Balasinor State

The State of Balasinor was a princely state in Balasinor during the era of British India and founded by Sardar Muhammed khan Babi and Murtuza Bhatia The last ruler of Balasinor signed the accession to join the Indian Union on 10 June 1948. Its rulers belonged to the family of Babi or Babai (Pashtun tribe) tribe. The state was founded[citation needed] by the Junagadh State Babi dynasty.

Balasinor State
બાલાસિનોર રિયાસત
Princely State of British India
Flag of Balasinor
Coat of arms of Balasinor
Coat of arms
Rewa Kantha Agency with all Princely States Gujarat during British India 1811-1937 with labels.svg
Balasinor State (dark blue) within Rewa Kantha Agency, British India
• 1901
490 km2 (190 sq mi)
• 1901
 • Motto"Lenar pasae thi lidhu"
(I took from the taker)
• Established
Succeeded by
Today part ofKheda district To Mahisagar, Gujarat
Nawab Mohammad Zorawar Khanji (1828–1882).


Balasinor State was founded on 28 September 1758 by Pashtun ruler, Nawab, Sardar Muhammed khan Babi belonging to the family of last deputy Governor of Gujarat province in Mughal Empire.[1] The rulers were titled Nawab Babi.[2] It was a 9 gun salute state belonging to the Rewa Kantha Agency of the Bombay Presidency.[3] The Last ruling Nawab Nawab[citation needed] was HH Nawab Muhammed Salabat Khanji II who died on 25 January 2018.[citation needed] The heir and son of Nawab Muhammed Salabat Khanji II Nawabzada Sultan Salauddinkhan Babi, born 1979 and educated at the Rajkumar College, Rajkot was crowned the titular Nawab of Balasinor on 4 March 2018 at the Raj Tilak and Gaadi Dastoor ceremony performed by both Islamic and Rajput traditions at their Garden Palace In Balasinor after the 40 days of mourning ended on 3 March 2018. It was well attended by royals from Gujarat and the people of Balasinor.


  • Sardar Muhammed khan Babi 28 September 1758 – 17..
  • Jamiyat Khanji Muhammad Khanji 17.. – ...
  • Salabat Khanji Jamiyat Khanji (b. ... d. 1820) – May 1820
  • Abid Khanji May 1820 – 1822
  • Jalal Khanji = Edal Khanji (b. ... d. 1831) 1822 – 2 December 1831
  • Zorawar Khanji (b. 1828 d. 1882) 2 December 1831 – 30 November 1882
  • Munawar Khanji Zorawar Khanji (b. 1846 d. 1899) 30 November 1882 – 24 March 1899
  • Jamiyat Khanji Munawar Khanji (b. 1894 d. 1945) 24 March 1899 – 2 February 1945
  • Muhammad Salabat Khan (b. 1944 d. 2018) 2 February 1945 – 15 August 1947
  • Nawab Sultan Salauddinkhan Babi (b.1979)

In pop cultureEdit

The current titular princess of the kingdom is Aaliya Sultana Babi, who in 2009 travelled to Ingatestone in the UK to find a husband. Her trip was recorded in BBC Three's Undercover Princesses.

The scion of this family, Salauddinkhan Babi participated in a similar show in the Netherlands in 2010 in which he was trying to find a wife. He lived and worked in Amsterdam. The show is currently on air on SBS6 in the Netherlands. It is called "Coming to Holland".

Nawabzada Salauddin was invited by TLC to participate in a US TV show called Secret Princes which was aired on 21 September 2012. It is a show based on the Undercover Princes. Salauddin lived and worked in Atlanta undercover for this show along with three other aristocrats. The royal family currently resides at The Garden Palace which they had converted into a heritage hotel.[4][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Balasinor". Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ States before 1947 A-J
  3. ^ "Balasinor Princely State (9 gun salute)". Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  4. ^ "The Royal Balasinor Guardians of Dastarkhwans and Dinosaurs". Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ Aaliya Sultana Babi, the Dinosaur Princess

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 22°57′N 73°20′E / 22.95°N 73.33°E / 22.95; 73.33

The Garden Palace website is