CHIKITI

 

CHIKITI (Zamindari)

 

VILLAGES: xx  REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: xx
LOCATION: Orissa (Ganjam
Dist.)
DYNASTY: Ganga RELIGION: Hindu

 

PRESENT RULER: Raja
SACHINDANANDA RAJENDRA DEBO
, Raja Saheb of Chikiti since 1945. (Chikiti
Palace, P.O. – Chikiti, Dist. – Ganjam, Orissa, India)

born
15th october
1923, he ascended the gaddi on 13th June 1945 at Chikiti, after
attaining his majority
and with the
Zamindari being released from the Court of Wards; elected Sarpanch,
Chikiti Grama Panchayat,
1954/1957; he established the Rajakabi
Radhamohano
Bidyapitha
in 1942, the Sachidananda Hospital in 1957, Rajlaxmi
Girls High
School in 1965 and Secondary Training School in 1994 in a part of the
Chikiti Palace; elected Chairman, Chikiti
Panchayat Samiti, 1971; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1971/1977 (two terms); elected
Chairman, Chikiti
Panchayat Samiti, 1971; interests are Gardening, Photography, Tennis,
Billiards and Shooting; he married Rani Lalit Manjari Devi, daughter of
Raja Ananta
Narayan Mansingh Harichandan Mahapatra of Narsinghpur, and his wife, Rani Kanak
Lata Devi, and has issue,
two sons.

    • Yuvraj Trigunateeta Debo, married
      Yuvrani Usha
      Devi, born 25th February 1952, daughter of Pattayet Shri Vyricharla
      Chandrachudamani Dev of Kurupam, she
      is very popular,
      has performed much development work in
      and
      around Chikiti, is greatly respected and has been elected to the
      Orissa Legislative Assembly in 1995, 2000 and 2004, and has issue, one
      son and one daughter.

      • Rajkumari Shriti Devi [Yuvarani Shriti Devi of Andra],
        married Yuvaraj Pratish Rai, son and heir of Raja Pratap Rai, Zamindar
        of Andra in Andhra Pradesh, and his wife, Rajkumari Nalini Raj Lakshmi
        (see Nayagarh), and has issue, one
        daughter.

        • Kumari Sangali Devi

 

  • Pattayet Durgaprasad Debo, unmarried.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: It
is said that there existed an ancient kingdom of Shewataka, north
east of the Mahendra Hills in the 7th century AD which remained
unrecognized as an independent kingdom. It is also said that in 881AD,
Maharaja Jajati Kesari, the King of Utkal named the Southern part of
his kingdom as Chetaka and sent his younger brother Kesava Ravothara to
extend the kingdom and look after the administration and collect taxes.
Chetaka could be a converted name of Shwetaka and most probably Chikiti
is a derived form of Chetaka. The Rajas of Chikiti were patrons of
art, culture and literature and every Raja has made significant
contribution to contemporary classical literature. Some rulers were
…..

  • Raja KULOMANI RAJENDRA DEBO,
    Raja of Chikiti 1736/1769, author of ‘Chaupadi’.
  • Raja KRISHNA CHANDRA
    RAJENDRA DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1769/1790, author of ‘Ramlila
    and
    Khanda Ramayana’.
  • Raja PITHAMBARA RAJENDRA
    DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1790/1819
  • Raja GOVINDA CHANDRAI
    RAJENDRA DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1819/1831
  • Raja KULOMANI RAJENDRA
    DEBO II
    , Raja of Chikiti 1831/1834
  • Raja BRUNDAVANO CHANDRA
    RAJENDRA DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1834/1846
  • Raja JAGANADHA RAJENDRA
    DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1846/1855
  • Raja BISVAMBARA RAJENDRA
    DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1855/1885, author of most
    popular Oriya play ‘Radha
    Prema Lila
    ’ is a significant contribution of Raja Bisvambara
    Rajendra
    Debo, which he dedicated to his eldest son; he married and had issue.

    • Raja Kisori Chandra Rajendra Debo (qv)
    • Kumar Bira
      Kishore Debo
    • Raja
      Laxminrusimha Singh Deo of Seragada
    • Kumar Pitambara Debo, died spm.
  • Raja KISORI CHANDRA
    RAJENDRA DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1885/1903, author of the
    plays ‘Bidagdha
    Madhaba
    ’, ‘Basanta Rasa’ and ‘Raghunath Bilasa’.
  • Raja RADHAMOHANO RAJENDRA
    DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1903/1923 (abdicated) and
    1934/(1945), a great patron of
    literature, during his reign a number of
    temples were built and schools and libraries were established, he also
    constructed the beautiful
    Palace at the foot of the Ratnei Hills, his
    literary contribution was tremendous, including poetry (‘Premamanjari
    Kabya
    ’ and ‘Prakrama Padyabali’), social plays (‘Prakruti
    Rahasya
    ’ and ‘Prakruti Pranaya’), historical plays (‘Pratap‘)
    and mythological plays (‘Parimala Sahagamana’, ‘Panchali
    Pattaharana
    ’ and
    Premataranga‘); he also established a theatre pandal named
    ‘Rangalaya’ which gave
    promotion to the contemporary stage theatre of Orissa, the Raja Saheb
    was also known as ‘Rajkabi’, he abdicated in 1923 in favour of
    his eldest son but resumed the gaddi on the premature death of
    his son in 1934; married 1stly, Rani
    Lavanya Devi, daughter of Raja Jadunath Deb of Aul,
    married 2ndly, Rani Krishnapriya, daughter of the Raja of Budharsingi,
    and had issue. [He died 1945]

    • Raja Gaura Chandra Rajendra Debo (qv)
    • Rajkumar Sarat Chandra Debo, Principal of the Utkal
      School
      of Arts, married Rajkumari Sanajema Golap Prabha Devi, daughter of
      Raja Chandrachudamani Harishchandra Jagadev of Surangi, and had
      issue, two sons and one daughter.

      • Kumar Golak Chandra Debo (+),
        married Kumari Jyotiprabha Devi of Nayagarh.
      • Kumar Prodyot Chandra Debo,
        married Kumari Punyaprabha Debo of the Biruli Royal family, and has
        issue.
      • Kumari Sripurna Devi, married
        Rajkumar Meenakshi Prasad Debo (+) of Bodokhemundi, and has issue.
    • Rajkumar Uday Chandra Deb (by Rani Krishnapriya), adopted
      to Budharsingi, and succeeded there as the Raja Saheb of Budharsingi.
  • Raja GAURA CHANDRA
    RAJENDRA DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti 1923/1934, he was a
    pioneer and
    stalwart for the formation of a separate province of Orissa. He was the
    President of the committee that went into the issues related to the
    boundary of Orissa State, married to Rani Rajlaxmi
    Devi, the daughter of the Raja of Badagada, and had issue, one
    son and three daughters. He died in October 1934, before the province
    of Orissa was created
    but content in the knowledge that the proposal had been accepted.

    • Raja Sachindanada Rajendra Debo (qv)
    • Rajkumari (name unknown), married Raja Narayan
      Chandra Bhanj Deo
      of Haldia and has issue, one son.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) (+), married (as his
      second wife), Raja Jagannath
      Deo Varman of Tekkali.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown)

COURT OF WARDS
1934/1945

  • Raja SACHINDANANDA
    RAJENDRA DEBO
    , Raja of Chikiti (see above)

OTHER MEMBERS:

  • Kumar Bhawani Debo of Chikiti, married Rajkumari Majhia
    Jema
    Kunjalata Devi, daughter of Raja Purna Chandra Deo Harishchandra
    Jagadev of Surangi, and his wife, Rani
    Hira Kumari Devi.

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