PAL LAHARA (Princely State)



AREA: 1,171 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 25,000Rs ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: Suryavanshi RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 14,887 (1892)


PRESENT RULER: Raja Shri R.C. MUNI PAL, Raja Saheb
of Pal Lahara



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The rulers are descended
from Raja Bhoj. According to popular tradition, the first king of the
family of Pallahara was Santosh Pal, a Rajput of Dharanagar. He is said
to have come on pilgrimage to Puri and on his return visited this
where a struggle was going on between two aboriginal parties for
over that land. The Sabaras, one of the contesting tribes, selected
Pal as their future ruler and concealed him under a heap of straw
(locally known as Pala), which gave rise to the name of the state. The
account of the rulers after Santosh
Pal is vague. The Rajas of this territory are known to have assumed the
Ganeswar Pal and Munipal alternatively. Rulers were…

  • Raja BALBHADRA PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara
  • Raja KANDRUP PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara
  • Raja JAGANNATH PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara
  • Raja MANDHATA PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara
  • Raja MUNI PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara -/1778, married
    Rani Annapurna Debi, died
    1815. He
    died spm in 1778 or 1789.

    • Rani Krishnapriya, married 1794, Raja Janardhan Bhanj,
      Raja of Keonjhar, and had issue. She died 1825.
  • Rani Annapurna Debi, Rani of Pal Lahara 1778/1815,
    died 1815.
  • Raja NANDA PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara 1815/1825,
    natural brother of Raja Muni Pal
    the Raja of Keonjhar laid claim to the gaddi, as he was related by
    marriage to the late Rani, however the people opposed the rule of
    Keonjhar, and made a petition to Col. Gilbert, the then Political Agent
    of the
    Frontier, protesting against the interference of Keonjhar. Their
    petition was successful, and Raja Nanda Pal, was removed in favour of a
    collateral relative.
  • Raja BADYANATH PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara 1825/1859
  • Raja CHAKRADHAR PAL [Chintaman Pal/Patmuni Pal],
    Raja of Pal Lahara 1859/1888,
    born 1831, he was a
    ally of the British Government, and for the help he provided in
    the Bhuiyans of Keonjhar, when they revolted
    their Chief in 1867-68, he was granted the title of Raja Bahadur (for
    personal use only) and later was granted the title of Raja in 1874,
    which was made hereditary, married and had issue. He died 1888.

    • Raja Dwiti Krishna Pal [Ganeshwar Pal] (qv)
  • Raja DWITI KRISHNA PAL [Ganeshwar Pal], Raja of Pal
    Lahara 1888/1912, born
    succeeded 30th
    August 1888 (#1), due to his young age,
    the state came under the Court of Wards till 1908, when he assumed
    ruling powers, mismanagement resulted in the state reverting to
    administration by the Court of Wards in 1911, married and had issue. He
    died spm 1912.
  • Raja SARAT CHANDRA MUNI PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara
    1913/- , born 26th November
    1903 and succeeded
    18th April 1913, the state continued to be under the management of
    of Wards till 1925 when the new Raja assumed  full administrative
    control; married Rani Manik Prava Devi, daughter of Raja Chandrachuda
    Mani Harishchandra
    Jagadev of Surangi, and had issue,
    three sons and one daughter.

    • Raja Sachinanda Pal (qv)
    • Rajkumari Ananda Manjari Debi, born 1st November 1924,
      entered politics in 1951, M.L.A. (Orissa) 1967/1971 and 1977/1980,
      married Shri
      P. B. H. Mahapatra Raj Saheb, and had issue, five sons and four
      daughters. She died 15th October 1999.
    • Rajkumar Mrutyunjaya Pal, died 3rd July 2011.
    • Rajkumar Narayan Chandra Pal.
  • Raja SACHINANDA PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara, born 1923,
    educated at Rajkumar
    College, Raipur, married Rani Kamal Kumari Devi, daughter of Raja Bir
    Chandra Jadumani Deo Janamuni of Rairakhol,
    his wife, the daughter of Raja Pratap Rudra Singh
    of Sonepur, and had issue.

    • Rajkumari Padmini Kumari Devi
    • Rajkumari Parvati Kumari Devi
    • Raja Shri R.C. Muni Pal (qv)
    • Rajkumar K. C. Pal
  • Raja Shri R.C. MUNI PAL, Raja of Pal Lahara (see


  • Rajkumari
    Dolendra Manjari Devi (+), married Kumar Pradyut Chandra Deb (+) of Talcher, and had issue, two sons and
    five daughters.
  • Lal Narayan Prasad Pal, married, Rajkumari Sana Jema
    Labangalata Devi, daughter of Raja Purna Chandra Deo Harishchandra
    Jagadev of Surangi, and his wife, Rani
    Hira Kumari Devi, and had issue, two sons and three
  • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja
    Shri Dileep Chandra Singh Deo Bajradhar Narendra
    Mahapatra, 182nd Raja Saheb of Ranpur,
    and has issue.
  • Rajkumar Santosh
    Kumar Pal, married Kumari Annapurna Kumari Devi, daughter of Rajkumar
    Suresh Chandra Deo Jenamoni, Pattayat Sahib in
    Rairakhol, and his wife, Pattayat Rani Saroj Manjari Devi, and has

    • Kumari Rameshwari Pal
    • Kumari Padmalaya Pal


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