COOCH BEHAR (Princely State)

(13 gun salute)

Area: 3,414 km² Privy Purse: Rs 850,000 Accession Date: 1st January 1950
State: West Bengal Dynasty: Narayan Religion: Hindu

POPULATION: 590,866 (1941) REVENUE: Rs 38 lakhs

Predecessors and Short History: The state was founded about 1510 or 1515. It became a Feudatory State by virtue of the Treaty of 1773. The Maharaja maintains a military force of 9 cavalry, 176 infantry, and 4 guns, and is entitled to a salute of 13 guns (as of 1892). Rulers were...
  • Raja Haridas Mondal, ruler of an area near the Chikna Mountains, belonged to the Mech caste of the Haihoi dynasty, married 1stly, Rani Jira, elder daughter of Bhuiyan Hajo, married at the same time, 2ndly, Rani Hira, died before 1545, younger daughter of Bhuiyan Hajo, and had issue.
    • Kunwar Madan (by Rani Jira, eldest son), died about 1510 in battle.
    • Maharaja Chandan Narayan (by Rani Jira) (qv)
    • Raja Sisya Singha [Sishu] (by Rani Hira), Raikat [=family guardian], King of Baikunthapur, married a daughter of the last governor of Chikna, and had issue, the later Prime Ministers of Cooch Behar and the Raikat Kings of Jalpaiguri (see Baikunthpur - West Bengal).
    • Maharaja Viswa Singh [Vishu] (by Rani Hira) (see below)
  1. Maharaja CHANDAN NARAYAN, 1st Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1510/1523, born 1484, on the defeat and death of the last governor of Chikna, he was proclaimed king, and thereafter he expanded the territory greatly, he married a daughter of the last governor of Chikna. He died sp in 1523.

  2. Maharaja VISWA SINGHA, 2nd Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1523/1554 (abdicated), born on or about 21st March 1502, he succeeded his cousin on his death without issue in 1523; he conquered the Saumara country, Bijni, Vijayapur etc., and next demanded tribute from the Deva and Dharma Rajas of Bhutan who treated the demand with contempt and insulted his ambassador, war ensued with the Maharaja being successful in his advance on the capital of Bhutan, a treaty was negotiated by which Bhutan was obliged to pay tribute; he then seized the western portion of the modern Jalpaiguri District in Bengal from the Gaur King in about 1545 and settled in Baikunthpur and obtained from the king the whole tract of country known as Pargana Baikanthpur in the District of Jalpaiguri; he shifted the capital from Chikna in the mountains to Hingulabas on the plains, in 1554 he abdicated the throne and spent the remainder of his life in close meditation and prayer; married many times (including a daughter of the last governor of Chikna), and had issue, three sons (#4). He died after 1554.
    • Raja Nri Singha [Narasinha], Raja of Panga, the eldest son, he was learned and devout, and given to ascetism, on his fathers abdication he too abdicated the throne, in favour of his younger brother; Pargana Panga, which now forms part of the District of Rangpur, was set apart for his maintenance, and his family dwelt there; married and had issue.
      • Raja Anirudhra, Raja of Panga, he was killed in a battle with the muslim troops of Padshah Akbar's General, Ali Kuli Khan [Sher Afghan].
    • Sri Sri Maharaja Nar Narayan [Mallanarayana] (qv)
    • Raja Shukladhaj [Chilarai], Raja of Assam, the youngest son, he was appointed the army commander conquering Assam in 1562, he was granted a portion of the new territories, which included East Assam, married Rani Chandraprabha, niece of Pratap Roy, and had issue, the Rajas of Darrang, Beltala and Bijni. He died 1571.
      • Raja Raghudev Narayan, Raja of Darrang, married and had issue (see Darrang).
    • Maharajkumar Kamal Narayan [Gosain Kamala]

  3. Sri Sri Maharaja NAR NARAYAN, 3rd Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1554/1587, a celebrated wrestler early on, he captured Manipur and Tripura, forcing their Rajas to pay tribute in gold, silver and elephants, married (amongst others), Rani Bhanumati, daughter of Pratap Roy, Buiyan of Pandu, and had issue, one son. He died 1587.
    • Maharaja Lakshmi Narayan (qv)
    • Rani Kshama Devi, married 23rd December 1596, Mirza Raja Man Singh I of Jaipur, and had issue. She committed sati in 1614.

