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BARAMBA (Princely State)


AREA: 368.0 km˛ PRIVY PURSE: Rs 22,700 ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: xx RELIGION:Hindu
POPULATION: 38,620 (1901) REVENUE: 43,788 Rs (1907)




PRESENT RULER: Raja TRIBIKRAM CHANDRA DEB BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, present Raja Saheb of Baramba since 1979.
born 1957, educated at the Rajkumar College, Raipur; he is a life member of the Rajkumar College Governing Council and has been on the Management Committee of the same college on a number of occasions, he is the Hereditary Trustee of the temples in Baramba, married Rani Archana Devi, only daughter of Raja Pradip Chandra Deo of Athmalik, no issue.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded in 1305, when land comprising two villages, Sonkha and Mohuri (now amalgamated into the present town of Sonkhameri, was granted by the then King of Orissa, Kishore Narsingh, to the founder, Hatakeshwar Rawat, in recognition of his valour. The present Raja (1893) maintains a military force of 709 infantry and 3 guns. The family emblem is a leopard. Rulers were...
  • Raja HATAKESHWAR RAWAT, 1st Raja of Baramba 1305/1327, he drove away the Khonds, who inhabited the two villages granted to him by the Raja of Orissa, and made his capital at Baramba, about 9 kilometres further south, he doubled the size of his grant by conquest, and was succeeded by his younger brother.
  • Raja MALAKESHWAR RAWAT, 2nd Raja of Baramba 1327/1345, he made further additions to his state, extending the limit to Agalpur, where he discovered the temple of the Goddess Votaika or Bruhadamba or Bodama, and named the state Baramba, in her honour.
  • Raja DURGESWAR RAWAT, 3rd Raja of Baramba 1345/1375
  • Raja JAMBESWAR RAWAT, 4th Raja of Baramba 1375/1416, he defeated the Khond Chief of Kharod and added the conquered territory to his own.
  • Raja BHOLESWAR RAWAT, 5th Raja of Baramba 1416/1459, he defeated the Khandayat Chief of Amatia and extended the limit of his state to Ratapat (now the present boundary between Baramba and Narsinghpur), this was the limit of Baramba in the western direction, and his successors increased their possessions to the east of their headquarters.
  • Raja KANHU RAWAT, 6th Raja of Baramba 1459/1514, he extended the state eastwards to Mohulia.
  • Raja MADHAB RAWAT, 7th Raja of Baramba 1514/1537
  • Raja NABIN RAWAT, 8th Raja of Baramba 1537/1560, during his reign the state attained its largest area, which was maintained to the present time.
  • Raja BRAJADHARA RAWAT, 9th Raja of Baramba 1560/1584
  • Raja CHANDRASHEKHAR MANGARAJ, 10th Raja of Baramba 1584/1617
  • Raja NARAYAN CHANDA MANGARAJ, 11th Raja of Baramba 1617/1635
  • Raja KRUSHNA CHANDA MANGARAJ, 12th Raja of Baramba 1635/1650, during his reign, the Marathas invaded the country and he was forced to acknowledge their supremacy and pay a tribute annually.
  • Raja GOPINATH CHANDRA MANGARAJ, 13th Raja of Baramba 1650/1679
  • Rawat BALBHADRA MANGRAJ, 14th Rawat of Baramba 1679/1711
  • Rawat FAKIR MANGRAJ, 15th Rawat of Baramba 1711/1743
  • Rawat BANADHAR MANGRAJ, 16th Rawat of Baramba 1743/1748
  • Rawat PADMANAVA BIRBAR MANGRAJ, 17th Rawat of Baramba 1748/1793, he was a weak ruler, and during his reign, the Raja of Khandpara invaded the state, and drove him out and retained possession for some thirteen months, the Rawat sought the help of the Raja of Khurda, and together they succeeded in driving the Raja of Khandpara out of the state, in 1775, the Raja of Narsinghpur invaded the state and took control of two forts, Kharad and Ratapat, he appealed to the Marathas for their assistance and was able to regain possession of the forts.
  • Rawat PINDIKA BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, 18th Rawat of Baramba 1793/1842
  • Rawat GOPINATH BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, 19th Rawat of Baramba 1842/1869, married and had issue.
    • Raja Dasrathi Birbar Mangraj Mahapatra (qv)
  • Raja DASRATHI BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, 20th Raja of Baramba 1869/1881, born 1851, Raja [cr.1874], married (a), a Princess of Bhodokhemundi, married (b), a Princess of Manjusha, and had issue, one daughter and one son. He died in July 1881.
    • Rani Padmamali Devi, married Raja Raghunath Singh Mandhata of Nayagarh.
    • Raja Bishambhar Birbar Mangraj Mahapatra (qv)
  • Raja BISHAMBHAR BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, 21st Raja of Baramba 1881/1922, born 12th April 1880 (#3 p.204), succeeded to the gadi on 15th July 1881 (#1), married 1stly, a Princess of Parikud, she died sp, married 2ndly, 20th January 1904 (#3 p.209), a sister of the Zamindar of Khallikote, married 3rdly, Rani Mukta Mali Devi of Purana Patna, and had issue, two daughters and one son.
    • Rani Raseshwari Patta Mahadei (by the Khallikote Rani), married the Raja Raghunath Bhanj Birbar Jagdeb of Haldia (Dist. Khurda, Orissa), born 1907, and had issue, two sons.
      • Raja Narayan Chandra Bhanj Deo of Haldia, married the Princess of Chikiti, and had issue, one son.
      • Rajkumar (name unknown), adopted to Biruli, and succeeded there as the Raja Saheb of Biruli, Dist. Ganjam, Orissa.
