|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:The
of the state is obscure. Tradition states that the founder
of the family, Pratap Dev, came to Puri and quarrelled
with the Raja, who put to death two of his seven brothers.
The survivors fled to Bonai and established themselves
there. Pratap Dev next proceeded to Baudh and thence to
Athmalik, of which he took possession after killing the
Dom Chief. He established a village named Pratappur and
declared himself as the Raja of the area. He subsequently
divided the territory into 8 divisions, each under a
Chieftain, called Malik, as a measure to suppress the
unruly tribes. Hence, the Kingdom changed its name from
Hondapa (Handpa) to Athamalik which means the land of 8
chieftains. In the course of time his successor shifted
the capital from Hondapa to Thakurgarh, Nuagaon and
finally to Purunagarh (Kaintaragarh). The palace records
show that 42 Kings of this dynasty have ruled the estate
in succession from the time of Pratap Deo. Raja Laxmidhar
Deo, who ruled from 1785 to 1802, threw off allegiance to
Baudh and declared himself as an independent ruler in
Athmalik. In the treaty engagement of 1804, it is
mentioned as a tributary of Baudh, but was treated as a
separate state in the sanad granted to the Raja in 1894.
The Chief of Athmalik was officially known as Zamindar and
was addressed as Samant. In 1874, the chief of Athmalik
was recognized as ruler, and he was granted the hereditary
title of Raja. Predecessor state founded in antiquity, the
modern Princely State came into being in 1874. Rulers
- Raja JOGENDRA DEO
SAMANT, 1st Raja of Athmalik 1874/1877, born
1821, married and had issue. He died 4th February
- Maharaja Mahendra Deo Samant (qv)
DEO SAMANT, 2nd Maharaja of Athmalik
1877/1902, born about 1848, succeeded 4th February
1877 (#1) ,
he was granted the title of Maharaja in 1890 as a
personal distinction, in recognition of his good
administration of the state; he married and had issue.
He died 1902.
- Raja Bibhudendra Deo Samant (qv)
DEO SAMANT, 3rd Raja of Athmalik 1902/1918,
established a number of Primary Schools during his
benevolent rule; he married 1stly, a Princess of Patna, married 2ndly, a
Princess of Tarala, and had issue, three surviving
sons and three daughters. He died 1918.
- Yuvraj Baidyanath Chandra Deo (by first wife),
died unmarried in his youth.
- Raja Kishor Chandra Deo Samant (by first wife)
- Rajkumari (name unknown) (by first wife)
[Rani Saheb of Kaptipada], possibly married Raja Abhinava Bhujanga
Rajata Chandra Mandhata, 38th Sarbarikhar of Kaptipada, and had issue.
- Raja Suraj Mani Deo Samant (by 2nd wife) (qv)
- Rajkumari (name unknown) (by 2nd wife)
[Rani Saheb of Parikud]
- Rani Satyavati Devi (by 2nd wife), married Raja
Narayan Prasad Deo of Baudh.
- Kumar Saheb Rudra Mani Deo (+) (by
2nd wife), married and had issue, two sons.
Raja KISHOR CHANDRA
DEO SAMANT, 4th Raja of Athmalik 1918/19xx ,
born 10rd November 1904 (#2)
and succeeded 3rd November 1918, Investiture held on
24th December 1925, educated at Rajkumar College,
Raipur; M.L.A. (Orissa), after the death of the late
Raja Saheb, Col. Cobden Ramsay, the Commissioner and
Political Agent, took control of the royal properties,
as the Heir was a minor and he appointed a
superintendent for management of royal affairs along
with education and up-bringing of the young prince.
The Raja was responsible for the construction of
Primary Schools, a Girls’ School, the temple of
Maheswari, bridges on the road from Kaintaragarh to
Boinda, improvements in the road from Kaintaragarh to
Kiakata, a road from Kaintaragarh to Durha, Kacheri
road and many big tanks. He devoted himself to the
task of bringing all round development to the state.
He had brought about many administrative and taxation
reforms, the whole state being administered in 4
praganas and two sub-divisions namely Athamallik sadar
and Kishorenagar; married 1stly, a Princess of
Keonjhar, daughter of Raja Gopinath Narayan Bhanj Deo
of Keonjhar, married
2ndly, Rani Srimanta Manjari, daughter of Lal Saheb
Harish Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj, had adoptive
issue, married 3rdly, Rani Khirod Kumari Devi,
daughter of the Raja of Tekkali in Andhra Pradesh, had
adoptive issue, married 4thly, Rani Umnani Devi,
daughter of the Raja of Maheshpur Raj. He died sp
in about 1971.
- (A) Rani Manoja Manjari Devi, eldest
of Raja Kirti Chandra Deo Harishchandra Jagadev
of Surangi, and
his wife, Rani Soubhagya Manjari Devi; adopted
by Rani Srimanta Manjari; educated
at St. Joseph’s Convent and Sailabala Women’s
College, Cuttack and has a diploma in Interior
Decoration and a Post Graduate Degree in
Psychological Counselling. She is a Reiki
Grandmaster (Reiki is a healing therapy
recognized by the W.H.O. as an alternate
therapy). She is the Director of SVADHYAYA
FOUNDATION involved in Reiki teaching and
practising. She is also a Founder member of AOL
Bhubaneswar Chapter. She is proud to have
represented AOL in World Faith Conference in
1999 as its youngest delegate. She was
associated with the Training Division of AMWAY
INTERNATIONAL, which was awarded for its express
efforts at setting up the Pick up Centre at
Bhubaneswar. She is the Hereditary Trustee and
President of Nilgiri Debotar and is involved in
many religious and charitable services through
it. She is a Trustee of VISAMO FOUNDATION
involved in educating brilliant children from
BPL families. Besides Social activities, her
literary awards have been rewarded by Swami
Tejomayananda in Chinmay International Magzines.
Some of her works have been published in Asian
Age, Sambad and Bhubaneswar Club Magazine of
which she was on the Editorial Board. She has
addressed the Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar on two
occasions, once on Reiki and recently on Life
After Death; married Raja Jayant Chandra Mardraj
Harichandan of Nilgiri,
and has issue, one son.
- Yuvraj Janmajay Mardaraj,
born 25th May 1986.
- (A) Kumar Martanda Mandan Chandra
Deb, son of Rajkumar Pratap Chandra Deb of
Talcher, and his
wife, Rajkumari Indira Devi, daughter of Raja
Govind Chandra Deb of Tekkali, Senior Branch,
adopted by Rani Khirod Kumari Devi; presently
working in Gurgaon, Haryana.
Raja SURAJ MANI DEO
SAMANT, 5th Raja of Athmalik, married Rani
Radha Manjari Devi, daughter of the Raja of
Sankhemundi (District Ganjam), and had issue, two sons
and two daughters.
- Raja Pradip Chandra Deo Samant (qv)
- Pattayet Arun Chandra Deo, married Patayet Rani
Anuma Devi, daughter of a Lal Saheb of Bamra, and
has issue, one son.
- Kumar Mahesh Chandra Deo, married in Garwha,
Jharkhand and has issue, one daughter.
- Rajkumari Manoj Manjari Devi, married in Kutumdola
(District Bolangir), and has issue, one son and one
- Rajkumari Shobha Manjari Devi, married Lalji
Indrajeet Pratap Singh Deo of Lakhanpur in Surguja, and has
issue, three daughters.
Raja Shri PRADIP
CHANDRA DEO SAMANT, 6th Raja of Athmalik (see