KALAHANDI (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)



AREA: 9,700 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 114,000Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: Nagavanshi RELIGION: Hindu


, 32nd and present Maharaja of Kalahandi since
8th October 2001 (Keshari
Nahar, At/P.O. Bhawanipatna, Distt. Kalahandi-766 001 Orissa)


born 21st August 1948, educated
at Rajkumar
College, Raipur and at Delhi University (B.A (Hons.)
in Poltical Science); Member of the Executive Committee of Rajkumar
Raipur, M.L.A. (Orissa) 1974/1977; interests and pastimes are
Photography, Precision
shooting, Trekking, Mountaineering, Riding, Squash, Tennis
and Football; married HH Maharani Padma Manjari Devi,
born October 1953 in Calcutta, daughter of HH
Maharaja Shri Pradeep Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj, and his wife, HH Maharani
Rajya Lakshmi Devi, and has issue, one son and one daughter.

  • Yuvaraj Anant Pratap Deo, Yuvaraj Saheb of Kalahandi since
    8th October 2001, born 8th February 1974 in New Delhi, educated at Mayo
    College, Ajmer at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (B.A.) and at
    Charles Sturt, University, N.S.W., Australia, graduating with a Master
    of Business Administration (1997); married 12th March 2001 at Mount
    Abu, Yuvrani Rituja
    Kumari Devi, daughter of HH Maharana Sri
    Mahipendra Singh, Maharana Saheb of Danta,
    his wife, HH Maharani Chandra Kumari, and has issue, one son and two

    • Rajkumari Vishalaakshi Manjari Devi, born 23rd January
    • Rajkumari Aaradhya Manjari Devi, born 22nd June 2006.
    • Tikayet Advait Pratap Deo, born 25th November 2010.
  • Maharajkumari Shree Manjari Devi, married 28th February/1st
    March 2009 in Bhopal, Rajkumar Anant Vijay Singh of Churhat.


state was founded
about 1005AD (traditional date). Rulers were..

    1. Raja RAGHUNATH SAI,
      1st Raja and founder of Kalahandi 1005/1040
      2nd Raja of Kalahandi 1040/1072
    1. Raja BIRABAR DEO,
      3rd Raja of Kalahandi 1072/1108
    1. Raja JUGASAI DEO I,
      4th Raja of Kalahandi 1108/1142
      5th Raja of Kalahandi 1142/1173
      6th Raja of Kalahandi 1173/1201
      7th Raja of Kalahandi 1201/1234
    1. Raja GOPINATH DEO,
      8th Raja of Kalahandi 1234/1271
      9th Raja of Kalahandi 1271/1306
    1. Raja RAGHURAJ DEO,
      10th Raja of Kalahandi 1306/1337
    1. Raja RAISINGH DEO I,
      11th Raja of Kalahandi 1337/1366
    1. Raja HARIA DEO,
      12th Raja of Kalahandi 1366/1400
    1. Raja JUGASAI DEO II,
      13th Raja of Kalahandi 1400/1436
      14th Raja of Kalahandi 1436/1468
    1. Raja HARIRUDRA DEO,
      15th Raja of Kalahandi 1468/1496
    1. Raja ANKU DEO, 16th
      Raja of Kalahandi 1496/1528
    1. Raja PRATAP DEO,
      17th Raja of Kalahandi 1528/1564
    1. Raja RAGHUNATH DEO,
      18th Raja of Kalahandi 1564/1594


    1. Raja BISWAMBHAR DEO, 19th Raja of Kalahandi
      1594/1627, married and had issue.

      • Raja Raisingh Deo II (qv)


    1. Raja RAISINGH DEO II, 20th Raja of Kalahandi
      1627/1658, married and had issue.

      • Raja Dusmant Deo (qv)
      • Sri Padman Singh, Zamindar of Thuamul.