  4. Maharaja LAKSHMI NARAYAN, 4th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1587/1621, he was a weak king and negelected state duties, in 1596 he professed himself a vassal of the Emperor of Delhi before Raja Man Singh; married and had issue, 18 sons. He died 1621.
    • Maharajkumar Braja Narayan, died vp.
    • Maharajkumar Bhim Narayan, died vp.
    • Maharajkumar Vil Narayan
    • Maharaja Bira Narayan (by the Patrani or Senior Queen) (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Gosain Mahi Narayan, Najir Dev, he attempted to seize the throne in 1665, but his sons quarrelled and he therefore installed the late King's second son as the new ruler, who was kept in check until in 1666 he forced him to flee and was eventually captured and killed; married and had issue, four sons, ancestors of the Nazir Deo family of Balarampur. He died 1666.
      • Kumar Shri Darpa Narayan, along with his surviving brothers and forces from Butan, he invaded the Cooch Behar kingdom, but they were ultimately defeated, married and had issue. He died 1680/1682.
        • Kumar Shri Shanta Narayan, Najir Dev, he founded a city 16 kilometres south-east of the Kingdomd capital, and called it Balarampur, after the image of Balaram, and made his residence there; married and had adoptive issue. He sp in 1700.
          • (A) Kumar Shri Lalit Narayan, born as the son of Kumar Shri Viswa Narayan (see below), he was adopted and succeeded to his adoptive fathers estate.
        • Kumar Shri Satya Narayan, appointed as the Chhatra Nazir in 1690 after his uncle's death, and Dewan (financial minister) in 1693 after the Maharaja's death, he was deposed for his suspected complicity in his son's rebellion about 1737?, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Deena Narayan, adopted by Maharaja Upendra Narayan, but rebelled and died before being able to succeed.
      • Kumar Shri Jagat Narayan, married and had issue. He died after 1682 and before 1687.
        • Maharaja Rup Narayan (qv)
        • Kumar Shri Viswa Narayan, married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Lalit Narayan, he was adopted by Kumar Shri Shanta Narayan, the Nazir Deo (see above)
      • Kumar Shri Yajna Narayan [Jagnanarayan], he was appointed Chhatra Nazir in 1687. He died sp in 1690.
      • Kumar Shri Chandra Narayan, died 1665/1666.

  5. Maharaja BIRA NARAYAN, 5th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1621/1625, his reign was marked by loss of martial glory, and a rapid loss of territories, Bhutan broke off allegiance and ceased to pay tribute, the Raikat ceased to be a tributary, and did not not hold the umbrella over the king's head at his coronation; he moved his capital to Atharakotha; he was a great believer in learning, and was the first ruler of his dynasty to establish schools in his kingdom, he gave his sons a good education all of whom grew up to be learned men; married and had issue. He died 1625.
    • Maharaja Pran Narayan (qv)
    • Maharani Rupamati Devi, married (as his first wife), Maharajadhiraja Paramesvara Paramabhattaraka Sri Sri Pratapamalla Vijayarajye Nepala, Raja of Kathmandu in Nepal. She died before 1649.
    • [?Maharani Ananta Priya Devi, married (as his third wife), Maharajadhiraja Paramesvara Paramabhattaraka Sri Sri Pratapamalla Vijayarajye Nepala, Raja of Kathmandu in Nepal.]

  6. Maharaja PRAN NARAYAN, 6th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1625/1665, the armies of the Emperor of Delhi invaded the kingdom in 1638 but did not make any impression; he invaded Ghoraghat, the centre of Mughal power in Banga (Bengal) and in 1661, he captured Dhaka, capital of Bengal, but was forced to capitulate, a peace treaty being signed in 1664, he was a learned Sanskrit scholar in grammar, literature and the Smriti Shastra, a clever poet, and a man of remarkable memory, an expert in the art of singing and dancing, he wrote a treatise on the subject; married and had issue, three sons. He died 1665.
    • Maharajkumar Vishnu Narayan (eldest son), married and had issue. He died vp.
      • Kumar Shri Man Narayan, married and had issue.
        • Maharaja Mahendra Narayan (qv)
    • Maharaja Mod Narayan (qv)
    • Maharaja Vasudeo Narayan (qv)

  7. Maharaja MOD NARAYAN [Madan Narayan], 7th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1665/1680, initially all power was in the hands of Mahi Narayan, Najir Dev, but he managed to win over enough of the army to send Mahi Narayan fleeing the kingdom; he completed the construction of Jalpesh temple; in 1665 he helped Raja Ram Singh, army commander of the Delhi sultanate and king of Amber, with 5 thousand soldiers in the war against the king of Assam. He died sp in 1680.

