|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Predecessor state founded in the 12th century, when four
brothers of the Jaipur Rana Thakur family, went to Puri on
pilgrimage, and in a confrontation, two brothers were
killed, and the other two fled to Bhimanagari, where the
elder of them became Raja and ruled till his death, while
the younger, Udaykar Singh, became the first Raja of
Bonai. Rulers include.....
- Raja NARAHARI SINGH,
1st Raja of Bhimanagari 1471/1480, became the ruler in
Bhimanagari; married and had issue.
- Raja Tej Bhanu Singh (qv)
- Raja TEJ BHANU
SINGH, 2nd Raja of Bhimanagari 1480/-, he
conquered Subalaya and Parjang; married and had issue.
- Raja Govind Charan Routrai (qv)
- Raja GOVIND CHARAN
ROUTRAI, 3rd Raja of Bhimanagari, the
Gajapati king was pleased with his valour and bestowed
on him the title of Birabara
- Raja PADMANABHA
Birabara Harichandan, 9th Raja of Bhimanagari
1575/1598, he left Subalaya after his defeat by the
Raja of Dhenkanal, crossed the Brahmani River and
fought a battle with the zamindar of Remwah; he was
victorious and renamed that state as Talcher after the
name of the family Goddess, Taleswari. He is
remembered as a pious ruler and is said to have
constructed many temples in his state. He died 1598
- Raja CHAKRADHAR
Birabar Harichandan, 10th Raja of Talcher
1598/1651, married and had issue.
- Raja Gopinath Birabara Harichandan (qv)
- Raja GOPINATH
Birabar Harichandan, 11th Raja of Talcher
- Raja RAMACHANDRA
Birabar Harichandan, 12th Raja of Talcher
1711/1729, and owing to his generosity and liberal
administration he was being compared by his people
with Ramachandra of epic fame, married and had issue.
He died 1729 aged 72.
- Raja Pitambar Birabara Harichandan (qv)
- Raja PITAMBAR
Birabara Harichandan, 13th Raja of Talcher
1729/1740, noted for his various works of public
utility. He died in 1740.
- Raja (name
Birabara Harichandan, 14th Raja of Talcher
- Raja KRISHNA
CHANDRA Birabar Harichandan, 15th Raja of
Talcher 1752/-, signed a treaty with the Marathas,
acknowledging their overlordship and agreeing to pay
an annual tribute of 1,000Rs.
- Raja (name
Birabara Harichandan, 16th Raja of Talcher
- Raja RAMACHANDRA
MANSINGH [Ayadi] Birabar Harichandan, 17th
Raja of Talcher 1766/1774, during his rule, Talcher
was visited by two famines which caused a heavy toll
of human life. He died sp 1774 aged 32.
- Raja NIMAICHARAN
CHAMPATI SINGH Birabar Harichandan, 18th Raja
of Talcher 1774/1778
- Raja BHAGIRATH Dev
Birabar Harichandan, 19th Raja of Talcher
1778/1846, he succeeded by adoption; he signed a
treaty with the British in 1803. He died 1846.
- Raja DAYANIDHI Dev
Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra, 20th Raja
Saheb of Talcher 1846/1873, born 1801, devoted most of
his time to the study of scriptures and religious
books. He helped the British Government in their
occupation of Angul and earned from the Government the
title of Mahindra Bahadur, as well as the gift of a khillat and an
elephant; married and had issue. He died 1873 aged 72.
- Raja Ram Chandra Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra
- Raja Kishor Chandra Dev Birabar Harichandan
Mahapatra, he was adopted by his uncle and
succeeded to the gadi on his death (qv)
- Raja RAM CHANDRA
Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra, 21st Raja
Saheb of Talcher 1873/1891, born 22nd December 1856,
succeeded 1873 (#1). This
ruler was fond of Sanskrit culture and his court was
adorned by many Sanskrit Pandits. He was also
interested in history and geography and compiled a
small book on History of India entitled ‘Bharatara
Sankhipta Itihasa’ which was prescribed as a text-book
in the middle Vernacular classes of Orissa. Being an
enlightened ruler, he established Courts of
Judicature, Accounts Section, Tauzi, Nizarat, Police
Station, Jails etc and insisted on regular maintenance
of records as well as observance of official rules. He
started the work of land settlement in 1898. He also
established Departmentas of Public Works, Health,
Education, Excise, and Forests. He encouraged Local
Self-Government and set up a Municipality to look
after the health and sanitation of Talcher Town. In
1887 he constructed the Victoria Hall, Circuit House
in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of
Queen Victoria, married and had adoptive issue. He
died 18th December 1891.
