|PRESENT RULER: Raja
SACHINDANANDA RAJENDRA DEBO, Raja Saheb of Chikiti since 1945. (Chikiti
Palace, P.O. – Chikiti, Dist. – Ganjam, Orissa, India)
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
Bidyapitha in 1942, the Sachidananda Hospital in 1957, Rajlaxmi
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
Panchayat Samiti, 1971; interests are Gardening, Photography, Tennis,
Billiards and Shooting; he married Rani Lalit Manjari Devi, daughter of
Narayan Mansingh Harichandan Mahapatra of Narsinghpur, and his wife, Rani Kanak
Lata Devi, and has issue,
- Yuvraj Trigunateeta Debo, married
Devi, born 25th February 1952, daughter of Pattayet Shri Vyricharla
Chandrachudamani Dev of Kurupam, she
is very popular,
has performed much development work in
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
- 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‘
- 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
Debo, which he dedicated to his eldest son; he married and had issue.
- Raja Kisori Chandra Rajendra Debo (qv)
- Kumar Bira
Laxminrusimha Singh Deo of Seragada
- Kumar Pitambara Debo, died spm.
- Raja KISORI CHANDRA
RAJENDRA DEBO, Raja of Chikiti 1885/1903, author of the
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
‘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
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
- 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
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
- Raja SACHINDANANDA
RAJENDRA DEBO, Raja of Chikiti (see above)
- Kumar Bhawani Debo of Chikiti, married Rajkumari Majhia
Kunjalata Devi, daughter of Raja Purna Chandra Deo Harishchandra
Jagadev of Surangi, and his wife, Rani
Hira Kumari Devi.