|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The state was founded in 1125?. Rulers were...
- Raja NARAYAN SINGH
Bhujang Mandhata Birat Basant Harichandan,
Raja of Nilgiri 1521/1564, a scion of the
Chhota-Nagpur Royal Family, married about 1510, a
daughter of Raja Pratap Rudra Dev of Orissa.
- ...... (23 intervening rulers)
- Raja RAM CHANDRA
MARDRAJ HARICHANDAN, 32nd Raja of Nilgiri
- Raja GOVIND CHANDRA
MARDRAJ HARICHANDAN, 33rd Raja of Nilgiri
- Rani Chira Devi,
34th Rani of Nilgiri 1833/1843
- Raja KRISHNA
CHANDRA MARDRAJ HARICHANDAN, 35th Raja of
Nilgiri 1843/1893, born 1827, succeeded 22nd November
1832 (#1), title of Raja
formally recognised in 1874.
- Rani Labanya Manjari Devi, married Raja Jaya
Bhujanga Divyasimha Mandhata, 38th Sarbarikhar of Kaptipada, and had
- Raja SHYAM CHANDRA
MARDRAJ HARICHANDAN, 36th Raja of Nilgiri
1893/1913, adopted in 1882, son of Maharaja Krishna
Chandra Bhanj of Mayurbhanj,
married, and had issue, one son and one daughter.
- Rani Basant Manjari Devi, born 1900, entered
politics as the Rajmata of Ranpur; M.L.A. (Orissa)
1952/1961 (two terms); Deputy Minister, Health
(20.2.1952) - (6.4.1957); Health Minister of Orissa
(27.4.1957) - (22.5.1959), she was the first Woman
of the State to be included to the State Ministry;
she proved to be popular and a TB Hospital in
Chandpur is named after her; married 1928, Yuvaraj
Biranchi Narayan Singh Deo of Ranpur, and had issue.
She died 7th June 1961.
- Raja Kishore Chandra Mardraj Harichandan (qv)
- Raja KISHORE CHANDRA MARDRAJ HARICHANDAN,
37th Raja of Nilgiri 1913/1960, born 2nd February 1904
and succeeded as the 37th Raja Saheb of Nilgiri on 6th
July 1913 (#2), he was
granted full ruling powers on 2nd February 1925, and
installed on 20th April 1925; educated at Mayo
College, Ajmer; married 1stly, 28th February 1922,
Rani Anand Kumari, daughter of HH Raja Sir Pratap
Singhji of Alirajpur,
married 2ndly, 19th June 1925, Rani Giriraj Kumari
Devi, daughter of the Thakore Saheb of Thakurgaon in
Ranchi, Bihar, and had issue, five sons and three
daughters. He died 29th March 1960.
- Rajkumari Kamlesh Manjari Devi (by Rani Anand
Kumari), born 1923, married 1944, Maharaj
Naharsinghji, born 1909, died 1966, of Chhota Udepur
in Gujarat, and had issue, one son. She died 2010.
- Rajkumari Swarnalata Manjari Devi (by Rani Giriraj
Kumari), born 1924, married Maharajkumar Shri Shri
Shri Madhav Sundar Gajapathi Narayana Deo of Parlakhimedi
(later Raja Madhav Sundar Gajapati Narayan Deo of
Delang, Balaramnagar and Manikprasad), born 1919,
died 1995, second son of Capt. Maharaja Saheb Shri
Shri Shri Krishna Chandra Gajapathi Narayana Deo of
Parlakhimedi, and had issue, one son.
- Raja Rajendra Chandra Mardaraj Harichandan (by
Rani Giriraj Kumari) (qv)
Rajkumari Snehalata Manjari Devi
[Maharani Suryamani Pattamahadei of Puri] (by Rani
Giriraj Kumari), born 1935, married Sri Gajapathi
Maharaj Bira Kishore Deb of Puri
, and had issue,
two sons and one daughter. She died in 1994.
- Rajkumar Chotrai Bharatendra Chandra Mardaraj
Harichandan, born 1941, married the daughter of Lal
Saheb of Thakurgaon, Ranchi and has issue, one son
and two daughters.
- Rajkumar Routrai Saheb Rathendra Chandra Mardaraj
Harichandan (by Rani Giriraj Kumari), born 1943 in
Nilgiri, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur;
married 9th May 1976 in Badagaon, Balasore,
Rajkumarani Prativa Devi, daughter of Shri
Radhashyam Das of Badagaon, Balasore, and has issue,
one son and one daughter.
Kumar Sandeep Mardaraj
Kumari Vidya Devi
Rajkumar Badkumar Surendra Chandra
Mardaraj Harichandan (by Rani Giriraj Kumari),
born 1945, married the daughter of the Raja of
Kalkala Estate, Cuttack, and has issue, one son.
He died 2011.
- Rajkumar Sankumar Kirendra Chandra Mardaraj
Harichandan (by Rani Giriraj Kumari), born 1947,
married Rajkumarani Renuka, daughter of a Lal Saheb
of Jharia Estate, Ranchi, and has issue, two sons.
Kumar Prakash Chandra Mardaraj
M.Sc., born 6th May 1981, Ranchi, Jharkhand,
educated, graduated in 2006 with an M.Sc. degree
in Wildlife and Conservation Biology, he is
working with the Wildlife Institute, Dehradun
and is presently pursuing a Doctorate degree on
the Ecology of the Sloth Bear in Mount Abu,
Kumar Bikash Chandra Mardaraj
- Raja RAJENDRA
CHANDRA MARDRAJ HARICHANDAN, 38th Raja of
Nilgiri 1960/2001, born 9th April 1930, succeeded his
father on 29th March 1960; educated at Rajkumar
College, Raipur, at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, at MS
Law College, Cuttack (LL.B.) and at Jadavpur
University, Calcutta (M.A.); joined Ganatantra
Parishad in 1960; he has helped to establish the Girls
M. E. School at Nilgiri; Member of Managing Committee
of Rajkumar College, Raipur; M.L.A. (Orissa) for three
terms 1961/1967, 1974/1977 and 1977/1980; interests
and pastimes were Reading, Music and Photography,
Billiards, Tennis and Shikar; married Rani Indira
Devi, only daughter of Raja Amarendra Mansingh
Bhramarbar Rai of Dompada
in Cuttack, and his wife, Rani Pritam Kumari, and had
issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 30th May
- Raja Jayant Chandra Mardraj Harichandan (qv)
- Rajkumar Jagdish Chandra Mardaraj, State
Co-ordinator of Reliance Group in Orissa, Member
Bhubaneswar Club Ltd., married Rajkumari Jyotshna
Devi Mardaraj, eldest daughter of Sri Lalchand
Navani of Delhi, and has issue, two daughters.
- Rajkumari Jaishree Devi, married Rajkumar Dhruv
Narain Singh of Shivrati,
and has issue, one son.
- Shriman Maharaj Sahib Shri Raghav Raj
Singh of Shivrati
- Raja JAYANT CHANDRA
MARDRAJ HARICHANDAN, 39th Raja of Nilgiri