- (A) Raja Kishor
Chandra Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra
- Raja KISHOR CHANDRA
Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra, 22nd Raja
Saheb of Talcher 1891/1945, born 9th June 1880 and
succeeded to the gadi
on 18th December 1891 (#2),
invested with full ruling powers on 9th June 1901,
educated at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He was
proficient in the art of music, both vocal and
instrumental. He was a generous ruler. When famine
occurred in 1911,he distributed paddy to the needy
people from State Granary and encouraged the rich to
help the famine stricken people. The George Hospital
at Talcher was established by him in 1912 in
commemoration of the Delhi Durbar. He established a
High English School in 1915, which is said to be the
7th High School in the then Orissa, besides
establishing one Girls’ Middle School, Elementary
Training School and many other schools in his state.
He introduced the legislative system and established a
legislative body called Byabastha Parishad. Half of
the members of this body were elected by village
headmen and half nominated by the ruler. He set up a
council and nominated 3 councilors to run the
administration of the State. The ruler himself was the
President of the council and the 3 councillors were
Dewan Bahadur Pramod Chandra Deb (Vice-President),
Babu Jagan Mohan Mishra and Babu Braja Bihari Mohanty.
There was separation of the judiciary from the
executive. Kishore Chandra established a special court
(Dharmadhikya Court) to dispose of cases relating to
religious matters. The chief priest Pandit Kapileswar
Pattjoshi was in charge of this court. He introduced
municipal system in Talcher town and Panchayat system
in every village. He beautified the town by erecting
many gates and laying out a pleasure garden known as
‘Rani Park’ covering an area of 5 sq.miles. This was a
natural zoo. He remodeled the palace and made it
double storied. At Talcher, a special Post and
Telegraph office was established. During his rule, the
railway line was constructed from Cuttack to Talcher
coal mines (1925), which paved the way for economic
development of this region. He gave leases to Villiers
Ltd, and to Railways for extraction of coal. He had
electricity generated from thermal power at Talcher
and supplied electricity to the palace and Talcher
town in 1924. He started an orphanage in his State.
Raja Kishore Chandra was an enlightened ruler. He was
also a writer in Oriya. He established a machine press
at Talcher. He presided over the Utkal Sammilani in
its Balasore session (1905) and was for sometime
President of Rajkumar College, Raipur; he married the
fourth daughter of Raja Basudeb Sudhal Deb of Bamra, and had issue, two
sons and one daughter. He died 7th November 1945.
- Rajkumari Sucharumali Devi [Rani Sucharumali Devi
of Kurupam], born 10th December 1900, married Sri
Raja Vyricharla Narasimha Suryanarayana Raju Bahadur
Garu of Kurupam.
- Raja Hrudaya Chandra Dev Birabar Harichandan
- Dewan Bahadur Pramod Chandra Deb, born 12th
September 1903, sometime Revenue Minister and Chief
Executive Officer; married the daughter of Bada
Kumar Saheb of Bamra and had issue, two sons and one
daughter. He died after 1961.
- Kumar Prabodh Chandra Deb (+), adopted by the
two Ranis of Raja Dasarathi Dhir Birabar of
Balarampur in 1938, and succeeded there as Raja
Prabodh Chandra Dhir Deb of Balarampur.
