampura area by Boloman Greso (Agarwarkar) with his own 2500 Rs.

June 19 1906: Principal of Baroda College, Arvind Ghose went on Leave as they were going to Bengal.

June 21 1906: Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad sent Telegram from America, ordering to start Libraries in Baroda.

June 22 1911: For reading, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad erected library departments to develop Libraries.

June 23 1917: Founder of Constitution of Inda, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar returned from America after thier further studies.

June 24 1917: Death of Anandrao Kashirao Gaekwad, elder brother of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.

June 29 1908: Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad were born at Pratap Vilas Palace.

June 30 2002: As of Death of Maharani Shantadevi’s sister, Devyanidevi Gaekwad at 82 Years, last AntimVidhi was held at Kirti Mandir.


July 11 1944: Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad was awarded Title of honorary Colonel Lieutenant.

July 14 1881: Elder daughter Bajubai was born to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III.

July 20 1908: Bank of Baroda was established by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III(© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

July 26 1881: Former deposed Maharaja Malharrao Gaekwad died in Madras.

July 30 1914: Inauguration Ceremony of Pratap Vilas Palace was organised by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.


August 1 1956: Western Railway’s Vadodara Railway Division was established.

August 2 1936: City’s Wrestler Shankarrao Thorat played in Berlin Olympics of Year 1936.

August 3 1883: Sir Sayajirao’s eldest Son, Prince Fatehsinhrao were born.

August 4 1936: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad went to Germany to see Hockey Match at Berlin Olympics.

August 5 1912: Shri Arvind Ghose introduced as the Principal of Baroda College (MSU).

August 6 2011: Vivekanada Lecture Hall was inaugrated at Dilaram Bungalow’s RamKrishna Mission.

August 10 1881: Malharrao Gaekwad were made Maharaja of Baroda State by Britishers.

August 11 1903: Death of Malharrao Gaekwad’s Wife and earlier Maharani of Baroda, Maharani Mahalsa Bai.

August 12 2004: Guest House were made in campus of Maharaja Sayajirao University.

August 15 1947: First flag hoisting in city was done by Prof. Manekrao at Jubilee baug.

August 15 1956: MSU’s Faculty of Social Work was inaugurated

August 17 2012: BroadGauge Line was constructed on route to Vadodara to Chota-Udepur by Indian Railways.

August 19 1818: Insurrection against Maharaja Anandrao, Kanhojirao were imprisoned by Raoji Aapaji.

August 20 1934: As Ordered by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, RollsRoyce company sent 7-seater Sedan to Vadodara by France. (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

August 24 1914: For Training and Self Employment of Women’s, Maharani Chimnabai established Female Training School.

August 25 1913: The Then Princess Indira Raje Gaekwad were married to Prince Jitendrasingh Bhup of Cooch Bihar.

August 26 1875: Richard Meade wrote letter to Governor to Preview the Education of Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad.

August 27 1923:Death of Jaysinhrao, son of Sayajirao Gaekwad at age of 35 Years. The Baroda State Library (also known as Jaysinhrao Sarvajanik Vaanchnalaya) was the Palace of him which was later converted into Library.


September 1 1927: Oriental Institute was established by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.

September 1 1934: General Post Office building was erected at Raopura Area.

September 3 1769: Son of Maharaja Govindrao Gaekwad, Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad I were born at Sarkarwada (The Maharaja Palace).

September 4 1948: Jivraj Mehta appointed as Deewan of Baroda State after Special meeting at Lukshmi Villas Palace.

September 9 1812: Death of Khanderao Malhrarao Gaekwad, GrandSon of Pilajirao Gaekwad.

September 10 2014: The Sayaji (Ajwa) Sarovar in Ajwa crossed the 215-foot-mark for the first time in five decades.

September 11 1908: Shivram Kamble, who were a Social reformer, were invited to Baroda as a State Guest and were honoured by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad. (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

September 14 1908: Death of Prince Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad, the eldest son of Sayajirao Gaekwad.

September 19 1800: Death of 3rd Maharaja of Baroda State – Maharaja Govindrao Gaekwad.

September 21 1910: Photo-shoot of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad was held at Lafayette Studio, London. (i)

September 24 1927: Baroda University Commision was initiated, to Start regional colleges in Baroda State.

September 26 1922: Post Master General from Mumbai gave the permission to Build the Post Office Building at Raopura!

September 27 1800: Maharaja of Baroda, Anandrao Gaekwad rebelled against Kanahajirao Gaekwad and tried to Win Baroda.

September 29 1971: Situated in Dandia Bazar Area, Arvind Niwas was renamed as Aurobindo Society (Aurobindo Ashram) by Govt. of Gujarat.

September 30 1957: Inauguration of MSU’s Polytechnic Building was done by India’s First President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.


October 1 1921: The Gaekwads of Baroda took administration of State Railways. Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (GBSR) took over operation and maintenance of Narrow Gauge system.

October 2 1819: Death of Baroda State’s 7th Maharaja, Maharaja Anandrao Gaekwad.

October 5 1891: After Death of Anandrao Gaekwad, Maharaja Sayajirao II Gaekwad were coronated as a Ruler of Baroda.

October 6 1989: Release of 60 paisa Post Stamp by India Post as of 50th Death Anniversary of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. (i(© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

October 7 1901: British Resident of Baroda, W.H. Stuart were removed from British Government.

October 9 1949: Territorial Army TA 811 (engineering) was established in Baroda.

October 16 1874: Maharaja Malharrao Gaekwad’s Son, Yuvraj Venkatrao were born at Sarkar Wada.