  8. Maharaja VASUDEO NARAYAN [Basudev Narayan], 8th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1680/1682, the Nazir Deo's three sons again attempted to seize the throne with the assistance of Bhutias, but they only managed to plunder the capital and take away the royal insignia; after two years rule, the three sons with the help of troops from Butan again attempted to seize the throne, in the ensuing battle the Maharaja's army was routed and he tried to flee but was caught and beheaded, Jajnanarayan contemplated seizing the throne, but news of the disaster had reached Baikunthapur, and the ruling Raikats, Jagadev and Bhujadev, forthwith advanced upon Cooch Behar with a large army and a battle was fought on the left bank of the Manshai in which Mahinarayan's sons were defeated . He died sp in 1682.

  9. Maharaja MAHENDRA NARAYAN, 9th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1682/1693, born about 1677, he was placed upon the throne by the ruling Raikats of Baikunthapur, but after their death around 1687, much territory was lost to State Officials declaring their independence and to a Muslim invasion from Delhi, under Ibadat Khan. He died sp in 1693.

  10. Maharaja RUP NARAYAN, 10th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1693/1714, shifted his capital, later called Behar, from Atharokotha to Guriahati Gram on the eastern bank of river Torsha, soon after his accession, the Muslim invaders renewed their attack upon Chaklas of Boda, Patgram and Purvabhag, and a treaty was made with them in 1711, by which the Chaklas were nominally ceded to them, he was thus the last of the Koch Kings who held sway over Western Kamarupa, from his time the extent of the kingdom was virtually confined to the present State of Cooch Behar; he was profoundly versed in all religious character of knowledge, and became celebrated for his sanctity; married and had issue. He died 1714.
    • Maharaja Upendra Narayan (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Kharga Narayan, he was appointed 2nd Dewan Deo in about 1737?, married and had issue.
      • Maharaja Rajendra Narayan (qv)
      • Kumar Shri Ram Narayan, 3rd Dewan Deo -/1770, married and had issue. He was murdered on the orders of his brother, the Maharaja in 1770.
        • Kumar Shri Bijendra Narayan [?16th Maharaja]
      • Kumar Shri Surendra Narayan, 4th Dewan Deo 1770/-, married and had issue.
        • Kumar Shri Nagendra Narayan
        • Kumar Shri Jivendra Narayan, he was appointed Nazir Deo in 1785, married (amongst others), Rani (name unknown), died 1838, last surviving widow, and had issue. He died 1819.
          • Kumar Shri (name unknown) Narayan, died sp in 1821.
      • Maharaja Dhairjendra Narayan (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Vidya Narayan, died vp.
    • Maharajkumar Narendra Narayan, died vp.

  11. Maharaja UPENDRA NARAYAN, 11th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1714/1763, during this reign, the Bhutias, whose territory had ended at the foot of the hills, gradually extended their conquest to the plains, and the Maharaja was not powerful enough to oppose them, the Faujdar of Rangpur, at the instigation of Deena Narayan, who had aspired to the throne, invaded the western portion of the country, a battle was fought at Singeswar Jhar, a place on the west bank of the modern Tista, between the Muslims and the king's army, in which the latter were defeated, the king now made a treaty with Bhutan, and with the assistance of the Bhutias drove back the Muslim general into Rangpur; he adopted Kumar Shri Deena Narayan, son of Dewan Satya Narayan, conferring upon him all authority to run the state administration, married 1stly, Rani (name unknown), she committed sati in 1763, married 2ndly, Rani Lalbai, and had issue. He died 1763.
    • Maharaja Debendra Narayan (by Rani Lalbai) (qv)

  12. Maharaja DEBENDRA NARAYAN, 12th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1763/1765, born 1757, he succeeded as a minor, with the administration being carried out by the chief ministers of the State; during his rule, the Bhutias gradually became very powerful and extended their authority over the State, the administration of the state totally broke down, with Bhutan invading the Kingdom and demanding tribute from the Maharaja, only two years after his accession, the young Maharaja was assasinated on the orders of Kamunanda Gosain, by beheading with a single blow of a sword. He died 12th August 1765.

