MAYURBHANJ

 

MAYURBHANJ (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

 

 

AREA: 10,989 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 327,400Rs ACCESSION DATE: 1st January 1949
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: Bhanja RELIGION: Hindu

 

 

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Shri
PRAVEEN
CHANDRA BHANJ DEO
, Maharaja of Mayurbhanj since 15th September
2000. ( Belgaria Palace, Baripada,
Mayurbhanj-757002,
Orissa, India) 

 

 

born July 1959 in Calcutta, Member of the Executive Committee
of Rajkumar College at Raipur, married 1984 in Jaisalmer, HH
Maharani
Rashmi Kumari, daughter of HH Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Raghunath
Singhji
of Jaisalmer, and his wife, HH
Maharani Mukut Rajya Lakshmi Devi, and has
issue.

  • Maharajkumari Rajyashree Manjari Devi, born 3rd September
    1985
    in Calcutta, married 10th December 2009 in Bhubaneshwar, Maharajkumar
    Jai Singh, second son of HH Raja
    Narendra Singh, Raja Saheb of Jhabua.
  • Maharajkumari Mrinalika Manjari Devi, born 1st December
    1990 in
    Calcutta.
  • Maharajkumari Akshita Manjari Devi, born 1992 in
    Calcutta.

 

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The state was founded
before 1700 (#2). Rulers were…

  • Raja SAVESHWARA BHANJ,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1688/1711
  • Raja VIRAVIKRAMADITYA BHANJ,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1711/1728
  • Raja RAGHUNATH BHANJ,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1728/1750
  • Raja CHAKRADHAR BHANJ,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1750/1761, second son of the Raja of Keonjhar, married and had
    issue

    • Raja Damodar Bhanj (qv)
  • Raja DAMODAR BHANJ,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1761/1796 , married 1stly, Rani Sumitra
    Devi, married
    2ndly, Rani Jamuna Devi, daughter of Raja Abhiram Singh of Seraikella. He died spm.
      Rani Sumitra Devi, Regent of Mayurbhanj 1796/1810, married (as his
    first wife), Raja Damodar Bhanj (see above). She died sp.

Rani
Jamuna Devi, Regent of Mayurbhanj 1810/1813, married (as his
second wife), Raja Damodar Bhanj (see above), and had issue, two sons
who died young.

  • Raja TRIBIKRAM BHANJ,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1813/1822, son of Raja Pratap
    Balbhadra Bhanj of Keonjhar, he
    succeeded by adoption, married
    and had issue.
    He died 1822.

    • Maharaja Jadunath Bhanj Deo (qv)
  • Maharaja JADUNATH BHANJ DEO,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1822/1863, granted the title of
    Maharaja for personal use only, married and had issue. He died 1863.

    • Raja Shrinath Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumar Sitanath Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
      • Maharaja Krishna Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
      • Chotrai Sahib Brindabhan Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and
        had
        issue.

        • Kumari (name unknown) (elder daughter),
          married
          1894, Raja Sahib Mehrban-i-Dostan Sri
          Harihara Marda
          Raja Deo Bahadur of Khallikote and
          Atagada.
        • Kumari (name unknown) (younger daughter),
          married
          1895, Raja Sahib Mehrban-i-Dostan Sri
          Harihara Marda
          Raja Deo Bahadur of Khallikote and
          Atagada.
      • Rautrai Saheb Gokul Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had
        issue.

        • Lalsaheb Girish Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had
          issue, two sons and three daughters.

          • Lalsaheb Nalin Chandra Bhanj Deo, M.L.A. (Orissa)
            1957/1961; married Lalsaheba
            Akshaya
            Kumari Devi, daughter of Rajkumar Padmalochan Deb of Bamra, and had issue, two sons and one
            daughter. He died 14th
            November 1974.

            • Lalsaheb Nirmal
              Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.

              • Lalsaheb Purnendu
                Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and has issue.