October 21 1882: Hunting Black Buck with the Cheetah in Baroda Photos were Illustrated in The Graphic by Bridgeman Images. (i)

October 27 1940: A newly reformed State Legislative Assembly known as Baroda State Praja Mandal assembled at Thol village, 20 miles from Ahmedabad, with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as its president.

October 31 1987: Vadopex-87 – A district level philatelic exhibition was held on 31st October 1987 and 1st November 1987 at Municipal Art Gallery, Badamdi Baug, Dandia Bazar. (i)

October 31 1893: Prince Dhairyashilrao, fourth child of Maharani Chimnabai II, was born.


November 4 1910: Another Photo-shoot of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad was held at Lafayette Studio, London. (i)

November 5 1987: MSU’s Guest House was inaugurated by the then Governor R.K. Trivedi.

November 6 1906: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad were appointed as Superintendent of Libraries by the Board.

November 7 1912: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad of Baroda performed opening ceremony of “Sharda Mandir”, a new building of Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya (Library) & also gave lecture. (i)

November 8 1908: Viceory Lord Dufferin arrived as a Guest in Baroda State.

November 9 1886: Sir Sayajirao General Hospital was inaugurated by Lord Dufferin.

November 10 1892: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad met with few Indians at an Hall in London.

November 11 1921: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad came back to City from their 13th Trip of USA.

November 12 1875: Guest, Prince of Wales – Albert Edward, saw the Military of Baroda State at Lalbaug (Pratap Villas Palace). (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

November 13 1863: The Britishers gave an application to Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad for allocating space for Building Post office near Mandvi.

November 14 1987: An Exhibition on Postage Stamp about Jawaharlal Nehru was organised at Badamdibaug’s Municipal Gallery (now known as Vivekananda Art Gallery) .

November 15 1909: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad gave Lord Minto and Lady Mary, a special banquet in the presence of dignitaries.

November 16 1954: Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India laid down the Foundation stone of Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library of The Maharaja Sayajirao University.

November 18 1830: The Post Office at Residency House (now known as Sayaji Bhavan) was closed.

November 19 1984: A Special Cover was launched on ocassion of Golden Jubilee of Ranji Trophy. (i)

November 22 1875: Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, who came to Baroda, departed after 8 days of Visit to Vadodara.

November 23 1886: Commissioned the preparation of the “Aine Rajmahal” manuscript.

November 24 1984: Holy Relics of Maharashi Arvind were given at Aurobindo Ashram.

November 27 1896: Viceroy Lord Elgin paid a visit to Baroda.

November 28 1870: Death of Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad at Makarpura Palace.

November 29 1882: Sir T. Madhav Rao left Baroda and Kazi Shahabuddin succeeded as Diwan of Baroda

November 29 1898: Maharani Jamnabai Passed away.

November 30 1896: Chimanabai Nyay Mandir was inaugurated by Lord Elgin on its completion.


December 3 1916: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad allowed Baroda’s Soldiers to take part in the First World War.

December 5 1950: Death of Maharshi Arvind (Sri Aurobindo) at Pondicherry.

December 9 1950: Sri Aurobindo’s body laid to rest.

December 10 1875: Adviser & Teacher of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, F. A. H. Elliot arrived in Baroda. Motibaug Palace was School at that time. (i)

December 12 1856: Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad ascended the gadi at the Dewankhana, Baroda.

December 14 1927: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad visited Dabhoi and started useful works for People there.

December 15 1902: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad started Industrial Exhibition at Ahemdabad.

December 18 1910: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad attended various convention at Mumbai.

December 19 1847: Death of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad II. (i(© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

December 19 1793: Maharaja Govindrao Gaekwad ascended the gadi. (i)

December 21 1879: Marriage of Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad’s daughter, Rani Tara Bai with Raja Sahib Raghunath Savant Bhonsle Raje Bahadur.

December 23 1902: Guest of City, Wrestler Gulaam Mohammed (Great Gama Pehelwan) lifted 1200 KGs of stone lying in Nazarbaug Palace. (i)

December 25 1875: On Occasion of Visit of Prince of Wales in city, sketch of Rhino Fight was published in The Illustrated London News. (i)

December 1881: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III took the responsibility of State administration. (i)

December 28 1885: Married (second time) to H.H. Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Maharani Chimna Bai II alias Gajra Bai Sahib. (i)

December 29 1876: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad were granted the title of ‘Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia’. (i)

December 1925: Before Golden Jubilee of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Animal Fights at Aggad (arena) & New Years Eve State Banquet at Lukshmi Villas Palace were celebrated/held. (i)


1874: Malharrao Gaekwad appointed Dadabhai Naoroji as Diwan of Baroda

1875: Vernacular Education Department established (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

1885: Ordered translations of historical books of the Jains

1887: First sections of new railways from Mehsana to Vadnagar opened and other connections duly followed, a Railway System connecting all principal villages and towns was a major achievement of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III

1891: Sanitary Department for the first time set up for the whole State, taking over work till now inefficiently performed by local sweepers

1897: Maharaja Sayajirao’s visit to Egypt

1904: City Improvement Trust was established with Sir Manubhai Mehta as its Chairman.

1904: Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III visited Savoy Westend Hotel in Karlovy Vary, Czechia. (i)

1908: Approved the preparation of a volume each year on Buddhism (© www.HistoryOfVadodara.in)

1911: Maharni Chimnabai II published a book in collaboration with S.M. Mitra called “The Position of Women in Indian Life”


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