MAYURBHANJ (Princely State)

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AREA: 10,989 km² PRIVY PURSE: Rs 3,27,400 ACCESSION DATE: 1st January 1949
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: Bhanja RELIGION: Hindu
AGENCY: Eastern States Agency POPULATION: 9,89,887 (1941)
REVENUE: Rs 34,00,000 (1940)



PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja Shri PRAVEEN CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 47th and present Maharaja of Mayurbhanj since 15th September 2000. (Belgaria Palace, Baripada, Mayurbhanj-757002, Orissa, India)
born July 1959 in Calcutta, Member of the Executive Committee of Rajkumar College at Raipur, married 1984 in Jaisalmer, HH Maharani Rashmi Kumari, daughter of HH Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Raghunath Singhji of Jaisalmer, and his wife, HH Maharani Mukut Rajya Lakshmi Devi, and has issue.
  • Maharajkumari Rajyashree Manjari Devi, born 3rd September 1985 in Calcutta, married 10th December 2009 in Bhubaneshwar, Maharajkumar Jai Singh, second son of HH Raja Narendra Singh, Raja Saheb of Jhabua.
  • Maharajkumari Mrinalika Manjari Devi, born 1st December 1990 in Calcutta.
  • Maharajkumari Akshita Manjari Devi, born 1992 in Calcutta.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The state was founded before 1700 (#2). Rulers were...
  • Raja TRIVIKRAM BHANJ, 32nd Raja of Mayurbhanj 1660/1688, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sarveshwara Bhanj (qv)
    • Chotrai Sahib Jagateshwar Bhanj, married and had issue. He died 1741.
      • Lalsaheb Biseshwar Bhanj
    • Rautrai Saheb Dilipeshwar Bhanj, married and had issue.
      • Raja Chakradhar Bhanj (qv)
  • Raja SARVESHWARA BHANJ, 33rd Raja of Mayurbhanj 1688/1711, married and had issue.
    • Raja Viravikramaditya Bhanj (qv)
  • Raja VIRAVIKRAMADITYA BHANJ, 34th Raja of Mayurbhanj 1711/1728, married and had issue.
    • Raja Raghunath Bhanj (qv)
  • Raja RAGHUNATH BHANJ, 35th Raja of Mayurbhanj 1728/1750
  • Raja CHAKRADHAR BHANJ, 36th Raja of Mayurbhanj 1750/1761, second son of the Raja of Keonjhar, married and had issue
    • Raja Damodar Bhanj Deo (qv)
  • Raja DAMODAR BHANJ DEO, 37th Raja of Mayurbhanj 1761/1796 , married 1stly, Rani Sumitra Devi, married 2ndly, Rani Jamuna Devi, daughter of Raja Abhiram Singh of Seraikella. He died spm.
    Rani Sumitra Devi, Regent of Mayurbhanj 1796/1810, married (as his first wife), Raja Damodar Bhanj (see above). She died sp.
    Rani Jamuna Devi, Regent of Mayurbhanj 1810/1813, married (as his second wife), Raja Damodar Bhanj (see above), and had issue, two sons who died young.
  • Raja TRIBIKRAM BHANJ DEO, 38th Raja of Mayurbhanj 1813/1822, son of Raja Pratap Balbhadra Bhanj of Keonjhar, he succeeded by adoption, married and had issue. He died 1822.
    • Maharaja Jadunath Bhanj Deo (qv)
  • Maharaja JADUNATH BHANJ DEO, 39th Raja of Mayurbhanj 1822/1863,he was granted the title of Maharaja for personal use only, married and had issue. He died 1863.
    • Raja Shrinath Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumar Sitanath Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
      • Maharaja Krishna Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
      • Chotrai Sahib Brindabhan Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
        • Lalsaheb Harish Chandra Bhanj Deo, 1st Chairman of Baripada Municipality
        • Kumari (name unknown) (elder daughter), married 1894, Raja Sahib Mehrban-i-Dostan Sri Harihara Marda Raja Deo Bahadur of Khallikote and Atagada.
        • Kumari (name unknown) (younger daughter), married 1895, Raja Sahib Mehrban-i-Dostan Sri Harihara Marda Raja Deo Bahadur of Khallikote and Atagada.
