COOCH BEHAR (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)



Area: 3,414 km2 Privy Purse: 850,000R Accession Date: 1st January 1950
State: West Bengal Dynasty: Narayan Religion: Hindu




Predecessors and Short History:
The state was founded
about 1510 or 1515. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 9
cavalry, 176 infantry, and 4 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 13
guns (as of 1892). Rulers were…

  • Raja Haridas Mondal, ruler of an area near the Chikna
    to the Mech caste of the Haihoi dynasty, married 1stly, Rani Jira,
    daughter of Bhuiyan Hajo, married at the same time, 2ndly, Rani
    Hira, younger daughter of Bhuiyan Hajo, and had issue.

    • Madan (by Rani Jira, eldest son), died about 1510 in
    • Maharaja Chandan Narayan (by Rani Jira) (qv)
    • Raja Sisya Singha [Sishu] (by Rani Hira), Raikat
      [=family guardian],
      King of Baikunthapur, married and had issue, the later Prime Ministers
      of Cooch Behar and the Raikat Kings of Jalpaiguri.

      • Raja Monahar Dev, married and had issue.
        • Raja Manikoth Dev, married and had issue.
          • Raja Bhaba Dev, married and had issue.
            • Raja Dharma Dev, married and had issue.
              • Raja Darpa Dev, married and had issue.
                • Several generations
                  • Raja Fanindra Dev Raikot, said to be the
                    20th Raikat in succession and had provided good service in the Bhutan
                    War. He died after 1891.

                    • Several generations
                      • Raja Prosanna Dev Raikot, last Raja of
                        Baikunthapur in Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal; married 1stly (in Gandharba form), Rani Renchi Devi,
                        a Lepcha by birth, married 2ndly, Rani
                        Asrumati Devi, died 5th January 1954, and had issue, three sons and one
                        daughter. He died
                        4th December 1946.
                        • Kumar Rupendra Dev Raikot (by Rani
                          Devi), he filed a suit on
                          7th August 1947 for recovery of a large estate in Jalpaiguri District
                          in West Bengal named Baikunthapur Raj; died after 1963.
                        • Kumar Shiva Prasad Dev (by Rani
                        • Kumar Deva Prasad Dev (by Rani Renchi
                        • Kumari Prativa Devi [Mrs. Prativa
                          (by Rani Asrumati Devi)
    • Maharaja Viswa Singh [Vishu] (by Rani Hira) (see below)
    1. Maharaja CHANDAN NARAYAN,
      1st Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1510/1523, expanded the territory
      greatly. He
      died sp 1523.


    1. Maharaja VISWA SINGHA,
      2nd Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1523/1554 (abdicated), born
      1501, shifted
      the capital from Chikna in the mountains to Hingulabas on the plains,
      many times, and had issue, 19 sons. He died after 1554.

      • Raja Nri Singha, King of Panga.
      • Raja Shukladhaj [Chilarai], King of Assam, appointed the
        army commander
        conquering Assam in 1562, he was granted a portion of the new
        included East Assam, married Rani Chandraprabha, niece of Pratap Roy,
        had issue. He died 1571.

        • Raja Raghudev Narayan, Raja of Darrang, married and had
          issue (see Darrang).
      • Maharaja Nar Narayan (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Kamal Narayan [Gosai Kamal]


    1. Maharaja NAR NARAYAN,
      3rd Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1554/1587, captured Manipur and
      Tripura, adding
      to his Kingdom, married (amongst others), Rani Bhanumati, daughter of
      Roy, Buiyan of Pandu, and had issue. He died 1587.

      • Maharaja Lakshmi Narayan (qv)
      • Rani Kshama Devi, married 23rd December 1596, Mirza Raja
        MAN SINGH I of
        Jaipur, and had issue. She committed sati 1614.


    1. Maharaja LAKSHMI NARAYAN,
      4th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1587/1621, married and had issue.
      He died 1621.

      • Maharajkumar Braja Narayan, died vp.
      • Maharajkumar Bhim Narayan, died vp.
      • Maharajkumar Vil Narayan
      • Maharaja Bira Narayan (by the Senior Queen) (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Gosai Mahi Narayan, Najir Dev,
        married and had
        He died 1666.

        • Kumar Shri Jagat Narayan, married and had issue. He
          died after 1682.

          • Kumar Shri Viswa Narayan
          • Maharaja Rup Narayan (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Yajna Narayan, married and had issue. He
          died after 1682.

          • Kumar Shri Shanta Narayan, Najir Dev.
          • Kumar Shri Satya Narayan, appointed as the Dewan
            (financial minister),
            married and had issue.

