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Bundi - Indian Princely State

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Flag reported by Bundi Prince Vanshvardhan Singh

Apparently the last flag of Bundi was a horizontal triband flag with a maroon (red) stripe in between two saffron (orange) ones, and that the first flag was only orange (not yellow), as reported by Henry Soszynski, obtained from the Prince of Bundi - Vanshardvhan Singh:
"I am happy that you made the required changes on the page of Bundi, answering the query made by you I went across and had a look by the link you sent me. To rectify that as well it is not yellow it should have been orange coloured flag, to be more accurate the colour is saffron coloured flag which was used during the time of Mughal Empire (15th century) later during the British period it was made into a tri-coloured flag with a maroon strip in between."
Ben Cahoon, 15 August 2009


Flag reported by André Flicher

[Bundi] image by Chrystian Kretowicz

From Filcher (1984):

PRINCIPALITY OF BUNDI
Princely States of Rajputana - Rajasthan, Rajasthan Residency, Present-day Rajasthan
17 Gun Salute
Area: 5, 750 sq. km
Acceded to the Union of India on April 7, 1949, Founded: Predecessor state was founded in 1342 by Rao Deva, a descendant of Rao Visaladeva, King of Ajmer.

Flag:
The flag is all yellow since the capture in 1579 of the yellow banner of Nabab Darja Khan, who rebelled against the Emperor
Chrystian Kretowicz, 23 January 2002

The flag, which Henry Soszynski obtained from the authoritative source (Prince of Bundi - Vanshardvhan Singh) for his magnificent website on Indian Princely States is, perhaps, a royal (princely) flag of Bundi. My drawing of the flag was based on the description of it in André Flicher's 'Drapeaux et Armoiries des Etats Princiers de l'Empire des Indes' where he, explicitly, says: "le drapeau est de couleur jaune...", which means 'yellow' and not saffron or orange. Further, Roberto Breschi has that flag at http://www.rbvex.it/asiapag/jaipur.html#bundi, where he describes and shows it as 'giallo' (which means 'yellow'). Roberto Breschi dates this flag : 'sec.XVI - 1949' and notes it is in one of the colors of the Rajputs. Indeed, yellow is among them and no saffron or orange in sight. Roberto bases his IPS flags on research of such highly respected and reliable authorities as: John D.McMeekin, Aldo Ziggoto, Lucien Philippe and André Flicher. So, either the Prince of Bundi or a bunch of the Titans of Vexillology are wrong? Go figure - another subject for the intense study for the avid students of vexillology among us.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 26 August 2009