KEONJHAR

 

KEONJHAR (Princely State)

 

 

AREA: 8,019 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 111,500Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: Kachhawa (Bhanja) RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 215,612
(1892)

 

 

PRESENT RULER: Raja Shri ANANT
NARAYAN BHANJA Deo
, present Raja Saheb of Keonjhar

 

 

married and has issue.

  • Rajkumar Dhananjay Narayan Bhanja Deo
  • Rajkumar Janmejay Narayan Bhanja Deo

 

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded
sometime in the first half of the 12th century, the founder
being
Jati Singh (Jyoti Bhanj), brother of Adi Singh (Adi Bhanj), founder of
the
state of Mayurbhanj, a slightly
different version goes like this:- “Jai Singh, a son of Man Singh, the
Maharaja of Jaipur in Rajputana, came to visit the shrine of Jagannath
in Puri. He married Padmavati, the daughter of the Gajapati King of
Puri, Pratapendra Deb, and received as her dowry the State of
Hariharpur, which then comprised the two States of Moharbhanj and
Keunjhar. Two sons were born to him, the elder of whom was named Adi
Singh and the younger Joti Singh. In mauza
Rarua in kila Hariharpur,
there was a petty Zamindar named Mayura Dhwaja in possession of five
pirs. He was conquered by Prince Adi Singh, and deprived of his
Zamindari. The Gajapati King of Puri, hearing of the success of Prince
Adi Singh, conferred on him the title of Bhanj.” The Maharaja maintains
a military force of 2949 infantry and 32 guns (as of 1892). Rulers
were…Raja GOVIND BHANJ

      , Raja
      of Keonjhar fl.1480
      ……
    1. Raja JAGANNATH BHANJ,
      35th Raja of Keonjhar 1688/1700

 

    1. Raja RAGHUNATH BHANJ,
      36th Raja of Keonjhar 1700/1719

 

    1. Raja GOPINATH BHANJ,
      37th Raja of Keonjhar 1719/1736

 

    1. Raja NARSINGH NARAYAN BHANJ,
      38th Raja of Keonjhar 1736/1757, married and had
      issue.

      • Raja Daneshwar Narayan Bhanj (qv)
      • [?Raja Chakradhar Bhanj, adopted by Raja Raghunath
        Bhanj of Mayurbhanj
        ]

 

    1. Raja DANESHWAR NARAYAN
      BHANJ
      , 39th Raja of Keonjhar 1757/1758

 

    1. Raja JAGATESHWAR NARAYAN
      BHANJ
      , 40th Raja of Keonjhar 1758/1762

 

    1. Raja PRATAP BALBHADRA BHANJ,
      41st Raja of Keonjhar 1764/1792 or 1762/1797, married
      and had issue.

      • Raja Janardhan Bhanj (qv)
      • Raja Tribikram Bhanj, adopted by the Raja of Mayurbhanj.

 

    1. Raja JANARDAN BHANJ,
      42nd Raja of Keonjhar 1794/1825 or 1797/1832, he received the estate of
      Pal-Lahara as dowry, but the people there objected to his succession
      and Pal-Lahara subsequently became independent, married 1794, Rani
      Krishnapriya, died 1825, daughter of Raja Munipal of Pal-Lahara, aand
      had issue.

 

    1. Raja GADADHAR NARAYAN
      BHANJ Deo
      , 43rd Raja of Keonjhar 1825/1861 or 1832/1861,
      married (a), Senior Rani Bishnupriya, married (b), a daughter of Kunwar
      Ajambar Singh of Seraikella, and
      had adoptive issue, as well as natural issue. He died spl in
      March
      1861.

      • (A) Kumar Brundaban Bhanj Deo, adopted by Rani
        Bishnupriya, as the intended successor, but he  was not recognized
        as such by the British Authorities.

 

    1. Maharaja DHANURJAI NARAYAN
      BHANJ Deo
      , 44th Raja of Keonjhar 1861/1905, born 27th
      July 1849,
      he succeeded
      to the gadi on 4th September
      1861 (#1),
      he was formally confirmed in the title of Raja as a hereditary
      distinction in 1874 and the title of Maharaja was granted on 1st
      January 1877 as a personal distinction, married and had issue.

      • Raja Gopinath Narayan Bhanj Deo (qv)
      • Routrai Saheb Basudev Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Janardan Bhanj Deo, educated at Rajkumar College,
          Raipur (Undergraduate); entered politics after the merger of the
          Princely States into the Republic of India; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1952/1965
          (three terms); interests were Reading, Sports, Shooting and Horse
          riding; married Kumari Sarada Sundari Devi, and had issue, one son and
          two daughters. He died 1st May 1965.

 

    1. Raja GOPINATH NARAYAN
      BHANJ Deo
      , 45th Raja of Keonjhar [27.10.1905] – [12.8.1926],
      born 3rd
      February 1883, he succeeded to the gadi
      on 27th October 1905, married
      and had issue.
      He died 12th August 1926.

      • Raja Shri Balbhadra Narayan Bhanja Deo (qv)
      • Chotrai Saheb Shri Laxmi Narayan Bhanj Deo M.A., born
        25th July 1912, educated at
        Rajkumar
        College, Raipur; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1946/1957 (two terms); Member of the
        Lok Sabha; Development Commissioner, Keonjhar; Revenue
        Minister, Keonjhar (xx.8.1945) – (xx.6.1947); Chief Minister,
        Keonjhar in 1947 (June to December); Nominated Member, Orissa
        Legislative Assembly 19491952; Member, Orissa State Red Cross Society;
        Member, Nrutya Natyakala Parishad, Orissa; Member of Senate, Utkal
        University since its inception till February 1948; an Elected Fellow
        from
        Registered Graduates Constituency till 1952; Fellow,
        Royal Economic Society and Royal Society of Arts, London; Member,
        South Club, Calcutta; National Sports Club, New Delhi; and Gymkhana
        Club,
        New Delhi; interests were Shikar and
        Photography, Motoring and Travel; married A. Sau.
        Preemlatika Raje, and had issue, one son and three daughters. He died
        9th July 1986.

        • Raja Shri Anant Narayan Bhanja Deo (qv)
      • Rajkumari (name unknown), married (as his first
        wife), Raja Kishor Chandra Deo Samant of Athmalik.

 

    1. Raja Shri BALBHADRA
      NARAYAN BHANJA Deo
      , 46th Raja of Keonjhar [12.8.1926] – , born
      26th
      December 1905
      and succeeded 12th August 1926, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur;
      married Rani Manoj Manjari Devi, daughter of Raja Sriram Chandra Singh
      Deo of Kharsawan, and his wife, Rani
      Giriraj Devi, and had issue, one son
      and one daughter.

      • Raja Shri Nrusingh Narayan Bhanj Deo (qv)
      • Rani Swarna Prabha Manjari Devi, married Raja Prasanna
        Chandra Deo, Raja Saheb of Jarada,
        second son of Raja Hrudaya Chandra Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra of
        Talcher,
        and had issue, three daughters and two sons. She died 2005.

 

    1. Raja Shri NRUSINGH NARAYAN
      BHANJ Deo
      , 47th Raja of Keonjhar fl.1970, married
      (div.), a daughter of HH Thakore Saheb Shri Pradyumansinhji
      Lakhajirajsinhji of Rajkot, and his
      wife, HH Thakorani Padma Kunverba Sahiba, no issue. He died after 1970.

 

  1. Raja Shri ANANT NARAYAN
    BHANJA Deo
    , 48th Raja of Keonjhar (see above)

 

 

 

 

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