Jadeja dynasty’s last scion, Maharaja of Kutch, dies of Covid-19 complications

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The Maharaja of Kutch, Maharrao Pragmalji III, the titular ruler of the Jadeja dynasty of the erstwhile Kutch state, died of complications related to Covid-19, sources in the royal family said on Sunday.

The Maharaja, 85, had no children and with his death, the throne of the ruler of the erstwhile state remains vacant as he did not name an heir apparent, they said.

Pragmalji III died on Friday and his last rites were conducted at Chhaterdi in Bhuj, the royal resting place, with Covid-19 guidelines, the sources said.

His wife had also tested coronavirus positive and she underwent treatment at a private hospital in Bhuj. She is now out of the hospital and recovering, the sources said.

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Born as Prithvirajji on May 3, 1936, Pragmalji III was the eldest son of the erstwhile ruler of Kutch, Maharao Madansinhji.

He was anointed as Maharrao and renamed Pragmalji III at a ceremony on October 17, 1991, after his father’s death.

He was in favour of a separate state status for Kutch, the largest district in Gujarat which had suffered a massive damage during the 2001 earthquake.

The ruler of the Kutch state had ceded power to the Indian Union in May 1948.

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In a tweet on Friday in the Kutchi language, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of the Maharaja and prayed for the peace of his soul.