    • Raja Sri Narayan Chandra Birbar Mangraj Mahapatra (by Rani Mukta Mali Devi) (qv)
    • Rani Laxmi Priya Devi (+) (by Rani Mukta Mali Devi), married the Raja Saheb Birabar Natabar Singh Narendra Mahapatra (+) of Pachikote, Orissa, and had issue, one son and one daughter.
  • Raja Sri NARAYAN CHANDRA BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, 22nd Raja of Baramba 1922/- , born 10th January 1914 (#2) and succeeded to the gadi on 20th August 1922, he was installed on 16th January 1935; educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and at Allahabad University, Allahabad, U.P.; he married Rani Sushila Devi, grandaughter of Raja Sir Basudeb Sudhaldeb, Raja of Bamra, and had issue, two sons. He died 15th October 1954.
    • Raja Sri Krushna Chandra Deb Birbar Mangraj Mahapatra (qv)
    • Pattayet Brundavan Chandra Deb, born 1939, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and St Xavier's College, Calcutta; he married Pattayet Rani Manoj Manjari Devi, daughter of Lal Saheb of Bamra, and had issue, one daughter and two sons. He died March 2003.
      • Kumari Sushmita Devi, born 1970, unmaried.
      • Kumar Bir Bikram Chandra Deb, born 1976, unmarried.
      • Kumar Niladri Bikram Chandra Deb, born 1980, unmarried.
  • Raja
                    Saheb of BarambaRaja Sri KRUSHNA CHANDRA DEB BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, 23rd Raja of Baramba 1954/1978, born 1935, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and Allahabad University, Allahabad, U.P.; he married Rani Jyotsna Devi, born 1939, died 1987, eldest daughter of Raja Anup Singh Deo of Khariar, and his wife, Shrimati Rani Soubhagya Manjari Devi, third daughter of HH Maharaja Brij Mohan Deb of Kalahandi, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. He died 1978.
    • Raja Tribikram Chandra Deb Birbar Mangraj Mahapatra (qv)
    • Rajkumari Jyoti Devi (Photo), born 7th December 1958, a Past President of the Inner Wheel Club of Bhubaneswar and had been adjudged Best President and Best Secretary in the Inner Wheel Movement. She has been Chairperson of Calcutta Alipore Ladies Circle – 3 and Bhubaneswar Mid Town Ladies Circle – 12. She was twice the Conference Convenor of Ladies Circle Annual General Meeting, at Calcutta in 1992 and at Bhubaneswar in 1995. She was the National Secretary of Ladies Circle India in 1992. She is also the General Secretary of Orissa Pradesh Mahila Congress and Charter Secretary of the newly formed Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar New Horizon, which has only ladies as members, it has taken up notable projects for the welfare of the community, particularly the downtrodden. She runs a Travel Agency and Guest House at Bhubaneswar; married 29th June 1980 in Baramba, Rajkumar Bikram Kesari Singh Deo of Manjusha, M.A. (Political Science ), he is a quizmaster of repute, he has been Master of Ceremonies on many occasions, including theIIth Asian Rowing Championships held at Hyderabad in November 2005, and has also given live running commentary for Rowing events through Door Darshan; President of the Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar 2006/2007, durng his term as President, the club received as many as 30 awards in Rotary International District 3260 and he was adjudged the Outstanding President for 2006/2007 and the Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar was adjudged the Outstanding Club; member and past Joint Secretary of Bhubaneswar Club Ltd., Member 41 Club No. 37, Bhubaneswar, past Member and Chairman of Bhubaneswar Mid Town Round Table 93 and Calcutta Alipore Round Table 12, founder President of Kalinga Rifle Club, Bhubaneswar; and has issue, two sons.
      • Kunwar Digvijay Singh Deo, born 23rd May 1981, educated at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhubaneswar and graduated from BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar, where hestood Ist class third in English Honours, Post Graduate from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication New Delhi. Has Worked for Star News and Door Darshan. Presently Special Correspondent CNN IBN in New Delhi. He has made a mark as a Sports journalist in the electronic media.
      • Kunwar Ranvijay Singh Deo, born 27th September 1984, educated at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhubaneswar, Graduate in Hotel Management from Chanakya Institute Vishakhapatnam, represented school in Kho Kho at the National level (gold medalist), presently working with Hotel Trident Hilton in Chennai.
    • Rani Kiran Devi [Rani Saheba of Jarada], born 13th February 1960, married 10th February 1982, Raja Deepak Chandra Deo of Jarada, and has issue, one son.
      • Yuvraj Viswaroop Chandra Deo, born 23rd January 1985, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and graduate from Christ College, Cuttack.
    • Pattayet Tribhuvan Chandra Deb, born 1967, educated at Stewart School, Bhubaneswar and Rajkumar College, Raipur, an excellent sportsman, he married Pattayet Rani Sangeeta Singh Deo, daughter of Kumar Girendra Narayan Singh Deo of "Nua Pacca I" (see Seraikella), and his wife, Kumarani Kamala Devi, no issue.
    • Rajkumari Rashmi Devi, born 1969, married Kunwar Sailesh Bux Rai, M.A. (English), B.Ed., presently (2008) working as a teacher in English with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Patna Region; son of Kunwar Narendra Bux Rai of Bishrampur, and his first wife, Rajkumari Padmini Raj Lakshmi, and has issue, one daughter and one son.
      • Kumari Shraddha Buxrai, born 13th August 1995.
      • Kunwar Shivendra Buxrai, born 15th January 2003.
  • Raja TRIBIKRAM CHANDRA DEB BIRBAR MANGRAJ MAHAPATRA, 24th Raja of Baramba (see above)
The help of Rajkumar Bikram Kesari Singh Deo of Manjusha is gratefully acknowledged, November 2007.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.54
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945
3. "Memoranda on Native States in India, 1907" Vol. 1, Calcutta, Superintendent Government Printing, India. 1908