            • Kumar Shri Deena Narayan, adopted by Maharaja
              Upendra Narayan, but
              and died before being able to succeed.
        • Kumar Shri Chandra Narayan
        • Kumar Shri Darpa Narayan, died 1665/1666.


    1. Maharaja BIRA NARAYAN,
      5th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1621/1626, he was first to open
      schools in his
      married and had issue. He died 1626.

      • Maharaja Pran Narayan (qv)
      • Maharani Rupamati Devi, married (as his first wife),
        Maharajadhiraja Paramesvara
        Paramabhattaraka Sri Sri Pratapamalla Vijayarajye Nepala, Raja of Kathmandu in Nepal. She
        before 1649.
      • [?Maharani Ananta Priya
        Devi, married (as his third wife), Maharajadhiraja Paramesvara
        Paramabhattaraka Sri Sri Pratapamalla Vijayarajye Nepala, Raja of
        Kathmandu in Nepal.]


    1. Maharaja PRAN NARAYAN,
      6th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1626/1665, invaded Ghoraghat, the
      center of
      power in Banga (Bengal). In 1661 he captured Dhaka, capital of Banga,
      was forced to capitulate, a peace treaty being signed in 1664, married
      had issue, three sons. He died 1665.

      • Maharajkumar Vishnu Narayan (eldest son), married and had
        issue. He
        died vp.

        • Kumar Shri Man Narayan, married and had issue.
          • Maharaja Mahendra Narayan (qv)
      • Maharaja Mod Narayan (qv)
      • Maharaja Vasudeo Narayan (qv)


    1. Maharaja MOD NARAYAN
      [Madan Narayan], 7th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1665/1680, completed
      of Jalpesh temple. In 1665 he helped Raja Ram Singh, army commander of
      the Delhi sultanate and king of Amber, with 5 thousand soldiers in the
      war against king of Assam. He died sp 1680.


    1. Maharaja VASUDEO NARAYAN
      [Basudev Narayan], 8th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1680/1682. He
      died sp


    1. Maharaja MAHENDRA NARAYAN,
      9th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1682/1693, born c1677. He died sp


    1. Maharaja RUP NARAYAN,
      10th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1693/1714, shifted his capital, later
      from Atharokotha to Guriahati Gram on the eastern bank of river Torsha,
      married and had issue. He died 1714.

      • Maharaja Upendra Narayan (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Kharga Narayan, 2nd Dewan Deo, married and
        had issue.

        • Maharaja Dhairjendra Narayan (qv)
        • Maharaja Rajendra Narayan (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Ram Narayan, 3rd Dewan Deo, married and had

          • Kumar Shri Bijendra Narayan (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Surendra Narayan, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Nagendra Narayan
          • Kumar Shri Jibendra Narayan
      • Maharajkumar Vidya Narayan, died vp.
      • Maharajkumar Narendra Narayan, died vp.


    1. Maharaja UPENDRA NARAYAN,
      11th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1714/1763, he adopted Kumar Shri
      Deena Narayan,
      of Dewan Satya Narayan, conferring upon him all authority to run the
      administration, married 2ndly, Rani Lalbai, and had issue. He died

      • Maharaja Debendra Narayan (by 2nd wife) (qv)


    1. Maharaja DEBENDRA NARAYAN,
      12th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1764/1765, born 1759, during his
      rule, the
      of the state totally broke down, with Bhutan invading the Kingdom and
      tribute from the Maharaja. He died 12th August 1765.


    1. Maharaja DHAIRJENDRA
      , 13th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1765/1770 and 1775/1783, during this
      many regions came under the rule of the Butanese, eventually being
      by them in 1770, married 6 wives, including, Maharani Kamteswari Devi,
      and had issue. He died 1783.

      • Maharaja Dharendra Narayan (qv)
      • Maharaja Harendra Narayan (qv)


    1. Maharaja RAJENDRA NARAYAN,
      14th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1770/1772, Maharaja in name only,
      married in
      1772, and died five days later of a fever. He died sp 1772.


    1. Maharaja DHARENDRA NARAYAN,
      15th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1772/1775, during his rule, the
      drive out the Bhutanese, restoring peace in the country. He died sp


    1. Maharaja HARENDRA NARAYAN,
      16th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1783/1840, born 1769?, granted
      ruling powers
      in 1799, married (amongst others), the daughters of Jadunath Ishore and
      Padmanath Karjee, and had issue. He died 1840 on pilgrimage in Benares.

