Cambay State


Cambay State

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Cambay State

Princely State of Mughal India
British Raj
Flag of Cambay
Coat of arms of Cambay
Coat of arms
Cambay State Kaira Agency of British India 1817-1937.svg
Cambay State in Kaira Agency
• 1901
906 km2 (350 sq mi)
• 1901
 • Motto “Dar Babi Farhat”
(This is the Gate of Joy).
• Established

Preceded by

Succeeded by
Mughal Empire
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Cambay“. Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

Map of Cambay State

Mu´min Khan, Nawab of Cambay.

CambayKambay or Khambhat, was a princely state during the British Raj. The town of Khambat (Cambay) in present-day Gujarat was its capital. The state was bounded in the north by the Kaira district and in the south by the Gulf of Cambay.

Cambay was the only state in the Kaira Agency of the Gujarat division of the Bombay Presidency, which merged into the Baroda and Gujarat States Agency in 1937.


Cambay was founded as a state in 1730 by the penultimate Nawab of the Mughal Empire, Mirza Ja‘far Mu’min Khan I, the last of the Mughal governors of Gujarat, at the time of the dismemberment of Mughal rule in India. In 1742 Mirza Ja‘far Mu’min Khan I defeated his brother-in-law Nizam Khan, governor of Khambhat, and established himself in his place.

In 1780 Cambay was taken by the British Army, led by General Goddard Richards, but it was restored to the Marathas in 1783. Finally it was ceded to the British by the Peshwa after the Treaty of Bassein in 1803.[1] Cambay became a British protectorate in 1817. The state was provided with a railway in 1901.[2] Cambay’s last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union on 10 June 1948.[3]


The rulers of the state bore the title of ‘Nawab‘ and had the privilege of an 11-gun salute.[4]


  • 1730 – 1742 Mirza Jaffar Mumin Khan I, last Muslim Governor of Gujarat
  • 1742 – 1743 Nur-ud-din Muftakher Khan
  • 1743 – 1784 Najm ad-Dawla Ja`far Mu´min Khan II
  • 1784 – 1790 Mohammad Qoli Khan (d. 1790)
  • 1790 – 28 October 1823 Fath `Ali Khan (d. 1823)
  • 1823 – 15 March 1841 Banda `Ali Khan (d. 1841)
  • 1841 – Apr 1880 Husayn Yawar Khan I (d. 1880)
  • 11 Jun 1880 – 21 January 1915 Najib ad-Dawla Mumtaz al-Molk Ja`far `Ali Khan (b. 1848 – d. 1915)
  • 21 Jan 1915 – 1930 …. -Regent
  • 21 Jan 1915 – 15 Aug 1947/10 June 1948 Nizam ad-Dawla Najm ad-Dawla Mumtaz al-Molk Husayn Yawar Khan II (b. 1911 – d. ….)

List of Nawabs of Cambay state[edit]

  • Mirza JA’AFAR MU’MIN KHAN I 1730/1742, last Muslim Governor of Gujarat
  • Nawab JA’AFAR MU’MIN KHAN II 1743/1784
  • Nawab MUHAMMED QULI KHAN 1784/1790, son of Najam Khan (poisoned 1748), married and had issue. He died 1790.
  • Nawab FATH ALI KHAN (qv)
  • Nawab FATH ALI KHAN 1790/1823, eldest of three sons, he received the title Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung, and the rank of a commander of six thousand as Nawab of Cambay.
  • Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab BANDA ALI KHAN 1823/1841
  • Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab HUSAIN YAWAR KHAN I 1841/1880
  • Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab JA’AFAR ALI KHAN Bahadur 1880/1915 , born 1848, succeeded 11 June 1880 (#1), married 1stly, 1876, Bibi Gauhar Khanum Saheb, married 2ndly, 1882, Bibi Khurshid Jahan Begum. He died 21 January 1915.
  • HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Mirza HUSAIN YAWAR KHAN II Bahadur 1915/- , born 16 May 1911, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot; married January 1936, Nawabzadi Safia Sultan Qizilbash, daughter of Nawab Sir Fateh Ali Khan Qizilbash of Lahore (see Nawabganj), and had issue.
  • HH Najum-ud-Daulah Mumtaz-ul-Mulk Momin Khan Bahadur Dilawar Jung Nawab Mirza MUHAMMED JA’AFAR ALI KHAN

See also[edit]