  13. Maharaja DHAIRJENDRA NARAYAN, 13th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1765/1770 and 1774/1783, he ordered the murder of the Dewan Deo in 1770, but this was considered an affront to the authority of Bhutan, and the Deva Raja caused the Maharaja and the Dewan Deo to be seized during the annual feast at Chechakhata and carried off as prisoners to Bhutan, the Nazir Deo making good his escape by flight; the prisoners were finally released in April 1774 and the Maharaja took up the governance of the kingdom, though without any enthusiasm for the task, with the Maharani and her favourite handling the affairs of state; married six wives, including, Maharani Kamteswari Devi, and had issue. He died 1783.
    • Maharaja Dharendra Narayan (qv)
    • Maharaja Harendra Narayan (qv)

  14. Maharaja RAJENDRA NARAYAN, 14th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1770/1772, Maharaja in name only, he was raised to the throne by the Bhutias, but died after a short reign, married in 1772, and died five days later of a fever. He died sp in 1772.

  15. Maharaja DHARENDRA NARAYAN, 15th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1772/1774, he was placed on the throne by the Nazir Deo, Khargendra Narayan in 1772, but the Deva Raja was against the installation and ordered the Nazir Deo to replace the Maharaja, but he refused to comply, and the Bhutias invaded with a strong force of 20,000 men, and occupied the capital, they made Kumar Shri Bijendra Narayan the new Maharaja, but he was opposed by the Nazir Deo's selection until the former was driven out of the country, with the exception of Rahimgunj, the whole country came under the occupation of the Bhutias, who built forts in various parts of the country, among which were the fortifications at Gitaldah, Bheladanga and Mawamari, the Bhutia General, had a fortification thrown around the palace in the town of Cooch Behar, and occupied it with a strong Bhutia force; the Nazir Deo appealed to the Government of India for aid, which was given on condition of a treaty signed on 5th April 1773, who helped drive out the Bhutias, restoring peace in the country, the deposed Maharaja and the Dewan Deo were freed and both returned to Cooch Behar. He died sp in 1775.

  16. Maharaja HARENDRA NARAYAN, 16th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1783/1840, born 1780, he succeeded to the throne aged three years and nine months and was granted ruling powers in 1799, married 1stly, in 1793, a daughter of Jadunath Ishore, married 2ndly, in 1793, a daughter of Padmanath Kerji [Karjee], married 3rdly, 1797, the Bara Madhyama Aye Devati, a niece of Bijayesvar Kerji and grand-daughter of Darpa Deo of Baikunthpur, married 4thly, 1800, the Chhota Madhyama Aye Devati, second grand-daughter of Darpa Deo, and had issue, six sons. He died 29th July 1839 whilst on pilgrimage in Benares.
    • Maharaja Shivendra Narayan (qv)
    • Maharajkumar Brajendra Narayan, married and had issue. He died 1857.
      • Maharaja Narendra Narayan [Chandra Narayan] (fourth and youngest son)(qv)
    • Maharajkumar Meghendra Narayan, born 1796.
    • Maharajkumar Mahendra Narayan, died 30th March 1847.
    • Maharajkumar Nilendra Narayan
    • Maharajkumar Yogendra Narayan

  17. Maharaja SHIVENDRA NARAYAN, 17th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1839/1847, born in November 1796, his succession was confirmed on 28th August 1839, he adopted Kumar Shri Karindra Narayan, son of Kumar Shri Shambhu Narayan of Balarampur, who was then eight years old, dying in 1845, he adopted his nephew, married 1stly, 1840, Sri Sri Dangar Aye Devati Maharani Kamteswari Devi, the daughter of Bajradhar Karjee of Chapagur Gram, married 2ndly, Bara Aye Devati Maharani Brindeswari Devi, a daughter of ex-Jowar Brajendra Narayan Chowdhury of Parvatjoyar, and had adoptive issue. He died sp on 23rd August 1847 at Benares.
    • (A) Kumar Chandra Narayan, son of Maharajkumar Brajendra Narayan (see above). he succeeded as Maharaja Narendra Narayan (qv)