      • Maharaja Shivendra Narayan (qv)
      • Maharajkumar Brajendra Narayan, married and had issue.
        • Maharaja Narendra Narayan [Chandra Narayan](qv)
      • Maharajkumar Meghendra Narayan, born 1796.
      • Maharajkumar Mahendra Narayan
      • Maharajkumar Nilendra Narayan
      • Maharajkumar Yogendra Narayan


    1. Maharaja SHIVENDRA NARAYAN,
      17th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1840/1847, born 1796, he adopted
      Kumar Shri
      Narayan, son of Kumar Shri Shambhu Narayan of Balarampur, who was then
      eight years old, dying in 1845, he adopted his nephew, married the
      of Bajradhar Karjee of Chapgur Gram and daughter of ex-Jowar Brajendra
      Narayan Chowdhury [Rajmatas Kamteswari and Brindeswari Devi]. He died sp
      1847 in Benares.


    1. Maharaja NARENDRA NARAYAN,
      18th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1847/1863, born 1841, adopted by
      his uncle,
      full ruling powers in 1860, banned the practise of sati,
      (amongst others), Maharani Mishimayi Devi, and had issue. He died 6th

      • Maharajkumar Jatindra Narayan
      • Col. HH Maharaja Sir Nripendra Narayan (by Maharani
        Nishimayi Devi) (qv)
      • Maharajkumari Anandamoyee


    1. Col. HH Maharaja Sir
      G.C.I.E., 19th Maharaja of Cooch Behar
      1863/1911, born
      he succeeded to the gadi on
      6th August 1863, educated in the Wards Institute at Benares then under
      the guardianship
      of Mr. H. St. J. Kneller, in the Bankipur College, Patna, and next, he
      was admitted to Presidency
      to study Law till 1881, he was presented with a medal and sword in 1877
      at the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi, on the occasion of the
      Proclamation of Her Most Gracious Majesty as Empress of India; formally
      installed on the gadi on 8th
      November 1883, the titles of Maharaja
      Bhup Bahadur

      were recognised as hereditary by the Government of India in 1885; he
      was appointed Honorary Major in the British Army also in 1885; he was
      invested with the Insignia of Grand Commander of the Most Eminent Order
      of the Indian Empire by Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen Empress
      herself in 1887; he was made Honorary Aide-de-camp to His Royal
      Highness the Prince of Wales, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonelin the
      British Army; he established the India Club at Calcutta in 1882,
      founded Nripendra Narayan Hall at Jalpaiguri in 1883, and established
      the “Anandamayi Dharmasala” (almshouse) in 1889; married in March 1878,
      HH Maharani Suniti Devi, born
      1864, died 1932, daughter of Maharishi Keshub Chandra Sen,
      invested with the Imperial Order of the Crown of India in 1887, and had
      issue, four sons and three daughters. He died 18th

      • HH Maharaja Rajendra II Narayan Bhup Bahadur [Prince
        Rajey] (see below)
      • HH Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur [Prince Jit]
        (see below)
      • Lt.Col. Maharajkumar Shri Victor Nitendra Narayan, born
        21st May 1888,
        Godson of Queen Victoria; married Rani Nirupama Devi, a
        distant cousin, and
        had issue, two sons. He died 1937.

        • Rajkumar Gautam Narayan, married 1952, Patricia Joan
          Quinn, and had issue, two daughters. He died 1970.

          • Kumari Victoria Pia Narayan, born 21st March 1954 in
            Calcutta, married 15th March 1984, Michael John Anderson, born 29th
            July 1949, and has issue, one son and one daughter. (Australia)

            • Tana Victoria Narayan Anderson, born 21st
              December 1985.
            • Nicholas Peter Narayan Anderson, born 28th
              January 1990.
          • Kumari Deepa Elizabeth Narayan, born 2nd December
            1956 in Calcutta .
        • Rajkumar Nidhendra Narayan, died young.
      • Lt.Col. Maharajkumar Shri Hitendra Narayan [Prince
        Hitty], born 1st July
        1890 at Cooch
        Behar, played First-Class cricket for Somerset. He died 7th December
        at Darjeeling (#1).
      • Maharaj Kumari Sukriti Devi [Princess Girlie], born 1884,
        married 28th November, 1899
        (sep’d.), Jyotsanath Ghosal, C.I.E. [cr.1918], Zamindar of Belgaum,
        and had issue. She died 1958.

        • Archie Ghosal
        • Romas Ghosal
      • Maharaj Kumari Pratibha Devi [Princess Pretty], born
        22nd November 1891 in Calcutta, married
        21st February 1912 in Calcutta, (div. 1921), Lionel
        Henry Mander, born 14th February 1888, died 27th February 1946, son of
        Samuel Theodore Mander, and his wife, Flora Paint. She died sp
        23rd July 1923 in Calcutta.
      • Maharaj Kumari Sudhira Devi [Princess Baby], born 1894,
        25th February
        1914 at Woodlands, Alan Jocelyn Mander, born 28th January 1891, died
        21st December 1967, son of Samuel Theodore Mander, and his wife, Flora
        Paint, and had issue. She died 1968.

