PURI

 

PURI (Zamindari)

 

 

VILLAGES: xx REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: 1956
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: Gangavansi RELIGION: Hindu

 

PRESENT RULER: Gajapathi Maharaj
DIBYASINGHA
DEB IV
, Maharaja of Puri, and Senior representative of the
ancient
Kings
of Orissa since 1970.
divyasinghdevborn about 1954, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur;
St.
Stephen’s College,
Delhi
(History Honours); University of Delhi, Delhi (Law Degree) and North
Western
University of Chicago (LL.M.); Chairman, Jagannath, Bana Prakalp,
Government
of Orissa and Jagannath Temple
Trust; married 1978, Maharani Leelavati/Lilabati Pattamahadei from
Jammu, born
1956, and has
issue, four daughters.

  • Maharajkumari Divyajyoti Devi, educated at Mayo College,
    Ajmer (Postgraduate in Psychology); briefly worked as a teacher at a
    public school in Bhubaneswar; married 6th/9th March 2007,
    Yuvaraj Maharajkumar Riddhiraj Singh, only son of HH Maharana
    Sri
    Mahipendra
    Singhji, Maharana Saheb of Danta, and
    his
    wife, HH Maharani Chandra Kumari.
  • Maharajkumari Devyani Devi, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer
    (Graduate)
  • Maharajkumari Devika Devi, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer
    (Graduate)
  • Maharajkumari Devesi Devi, presently attending public
    school in Bhubaneshwar.

 

 

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Predecessor
Kingdom of Orissa was founded around 915, and continued to 1568, when
it
was annexed by the Bengal Kingdom. The Raja of Khurda
was styled as King of Orissa and his line continued as Rajas of Khurda
till 1808, when the zamindari of Puri was granted to the son of the
last
Raja. Rulers were…

  • Sri Gajapati Raja RAMCHANDRA
    DEVA III
    , Raja of Puri 1808/1857
    (1817/1856), son of Raja
    Mukunda Deva
    II, the last Raja of Khurda, who rebelled against the British
    authorities
    in 1808, and the state was abolished, with the zamindari of Puri, being
    granted to the family for their maintenance.
  • Sri Gajapati Raja BIRAKISHORE
    DEVA II
    , Raja of Puri 1856/1862
  • Sri Gajapati Raja DIBYASINGHA
    DEVA III
    , Raja of Puri 1862/1878
    (1857/1871), tried for
    murder, convicted
    and sentenced to transportation for life.
  • Sri Gajapati Raja MUKUNDA
    DEVA III
    , Raja of Puri 1878/1926, attained his
    majority
    in 1897, granted
    the title of Raja for personal use only on the 29th March 1884, being a
    representative of the Gangavansa Dynasty of the ancient Kings of
    Orissa, he adopted 1stly on 2nd March 1916, Jagadananda Deb, younger
    son of
    the Zamindar of Bada Khemidi, he adopted 2ndly, 2nd October 1918, Lal
    Mohini Mohan Deb, third son of Raja Satchidananda Tribhuban Deb of Bamra, married and had
    adoptive issue.
    He died 1926.

    • (A) Sri Jagannath Jenomi, he succeded as Sri Gajapati
      Raja Ramchandra Deb IV of Puri
      (qv)
    • (A) Sri Jagadananda Deb, born 1915, died 23rd July
      1920
      .
  • Sri Gajapati Raja RAMCHANDRA
    DEB IV
    , Raja of Puri 1926/1957,
    born 1899, as Lal Mohini Mohan Deb, third son of Raja Satchidananda
    Tribhuban Deb of Bamra, he married Rani
    Chandramani Pattamahadei, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He
    died 1957.

    • Sri Gajapathi Maharaj Bira Kishore Deb (qv)
    • HH Maharani Kasturika Mohini Devi (+), married HH
      Maharaja
      Pratap
      Kesari
      Deo of Kalahandi, and had issue, two
      sons and two daughters. She died 1983.
    • Thatraj Raj Raj Deb B.A., born 8th May 1933, educated at
      Rajkumar College,
      Raipur; prior to joining politics he was Captain of the Puri District
      Football team; he served
      as Manager, Shri Jaganath Temple 1956/1961; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1961/1967;
      married Thatrani Purneshwari Devi,
      daughter of Thakur Saheb Surendra Nath Shah Deo of Gingo Thakurgaon,
      and
      had issue, one son
      and three daughters. He died 17th May 1982. (Srinahar, P.O. –
      Puri, Dist. – Puri, Orissa, India)

      • Yuvrani Mohini Devi [now Rajmata Mohini Devi of
        Jashpur], married Yuvraj
        Uppendra Singh Ju Deo of Jashpur, and
        has
        issue, two sons and one daughter.
      • Rani Rajshree Devi, married Raja Jitamitra Singh Deo of
        Khariar, and has issue,
        two sons and one daughter.
      • Kumar Anang Bhaskar Deb, married Kumari Jaishree
        Devi of Chhota Udaipur in
        Gujarat, and has issue, one son and one
        daughter.

        • Kumar Uday Raj Singha Deb, pursuing training to be a
          Pilot, in Florida, USA.
        • Kumari Kriti Devi
      • Kumari Utkala Devi, married Lt.-Col. Kunwar A.K. Singh
        of Tarsendi, Dist. Sitapur, U.P., and has issue, one son and one
        daughter.

        • Kumar Akshay Kumar Singh
        • Kumari Akansha Singh
  • Sri Gajapathi Maharaj BIRA
    KISHORE DEB
    , Raja of Puri 1957/1970, born
    2nd July 1929, educated
    at
    Rajkumar College, Raipur where he was Wrestling
    Champion, All-round Athlete for 1944-45 and 1946 consecutively; he
    represented Orissa in Sontosh Trophy 1947/1948; entered politics in
    1967; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1967/1971; interests and pastimes were Reading,
    Music
    and Painting, Riding, Swimming and Football; married Maharani
    Suryamani
    Pattamahadei [née Rajkumari Snehalata Manjari Devi], born 1935,
    died 1994, daughter of
    Raja Kishor Chandra Mardraj Harichandan of Nilgiri,
    and his second wife, Rani Giriraj Kumari, and had issue, two sons and
    one
    daughter. He
    died 1970.

    • Gajapathi Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb IV (qv)
    • Pattayet Rani Nayanshree Devi, married Pattayet
      Bikram Kesari Deo of Kalahandi, and
      has issue, one son and two
      daughters.
    • Thatraj Ranarnab Deb, married Thatrani Soma Devi,
      daughter of Kumar Jagadananda Singh Deo of Panchkot,
      and has
      issue, one son.

      • Kumar Deb Raj Deb, an accomplished sportsman in
        Equesterian sports.
  • Sri Gajapathi Maharaj DIBYASINGHA
    DEB IV
    (see above)

 

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