JHARGRAM

 

JHARGRAM (Zamindari) 

 

 

AREA: 653 km2 REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: 1954
LOCATION: West Bengal DYNASTY: Chauhan RELIGION: Hindu

 

PRESENT RULER: Raja SHIVENDRA
BIJOY MALLA DEB
, Raja Saheb of Jhargram since the 22nd February
2000. (Jhargram
Palace,
Midnapore Dist., West Bengal, India)

born 12th November 1957 in Calcutta, educated at St. Xaviers College,
Calcutta (B.Com.), he helps manage the family business and is involved
in politics, being a member of the Indian National Congress Party;
presently he is serving as the President of Jhargram Division Congress
party; Charter President of Rotary Club of Jhargram Green; also
Secretary, Governing
Body
of K.K. Institute, Jhargram; married November 1980 in Cuttack, Orissa,
Rani Jyoti
Devi, daughter of Raja
Prabodh Chandra Dhir Deb (+), Raja Saheb of Balarampur,
and his wife, Rani Jogmaya Devi, and has issue, one son.

  • Yuvraj Vikramaditya Malladeb, born 1988.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Legend
has it, that around 1574, Raja Man Singh had come from
Rajasthan, to conquer Bengal
on behalf of the Mughal Emperor, Padshah Akbar the Great. He appointed
two of his loyal officers in the
army, Sarveshwar Singh and his elder brother, to defeat the local
tribal
rulers of the region known as Jungalkhand, which was populated by
tribals, such as Santhals, Mallas, Bhumij and Lodhas. Raja Sarveshwar
Singh, together with the Rajput military
force and the cavalry invaded this deep forest region and defeated the
the Malla Raja, and in memory of his victory, he adopted the surname
Malla
Deb and set up his kingdom with it’s capital, naming it Jhargram.
In order to commerate this victory every year an idol of the Malla Raja
is made and killed on Vijaya Dasami (Dessehra) day. After residing in
the area for four months, Raja Man Singh decided to return
to Rajasthan and left his loyal officers, Sarveshwar Singh and
his elder brother behind. Raja Sarveshwar Malla Deb desired to stay,
and was made the Raja of the Junglekhand area, subordinate to the
Mughal emperor, and the elder brother was made the Raja of Bhishnupur,
better
known as Mallabhum (later an independent state). This is how Raja Man
Singh established the Malla Raj in
Bengal, which was divided in two parts, with the main capital at
Bishnupur
and the second part under the younger brother, Sarveshwar Malla Deb
with Jhargram as the
capital. In 1767, the Raja took part in the Chuar Mutiny against the
East India Company but were forced to surrender and pay tribute,
Jhargram was then recognized as a Zamindari estate under the British
authorities and the Ruler was granted the title of Raja. Rulers were….

  • Raja SARVESHWAR MALLA
    UGAL SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram, he
    belonged to the
    Kshtriya Chandra Vansha Chauhan
    clan of Rajputs and was the founder of the present Jhargram Royal
    Family; the new capital itself was surrounded by walls and canals known
    as Ugal in the local
    language, the Raja was therefore called Ugal Sanda (hero within the
    walls) and this remained a part of the ruling Rajas title to the
    present day; married and had
    issue. He died after 1574.

    • Raja Vikram Malla Ugal Sanda Deb (qv)
  • Raja VIKRAM MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja BHIM MALLA UGAL SANDA
    DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja PRITHVI MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja SANSAR MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja CHAKKU MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja GADADHAR MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja SHATRUGHNA MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja ANANDA MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja MAN GOVIND MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja VIKRAMJIT MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja SHYAM SUNDAR MALLA
    UGAL SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
  • Raja VIKRAMADITYA MALLA
    UGAL SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram,
    married and had
    issue.

    • Yuvraj Narayan Malla Ugal Sanda Deb, married and had
      issue.

      • Raja Raghunath Malla Ugal Sanda Deb (qv)
  • Raja RAGHUNATH MALLA UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram
    -/1912, he was the
    first student from this area to study for his F. A.; he was famous for
    his extraordinary strength as a wrestler as well as for his charity and
    generosity; married Rani
    Raj Lakshmi
    Debi of Silda, and had issue. He died 1912.

    • Raja Chandi Charan Malla Ugal Sanda Deb (qv)
    • Rajkumar Ganga Charan
      Malla Deb
  • Raja CHANDI CHARAN MALLA
    DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram 1912/1916,
    married
    and had issue. He died 1916.

    • Raja Sir Narasingha Malla Ugal Sanda Deb (qv)

COURT OF WARDS 1916/1929

  • Raja Sir NARASINGHA MALLA
    UGAL
    SANDA DEB
    K.B.E., Raja of
    Jhargram 1929/1976, born 1909,
    educated at
    Midnapore Collegiate School and Presidency College in Calcutta; elected
    to the 2nd Lok Sabha; awarded the O.B.E. and later the Knight Commander
    of the Order of the British Empire (KBE); married 1stly, Rani Binod
    Manjuri Devi, died 1945, daughter of Lalsaheb Girish Chandra Bhanj Deo
    of Mayurbhanj, married 2ndly,
    Rani Rupamanjuri Devi, and
    had issue, one son and three daughters. He died 11th November 1976 in
    Calcutta.

    • Raja Birendra Bijoy Malla Deb (by Rani Binod Manjari
      Devi)
      (qv)
    • Kumari Savitri Devi (by Rani Binod Manjuri
      Devi), married Raja Uday Narayan Deb of Sana Khemudi in Orissa.
    • Kumari Gayatri Devi (by Rani Rupa Manjuri Devi), married
      Kumar
      Visheshwar Pratap Singh of Shakarpura in Bihar.
    • Kumari Jayeshree
      Devi (by Rani Rupa Manjuri Devi), married Kumar Shailaja Shanker Singh
      Deo of Dhenkanal in Orissa, and has
      issue, two daughters.

 

  • Raja BIRENDRA BIJOY MALLA
    DEB
    , Raja of Jhargram 1976/2000,
    educated at the
    University of Calcutta (M.A. in History), elected three
    times Member of Legislative Assembly of West Bengal; a talented
    cricketer who captained the school and university cricket teams;
    he was a three time winner of the Best Legislator award in the West
    Bengal legislative assembly; married Rani Indira Devi, died 25th July
    1997, daughter of HH Maharaja
    Shri Sudhanshu Shekhar
    Singh Deo of Sonepur, she was
    considered to be the guiding light of the Jhargram Royal Family, a
    clear-sighted, kind and humble Rani, she was involved with a number of
    charitable institutions; he had issue, two sons and two daughters.
    He died 22nd February 2000.

    • Raja Shivendra
      Bijoy Malla Deb (qv)
    • Rajkumar Joydeep
      Malla Deb, educated at the University of Calcutta (B.Com. and LL.B.),
      along with his brother, he helps manage the family business
      and is involved in politics, being a member of the Indian National
      Congress Party; married Kumari Preity Devi, daughter of Rao Saheb
      Shankareshwar Pratap Singh of Rampur Naikin in Rewah, M.P., and has
      issue, one son and one daughter.

      • Kumar Harshvardhan Malla Deb
      • Kumari Rajnandini Malla Deb
    • Rajkumari Radharani Debi
    • Rajkumari Rajshree Debi
  • Raja SHIVENDRA
    BIJOY MALLA DEB
    (see above)

 

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