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Baoni-Bundelkand, a former Indian state, could not be found on a map, and was possibly renamed. It was part of Central Province, 127 square miles.
Jarig Bakker, 10 November 1998
According to the 1946 National Geographic Map of India and Burma, and to A. Flicher's "Drapeaux et Armoiries des Etats Princiers de l'Empire des Indes" Baoni was a small enclave, attached to the Bundelkand Agency, but located in the United Provinces, about approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of the city of Cawnpore (now Kanpur). It shared a short border with a neighboring state, Charkhari. Otherwise the two were completely surrounded by territory under direct British rule.
In addition to the green-yellow-green triband, the state flag shown above, Filcher (1984) also describes a banner for the ruler, the Nabab of Baoni. His banner was rectangular (proportions not given), with 5 equal horizontal stripes; green-yellow-purple-black-white (top to bottom).
PRINCIPALITY OF BAONI
Princely States of Central India, States of Bundelkhand and Baghelkhand, States of Bundelkhand, Present-day Madhya Pradesh
11 Gun Salute
Area: 313 sq. km
Acceded to the Union of India on Jan.1, 1950, Founded in 1784 as an offshoot of Hyderabad
" The Princely flag of the Sovereign of Baoni is rectangular, of five horizontal bands, in colors (from the top): green, yellow, purple, black and white."
Source: Filcher (1984)
Chrystian Kretowicz, 27 January 2003
image by Chrystian Kretowicz
The neighboring state of Charkhari's flag was also described. The flag was 2 by 2.5, the field red, with a yellow border. The border was equal to 1 tenth of the length of the flag. An elaborate coat of arms was placed in the middle of the flag. Neither my minimal ability to translate French words, nor the quality of the drawing in the book, is adequate for a good description of the arms. My weak attempt to describe them is- a field of murrey (a rare heraldic color, dark red, supposed to be the color of mulberries); a pale or, seme with drops of blood; in a chief azure a child's head bearing a laurel(?) crown or; supporters are a black bear and a speckled stag. Above the shield is a helmet surmounted by some sort of animal and another device. A
scroll appears below. If my understanding is correct, this scroll bears
the motto "Il Accorde La Grace A Notre Trone Victorieux". The entire
achievement of arms reaches almost to the border both top and bottom.
Ned Smith, 12 November 1998
Charkhari was an 11-gun state now in the Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh,
Area: 2,279 km2, founded 1765. - see
Jarig Bakker, 15 May 2002
PRINCIPALITY OF CHARKHARI
Princely States of Central India, States of Bundelkhand Agency, Present-day Uttar Pradesh
11 Gun Salute
Area: 2, 279 sq.km
Acceded to the Union of India on Jan.1, 1950
image by Jarig Bakker
In addition to the green-yellow-green triband, the state flag shown above,
the Filcher (1984) book also describes a banner
for the ruler, the Nabab of Baoni. His banner was rectangular (proportions not
given), with 5 equal horizontal stripes: green-yellow-purple-black-white (top to
bottom). Note that these five-colors (Pancaranga) were used to designate
belonging to the Rajput-princes.
Jarig Bakker, 5 May 2002