|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded
sometime in the first half of the 12th century, the founder
Jati Singh (Jyoti Bhanj), brother of Adi Singh (Adi Bhanj), founder of
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
of Keonjhar fl.1480
- Raja JAGANNATH BHANJ,
35th Raja of Keonjhar 1688/1700
- Raja RAGHUNATH BHANJ,
36th Raja of Keonjhar 1700/1719
- Raja GOPINATH BHANJ,
37th Raja of Keonjhar 1719/1736
- Raja NARSINGH NARAYAN BHANJ,
38th Raja of Keonjhar 1736/1757, married and had
- Raja Daneshwar Narayan Bhanj (qv)
- [?Raja Chakradhar Bhanj, adopted by Raja Raghunath
Bhanj of Mayurbhanj]
- Raja DANESHWAR NARAYAN
BHANJ, 39th Raja of Keonjhar 1757/1758
- Raja JAGATESHWAR NARAYAN
BHANJ, 40th Raja of Keonjhar 1758/1762
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- (A) Kumar Brundaban Bhanj Deo, adopted by Rani
Bishnupriya, as the intended successor, but he was not recognized
as such by the British Authorities.
- Maharaja DHANURJAI NARAYAN
BHANJ Deo, 44th Raja of Keonjhar 1861/1905, born 27th
to the gadi on 4th September
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.
- Raja GOPINATH NARAYAN
BHANJ Deo, 45th Raja of Keonjhar [27.10.1905] – [12.8.1926],
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
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
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
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.
- Raja Shri BALBHADRA
NARAYAN BHANJA Deo, 46th Raja of Keonjhar [12.8.1926] – , born
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
and had issue, three daughters and two sons. She died 2005.
- 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.
- Raja Shri ANANT NARAYAN
BHANJA Deo, 48th Raja of Keonjhar (see above)