Pragmulji III

Pragmulji III
Titular head of Jadeja dynasty
Reign 17 October 1991 - present
Predecessor Madansinhji
Born (1936-05-03)3 May 1936
Dynasty Jadeja Rajput
Father Madansinhji
Mother Rajendra Kunverba

Pragmulji III (born 3 May 1936) is present titular head of Jadeja dynasty of Princely State of Cutch.[1]

He did his primary education from The Doon School, Dehradoon and later graduated from Mayo College, Ajmer, and St. Stephen's College, Delhi.[2]

He is the eldest son of his father and erstwhile ruler of Cutch, Maharao Shri Madansinhji, and Maharani Bai Shri Rajendra Kunverba Sahib and became the heir apparent with the title of Yuvraj Sahib on the succession of his father, 26 February 1948.[2]

He was installed in the Tila-medi at Prag Mahal Palace, Bhuj on 17 October 1991 upon demise of his father Maharao Shri Madansinji, under the name and style of H.H. Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Shri Pragmulji III Sawai Bahadur, Maharao of Cutch.[2]

The Ranjit Vilas Palace, Prag Mahal and Vijay Vilas Palace are some of the royal palaces, which belong to the erstwhile rulers of Cutch and are some of their private properties.[3] Other private palaces belonging to the dynasty include Aina Mahal, Sharad Baug Palace, Chavda Rakhal and Darbargadh Palace, which are worth more than 10 billion in value and hold much more value as heritage and monuments of history of Kutch. The royal family was in the court for rights of ownership for dispute which cropped up within various sons of Maharaja Madansinhji, who died in 1991. However, the court has upheld will of Madansinhji valid and Pragmulji III as such has been declared lawful owner of these properties, some of which have been converted into luxury hotels by him.[3][4]

Pragmulji III lives in Mumbai and also has house in London but often comes to Bhuj, Kutch to look after his heritage[4] and recently spent time and money in repair and restoration of Prag Mahal & Aina Mahal, which were badly damaged in 2001 Gujarat earthquake. He was also instrumental in putting up of a bust of Khengarji III at office of New Kandla, his great-grandfather, who had founded the port city of Kandla in 1930-31.


  1. "Chatting up Shiva's descendant! dated March 9, 2005". Times of India. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 Cutch
  3. 1 2 "Son of erstwhile Kutch ruler cannot claim father's riches: Court". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  4. 1 2 "SOLITUDE Peter Griffin has a beach to himself in Kutch.". Outlook Traveller. September 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
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