Palanpur Agency

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Palanpur Agency was a former collection of native states in what is now northern Gujarat, India.

Established in 1819, the Agency was under the political control of the Bombay Presidency until 10 October 1924, from which date it was merged into the Western India States Agency and placed under the political control of the Government of India. The designation of Palanpur Agency was changed to Banas Kantha Agency in 1925. Palanpur State was transferred to the Rajputana Agency in 1933, and the rest of the Banas Kantha Agency then merged with the Mahi Kantha Agency to form the Sabar Kantha Agency, subordinate to the Western India States Agency (WISA). On 11 November 1944 the WISA amalgamated with the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency. After the indepence of India in 1947 the whole area became part of Bombay State, which in 1960 was divided into the States of Gujarat and Maharashtra.


Of the three Political Agencies in the Northern Division of the Bombay Presidency, the next in importance to Kathiawar was the Palanpur Agency, established in 1819. It had (in 1908) the political control and supervision of four states (Palanpur, Radhanpur, Tharad and Wao) and five petty estates besides 343 non-jurisdictional Talukas and villages grouped under five thana circles each in charge of a Thandar. These were the Deodar, Varahi, Wao, Santalpur and Kankrej thana. Palanpur and Radhanpur ranked as Salute States, the other seven as Non-Salute. The area of the Agency was about 6,393...
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