|Predecessors and Short History:
One of the biggest zamindaris of Bengal. Estate holders
- Shri Dewan KRISHNAKANTA
1st Zamindar of Kasimbazar 1772/1778, founder of the
Kasimbazar Raj, he was more commonly known as Kanta
Babu, originally a grocer, then a trader of multiple
commodities like silk, salt and cotton and finally a banian
to Warren Hastings, Kanta Babu began his landed career
with the acquisition of the Baharbund pargana (now
mainly Gaibandha and Kurigram districts), married and
had issue. He died in 1794 (or 1778).
- Maharaja Lokenath Rai Bahadur (qv)
- Maharaja LOKENATH
Rai Bahadur, 2nd Zamindar of Kasimbazar
1778/1804, extended the zamindari to many other parts
of Bengal, he was granted the title of Maharaja by the
Nawab of Murshidabad; married and had issue. He died
- Raja Harinath Rai Bahadur (qv)
- Raja HARINATH Rai
Bahadur, 3rd Zamindar of Kasimbazar
1804/1832, he was granted the title of Raja Bahadur by
Lord Amherst; married Rani Harasundari, and had issue.
He died 1832.
- Raja Krishnanath Rai Bahadur (qv)
- Rajkumari Gobinda Sundari, married Sri (name unknown),
died 1872, and had issue. She died 1862.
- Sri (name
unknown), died 1873.
- Maharaja Sir Manindra Chandra Nandy (qv)
COURT OF WARDS
- Raja KRISHNANATH
Rai Bahadur, 4th Zamindar of Kasimbazar
1832/1844, born 1822, the zamindari was managed by the
Court of Wards from 1833 to 1841, he was educated
privately by English and Indian tutors, and became
fluent in the English language; he purchased a
printing press in 1838 and on the 10th May 1840, the
first Bengali newspaper outside Calcutta, appeared
under his patronage; Member of the Landholders’
Society; he was granted the title of Raja Bahadur,
married 1838, Rani Swarnamoyi (qv). He either died sp on 1st
November 1844 or committed suicide on 31st October
1848 while in a state of temporary insanity.
- Maharani Swarnamoyi
Devi C.I., 5th Zamindarani of Kasimbazar
1844/1897, born 1827 in Batakul village, Burdwan
District, she was granted the title of Maharani as a
personal distinction on 11th August 1871 (#1),
awarded the C.I. in 1878, married and had issue. She
died 25th August 1897.
- Maharaja Sir MANINDRA
CHANDRA NANDY K.C.I.E., 6th Zamindar of
Kasimbazar 1897/1929, born 1860, K.C.I.E. [cr.
xx.6.1915], Education: Hindu School. Chairman,
Berhampur Municipality, 1900-1915; Chairman,
Murshidabad District Board since 1922; Honorary Fellow
of Calcutta University; President, All India Hindu
Sabha; President, Bengal Landholders' Association,
1918/1920; President, British Indian Association,
Calcutta, 1922, 1923 and 1929. President, Murshidabad
Association, since 1897; President, All India
Exhibitions, Calcutta, 1918 and 1922; Member, Indian
Legislative Council, 1913-1921; Member, Council of
State, since 1921; founder of a Chair in the Benares
Hindu University and one of Science in Sir Jagadis
Chandra Bose Laboratory in Calcutta; takes a keen
interest in public and political affairs, and is a
munificent patron of education, agriculture,
literature, art, music, science and development of
home industries. Publications: Upasana; B.S. Panjika;
The Indian Medicinal Plant; A History of Indian
Philosophy; Great Baisnava Granthas; Part 10 of Sree
Matbhagbat; Fundamental Unity of India; History of
Indian Shipping and Indian Maritime Activity, he was
granted the title of Maharaja on 30th May 1898;
married and had issue, one son and four daughters. He
- The Hon. Maharaja Srish Chandra Nandy (qv)
- The Hon. Maharaja SRISH
CHANDRA NANDY, 7th Zamindar of Kasimbazar
1929/1952, born 1897, M.A., MLA for Bengal 1937/-,
Minister in the cabinet of Ak Fazlul Huq 1937/1942,
married Maharani Nilima Devi. He died 1952.
- Maharaja PRASANTA
RAY (see above)
- Maharaja Ashutosh Nath Roy, ?Zamindar of Kasimbazar
1847/-, married and had issue.
- Maharani Jyotirmoyi Devi, married Maharaja
Kshaunish Chandra Ray Bahadur of Nadia.