BALARAMPUR (Zamindari)

AREA: 65 km2 REVENUE:XX ACCESSION: 1st June 1953
LOCATION: Orissa (Cuttack Dist.) DYNASTY:XX RELIGION: Hindu
PRESENT RULER: Raja PRABIR CHANDRA DHIR Deb Biarabar, 46th Raja Saheb of Balarampur since the 15th January 1993.
born 16th March 1959, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; engaged in the Real Estate Business; Secretary, Talcher Rifle Association; Member, Cutack Club Ltd.; married Rani Dr. Padmalaya Devi, born 1959, an acclaimed oncologist, daughter of Raja Trilochan Singh Deo (+) of Narsinghpur, and his wife, Rani Manjul Manjari Devi, (now Rajmata Saheba of Narsinghpur), and has issue, one son and one daughter.
  • Yuvraj Abhishek Chandra Dhir Deb, born 1988, studying in BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar.
  • Rajkumari Aradhana Devi, born 1993, studying in St. Joseph’s High School, Cuttack.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Balarampur is a compact Estate having an area of 65 sq. kilometres. Consisting of 28 Mouzas, situated in Cuttack District of Orissa. It forms part of hilly region which serves as the connecting link between the alluvial plains of Cuttack in the east and the mountainous regions of the Feudatory States in the west, and is surrounded by the Forts of Sukinda, Dhenkanal, Madhupur and Chousathipara. It is dotted with hills and covered with forests and is infested with wild animals and venomous snakes. Balarampur is an impartiable estate. Tradition says that Balabhadhra Dhir of Taghore (Joyapore) Raj family came on a pilgrimage to Jagannath Dham Puri in 553 AD and from there he went to Jajpur to the court of Raja Surya Keshari, a King of the Lion Dynasty. He became a great favourite of the Raja, after saving his life from a Tiger. In return he was granted the some land which became the principality of Balarampur along with the hereditary title title of Birbar Harichandan Mahapatra. The Princely State was named after the founder. The Balarampur Fort, (now dilapidated) was built on table land at the summit of a steep hill. It is said that formerly it was a place of strength, capable of defending itself. The walls of the Fort were perforated with loop holes for musketry. Rulers were....
  1. Raja BALABHADRA DHIR Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra
  2. Raja PURUSHOTTAMA DHIR Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra
  3. Raja JAGGANATH DHIR Deb
  4. Raja NILADRI DHIR Deb
  5. Raja SUDARSHAN DHIR Deb
  6. Raja PADMANABH DHIR Deb I
  7. Raja JANARDAN DHIR Deb
  8. Raja NARASINGH DHIR Deb I
  9. Raja BHAGWAN DHIR Deb I
  10. Raja HARERAM DHIR Deb
  11. Raja PARSURAM DHIR Deb
  12. Raja BRAJA SINGH DHIR Deb
  13. Raja DINABANDHU DHIR Deb
  14. Raja HARE KRISHNA DHIR Deb
  15. Raja TRILOCHAN DHIR Deb
  16. Raja BALUNKESWARA DHIR Deb
  17. Raja KUNJA BIHARI DHIR Deb
  18. Raja BALARAM DHIR Deb
  19. Raja KRUSHNA CHANDRA DHIR Deb I
  20. Raja BANCHANIDHI DHIR Deb
  21. Raja CHINTAMANI DHIR Deb
  22. Raja NAARSINGH DHIR Deb II
  23. Raja PADMANABH DHIR Deb II
  24. Raja HARIHAR DHIR Deb I
  25. Raja RATNAKAR DHIR Deb
  26. Raja UDHAVA DHIR Deb
  27. Raja JOGENDRA DHIR Deb
  28. Raja BANAMALI DHIR Deb
  29. Ram KRISHNA DHIR Deb
  30. Raja SATYABADI DHIR Deb
  31. Raja GOVARDHAN DHIR Deb
  32. Raja MUSOLI DHIR Deb
  33. Raja RAGHUNATH DHIR Deb
  34. Raja MADHUSUDAN DHIR Deb
  35. Raja BAMBIKA DHIR Deb
  36. Raja KRUSHNA CHANDRA Dhir Deb II
  37. Raja BHAGAWAN DHIR Deb II, adopted son of his predecessor.
  38. Raja HARIHAR DHIR Deb II
  39. Raja GHANASHYAM DHIR
  40. Raja RAMCHANDRA DHIR Deb

