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The word Thakur means lord, god or master, The title was used by rulers of several princely states including Ambliara, Vala, Morbi and Barsoda. Sons of Thakurs, were given the Sanskrit title of Kumara; popular usage being Kunwar[disambiguation needed] in the North and Kumar in Bengal and South India denoting the prince. 
A Thakur's estate was called a Thakurate or Thikana, and was recognised at a salute state rank in the British Empire of India. The Thakore Sahib of Dhrol, Thakur Sahib of Limbdi, Thakur Sahib of Palitana and Thakur Sahib of Rajkot were recognised with hereditary 9-gun salutes, while the Thakur Sahib of Gondal received an 11-gun salute.
Thakur served as the title of many historical states, including: Beja State, Bija State, Chuda State, Dhadi State, Kachhi Baroda State, Kathiwada State, Kawarda State, Khirasra State, Kunihar State, Mahlog State, Mohanpur State, Ranasan State, Sanjeli State, Sayla State, vallabhpur State, Valasna State, Wadagam State.
In some states, the Thakur's title was later changed, notably:
In Tharoch State, the ruler's title of Rana was changed to Thakur, before being reverted to Rana again later.
The title had loftier compound variants, notably:
Thikana is the fief or princely state ruled by the thakurs.