      • Rautrai Saheb Gokul Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
        • Lalsaheb Girish Chandra Bhanj Deo, married 1stly, Rani Shivraj Kumari Devi, she died soon after childbirth, married 2ndly, Rani Raviraj Kumari Devi of Thakurgaon near Ranchi, and had issue, two sons and four daughters.
          • Moni (name unknown) Manjari Devi [Rani Saheba of Palkot near Ranchi]
          • Lalsaheb Nabin Chandra Bhanj Deo, he died sp.
          • Lalsaheb Nalin Chandra Bhanj Deo, educated and matriculated; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1957/1961; married Lalsaheba Akshaya Kumari Devi, daughter of Rajkumar Padmalochan Deb of Bamra, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 14th November 1974.
            • Lalsaheb Nirmal Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
              • Lalsaheb Purnendu Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and has issue.
                • Lalsaheb Kamakshya Prasad Bhanj Deo
                • Lalsaheb Chandra Sekhar Prasad Bhanj Deo
                • Kumari Sharada Manjari Devi
              • Lalsaheb Divyendu Chandra Bhanj Deo
              • Kumari Swarna Manjari Devi, married Kunwar Kaushlendra Singh [Raghav], son of Kunwar Madhvendra Singh of Narauli, Dist. Sambhal, U.P., and his wife, Maharajkumari Gayatri Manjari Devi, fourth daughter of Maharaja Chintamani Saran Nath Shah Deo, 62nd Raja ofChota-Nagpur and Zamindar of Ratu.
            • Lalsaheb Bimal Chandra Bhanj Deo
            • Kumari Bhabamohini Manjari Devi
          • Moni Binod Manjari Devi [Rani Binode Manjuri Devi of Jhargram], married (as his first wife), Raja Narasingha Malla Ugal Sanda Deb of Jhargram, and had issue. She died 1945.
          • Moni Kumod Manjari Devi, married Maharaj Saheb Chandra Bhanu Amar Sinhji of Wankaner, and had issue.
          • Moni Promod Manjari Devi [Rani Shapura in Rajasthan]
        • Lalsaheb Sirish Chandra Bhanj Deo
    • Rajkumar Dwarkanath Bhanj Deo, he died sp.
  • Raja SHRINATH BHANJ DEO, 40th Raja of Mayurbhanj 1863/1868, died sp in 1868.
  • Maharaja KRISHNA CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 41st Maharaja of Mayurbhanj 1868/1882, born 1848, Raja (Hereditary) [cr.21.5.1874]; Maharaja (Personal) [cr.1877], married and had issue, three sons and four daughters. He died 29th May 1882.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Sriram Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Raja Shyam Chandra Mardraj Harichandan, adopted by the Raja of Nilgiri in 1882.
    • Routrai Saheb Shridam Chandra Bhanj Deo, born circa 1879, married Routrai Saheba Ramesh Priya Devi, daughter of Kumar Devi Dutt Singh of Nuagarh in Seraikella (and great grand daughter of Raja Ajamber Singh of Seraikella), and had issue. He died 6th February 1946.
      • Lal Sahib Prafulla Chandra Bhanj Deo, born 23rd May 1909, M.A. (Cantab.), F.R.A.I., F.R.A.S.; Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, for two terms, viz. 1952 - 1954 and 1954 - 1959 (died in office); Member Committee of Parliament on Official Language, 1957; married 1stly, 1927, Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi, daughter and heir of Raja Rudra Pratap Deo of Bastar, and his first wife, Rani Kusumlata Devi, married 2ndly, 1938, Lal Saheba Tilottama Devi, born 1920, died 1998, and had issue, seven sons and four daughters. He died 5th March 1959.
        • 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 (by Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi) (see Bastar)
        • Rani Saheba Geeta Kumari Devi (by Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi), born 29th October 1930, married Raja Saheb Kadamba Keshari Chandra Deo, Raja Saheb of Bonai, and has issue. She died 17th December 2002.
        • Raja Vijay Chandra Bhanj Deo (by Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi) (see Bastar)
        • Kumar Meghnath Bhanj Deo (by Shrimati Tilottama Devi), married Kumari Saraswati Devi of Ratu (Chota Nagpur), no issue.
        • Kumar Makardhwaj Bhanj Deo (by Shrimati Tilottama Devi), married married Kumari Sisirrangini Devi of Dugni, Distt. Seraikella-Kharswan, and has issue, three sons and three daughters.