                • Lalsaheb
                  Kamakshya Prasad Bhanj Deo
                • Lalsaheb Chandra Sekhar Prasad Bhanj Deo
                • Kumari Sharada Manjari Devi
              • Lalsaheb Divyendu Chandra Bhanj Deo
              • Kumari
                Swarna Manjari Devi
            • Lalsaheb Bimal Chandra Bhanj Deo
            • Kumari Bhabamohini Manjari Devi
          • Lalsaheb Nabin Chandra Bhanj Deo
          • Rani Binode Manjuri Dev, married (as his first
            wife), Raja Narasingha Malla Ugal Sanda Deb of Jhargram, and had issue. She died 1945.
        • Lalsaheb Sirish Chandra Bhanj Deo
    • Rajkumar Dwarkanath Bhanj Deo
  • Raja SHRINATH BHANJ DEO,
    Raja of Mayurbhanj 1863/1868, died 1868.
  • Maharaja KRISHNA CHANDRA
    BHANJ DEO
    , Maharaja of Mayurbhanj 1868/1882, born 1848,
    Raja (Hereditary) [cr.21.5.1874]; Maharaja [cr.1877],
    married and had issue, three sons and four daughters. He died 29th May
    1882.

    • HH Maharaja Shri Sriram Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Raja Shyam Chandra Mardraj Harichandan, adopted by the
      Raja of Nilgiri
      in 1882.
    • Routrai Saheb Shridam Chandra Bhanj Deo, born circa 1879,
      married Routrai Saheba Ramesh Priya Devi, daughter of Kumar Devi Dutt
      Singh of Nuagarh in Seraikella (and great grand daughter of Raja
      Ajamber Singh of Seraikella), and had issue.
      He died 6th February 1946.

      • Lal Sahib Prafulla Chandra Bhanj Deo, born 23rd
        May
        1909,
        M.A.
        (Cantab.), F.R.A.I., F.R.A.S.; Member of the Rajya Sabha 1952/1959,
        married
        1stly, 1927, Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi, daughter and heir of Raja Rudra
        Pratap Deo of Bastar,
        and his first wife, Rani Kusumlata
        Devi, married 2ndly, 1938, Lal Saheba Tilottama Devi, born 1920, died
        1998,
        and had issue, seven sons and four
        daughters.
        He died 5th March 1959.

        • Rajkumari Kamla Devi (by Rani
          Prafulla Kumari Devi), born 2nd February 1928, married in Bijwa U.P.
          She died 1st January 1954.
        • Maharaja Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo (by Rani
          Prafulla Kumari Devi) (see Bastar)
        • Rani Saheba Geeta Kumari Devi (by Rani Prafulla
          Kumari
          Devi), born 29th October 1930, married Raja Saheb Kadamba
          Keshari Chandra Deo, Raja Saheb of Bonai,
          and
          has issue. She died 17th December 2002.
        • Raja Vijay Chandra Bhanj Deo (by Rani
          Prafulla Kumari Devi) (see Bastar)
        • Kumar Meghnath Bhanj Deo (by Shrimati
          Tilottama Devi), married Kumari Saraswati Devi of Ratu (Chhota Nagpur),
          no issue.
        • Kumar Makardhwaj Bhanj Deo (by Shrimati
          Tilottama Devi), married married Kumari Sisirrangini Devi of Dugni,
          Distt. Seraikella-Kharswan, and has issue, three sons and three
          daughters.

          • Kumar Mahesh Bhanj Deo
          • Kumari Sangeeta Bhanj Deo
          • Kumari Sunita Bhanj Deo
          • Kumar Manoj Bhanj Deo
          • Kumar Mandeep Bhanj Deo
        • Kumari Sumitra Devi, married Barun Ganguly, and has
          issue, one daughter.

          • Rima Sen, married Deb Sen, and has issue,
            one daughter and
            one son.
        • Kumar Manmath Bhanj Deo (+) (by Shrimati
          Tilottama Devi), married Kumari Prabhas Devi of Chemrudihi, Kharswan,
          and had issue, one son.