  41. Raja NILADRI DHIR Birabar, 41st Raja of Balarampur, he ruled in the beginning of the 19th century; married and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
    • Raja Braja Bihari Dhir Birabar (qv)
    • Raja Dasarathi Dhir Birabar (qv)
    • Rajkumari (name unknown), married the Raja of Athgarh.

  42. Raja BRAJA BIHARI DHIR Birabar, 42nd Raja of Balarampur, he ruled around the middle of the 19th century; married a daughter of the Raja of Bodogada in Ganjam District. He died sp and was succeeded by his brother.

  43. Raja DASARATHI DHIR Birabar, 43rd Raja of Balarampur, he succeeded his elder brother, who died without issue; married 1stly, Rani Satyabati Badamanima from Talcher, married 2ndly, Rani Lavanya Sanamanima from Khuntapada, and had issue.
    • Raja Purna Chandra Dhir Deb Birabar (qv)
    • Rani Sita Devi, married Raja Kishore Chandra Deo of Jarada.
    • Rajkumari Krishna Priya Devi, married Rajkumar Sunder Brindavan Chandra Singh of Nayagarh.

  44. Raja PURNA CHANDRA DHIR Deb Birabar, 44th Raja of Balarampur, he died sp of typhoid. His mothers, Rajmata Satyabati Badamanima and Rani Lavanya Sanamanima, adopted Kumar Prabodh Chandra Deb in 1938, son of Dewan Bahadur Pramod Chandra Deb of Talcher, and he succeeded as Raja Prabodh Chandra Dhir Birabar, Raja Saheb of Balarampur (qv)

  45. Raja PRABODH CHANDRA DHIR Deb Birabar, 45th Raja of Balarampur, born 24th June 1928 as Kumar Prabodh Chandra Deb, son of Dewan Bahadur Pramod Chandra Deb of Talcher, he was adopted by the two Ranis of Raja Dasarathi Dhir Birabar in 1938; a very keen marksman and founder of Shikar India; he married Rani Jogmaya Devi, daughter of Kumar Saheb Sourendra Singh Deo of Nua Pacca I (see Seraikella), and his wife, Kumarani Padmavati Devi, daughter of the Raja of Jeypore in Orissa, and had issue, two sons and two daughters. He died 15th January 1993.
    • Rani Jyoti Devi, born 1957, married 1981, Raja Shibendra Bijoy Malla Ugal Sanda Deb of Jhargram in West Bengal, and has issue, one son.
      • Yuvraj Vikramaditya Malla Deb, born 1988.
    • Raja Prabir Chandra Dhir Deb Birabar (qv)
    • Rajkumar Pattayet Subir Chandra Dhir Deb, born 1961,educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; an industrialist, married Kumari Nandita Devi, daughter of Kumar Nirmal Singh (+) of Maheshpur, and his wife, Rajkumari Usha Devi, daughter of Raja Bahadur Pratap Chandra Singh Mardaraj Jagadev of Hindol, and has issue.
      • Kumari Sunayna Devi
    • Rani Prabha Devi, born 1963 married 1984, Raja Digvijay Deo Bhanj, 19th Raja Sahib of Daspalla, and has issue, two sons.
      • Yuvraj Jaideep Chandra Deo Bhanj, born 1988.
      • Rajkumar Rajdeep Chandra Deo Bhanj, born 1992.

  46. Raja PRABIR CHANDRA DHIR Deb Birabar, 46th Raja of Balarampur (see above)
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