          • Kumar Mahesh Bhanj Deo
          • Kumari Sangeeta Bhanj Deo
          • Kumari Sunita Bhanj Deo
          • Kumar Manoj Bhanj Deo
          • Kumar Mandeep Bhanj Deo
        • Kumari Sumitra Devi, married Barun Ganguly, and has issue, one daughter.
          • Rima Sen, married Deb Sen, and has issue, one daughter and one son.
        • Kumar Manmath Bhanj Deo (+) (by Shrimati Tilottama Devi), married Kumari Prabhas Devi of Chemrudihi, Kharswan, and had issue, one son.
          • Kumar Mahendra Bhanj Deo
        • Kumar Minketu Bhanj Deo (by Shrimati Tilottama Devi), married Kumari Jaya Devi of Kolkata, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
          • Kumar Manjit Bhanj Deo
          • Kumari Rinku Devi
        • Kumar Madan Bhanj Deo (+) (by Shrimati Tilottama Devi), died unmarried.
        • Kumari Subhadra Devi (by Shrimati Tilottama Devi), married Maharajkumar Juga Bhanu Singh Deo, third son of Tikayat Nrupendra Narayan Singh Deo of Seraikella, and his wife, Tikayet Rani Kusum Manjari Devi, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja [?Narpat Singh IV] of Porahat, and had issue, four daughters.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Raja Bahadur Shri Jyoti Prasad Singh Deo of Panchkot, and had issue.
    REGENCY [29.5.1882] - [15.8.1892]
  • HH Maharaja Shri SRIRAM CHANDRA BHANJ DEOHH Maharaja Shri SRIRAM CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 42nd Maharaja of Mayurbhanj [29.5.1882] - [22.2.1912], born 17th December 1871, succeeded 29th May 1882 (#1), Maharaja [cr.1910], installed 15th August 1892, he worked for allround development of the Mayurbhanj state and implemented various welfare schemes designed to help the people. He was revered as a Philosopher king. Impressed with the noble qualities of Utkal Mani Gopabandhu Das he made him his advocate. Gopabandhu turned out to be friend, philosopher and guide for the ruler. He constituted the state council for administration in the state and brought about reforms in the sphere of language, health and administration. During his reign, scientific operation of iron mines was started for the first time. He commissioned a narrow gauge railway line from Rupsa to Baripada. He presided over the first meeting of Utkal Samilani on 3rd December 1933. He was a patriot and great patron of the Oriya language and helped tremendously in setting up educational and medical institutions for the benefit of the people; married 1stly, 1896, HH Maharani Lakshmi Kumari Devi of Panchkot, born 25th August 1879, died 6th March 1902, married 2ndly, 1904 in Calcutta, HH Maharani Suchara Devi, born 1874, died 1961, third daughter of Maharishi Keshub Chandra Sen, and had issue. He died 22nd February 1912.
    • Rajkumari Sripat Manjari Devi (by Maharani Lakshmi Kumari Devi), born 1897, died 9th April 1906.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Purna Chandra Bhanj Deo (by Maharani Lakshmi Kumari Devi) (qv)
    • HH Maharaja Sir Shri Pratap Chandra Bhanj Deo (by Maharani Lakshmi Kumari Devi) (qv)
    • Maharaj Kumar Dhrubendra Bhanj Deo (by Maharani Suchara Devi), born 1908, he was an R.A.F. Pilot during WWII. He died in action on 2nd August 1942.
    • Maharaj Kumari Jyoti Manjari Devi (by Maharani Suchara Devi), married Mahant Sarveshwar Das of Nandgaon, and had issue.
  • HH Maharaja Shri PURNA CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 43rd Maharaja of Mayurbhanj [22.2.1912] - [21.4.1928], born 7th August 1899, married 27th January 1917, HH Maharani Takhat Kunwerba, daughter of Capt. HH Maharana Raj Sahib Shri Sir Amarsinhji Banesinhji of Wankaner. He died sp on 23rd April 1928.
