The Gaekwads of Baroda are the owners of the biggest private home in the world, Laxmi Vilas Palace. Significantly, the royal palace of England, Buckingham Palace, is four times smaller than Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Laxmi Vilas Palace, owned by HRH Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, is the private palace of the royal family of Baroda and spans a land area of more than 500 acres.
Who is HRH Samarjitsinh Gaekwad?
Samarjitsinh Ranjitsinh Gaekwad, a former first-class cricketer, was born on April 25, 1967. He is the lone child of Ranjitsinh Pratapsinh Gaekwad and Shubhanginiraje. Samarjitsinh completed his schooling at The Doon School in Dehradun, and in May 2012, following the passing of his father, he was crowned Maharaja.
On June 22, 2012, a formal ceremony took place at Laxmi Vilas Palace. Then in 2013, he and his uncle Sangramsinh Gaekwad were able to settle a long-running inheritance issue, which led to Samarjitsinh becoming the sole owner of Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Samarjitsinh in 2022 got married to Radhikaraje, a member of the royal family of Wankaner State. Both of them are blessed with two daughters.
Samarjitsinh’s Cricket Career
Samarjitsinh had a distinguished cricketing career and played as a top-order batsman for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy and six first-class games. Samarjitsinh served as the Baroda Cricket Association’s president as well.
Samarjitsinh was an ardent player who had participated in six first-class games as a top-order batsman and represented Baroda in the Ranji Trophy. He later served as the Baroda Cricket Association’s president.
Apart from interest in cricket, Samarjitsinh is an enthusiastic golfer and has established a 10-hole golf course and clubhouse within the Laxmi Vilas Palace complex.
Owner Of Temple Trusts
Not just this, Samarjitsinh also controls temples trust that runs 17 temples in Gujarat and in Banaras. He also takes interest in politics and joined BJP in 2014, however, he is not so active in politics since 2017.