        • Pamela Geeta (Ghita) Mander, born 8th
          July 1920 in London, died 27th June 1965.
        • Derek Anjum Mander, born 1928,
          married 1stly, Edwina, married 2ndly, and had issue.
        • Monisha Vida Garbo Mander, born 1934,
          married 1952, George Leslie John Garnham, and had issue.


    1. HH Maharaja RAJENDRA II
      NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur
      , 20th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1911/1913,
      born 11th April
      1882 in Calcutta, educated at Mayo College in Ajmer in 1893, then sent
      England in 1894 for further studies, gained entry to Oxford College in
      1900, he died unmarried 1st September 1913 in London, and was buried in


    1. HH Maharaja JITENDRA
      NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur
      , 21st Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1913/1922,
      20th December
      1886 at Cooch Behar Palace, educated privately under a British home
      admitted to Itan School in 1900, then admitted to Edinburgh University,
      married 25th August 1913 in London, HH Maharani Indira Devi, born 1892,
      died 1968,
      daughter of HH Maharaja Gaekwad Sir Sayajirao
      Khanderao Gaekwad
      Sena Khas Khel Shamsher Bahadur Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia of Baroda, and his second wife, HH Maharani
      Gajra Bai, and had issue. He died 20th December

      • Lt.Col. (Hon) HH Maharajah Sir Jaggadipendra Narayan Bhup
        Bahadur (see
      • Maharaj Kumar Indrajitendra Narayan, born 1918 in Poona,
        educated at
        College, Ajmer, married Rani Kamala Devi, born 1920, died 198x,
        daughter of Raja Saheb Meharban-I-Dostan Sri Raja Rao Venkata Kumara
        Mahipati Suryarao Bahadur Garu, Maharaja of Pithapuram, and his wife, Sri Rani
        Chinnamamba Devi, and had
        issue. He died 1951 in Darjeeling.

        • HH Maharaja Virajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur (see below)
        • Maharani Uttara Devi, born 1942, married 1963, HH
          Maharao Brijraj Singhji
          of Kotah.
      • Maharajkumari Ila Devi, born 1914, married Maharajkumar
        Dev Varma of Tripura, and had issue.
        died 1945.
      • HH Maharani Gayatri Devi, born 23rd May 1919 in London,
        educated at
        Laussane, Switzerland, London School of Secretaries, Brilliantmont and
        Monkey Club London; President of the All India Badminton Association,
        Rajasthan State Swatantra Party, Vice-President of the All India Lawn
        Association and All India Swatantra Party, Director Rambagh Palace
        Jaipur, and Gee Stud Farm Pvt Ltd., Chairman of the Governing Council
        Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls Public School, Jaipur, Chairman of the
        of Trustee of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Benevolent Trust, Jaipur, the
        Gayatri Soldier’s Welfare Fund, Jaipur; the Sawai Ram Singh Shilp Kala
        Mandir, Jaipur; M/s Jaipur Durries Pvt Ltd, Jalpur and Rajasthan State
        Tourist Development Corporation, Jaipur; Member of the 3rd, 4th and 5th
        Lok Sabha, author of: “A Princess Remembers” and “A Government’s
        interests include photography, Fine Arts and Museums, married (as his
        third wife), 9th May
        HH Saramad-i-Rajahai Hindustan Raj Rajendra Shri Maharajadhiraj Sir
        Man Singhji II Bahadur of Jaipur, and
        issue. She died 29th July 2009 at the Satokben Durlabh Memorial
        Hospital in Jaipur and was cremated the following day in Jaipur.
      • HH Maharani Menaka Devi, born 1920, married 1942, HH
        Maharaja Sir
        Yeshwantrao Sadashivrao [Bhau Sahib] Puar of Dewas-Junior, and had
        issue. She died 2011.


    1. Lt.-Col.
      (Hon.) HH Maharaja Sir JAGADDIPENDRA NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur
      , 22nd
      Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1922/1970,
      15th December 1915 at Cooch Behar Palace, educated at Harrow 1927/1929
      and Trinity Hall, Cambridge 1929/1934, K.C.I.E. [cr.1945], 7th Light
      Indian Army, served in World War II, granted full ruling powers on 6th
      April 1936, married 1stly, about 1950 (div.), Nancy Valentine, born St.
      Long Island, an Hollywood actress, married 2ndly, Maharani Gina
      (née Egan), and had
      issue. He died spm
      11th April
      in Calcutta.


  1. HH Maharaja VIRAJENDRA
    NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur
    , 23rd Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1970/1992,
    1stly, Reena, married 2ndly, Anna, married 3rdly, Surekha Guring. He
    died sp
    in 1992.

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