RANPUR (Princely State)


AREA: 526.0 kmē PRIVY PURSE: Rs 25,000 ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 36,539 (1892)




PRESENT RULER: Raja Shri DILIP CHANDRA SINGH DEO BAJRADHAR NARENDRA MAHAPATRA, 182nd Raja Saheb of Ranpur since 1982. (The Palace, P.O. - Ranpur, Dist. Puri, Orissa, India)
educated at St. Paul's Darjeeling, Life member of Rajkumar College, Raipur, Governing Council, married late Rani Trupti Manjari Devi of Pallahara, and has issue, three children, two daughters and one son.
  • Kumari Minakshi Singh Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur (where she was formerly Head Girl) and at Ravenshaw University (B.A. in Economics).
  • Kumari Lipica Singh Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and presently studying at a College in Cuttack.
  • Yuvaraj Kaushik Chandra Singh Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur and presently studying at a College in Cuttack.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: A very old Princely house, said to be 3,700 years old. Rulers were...
  • Raja RAMACHANDRA NARENDRA, 173rd Raja of Ranpur 1692/1727, married and had issue.
    • Raja Sarangadhar Bajradhar Narendra (qv)
  • Raja SARANGADHAR BAJRADHAR NARENDRA, 174th Raja of Ranpur 1727/1754
  • Raja NARSINGH BAJRADHAR NARENDRA, 175th Raja of Ranpur 1754/1789, married and had issue.
    • Raja Brujdaban Bajradhar Narendra (qv)
  • Raja BRUJDABAN BAJRADHAR NARENDRA, 176th Raja of Ranpur 1789/1821, married and had issue.
    • Raja Brajsundar Bajradhar Narendra (qv)
  • Raja BRAJSUNDAR BAJRADHAR NARENDRA, 177th Raja of Ranpur 1821/1842, married and had issue.
    • Raja Benudha Bajradhar Narendra Mahapatra (qv)
  • Raja BENUDHA BAJRADHAR NARENDRA MAHAPATRA, 178th Raja of Ranpur 1842/1899, born about 1817 (or 1823), succeeded 16th March 1845 ( #1 ), married and had issue.
    • Kunwar Harihar Birbar Jagadeb
  • Raja BIRBAR KRISHNA CHANDRA SINGH BAJRADHAR NARENDRA MAHAPATRA, 179th Raja of Ranpur 1899/1945, born 20th August 1875, and succeeded to the gadi on 12th July 1899 (#2), married and had issue. He died 21st June 1945.
    • Yuvaraj Shri Biranchi Narayan Singh Deo Bahadur, married 1928, Rani Basant Manjari Devi, born 1900, died 7th June 1961, daughter of Raja Shyam Chandra Mardraj Harichandan of Nilgiri, she was the first woman of the State to be included in the State Ministry; and had issue. He died before 1945.
      • Raja Shri Brajendra Chandra Singh Deo Bajradhar Narendra Mahapatra (qv)
  • Raja Shri BRAJENDRA CHANDRA SINGH DEO BAJRADHAR NARENDRA MAHAPATRA B.A., LL.B., 180th Raja of Ranpur 1945/1980, born 22nd October 1928, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; he took an active part in the last three general elections in Orissa and entered politics during the general election in 1967; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1967/1971, an exceptional pilot, a great host, Hon. Flight Lieutenant in the Air Force and was A.D.C. to the First President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad; Member, Council of Management, Aero Club of India; Chairman, Managing Committee, Rajkumar College, Raipur; Honourary Secretary, Orissa Flying Club; Member, State Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Board, Orissa; Singles Champion in tennis, Orissa; Ex-rotarian, ex-Lion and other service clubs; Vice-President, Orissa State Rifle Association; Chairman, Orissa T.B. and Cancer Hospitals Fund Society; also the youngest ruler to sign the merger agreement with the Indian Union, from Orissa; interests and pastimes were Flying, Photography, Classical music , Tennis, Billiards and Shooting, Reading, Writing and social welfare; he married Rani Durgeshnandini Devi (+), daughter of Raja Brajendra Singh of Patiala, and had issue, three sons and one daughter. He died in February 1980.
    • Raja Shri Pradeep Chandra Singh Deo Bajradhar Narendra Mahapatra (qv)
    • Raja Shri Dileep Chandra Singh Deo Bajradhar Narendra Mahapatra (qv)
    • Rajkumar Purnendu Chandra Singh Deo, Vice Principal of St. Xavier's High School, Bhubaneswar, educated at St. Paul's Darjeeling and Rajkumar College, Raipur. Unmarried.
    • Rajkumari Gayatri Irani, married Diniar Irani, who represented India in basketball at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, presently (2008) a coach with the Sports Authority of India, and has issue, one daughter and one son.
      • Dil Nawaz Irani, former Exchange student of Rotary International to the USA, now based at Moscow, undergoing training at the biggest Russian Bank - Nestor Bank.
      • Xerxes Irani, studying at Cuttack.
  • Raja Shri PRADEEP CHANDRA SINGH DEO BAJRADHAR NARENDRA MAHAPATRA, 181st Raja of Ranpur 1980/1982, educated at St. Paul's, Darjeeling. He died unmarried in a tragic accident at Bhubaneswar.
  • Raja Shri DILEEP CHANDRA SINGH DEO BAJRADHAR NARENDRA MAHAPATRA, 182nd Raja of Ranpur (see above)
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p.461
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945