    1. Raja DUSMANT DEO, 21st Raja of Kalahandi 1658/1693,
      married and had issue.

      • Raja Jugasai Deo III (qv)
      • Sri Bishwanath Singh
      • Sri Pratap Rai Singh, Zamindar of Dadpur.


    1. Raja JUGASAI DEO III, 22nd Raja of Kalahandi
      1693/1721, married and had issue.

      • Raja Khadag Rai Deo (qv)
      • Sri Mohan Rai Singh, Zamindar of Koksara.
      • Sri Bhramarbar Deo, Zamindar of Lanjigarh.
      • Sri Nathu Singh, Zamindar of Chhorlagarh.
      • Sri Chakradhar Singh, Zamindar of Khariyar.


    1. Raja KHADAG RAI DEO, 23rd Raja of Kalahandi
      1721/1747, married and had issue.

      • Raja Raisingh Deo III (qv)
      • Sri Pratap Singh, Zamindar of Baldhiamal.
      • Sri Keshari Singh, in rebellion.


    1. Raja RAISINGH DEO III, 24th Raja of Kalahandi
      1747/1771, married and had issue.

      • Raja Purusottam Deo (qv)


    1. Raja PURUSOTTAM DEO, 25th Raja of Kalahandi
      1771/1796, married and had issue.

      • Raja Jugasai Deo IV (qv)
      • Sri Bishwanath Deo, Zamindar of Lanjigarh.
      • Sri Sunder Singh, Zamindar of Dadpur.


    1. Raja JUGASAI DEO IV, 26th Raja of Kalahandi
      1796/1831, married and had issue.

      • Raja Fateh Narayan Deo (qv)


    1. Raja FATEH NARAYAN DEO, 27th Raja of Kalahandi
      1831/1853, married and had

      • HH Raja Bahadur Udit Pratap Deo (qv)
      • Sri Krishna Deo
      • Sri Gopinath Deo, Zamindar of Dadpur.
      • Rajkumari (name unknown), married Maharaja Udit
        Narayan Singh Deo of Seraikella,
        and had issue, four sons.


    1. HH Raja Bahadur UDIT PRATAP DEO, 28th Raja of
      Kalahandi 1853/1881, born 1839?, Raja
      he was granted
      a permanent salute of 9 guns in 1878, married and had issue. He died
      1881 (#1).

      • HH Raja Bahadur Raghu Kesari Deo (qv)
      • Rajkumari Giriraj Kumari [Rani Giriraj Kumari of Bamra],
        married 1871, Raja Sir Basudeb Sudhaldeb of Bamra,
        issue. She died about 1873.


    1. HH Raja Bahadur RAGHU KESARI DEO, 29th Raja of
      Kalahandi 1881/1897, born 1871,
      married and had
      issue. He died 20th October 1897.

      • HH Maharaja Brij Mohan Deo (qv)


    1. HH Maharaja BRIJ MOHAN DEO, 30th Maharaja of
      Kalahandi 1897/1939, born 14th May
      1896, O.B.E.,
      educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; married 1916, Rajkumari
      Suratarangini Devi [HH Maharani Suratarangini Devi of Kalahandi], only
      daughter of
      Satchitananda Tribhuban Deb of Bamra,
      had issue. He died 19th September 1939.

