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Rewa Kantha was a political agency of British India, managing the relations (indirect rule) of the British government's Bombay Presidency with a collection of princely states. It stretched for about 150 miles between the plain of Gujarat and the hills of Malwa, from the Tapti River to the Mahi River crossing the Rewa (or Narmada) River, from which it takes its name.[1]

Rewa Kantha Agency
Agency of British India
Location of Rewa Kantha Agency
Rewa Kantha Agency within Gujarat
 •  Established 1811
 •  Formation of the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency 1937
 •  1901 12,877 km2 (4,972 sq mi)
 •  1901 479,065 
Density 37.2 /km2  (96.4 /sq mi)
Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
Map of Rewa Kantha Agency with all Princely States
Agency Map (1878)

The political agent, who was also District collector of the prant (British District) of the Panchmahal, resided at Godhra.



The native states came under British subsidiary alliances after the Third Anglo-Maratha War of the early 19th century.[2]

The total surface was 4,971 3/4 square miles, comprising 3,412 villages, with a population of 479,055, yielding 2,072,026 Rupeese state revenue and paying 147,826 Rupees tribute (mostly to the Gaikwar Baroda State).

In 1937 the princely states of the Rewa Kantha Agency were merged with Baroda State in order to form the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency,[3] which in turn merged in 1944 with the Western India States Agency as Baroda, Western India and Gujarat States Agency.

After the Independence of British India in 1947, split into India and Pakistan, the rulers of the states all agreed to accede to the Government of India and were integrated into Bombay State. Bombay state was split along linguistic lines in 1960, and Rewa Kantha became part of Gujarat, like Saurashtra State.

Princely StatesEdit

The number of separate states was 61, mostly minor or petty states except for five. Many of them were under British influence; the largest one was Rajpipla.[4]

The Agency also dealt with five second-class states named Chhota Udaipur State, Devgadh Bariya State, Santrampur, Lunawada State and Balasinor State. The total area of the states the agency related to was 12,877 km2 (4,972 sq mi). In 1901 their population was 479,065. Many of the inhabitants were Bhils and Kolis.[5]

Rewa Kantha divisionEdit

(includes all the main states; in direct relations with the Political Agent at Godhra)

Salute states :

  • Rajpipla (Nandod), First Class, title Maharaja, Hereditary salute of 13-guns
  • Bari(y)a (Devgadh), Second Class, title Maharaol, Hereditary salute of 9-guns (11-guns personal)
  • Lunavada, Second Class, title Maharana, Hereditary salute of 9-guns
  • Balasinor, Second Class, title Nawab, Hereditary salute of 9-guns
  • Sant (Sunth) (Rampur), Second Class, title Raja, Hereditary salute of 9-guns

Non-salute states :


Only non-salute states: two geographical groups of minor or petty rural (e)states


(near Narmada River)


(near Mahi River; all paying tribute to the Gaekwar Baroda State) :

the Dorka (e)states

Postal StampsEdit

In addition to those of Rewa Kantha Agency itself, revenue and/or court fee stamps were issued for the following native states :

in the Rewa Kantha Division (all) 
  1. Rajpipla
  2. Balasinor
  3. Baria
  4. Lunavada
  5. Sant
  6. Chhota Udaipur
  7. Jambughoda
  8. Kadana
  9. Sanjeli
in the Sankheda Mehwas (only these) 
  1. Gad Boriad
  2. Naswadi
  3. Shanor
  4. Vajiria
in the Pandu Mehwas (only these) 
  1. Bhadarva
  2. Pandu Mewas
  3. Umeta
  4. Bakrol (Boru)

See alsoEdit


Sources and external linksEdit