Dungarpur State was a princely state during the British Raj. Its capital was the city of Dungarpur in the southernmost area of present-day Rajasthan State in India. In 1901 the total population of Dungarpur State was 100,103, while that of the town was 6094
Dungarpur is the seat of elder branch of Sisodiyas of Udaipur, while the younger branch is the seat of the Maharana of Mewar.
Dungarpur State was founded in 1197 by Samant Singh, the eldest son of the ruler of Mewar, Karan Singh. They are descendants of Bappa Rawal, eighth ruler of the Guhilot Dynasty and founder of the Mewar Dynasty (r. 734-753). The chiefs of Dungarpur, who bear the title of Maharawal, are descended from Mahup, eldest son of Karan Singh, chief of Mewar in the 12th century, and claim the honours of the elder line of Mewar. Mahup, disinherited by his father, took refuge with his mother's family, the Chauhans of Bagar, and made himself master of that country at the expense of the Bhil chiefs.
The town of Dungarpur, the capital of the state, was founded towards the end of the 14th century by his descendant Rawal Bir Singh, who named it after Dungaria, an independent Bhil chieftain whom he had caused to be assassinated. After the death of Rawal Udai Singh of Bagar at the Battle of Khanwa in 1527, where he fought alongside Rana Sanga against Babar, his territories were divided into the states of Dungarpur and Banswara. Successively under Mughal, Maratha, and British Raj control by treaty in 1818, where it remained 15-gun salute state.
|View of the Juna Mahal Palace of Dungarpur|
The Maharawals belonged to the Shishodhya dynasty, Ahra Guhilot clan
- 1497 - 1527 Udai Singh
- 1527 - 1549 Prithviraj
- 1549 - 1580 Askaran
- 1580- 1606 Sesmal
- 1606 - 1609 Karam Singh II
- 1609 - 1657 Punja Raj
- 1657 - 1661 Girdhar Das
- 1661 - 1691 Jaswant Singh
- 1691 - 1702 Khuman Singh
- 1702 - 1730 Ram Singh
- 1730 - 1785 Shiv Singh
- 1785 - 1790 Vairisal
- 1790 - 1808 Fateh Singh
- 1808 - 1844 Jaswant Singh II
- 1844 - 1898 Udai Singh II (b. 1838 - d. 1898)
- 13 Feb 1898 – 15 Nov 1918 Bijay Singh (b. 1887 - d. 1918)
- 15 Nov 1918 – 15 Aug 1947 Lakshman Singh (b. 1908 - d. 1989)
The last princely ruler of Dungarpur was HH Rai-i-Rayan Maharawal Shri Lakshman Singh Bahadur (1918–1989), who was awarded KCSI (1935) and GCIE (1947), and after independence became a Member of the Rajya Sabha twice, in 1952 and 1958, and later a member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (MLA) in 1962 and 1989.
|HH Rai-i-Rayan Maharawal Shri Sir LAKSHMAN SINGH Bahadu|
|HH Rai-i-Rayan Maharawal Shri Sir LAKSHMAN SINGH Bahadur|
|Maharajkumari Hemant Kanwarji Sahiba of Dungarpur, later Maharani of Danta|
|Rajkumari Trishikha Kumari|