  18. Maharaja NARENDRA NARAYAN, 18th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1847/1863, born 1841, adopted in 1845 by his uncle, granted full ruling powers in 1860, banned the practise of sati, married five wives, including, (a), Patrani Maharani Nistarini Devi, married (b), Maharani Nishimayi Devi Aye Devati, married (c), Maharani Vrindeshwari Devi, married (d), Maharani Brajeshwari Madhyam Aye Gharani, and had issue. He died 6th August 1863.
    • Maharajkumar Jatindra Narayan
    • Col. HH Maharaja Sir Nripendra Narayan (by Maharani Nishimayi Devi) (qv)
    • Maharajkumari Anandamoyee

  19. Col. HH Maharaja Sir NRIPENDRA NARAYAN G.C.I.E., 19th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1863/1911, born 4th October 1862, he succeeded to the gadi on 6th August 1863, educated in the Wards Institute at Benares then under the guardianship of Mr. H. St. J. Kneller, in the Bankipur College, Patna, and next, he was admitted to Presidency College to study Law till 1881, he was presented with a medal and sword in 1877 at the Imperial Assemblage at Delhi, on the occasion of the Proclamation of Her Most Gracious Majesty as Empress of India; formally installed on the gadi on 8th November 1883, the titles of Maharaja Bhup Bahadur were recognised as hereditary by the Government of India in 1885; he was appointed Honorary Major in the British Army also in 1885; he was invested with the Insignia of Grand Commander of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire by Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen Empress herself in 1887; he was made Honorary Aide-de-camp to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonelin the British Army; he established the India Club at Calcutta in 1882, founded Nripendra Narayan Hall at Jalpaiguri in 1883, and established the "Anandamayi Dharmasala" (almshouse) in 1889; married in March 1878, HH Maharani Suniti Devi, born 1864, died 1932, daughter of Maharishi Keshub Chandra Sen, invested with the Imperial Order of the Crown of India in 1887, and had issue, four sons and three daughters. He died 18th September 1911.
    • HH Maharaja Rajendra II Narayan Bhup Bahadur [Prince Rajey] (see below)
    • HH Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur [Prince Jit] (see below)
    • Lt.Col. Maharajkumar Shri Victor Nitendra Narayan, born 21st May 1888, Godson of Queen Victoria; married Rani Nirupama Devi, a distant cousin, and had issue, two sons. He died 1937.
      • Rajkumar Gautam Narayan, married 1952, Patricia Joan Quinn, and had issue, two daughters. He died 1970.
        • Kumari Victoria Pia Narayan, born 21st March 1954 in Calcutta, married 15th March 1984, Michael John Anderson, born 29th July 1949, and has issue, one son and one daughter. (Australia)
          • Tana Victoria Narayan Anderson, born 21st December 1985.
          • Nicholas Peter Narayan Anderson, born 28th January 1990.
        • Kumari Deepa Elizabeth Narayan, born 2nd December 1956 in Calcutta .
      • Rajkumar Nidhendra Narayan, died young.
    • Lt.Col. Maharajkumar Shri Hitendra Narayan [Prince Hitty], born 1st July 1890 at Cooch Behar, educated at Farnborough School, Hants, at Eton College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge; he embarked for service with tghe Indian Expeditionary Force A in 1914, attached to the Dehra Dun Brigade and afterwards transferred to the Garhwal Brigade; he returned to India in December 1915; served as Military Secretary to the Maharaja of Patiala; he played First-Class cricket for Somerset. He died 7th December 1920 at Darjeeling (#1).
    • Maharaj Kumari Sukriti Devi [Princess Girlie], born 1884, married 28th November, 1899 (sep'd.), Shri Jyotsanath Ghosal, C.I.E. [cr.1918], Zamindar of Belgaum, and had issue. She died 1958.
      • Archie Ghosal
      • Romas Ghosal
    • Maharaj Kumari Pratibha Devi [Princess Pretty], born 22nd November 1891 in Calcutta, married 21st February 1912 in Calcutta, (div. 1921), Lionel Henry Mander, born 14th February 1888, died 27th February 1946, son of Samuel Theodore Mander, and his wife, Flora Paint. She died sp 23rd July 1923 in Calcutta.
    • Maharaj Kumari Sudhira Devi [Princess Baby], born 1894, married 25th February 1914 at Woodlands, Alan Jocelyn Mander, born 28th January 1891, died 21st December 1967, son of Samuel Theodore Mander, and his wife, Flora Paint, and had issue. She died 1968.
      • Pamela Geeta (Ghita) Mander, born 8th July 1920 in London, died 27th June 1965.
      • Derek Anjum Mander, born 1928, married 1stly, Edwina, married 2ndly, and had issue.
      • Monisha Vida Garbo Mander, born 1934, married 1952, George Leslie John Garnham, and had issue.

