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Bombay / Mumbai

Drawing H.G. Ströhl


Arms: Azure, three ships under sail lateen, rigged proper; a chief Or, thereon a lion passant guardant Gules between two pallets Sable, each charged with an ostrich-feather erect Argent.

Crest: Upon a wreath of the colours, a lion passant guardant Gules, crowned with an eastern crown Or, supporting with dexter paw an escutcheon Or, charged with a sprig of the cotton-tree, slipped and fructed proper.

Supporters: On the dexter a lion Or, and on the sinister a leopard proper, each gorged with an eastern crown, and pendant therefrom an escutcheon Azure, charged with a mullet Argent.

Motto:  urbs prima in indis. (The First City in India).


Arms and crest by R.W. 20.09.1877, the supporters on 02.10 of the same year.

The present coat of arms of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is the governing body of the city of Mumbai) is:


Arms: Quarterly: 1. The Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s most prominent landmarks, signifies the position of Mumbai as a veritable gateway to India; 2. A symbolic factory inscribed in a cog wheel signifies the industrial importance of Mumbai; 3. The three sailing ships in outline denote Mumbai’s pre-eminence as a port and commercial centre; 4. A symbolized diagram of the Corporation building depicting the seat of Local Self Government in Mumbai.

Crest: A lion passant guardant.

Motto: ytae /mRSttae jy (Sanskrit for Where there is Righteousness, there shall be Victory) in golden lettering

Garland: A floral border, in base alotus flower, Or.


Source: Wikipedia


Mumbai Police



The emblem of the Mumbai Police consists of a five-pointed star radiant, charged with a medallion with the initials BMP within a bordure with the title BRIHANMUMBAI POLICE  in latin and gurbani script and separated by the Maharashtra police emblem.

The motto reads:

which means: PROTECT THE RIGHTEOUS AND CONTROL & DESTROY THE EVILDOERS, which is the motto of the Maharashtra police






Raja of ....


The family cognizance is an arrow barbed, point downward.


The arms shows:


Arms: A target  charged with a hand holding two arrows and a bow in saltire, all proper

Supporter: A sword per pale, hilt upwards

Title: JAWHAR STATE on a ribbon in base




Sidi Ibrahim Khan III

Sidi Ahmad Khan




Nawab of ....


Arms: Gules, a tower within an orle Argent over all a canton Vert.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter lambrequined Gules and Vert, an eastern galley.

Supporters: Hubshis

Motto: Mansur i nazr Hazrat Panchetan.

                        (T. 44)


The Enclopædia Brittannica writes about the Habshī:


“African and Abyssinian slaves in pre-British India. The name derives from the Arabic word Habashī (“Abyssinian”), through its Persian form. Such slaves, frequently employed by the chiefs of Muslim India, especially in the Deccan, were believed to have great physical prowess and ability and a lack of personal ties, which promoted loyalty.

Many Habshī rose to high office and some became independent. Habshī  in western India, the Sidis of Janjira, commanded the fleet of the Bijapur sultan and became independent chiefs. They defied the Marathas and in 1670 transferred their allegiance to the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. They accepted British supremacy and maintained their state until 1948, when it was integrated with the Bombay state of the new Indian union.”


Sidi Mohammed Khan




Royal Achievement


Arms: An eastern galley within a bordure inscribed

Crest: A fish saliant

Supporters: Habshī

Motto:  ﻥﺒﺟﺴ ٺﺴ ﺎﯧ ڔ

Mantling: Vert, lined ermine, fringed and tasseled Or, crowned with a royal crown of four hoops, on the diadem a crescent-and-star.



Achievement of State


Arms: A tower within a bordure inscribed

Crest: A an eastern galley

Supporters: Habshī

Motto: ﻥﺒﺟﺴ ٺﺴ ﺎﯧ ڔ




Royal Cypher




Jath was one of the non-salute princely states of British India, under the Bombay Presidency, and later the Deccan States Agency. With the small state of Daphlapur, which is an integral part of it, it formed the Bijapur Agency, under the collector of Bijapur District. The state acceded to the Dominion of India in 1947 and merged with Bombay in 1948


Chiefs of Jath

Deshmukh Ramrao Narayan Abasheb Dafle


Rani Bhagirtbai

regent 1841-1846

Desmukh Amritrao II Raosaheb Dafle

1841/’46 - 1892

Meherban Shrimant Ramrao II Amritrao Abasheb Dafle


Meherban Shrimant Vijayasinghrao Ramrao Babasaheb Dafle


Raja 1935-




Arms: A tower ensigned with a pennon tenné, a ribbon with the title JATH STATE and the inscription 

Supporters: Two horses couped and two swords in saltire Sable.





Achievement of the Raja



Princely Cypher of Desmukh Amritrao II Raosaheb Dafle




Kolhapur entered into treaty relations with the HEIC, after the collapse of the Mahratta confederacy in 1812. The state acceded to the Dominion of India on 14th August 1947 and merged with Bombay on 1st March 1949.


Rajashri Shivaji IV



Raja of ....


Arms: Murrey, on a fesse Argent between four falcons close proper, a sword Sable, hilted Or.

Crest: On a helmet affrontée, lambrequined Murrey and Argent, a dexter hand entwined with a cobra proper.

Supporters: Two cheetahs (Acinonyx jabatus - Felidæ) proper.

Motto: Jaya Bhavani (Long Live Bhavani).

(T. 51)




Sawantvadi was effectively independent from 1675. For a considerable period, its rulers ravaged the seaboard as pirates, until defeated and compelled to cede their seaward territories to the HEIC in 1819. From then onwards advances were made in almost every area of public life, in administration, justice and public works, which made Sawantwadi a model state by the dawn of the twentieth century. The state acceded to the Dominion of India 15th August 1947, and merged into the state of Bombay in 1948.


Raghunath Sawant IV




Sir Desai of ....


Arms: Paly of four Or and Tenné, on a pile Sable a galley Argent.

Crest: On a helmet to the dexter, lambrequined Or and Tenné, a mullet Gules pierced Argent.

Supporters: Bears proper.

Motto: Jaya Sambhi (Long Live Sambhi).

(T. 78)



Sawantwadi State Emblem


The Sawantwadi State Emblem consists of the crest, the title and the motto j y x' .o (Jaya Sambhi) in devanagiri.


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