          • Kumar Mahendra Bhanj Deo
        • Kumar Minketu Bhanj Deo (by Shrimati
          Tilottama Devi), married Kumari Jaya Devi of Kolkata, and has issue,
          one son and one daughter.

          • Kumar Manjit Bhanj Deo
          • Kumari Rinku Devi
        • Kumar Madan Bhanj Deo (+) (by Shrimati
          Tilottama Devi), died unmarried.
        • Kumari Subhadra Devi (by Shrimati Tilottama Devi),
          married Maharajkumar Juga Bhanu
          Singh Deo, third son of Tikayat Nrupendra Narayan Singh Deo of Seraikella, and his wife, Tikayet Rani
          Kusum Manjari Devi, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja [?Narpat Singh
      IV] of Porahat, and had issue, four daughters.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Bahadur Shri
      Jyoti Prasad Singh Deo of Panchkot,
      and had issue.
  • HH
    Maharaja Shri SRIRAM CHANDRA BHANJ DEO
    , Maharaja of Mayurbhanj
    1882/1912, born
    17th December
    1871, succeeded 29th May 1882 (#1),
    Maharaja
    [cr.1910], installed 15th August 1892, he worked for allround
    development
    of the  Mayurbhanj state and implemented various welfare schemes
    designed to
    help the people. He was revered as a Philosopher king. Impressed with
    the
    noble qualities of Utkal Mani Gopabandhu Das he made him his advocate.
    Gopabandhu turned out to be friend, philosopher and guide for the
    ruler.
    He constituted the state council for administration in the state and
    brought
    about reforms in the sphere of language, health and administration.
    During
    his reign, scientific operation of iron mines was started for the first
    time. He commissioned a narrow gauge railway line from Rupsa to
    Baripada. He presided
    over the first meeting of Utkal Samilani on 3rd December 1933. He was a
    patriot
    and great patron of the  Oriya language and helped tremendously in
    setting
    up educational and medical institutions for the benefit of the
    people;
    married 1stly, 1896, HH Maharani Lakshmi Kumari Devi of Panchkot, born
    25th
    August
    1879, died
    6th March 1902, married 2ndly, 1904 in Calcutta, HH Maharani Suchara
    Devi,
    daughter of Maharishi Keshub Chandra Sen, and had issue. He died 22nd
    February
    1912.

    • Rajkumari Sripat Manjari Devi (by Maharani Lakshmi Kumari
      Devi), born 1897, died 9th April
      1906.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Purna Chandra Bhanj Deo (by Maharani
      Lakshmi Kumari Devi) (qv)
    • HH Maharaja Sir Shri Pratap Chandra Bhanj Deo (by
      Maharani Lakshmi Kumari Devi) (qv)
    • Maharaj Kumar Dhrubendra Bhanj Deo (by Maharani
      Suchara
      Devi), an R.A.F. Pilot during WWII. He died in action on 2nd August
      1942.
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), born 1933, proposed
      in 1946 as a bride for the minor Maharaja of Vizianagram.
    • Maharaj Kumari Jyoti Manjari Devi (by Maharani Suchara
      Devi), married Mahant Sarveshwar Das of Nandgaon.
  • HH Maharaja Shri PURNA CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of
    Mayurbhanj 1912/1928, born
    7th August 1899,
    married 27th January 1917, HH Maharani Takhat Kunwerba, daughter of
    Capt. HH Maharana Raj Sahib Shri Sir
    Amarsinhji
    Banesinhji of Wankaner. He died sp
    21st April 1928.
  • HH Maharaja Sir Shri
    PRATAP CHANDRA BHANJ DEO
    , Maharaja of Mayurbhanj 1928/1968,
    born 18th February
    1901, educated at Rajkumar College, Ajmer and Muir Central College,
    Allahabad;
    G.C.I.E. [cr.1946] , K.C.I.E. [cr.1935],  Flight Lt. RAF, first
    Pro-Chancellor
    of Uktal University, Member of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of
    Princes, First President of the Council of Rulers of the Eastern
    States,
    Member of the International Committee for Bird Preservation in London,
    Member of the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing
    and
    Commerce in London, Member of the Bombay National Historical Society,
    Member
    of the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, married 25th November 1925, HH
    Maharani Prema Kumari Devi, daughter of Rajakumar Sirdar Singh of Shahpura,
    and had issue. He died 1968.