  20. HH Maharaja RAJENDRA II NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur, 20th Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1911/1913, born 11th April 1882 in Calcutta, educated at Mayo College in Ajmer in 1893, then sent to England in 1894 for further studies, gained entry to Oxford College in 1900, he died unmarried 1st September 1913 in London, and was buried in Cooch Behar.

  21. HH Maharaja JITENDRA NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur, 21st Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1913/1922, born 20th December 1886 at Cooch Behar Palace, educated privately under a British home tutor, admitted to Itan School in 1900, then admitted to Edinburgh University, married 25th August 1913 in London, HH Maharani Indira Devi, born 1892, died 1968, daughter of HH Maharaja Gaekwad Sir Sayajirao III Khanderao Gaekwad Sena Khas Khel Shamsher Bahadur Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia of Baroda, and his second wife, HH Maharani Gajra Bai, and had issue. He died 20th December 1922.
    • Lt.Col. (Hon) HH Maharajah Sir Jaggadipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur (see below)
    • Maharaj Kumar Indrajitendra Narayan, born 1918 in Poona, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, married Rani Kamala Devi, born 1920, died 198x, daughter of Raja Saheb Meharban-I-Dostan Sri Raja Rao Venkata Kumara Mahipati Suryarao Bahadur Garu, Maharaja of Pithapuram, and his wife, Sri Rani Chinnamamba Devi, allegedly married Billie Evelyn Bridges, a Texan, and had issue. He died 4th April 1951 in Darjeeling.
      • HH Maharaja Virajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur (see below)
      • Maharani Uttara Devi, born 1942, married 1963, HH Maharao Brijraj Singhji of Kotah.
    • Maharajkumari Ila Devi, born 1914, married Maharajkumar Ramendra Kishore Dev Varma of Tripura, and had issue. She died 1945.
    • HH Maharani Gayatri Devi, born 23rd May 1919 in London, educated at Shantiniketan, Laussane, Switzerland, London School of Secretaries, Brilliantmont and Monkey Club London; President of the All India Badminton Association, and Rajasthan State Swatantra Party, Vice-President of the All India Lawn Tennis Association and All India Swatantra Party, Director Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur, and Gee Stud Farm Pvt Ltd., Chairman of the Governing Council of Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls Public School, Jaipur, Chairman of the Board of Trustee of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Benevolent Trust, Jaipur, the Maharani Gayatri Soldier's Welfare Fund, Jaipur; the Sawai Ram Singh Shilp Kala Mandir, Jaipur; M/s Jaipur Durries Pvt Ltd, Jalpur and Rajasthan State Tourist Development Corporation, Jaipur; Member of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Lok Sabha, author of: "A Princess Remembers" and "A Government's Gateway", interests include photography, Fine Arts and Museums, married (as his third wife), 9th May 1940, HH Saramad-i-Rajahai Hindustan Raj Rajendra Shri Maharajadhiraj Sir Sawai Man Singhji II Bahadur of Jaipur, and had issue. She died 29th July 2009 at the Satokben Durlabh Memorial Hospital in Jaipur and was cremated the following day in Jaipur.
    • HH Maharani Menaka Devi, born 1920, married 1942, HH Maharaja Sir Yeshwantrao Sadashivrao [Bhau Sahib] Puar of Dewas-Junior, and had issue. She died 2011.

