JHARGRAM (Zamindari)

Jhargram Monogram
LOCATION: West Bengal AREA: 653 kmē VILLAGES: xx POPULATION: xx RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs xx DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Chauhan SEAT: Jhargram Palace ACCESSION: 1954

PRESENT RULER: Raja SHIVENDRA BIJOY MALLA DEB B.Com., Raja Saheb of Jhargram since the 22nd February 2000. (Jhargram Palace, Midnapore Dist., West Bengal, India)
born 12th November 1956 in Calcutta, educated at St. Xaviers College, Calcuttaand and at Rajkumar College, Raipur; he helps manage the family business and is involved in politics, being a member of the Trinamool Congress Party; presently he is presently serving as General Secretary of the party and Charter President of Rotary Club of Jhargram Greens; he is also an eminent social worker and is attached to various educational and charitable institutions in West Bengal; married November 1981 in Cuttack, Orissa, Rani Jyoti Devi, daughter of Raja Prabodh Chandra Dhir Deb (+), Raja Saheb of Balarampur, and his wife, Rani Jogmaya Devi, and has issue, one son. PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Legend has it, that around 1574, Raja Man Singh had come from Rajasthan, to conquer Bengal on behalf of the Mughal Emperor, Padshah Akbar the Great. He appointed two of his loyal officers in the army, Sarveshwar Singh and his elder brother, to defeat the local tribal rulers of the region known as Jungalkhand, which was populated by tribals, such as Santhals, Mallas, Bhumij and Lodhas. Raja Sarveshwar Singh, together with the Rajput military force and the cavalry invaded this deep forest region and defeated the the Malla Raja, and in memory of his victory, he adopted the surname Malla Deb and set up his kingdom with it's capital, naming it Jhargram. In order to commerate this victory every year an idol of the Malla Raja is made and killed on Vijaya Dasami (Dessehra) day. After residing in the area for four months, Raja Man Singh decided to return to Rajasthan and left his loyal officers, Sarveshwar Singh and his elder brother behind. Raja Sarveshwar Malla Deb desired to stay, and was made the Raja of the Junglekhand area, subordinate to the Mughal emperor, and the elder brother was made the Raja of Bhishnupur, better known as Mallabhum (later an independent state). This is how Raja Man Singh established the Malla Raj in Bengal, which was divided in two parts, with the main capital at Bishnupur and the second part under the younger brother, Sarveshwar Malla Deb with Jhargram as the capital. In 1767, the Raja took part in the Chuar Mutiny against the East India Company but were forced to surrender and pay tribute, Jhargram was then recognized as a Zamindari estate under the British authorities and the Ruler was granted the title of Raja. Rulers were....
COURT OF WARDS 1916/1929