SONEPUR (Princely State)

(9 gun salute)

 
AREA: 2,347 km2 PRIVY PURSE: 76,700Rs
ACCESSION: 1st January 1948
STATE: Orissa DYNASTY: Chauhan RELIGION: Hindu

POPULATION: 195,245 (1891)
REVENUE: 76,346Rs (1891)
     
PRESENT RULER: HH Maharaja PRITHVI BIR SINGH DEO, Maharaja of Sonepur
married HH Maharani Kavita Kumari, and has issue, three children.
  • Maharaj Kumari Shalini Kumari, married 2nd March 2006, Kanwar Purujit Singh of Koti, and has issue, one son.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded in 1556. Rulers were...
  • Raja MADAN GOPAL SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1556/1606 or 1630/1660, 2nd son of Raja Madhukar Dev of Sambalpur, married and had issue.
    • Raja Lal Saheb Deo (qv)
  • Raja LAL SAHEB DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1606/1635 or 1660/1680, married and had issue.
    • Raja Purushottam Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja PURUSHOTTAM SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1635/1673, married and had issue.
    • Raja Raj Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja RAJ SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1673/1709, married and had issue.
    • Raja Achal Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja ACHAL SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1709/1725, married and had issue.
    • Raja Divya Singh Deo (qv)
    • Raja Sobha Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja DIVYA SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1725/1766 or 1750/1770, married and had issue.
    • Raja Jarwar Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja JARWAR SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1766/1767
  • Raja SOBHA SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1767/1781 or 1771/1786, married and had issue.
    • Raja Prithvi Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja PRITHVI SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1781 or 1786/1841, married Rani Gundicha Devi, and had issue.
    • Raja Niladhar Singh Deo Bahadur (qv)
  • Raja NILADHAR SINGH DEO Bahadur, Raja of Sonepur 1841/1891, born 1838 (#1), married and had issue. He died 11th September 1891.
    • Raja Pratap Rudra Singh Deo (qv)
  • Raja PRATAP RUDRA SINGH DEO, Raja of Sonepur 1891/1902, born 1854, married Rani Amulyamani Devi, and had issue.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Sir Bir Mitrodaya Singh Deo (qv)
    • Rajkumar Jaswant Singh Deo, married and had issue.
      • Rani Ras Manjari Devi, born 19th November 1927, she joined the Swatantra Party in 1967 and contested the Assembly elections in 1967, 1971 and 1974; Chairman, Tigiria Panchayat Samiti 1971/1974; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1977/1980; married Raja Brajraj Kshatriya Birbar Chamupati Singh Mahapatra of Tigiria, and had issue, three sons and three daughters.
    • Tikayat Rani Prematarangini Devi, married Tikayet Nruparaj Singh Deo of Seraikella, and had issue.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) (second daughter), married to a Lal Saheb of Panchakote.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) (third daughter), married to a Lal Saheb of Panchakote.
    • Rajkumari Girish Nandini Devi (fourth daughter) [Yuvrani Saheba of Chota Nagpur], married 1901, Yuvaraj Neeladhri Nath Shah Deo of Ratu (Chota Nagpur), and had issue, two sons.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) (fifth daughter) [Rani Saheba of Rairakhol], married Raja Bira Chandra Jadumani Deo Jenamani of Rairakhol.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) (sixth daughter), married to the Raja Saheb of Tekkali.
  • HH Saptasri Maharaja Shri Sir BIR MITRODAYA SINGH DEO Dharmanidhi Jananunakar K.C.I.E., Maharaja of Sonepur 1902/1937, born 28th June 1874 and succeeded 8th August 1902 (#2), Maharaja [cr.1908], married 1895, HH Maharani Parvati Devi, Kaiser-i-Hind Gold Medal, daughter of the Raja of Kasipur, and had issue. He died in 1937.
    • HH Maharaja Shri Sudhansu Shekhar Singh Deo (qv)
  • HH Maharaja Shri SUDHANSU SHEKHAR SINGH DEO, Maharaja of Sonepur 1937/- , M.R.A.S., Member of the Chamber of Princes, married HH Maharani Shrimati Khirode Kumari Devi, daughter of Shri Maheshwar Prasad Deo of Lanjigarh, and had issue.
    • HH Maharaja Bir Pratap Singh Deo (qv)
    • [?Maharanidhirani Amulya Prabha Devi, married 1944, Maharajadhiraj Bhanu Pratap Deo of Kanker, and had issue.]
    • Rani Indira Debi, married Raja Birendra Bijoy Malla Ugal Sanda Deb of Jhargram, and had issue, two sons and two daughters.
  • HH Maharaja BIR PRATAP SINGH DEO, Maharaja of Sonepur, born about 1923, educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, married 20th February 1944, HH Maharani Saheb Drupad Kumari, died after 1970, daughter of Thakore Sahib Shri Sir Bahadursinhji Mansinhji of Palitana, and his wife, Thakorani Bai Shri Sita Ba Kunverba Sahiba, and had issue.
  • HH Maharaja PRITHVI BIR SINGH DEO, Maharaja of Sonepur (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Sri Kameshwar Prasad Singh (+) of Sonepur, married 1stly, Smt. Rajkumari Kamla Devi (+), daughter of Raja Bhagwati Prasad Singhji, Raja Saheb of Daiya, married 2ndly, Smt. Kishori Devi, daughter of Thakur Sri Ramji Sinha, Thakur of Reypura, and his wife, Thakurani Bachani Devi, and had issue.
    • Smt. Manjula Singh (by Smt. Kishori Devi), married, Dr. Shiva Naresh Singh of Kamarthu.
    • Smt. Ansu Singh (by Smt. Kishori Devi), married Dr. Rajiv R. Singh of Chhata.
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1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 510
2. "Indian Annual Register" , N. N. Nitra, Calcutta 1945