  22. Lt.Col. (Hon)
                    HH Maharaja Sir JAGADDIPENDRA NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur
                    (1915-1970)Lt.-Col. (Hon.) HH Maharaja Sir JAGADDIPENDRA NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur, 22nd Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1922/1970, born 15th December 1915 at Cooch Behar Palace, he succeeded to the gadi on 20th December 1922; educated at Harrow 1927/1929 and Trinity Hall, Cambridge 1929/1934, K.C.I.E. [cr.1945], 7th Light Cavalry Indian Army, served in World War II, he was invested with full ruling powers on 6th April 1936, married 1stly, 1949 (div.), Nancy Valentine, born St. Albans, Long Island, an Hollywood actress, married 2ndly, Maharani Gina (née Egan), died 1th January 2013 in Spain, and had issue. He died spm on 11th April 1970 in Calcutta.

  23. HH Maharaja VIRAJENDRA NARAYAN Bhup Bahadur, 23rd Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1970/1992, born 1944, married 1stly, Reena, married 2ndly, Anna, married 3rdly, Surekha Guring. He died sp in 1992.
  • Unknown
    • Maharajkumar Rudrendra Narayan, Nazir Deo -/1769. He died 1769.
    • generation
      • Kumar Shri (name unknown) Narayan, Dhungar Deo,
      • Kumar Shri Kargendra Narayan, Raja of Balarampur, he was appointed Nazir Deo in 1769, he proclaimed himself the Maharaja after the death of the previous ruler, but he was imprisoned, his property confiscated and deposed from the Nazirship in 1785; after he was released he went to Rangamati in Assam and raised a small force in 1788, with the help of his brother-in-law, Birchand Barua and elder brother, who succeeded in rushing the Palace and seizing the Maharaja and his mother; all his remaining property was confiscated and he was driven out of the country; married a daughter of Bulchand Barua of Rangamati, and had issue, one son and a further three sons by concubines. He died 29th May 1808.
        • Kumar Shri Birendra Narayan (by the wife), Nazir Deo and Raja of Balarampur. married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Tuta Narayan (by the wife), last Nazir Deo and Raja of Balarampur, on his father's death, his uncles seized the Jagir of Balarampur, but were recompensed with a grant of a pension of 40Rs per month for the duration of their lives, married and had issue. He died 23rd November 1824.
            • Kumar Shri Harendra Narayan, born about 1823.
        • Kumar Shri Gajendra Narayan (by a concubine), he was appointed manager of the Balarampur Jagir in 1826, married and had issue. He died 28th January 1835.
        • Kumar Shri Shambhu Narayan (by a concubine), he was appointed manager of the Balarampur Jagir in 1835; married and had issue.
          • Kumar Shri Karindra Narayan, adopted aged eight years, by Maharaja Narendra Narayan. He died 1845 without succeeding.
        • Kumar Shri Jogendra Narayan (by a concubine)

1., courtesy of Philip Bailey October 2002
2. Translated from "Kochbiharer Itihas", 2nd edition (1988), by Shri. Hemanta Kumar Rai Barma
3. "Kochbihar Parikrama" edited by Krishnendu Dey, Niraj Biswas & Digbijoy De Sarkar
4. The Assam chroniclers relate that he had eighteen sons. "He married in one day eighteen wives according to the Gandharva ceremony. Two of these wives came from Nepal, two from Kamarupa, one from Kashmira, four from Benares, three from Sonitapura (the modern Tezpur), and two from Mithila. Ten months later, each of his wives gave birth to a son, the names of whom were Nara Sinha, Malla Deva, who was afterwards known as Naranarayan, Sukladlivaja, Gosain Kamala, Maidan, Ramchandra, Sura Sinha, Mana Sinha, Mecha, Vrishaketu, Rama Narayana, Ananta, Dipa Sinha, Hemadhara, Megha Narayana, Jagat, Chandra, and Surya." — The Koch Kings of Kamarupa by Gait.
5. General Source: "The Cooch Behar State and it's Land Revenue Statements" compiled by Harendra Narayan Chaudhuri B.I., Cooch Behar State Press, 1903