    REGENCY [22.2.1912] - [21.4.1928]
  • HH Maharaja Sir Shri PRATAP CHANDRA BHANJ DEO G.C.I.E., 44th Maharaja of Mayurbhanj [23.4.1928] - [1.1.1949] (1968), born 18th February 1901, educated at Rajkumar College, Ajmer and Muir Central College, Allahabad; G.C.I.E. [cr.1946] , K.C.I.E. [cr.1935], Flight Lt. RAF, first Pro-Chancellor of Uktal University, Member of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Princes, First President of the Council of Rulers of the Eastern States, Member of the International Committee for Bird Preservation in London, Member of the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce in London, Member of the Bombay National Historical Society, Member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, married 25th November 1925, HH Maharani Prema Kumari Devi, daughter of Rajakumar Sirdar Singh of Shahpura, and had issue. He died 1968.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Pradeep Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Maharaj Swaroop Chandra Bhanj Deo, educated Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajkumar College, Raipur, Massachussets Institute of Technology and CalTech, USA; married Rani Asha Bhanjdeo [née Asha Bhatnagar], daughter of Dr. Bhatnagar, who was Research Director (India), Ciba-Geigy. He died 21st March 1991.
    • Maharajkumari (name unknown), born 1933, proposed in 1946 as a bride for the minor Maharaja of Vizianagram.
    • Maharani Pratibha Manjari Devi, born 1935, married 22nd May 1955, Maharaja Bahadur Pratap Singh of Gidhaur and has issue.
  • HH Maharaja Shri PRADEEP CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 45th Maharaja of Mayurbhanj 1968/2000, born 12th December 1929 in Calcutta, married 8th February 1951 in Calcutta, HH Maharani Bharati Rajya Lakshmi Devi, daughter of HM King Tribhuvan of Nepal, born 17th February 1928 in Kathmandu, and had issue. He died 15th September 2000.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Praveen Chandra Bhanj Deo (qv)
    • Maharaj Kumari Prabha Manjari Devi, born 21st December 1952 in Calcutta, died 11th June 1990 in London.
    • Maharajkumari Padma Manjari Devi [HH Maharani Padma Manjari Devi of Kalahandi], born October 1953 in Calcutta, married HH Maharaja Shri Udai Pratap Deo of Kalahandi, and has issue.
    • Maharaj Kumari Sneha Manjari Devi, born 2nd May 1955 in Calcutta, married 7th May 1981 in Kathmandu, Shri Sarad Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal.
  • HH Maharaja Shri PRAVEEN CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, 46th Maharaja of Mayurbhanj (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Lal Saheb (name unknown) Chandra Bhanj Deo of Sompata, married and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown) Manjari Devi [HH The Maharani Saheba of Patna], married (as his second wife), HH Maharaja Prithviraj Singh Deo of Patna. She died sp.
    • Lal Saheb Sarat Chandra Bhanj Deo of Sompata in Mayurbhanj, and had issue.
      • Lal Saheb Bharat Chandra Bhanj Deo, married Lal Saheba Parvati Bhanj Deo, daughter of Maharajkumar Bira Kesari Deo B.A. of Kalahandi, and his wife, Maharajkumari Manjushree Devi, and has issue, three sons.
        • Lal Saheb Gautam Chandra Bhanjdeo, born 6th October 1977 in Cuttack, educated at the Xavier Institute of Management (M.B.A.); presently (2010) employed with Birla Sunlife A.M.C. as a Regional Head, West Bengal; married 12th December 2006 in Kolkata, Lal Saheba Babita Rawat Bhanjdeo, daughter of Thakur Swarup Singh Rawat of Pauri-Garhwal, and his wife, Thakurani Kamla Devi Rawat, and has issue, one daughter.
          • Kumari Adya Manjari Devi
      • Lal Saheb Pramod Chandra Bhanj Deo, born 13th June 1926, Secretary, Football clubs at Baripada from 1943 to 1946; Secretary, Baripada Club, 1969-73; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1971/1977 (two terms); interests included Stamp and Coin collecting, Photography and Reading; married Lal Saheba Pramod Manjari Devi, daughter of Raja Sriram Chandra Singh Deo, Raja of Kharsawan, and his wife, Rani Giriraj Devi of Jharia. He died 30th December 1996.
      • Kumari Manjul Manjari Devi [Rani (now Rajmata) Manjul Manjari Devi of Narsinghpur], married Raja Trilochan Mansingh Harichandan Mahapatra of Narsinghpur, and has issue, three sons and one daughter.
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1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p.322
2. S. N. Sarkar in "Maharaja Sri Ram Chandra Bhanj Deo" gives the following as the origin of the satate, Jai Singh, a relative of the ruler of Jaipur, came to Puri with his two sons, defeating the local chief named Mayurdhwaja, and was succedeed in Mayurbhanj by his elder son, and in Keonjhar by his younger son. This occurred in 618AD.