Sorath prant

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Map of the four prants of colonial Kathiawar, 1855
See Sorath for namesakes

Sorath was originally one of then pre-colonial prants into which Saurashtra peninsula in present Gujarat (western India) was divided, the very name being a Muslim amalgamation of that Ancient Greek name for the region.

In the British raj, it was the south(west)ern-most of the four surviving prants into which the many feudal units (mostly petty princely states) of Kathiawar were regrouped, the others being Halar (west), Jhalawar (or Jalavad; north) and Gohilwad (Bhavnagar; southeast).

It roughly corresponds to the modern Porbandar District and Junagadh District.

It comprised 1,193 villages, covering 5,217 square miles, with a total population of 575,288 in 1901, yielding 5,399,349 Rupees state revenue (1903-4; of which 3,610,250 from land) and paying 215,060 Rupees tribute to the British, the Gaekwar Baroda State and/or the Junagadh State.

Princely States

Its salute states were :

  • First Class : Junagadh State, title Nawab, Hereditary salute of 13-guns (15-guns local and personal)
  • Second Class : Porbandar State, title Maharaja Rana Sahib, Hereditary salute of 13-guns

Its main non-salute states included :

Further petty states, often just a single village, were :

Furthermore, it included three civil stations, without talukdars : Dhasa, Jetalsar and Shahpur.

External links and Sources

  • Imperial Gazetteer, on - Kathiawar
  • RoyalArk - India - Salute States

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