      • Tikayet Rani Kusum Manjari Devi, married Tikayat
        Nrupendra Narayan Singh Deo, eldest son and heir of Maharaja Aditya
        Pratap Singh Deo of Seraikella, and
        had issue, six sons and four daughters. She died 1990.
      • HH Maharaja Pratap Kesari Deo (qv)
      • Rani Jyoti Manjari Devi, born 1st January 1920, she
        active politics by joining the Ganatantra Parishad Party in 1955,
        and had a keen interest in education for the people of her constituency
        of Deogarh; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1957/1961; interests and pastimes were
        gardening and religious activities; maried Raja Bhanuganga Tribhuban
        Deb of Bamra, and had issue, two sons
        and one daughter. She died 30th January 1986.
      • Rani Soubhagya Manjari Devi, married to Raja Anup Singh
        Deo of Khariar, and had issue, three sons
        and five daughters.
      • Maharajkumar Bira Kesari Deo B.A., born 22nd May 1927,
        I.Sc., B.L.D.
        (Orissa); Member, Bhawanipatna Municipal Council 1951/1956
        and Chairman 1953/1956; Member, Assurances and  Estimate
        Committees; Member, Swatantra Party State
        Executive Committee; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1957/1967; Member of Rajya Sabha
        interests are Anthropology, Hunting and Cricket; married Maharajkumari
        Manjushree Devi, daughter of Kumar Saheb Nagendra
        Singh Deo of Nua Pacca II ,
        has issue, two daughters and four sons. (Post
        Office, Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi, Orissa)

        • Kumar Bharat
          Bhushan Deo, married Rajkumari Asha Poorna Devi, third daughter of Raja
          Anup Singh Deo of Khariar, and his wife, Shrimati Rani Soubhagya Manjari
          Devi, and has issue, one son and one daughter.

          • Kumari Aparna Devi
          • Kumar Abhishek Deo
        • Kumari Anjali Devi, married [?Kunwar Surendra Dev
          Singh of Poonch
          ], and has issue.
        • Kumari Parvati Devi, married Kumar Bharat Chandra Bhanj
          Deo, son of Lal Saheb Sarat Chandra Bhanj Deo of Sompata in Mayurbhanj,
          and has issue, three sons.
        • Kumar Lankeshwar Prasad Singh Deo
        • Kumar Sangram Kesari Deo, married Kumari Sindhu
          Kumari, daughter of Kumar Jogeswar Singh Deo of Nuagarh in Seraikella, and his wife,
          Annapurna Devi, and has issue, one son and two daughters.
        • Kumar Aditya Pratap Deo


    1. HH Maharaja PRATAP KESARI DEO B.A., M.A., 31st
      Maharaja of Kalahandi 1939/2001, born
      5th October
      1919 and
      19th September 1939; Vice-President,
      Eastern States Union, 1947; President of Ganatantra Parishad 1954/1955
      and 1959/1960; Chairman, Board of Foresty and Agricology, Eastern
      Agency; President of Sree Neelachal Seva Sangha, New Delhi; President
      Rajaji Memorial Committee; Member of Central Board of Wild Life; Member
      of Central board of Archaeology; Life-Member of Bombay National
      History Society, the Asiatic Society of Calcutta, and the Numismatic
      Society of India; President,
      General Council, University 1957/1960 and Sambalpur University 1960/-;
      Member and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Orissa Legislative
      Assembly, 1952/1956; Member of Forest Enquiry Committee, Orissa,
      1958/1959; Member of State Department Advisory Board, Orissa,
      1958/1959, Member of
      National Railway user’s Consultative Committee, 1962/1964; Member,
      Lok Sabha, 1957/1962, Third Lok Sabha, 1962/1967, Fourth Lok Sabha,
      1967/1970, Fifth Lok Sabha, 1971/1977; Leader of Ganatantra Parishad in
      Parliament, 1957/1962; Leader of Swatantra Party in Parliament, 1962
      1971/1975; Leader of Bharatiya Lok Dal in Parliament, 1975/1976; Member
      of the following committees, Estimates Committee, 1959/1960 and
      1962/1964; Railway Convention
      Committee and Consultative Committee; Leader,
      Indian Delegation to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference
      at Lagos; author of My humble Contributions, Turbulent Five
      , The Forgotten Forts of Kalahandi; married HH
      Maharani Kasturika Mohini Devi,
      died 1983, daughter of Sri Gajapati Raja Ramchandra Deb IV of Puri,
      and his wife, Rani
      Chandramani Pattamahadei, and had issue, two sons and two daughters. He
      died 8th October 2001 in Delhi.