    • HH Maharaja Shri Pradeep Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Maharaj Swaroop Chandra Bhanj Deo, educated Mayo College,
      Ajmer,
      Rajkumar
      College, Raipur, Massachussets Institute of Technology and CalTech,
      USA;
      married Rani Asha Bhanjdeo [née Asha Bhatnagar], daughter of Dr.
      Bhatnagar, who was Research
      Director (India), Ciba-Geigy. He died 21st March 1991.
    • Maharani Pratibha Manjari Devi, born 1935, married
      22nd May 1955,
      Maharaja
      Bahadur Pratap Singh of Gidhaur and
      has
      issue.
  • HH Maharaja Shri PRADEEP
    CHANDRA BHANJ DEO
    , Maharaja of Mayurbhanj 1968/2000, born
    12th December
    1929 in Calcutta, married 8th February 1951 in Calcutta, HH Maharani
    Bharati
    Rajya Lakshmi Devi, daughter of HM King Tribhuvan of Nepal,
    born 17th February 1928 in Kathmandu, and had issue. He died 15th
    September
    2000.

    • HH Maharaja Shri Praveen Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Maharaj Kumari Prabha Manjari Devi, born 21st December
      1952 in
      Calcutta,
      died 11th June 1990 in London.
    • Maharajkumari Padma Manjari Devi [HH Maharani Padma
      Manjari Devi of Kalahandi], born October 1953 in Calcutta, married HH
      Maharaja Shri Udai Pratap Deo of Kalahandi,
      and
      has issue.
    • Maharaj Kumari Sneha Manjari Devi, born 2nd May 1955 in
      Calcutta,
      married
      7th May 1981 in Kathmandu, Shri Sarad Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal.
  • HH Maharaja Shri PRAVEEN
    CHANDRA BHANJ DEO
    , Maharaja of Mayurbhanj (see above)

OTHER MEMBERS:

  • Lal Saheb (name unknown)
    Chandra Bhanj Deo of Sompata, married and had issue.

    • Kumari (name unknown)
      Manjari Devi [HH The Maharani Saheba of Patna], married (as his second
      wife), HH Maharaja Prithviraj Singh Deo of Patna.
      She died sp.
    • Lal Saheb Sarat Chandra Bhanj Deo of Sompata in
      Mayurbhanj,
      and had issue.
      • Lal Saheb Bharat Chandra Bhanj Deo, married Lal Saheba
        Parvati Bhanj Deo, daughter of Maharajkumar Bira Kesari Deo B.A. of Kalahandi, and his wife, Maharajkumari
        Manjushree Devi, and has issue, three sons.
        • Lal Saheb Gautam Chandra Bhanjdeo, born 6th October
          1977
          in Cuttack, educated at the Xavier Institute of Management (M.B.A.);
          presently (2010) employed with Birla Sunlife A.M.C. as a Regional Head,
          West Bengal; married 12th December 2006 in Kolkata, Lal Saheba Babita
          Rawat Bhanjdeo, daughter of Thakur Swarup Singh Rawat of Pauri-Garhwal,
          and his wife, Thakurani Kamla Devi Rawat, and has issue, one daughter.
          • Kumari Adya Manjari Devi
      • Kumari Manjul
        Manjari Devi [Rani (now Rajmata) Manjul
        Manjari Devi of Narsinghpur], married Raja Trilochan Mansingh
        Harichandan Mahapatra of Narsinghpur,
        and has issue, three sons and one daughter.

 

 

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