Rajputana Agency

Rajputana Agency
Agency of British India

1817–1948

Flag of Rajputana Agency

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Location of Rajputana Agency
1920 map of Rajputana region.
History
 • First agreements with local princely rulers1817
 • Accession to the Indian Union1948
Area
 • 1901330,875 km2 (127,752 sq mi)
Population
 • 19019,723,301 
Density29.4 /km2  (76.1 /sq mi)

The Rajputana Agency was a political office of the British Indian Empire dealing with a collection of native states in Rajputana (now in Rajasthan, northwestern India), under the political charge of an Agent reporting directly to the Governor-General of India and residing at Mount Abu in the Aravalli Range. The total area of the states falling within the Rajputana Agency was 127,541 square miles (330,330 km2), with eighteen states and two estates or chiefships.

Subdivisions and (e)states

  • Mewar Residency, with headquarters at Udaipur, dealt with the state of Mewar (title Maharana of Udaipur), a salute state entitled to a hereditary gun salute of 19 guns (21 local).
  • Western Rajputana States Agency, which was part of Mewar Residency until 1906, when it was separated, covered three salute states:
    • Banswara, title Maharawal, hereditary 15 guns
    • Dungarpur, title Maharawal, hereditary 15 guns
    • Pratapgarh, title Maharawat, hereditary 15 guns
  • Jaipur Residency, with headquarters at Jaipur, dealt with two salute states:
  • Western Rajputana States Residency, with its headquarters at Jodhpur, dealt with:
    • Jodhpur, title Maharaja, hereditary salute of 17 guns (19 local)
    • Jaisalmer, title Maharaja, hereditary salute of 15 guns
    • Sirohi, title Maharao, hereditary salute of 15 guns
  • Bikaner Agency, with headquarters at Bikaner, dealt with the salute state of Bikaner, title Maharaja, Hereditary salute of 17 guns (19 local)
  • Alwar Agency, with headquarters at Alwar, dealt with the salute state of Alwar, title Maharaja, hereditary salute of 15 guns (17 local)
  • Eastern Rajputana States Agency, with headquarters at Bharatpur, dealt with :
    • Bharatpur, Jat, title Maharaja, hereditary salute of 17 guns (19 local)
    • Karauli, title Maharaja, Hereditary salute of 17 guns
    • Dholpur, Jat, title Maharaj Rana, hereditary salute of 15 guns (17 personal)
  • Haraoti-Tonk Agency, with headquarters at Deoli, dealt with:
    • Bundi title Maharao, hereditary salute of 17 guns
    • Tonk, Muslim, title Nawab, hereditary salute of 17 guns
    • Shahpura, title Raja, hereditary salute of 9 guns.
  • Kotah-Jhalawar Agency, with headquarters at Kota, dealt with:
    • Kota(h), title Maharaja, hereditary salute of 17 guns (19 personal)
    • Jhalawar, title Maharaj Rana, hereditary salute of 13 guns

The small British province of Ajmer-Merwara was also included within the geographical area of Rajputana, but that was under direct British rule.

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