      • HH Maharani Savitri Devi, married 6th May 1962,
        Brig.(retd) HH Maharaja
        Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo Mahendra Bahadur of Dhenkanal, and has issue.
      • HH Maharaja Udit Pratap Deo (qv)
      • Pattayet Bikram
        Kesari Deo, born 26th November 1952 in Bhawanipatna, Distt. Kalahandi,
        Orissa, educated at St. Stephen’s College and the University of Delhi
        M.L.A. (Orissa) 1985/2000 (three terms); Member of the 12th
        (1998/1999), 13th (1999/2004) and 14th Lok Sabha (2004/-); Leader of
        B.J.P. Legislature
        Party, 1990/1995; Vice
        President, B.J.P., Orissa, 1999/-; Member, Special Committee on Natural
        Calamities in 1985/1998; Member, Library Committee 2000/2001; Member,
        Committee on External
        Affairs; Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation; Member,
        Consultative Committee, Ministry of Water
        Resources in 1998/1999; Member, Committee on Surface Transport in
        1999/2004; Member,
        Committee on Water Resources 2004/-; Member,
        Committee on Estimates; Member, Committee on Petitions; Member,
        Advisory Committee; Member, Committe on Public undertakings; Member,
        Public Accounts Commitee; Member, Urban Development Consultative
        Committee; Vice-Chairman, Environment and Wild
        life Protection Society, Bhawanipatna; Vice-President, Zilla Sainik
        board; Member, Wild Life Advisory Board, Orissa; Participated in the
        Kranti Movement 1973/1974 and the Ayodhya Movement; Member, Central
        Board of Arachacology 2004/-; Member, Rose Society of India 2005/-;
        Member, Indian delegation to World Summit for Sustainable
        Development, Johannesburg; attended the 59th Session of United Nations
        General Assembly and was part of Legal Committee; President, Kalahandi
        Law College and various Colleges and High Schools in Orissa; Member,
        Braja Mohan
        Sahitya Samiti; Member, Wildlife and Environment Conservation Society,
        Kalahandi ; Member, Mahabir Sanskrutik Anushthan; Life Member, National
        Rifle Association of India; Life Member,
        Delhi Gymkhana Club; Life Member,
        Bhubaneswar Club; Member, Kalahandi
        Cricket Club, Member, Kalahandi Rifle Club, Member, Orissa State
        Association, Member, Kalahandi Adventure Sports Association; Member,
        Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH);interests
        and pastimes are Social Work, Photography, Outdoor life, playing
        tennis, cricket, football, wild life photography and Reading, listening
        to music, wildlife photography
        and visiting national parks, sanctuaries and places of heritage;
        married 3rd May 1974, Pattayet Rani Shrimant Nayanshree Devi,
        daughter of Sri Gajapathi Maharaj Bira Kishore Deb, Raja Saheb of Puri,
        and his wife, Maharani Suryamani
        Pattamahadei, and
        has issue, one son and two daughters.

        • Kumari Arundhati Devi [Rani Arundhati Devi of Bamra],
          married Raja Nitish
          Deb, Raja Saheb of Bamra, and has issue,
          two sons.
        • Yuvrani Aparajita Devi, married Yuvraj Gopal Narayan
          Singh Deo of Kharsawan, and has issue,
          one son.
        • Kumar Saheb Arka Kesari Deo, married Kumar Rani
          Malavika Devi of Ambotah, Una Dist., H.P., and has issue, one son.

          • Kumar Fateh Kesari Deo
      • Maharajkumari Geeta
        Devi (Rani Geeta Devi of Sanjeli), married Raja Manvendra
        Singh of Sanjeli, died 24th November
        2006 at Indore, after a prolonged illness; and has issue, two


  1. HH Maharaja UDIT PRATAP DEO II, 32nd Maharaja of
    Kalahandi (see above)


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