BASTAR (Princely State)

AREA: 33,831 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 210,000 ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Madhya Pradesh DYNASTY: Chauhan - Bhanja RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 2,525 POPULATION: 306,501 (1901) REVENUE: Rs 1,68,268 (1890-91)

Maharaja of BastarPRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja KAMAL CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 22nd Raja of Bastar (1996/-)
born about 1984, educated at Coventry University, U.K. (Master of Science Degree in International Business) and at L.S.E., U.K. (Master of Political Science Degree)
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The family is said to have been founded the state when they were driven from Warangal in the Deccan by the encroachments of the Muslims, early in the 14th century. The state was the 11th largest Princely State by area. Rulers were...
  • Raja ANNAM DEV, 1st Raja of Bastar 1324/1369, traditional founder, brother of the Kakatiya Raja of Warangal, Pratap Rudra Dev, said to have established himself at Bastar, defeating the Nagvanshi Raja, and established his capital at Mudhota under the protection of the goddess, Danteshwari, still the family deity.

  • Raja HAMIR DEV, 2nd Raja of Bastar 1369/1410
  • Raja BHAITAI DEV, 3rd Raja of Bastar 1410/1468

  • Raja PURUSHOTTAM DEV, 4th Raja of Bastar 1468/1534, he shifted his capital to Old Bastar.

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  • Raja PRATAP RAJ DEV, Raja of Bastar 1602/1625, married and had issue, extinct in the 3rd generation,
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  • Raja DIGPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1680/1709

  • Raja RAJPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1709/1721, descended from the younger brother of Raja Pratap Raj Dev, married 1stly, a Baghela Princess, married 2ndly, a Chandel Princess, and had issue.
    • Rajkumar Dakhin Singh (by 1st wife)
    • Raja Dalpat Deo (by 2nd wife) (qv)
    • Rajkumar Pratap Singh (by 2nd wife)
  • Raja MAMA, Raja of Bastar 1721/1731
  • Raja DALPAT DEO, Raja of Bastar 1731/1774, moved his capital to Jagdalpur; he married (amongst 7 wives), 1stly, a daughter of Raja Goor Sai Deo of Kanker, and had issue.
    • Rajkumar Ajmer Singh (by 1st wife), usurped the gaddi for a short time.
    • Raja Daryao Deo (by 2nd wife) (qv)
  • Raja DARYAO DEO, Raja of Bastar 1774 and 1777/bef 1819, married and had issue.
    • Raja Mahipal Deo (qv)

  • Raja MAHIPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar fl. 1819, married and had issue.
    • Raja Bhopal Deo (qv)
    • Lal Dalganjan Singh, Dewan of Bastar 1846/1863, married Lal Saheba Lakshmi Kumari, daughter of Raja Padma Dev, Raja of Kanker, and had issue. He died 1863.
      • Lal Kalendra Singh, Dewan of Bastar 1882/-; deported to Illichpur for his part in the Bastar rebellion of 1910, where he died. He died 1916 at Illichpur.
      • Kunwar Chakar Singh
  • Raja BHOPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1830/1853, married and had issue, as well as further issue.
    • Raja Bhairam Deo (qv)
    • Kunwar Durjan Singh (by a secondary union), Dewan of Bastar -/1881, died February 1881

  • Raja BHAIRAM DEO, Raja of Bastar 1853/1891, born 21st May 1839, succeeded 27th August 1853 (#1), recognized as a Feudatory Chief by the British Government in 1865; he married (amongst others), Senior Rani Subra Kanwar, died October 1910 at Raipur, (a) Nawabai (concubine), and had issue, as well as illegitimate issue. He died 28th July 1891.
    • Raja Rudra Pratap Deo (qv)
    • Maharanidhirani Padmalaya Devi, married Maharajadhiraj Nahar Deo of Kanker, and had issue.
    • Kunwar Bahadur Singh (by a secondary union)
    • Kunwar Arjun Singh (by a secondary union)

  • Raja RUDRA PRATAP DEO, Raja of Bastar 1891/1921, born 5th March 1885, succeeded 20th July 1891, installed in January 1908, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; married 1stly, Rani Kusumlata Devi, daughter of Raja Sir Basudeb Sudhal Deb of Bamra,she died 18th August 1911, married 2ndly, Rani Chandra Kumari, she died sp, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died spm on 16th November 1921.
    • Yuvaraj (name unknown) (by Rani Kusumlata Devi), died at the age of ten months.
    • Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi [aka Bibi Dhani](by Rani Kusumlata Devi) (qv)

  • HH Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi, Rani of Bastar 1921/1936, born 10th February 1910, married 1927, Lal Sahib Prafulla Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj, born 23rd May 1909, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, for two terms, viz. 1952 - 1954 and 1954 - 1959, died 5th March 1959, and had issue. She died 28th February 1936 in London.
    • Rajkumari Kamla Devi (by Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi), born 2nd February 1928, married in Bijwa U.P. She died 1st January 1954.
    • Maharaja Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumari Geeta Kumari Devi, born 29th October 1930, married Raja Saheb Kadamba Keshri Chandra Deo of Bonai, and had issue. She died 17th December 2002.
    • Maharaja Vijay Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
  • HH Maharaja PRAVIR CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of Bastar 1936/1966, born 12th March 1929 (or 25th June 1929 (#3)), educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; succeeded 28th October 1936, deposed by the Indian authorities in 1961, M.L.A. (Madhya Pradesh), married 4th July 1961, HH Maharani Shubhraj Kumari, born 1930, died sp on 11th September 1996, daughter of Rao Sahib Udaya Singhji of Patan. He died sp on 25th March 1966 (#2).
  • HH Maharaja VIJAY CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of Bastar 1966/1970, born 4th March 1934, married HH Maharani Hitendra Kumari, daughter of Thakore Saheb Surendrasinhji Karansinhji of Sayla, and had issue. He died 12th April 1970.
    • Maharaja Bharat Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Shri Devesh Chandra Bhanj Deo (+), married and had issue.
      • Kumar Mohit Chandra Bhanj Deo
      • Kumari Juhika Devi Bhanj Deo
    • Maharajkumar Shri Harihar Chandra Bhanj Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1974); a practising lawyer in the capital Jagdalpur, married and had issue.
      • Kumar Suryaveer Chandra Bhanj Deo
    • Rani Saheba Puspa Devi, married Raja Rajendra Chandra Deb Birabara Harichandan Mahapatra, 25th Raja Saheb of Talcher, and has issue, two sons.
  • HH Maharaja BHARAT CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of Bastar 1970/1996, born 1954, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1972); married HH Maharani Krishna Kumari Devi (now Maharajmata Krishna Kumari Devi of Bastar), daughter of Kumar Shri Madhavsinhji Bhimsinhji of Tharad, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1996.
    • Maharaja Kamal Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumari Gayatri Devi Bhanj Deo

  • HH Maharaja KAMAL CHANDRA BHANJ DEO (see above)

1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.63
2. Immensely popular amongst his people, he was perceived a threat by the then reigning congress people. He was killed in the police firing that took place near his palace.
3. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945