- Kumar Pradyut Chandra Deb (+), married Rajkumari
Dolendra Manjari Devi (+) of Pallahara, and
had issue, two sons and five daughters
- Kumari Rashmi Devi, married Kumar Prabir Kumar
Das of Chandeli in Chattisgarh, a senior Police
Officer with the Chattisgarh Government, and has
issue, one son and one daughter.
- Rani Dipti Devi, maried Raja Birabar K. P.
Dhir Narendra Bahadur, Raja Saheb of Madhupur,
District Cuttack, Orissa, died 14th December
2007 in Kolkata, and has issue, two daughters
- Rajkumari Aparna Devi, married.
- Rajkumari Anusuya Devi
- Rani Kanti Devi, married Raja Ashok Narendra
Dev of Mohuri, District Ganjam, Orissa, and has
issue, two sons.
- Yuvraj Tribuban Patta Deo
- Rakumar Ranveer Deo
- Kumari Trupti Devi, married Kumar Bir Bijoy
Gang Dev of Bamra,
and has issue, one daughter and one son.
- Kumari Priti Devi married to Kumar Dhananjay
Saincher, son of Raja Ratan Gopal Sainchar of
the Kishanprasad Jagir in Hyderabad, and his
wife, Rani Usha Sainchar, and has issue, two
- Kumar Akhil Chandra Deb, married Kumari Kavita
Devi of Latma, and has issue, one son.
- Kumar Sarat Chandra Deb, married Kumari
Jaishree Devi of Gumla, and has issue, one son
and one daughter.
- Kumar Ayush Chandra Deb
- Kumari Akansha Devi
- Rani Vyricharla Sobhalata Devi, married Sri Raja
Vyricharla Durga Prasad Deo Raju Bahadur Garu of Kurupam, and has
- Raja HRUDAYA
CHANDRA Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra,
23rd Raja Saheb of Talcher 1945/1970, born 27th
February 1902, educated at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack,
where he graduated, apointed a Sessions Judge; married
27th April 1923, Rani Sucharumali Devi, the second
daughter of Sri Sri Sri Raja Kishore Chandra Singh Deo
of Bodogodo (Ganjam), and had issue, eleven sons and
one daughter. He died 11th September 1970.
- Raja Soubhagya Chandra Dev Birabar Harichandan
- Kumar Prasanna Chandra Deb [later Raja Prasanna
Chandra Deo of Jarada], he was adopted by Raja
Kishore Chandra Samantara of Jarada in Ganjam
District, Orissa and succeeded there in 1936.
- Rajkumari Suruchimali Devi (+), unmarried.
- Rajkumar Routrai Saheb Ahlad Chandra Deb (+),
married Rajkumari Brajeshwari Devi of San Khemundi,
in Orissa, and had issue, two daughters.
- Kumari Snigdha Devi, married in Koraput District
of Orissa, and has issue, two sons.
- Kumar Lalatendu Pratap Deo
- Kumar Souryaveer Pratap Deo (Alok)
- Kumari Smita Devi, married 2008, Kunwar Aadesh
Pratap Singh of Galgalha,and
has issue, two daughters.
- Rajkumar Subash Chandra Deb, died young aged four
- Rajkumar Pratap Chandra Deb (+), married Rajkumari
Indira Devi, daughter of Raja Govind Chandra Deb of
Tekkali, Senior Branch, and had issue, two sons and
- Kumar Chkaraprakash Chandra Deb (+), married
Kumar Rani Ranjana Devi of Maheshmanu, Gumla, and
had issue, one daughter and one son.
- Kumari Aishwarya Devi
- Kumar Hrudoya Chandra Deb
- Kumar Martanda Mandan Chandra Deb, adopted to
Athmalik, presently working in Gurgaon, Haryana.
- Kumari Kalpalatika Devi, married to Kumar Sur
Vikram Singh Deo of Nua Pacca, Seraikella, and has
issue, one son and one daughter.
- Rajkumar Nrupendra Chandra Deb (+), unmaried.
- Rajkumar Purnendu Chandra Deb (+), unmaried.
- Rajkumar Gourab Chandra Deo, unmarried.
- Rajkumar Bibek Chandra Deo, unmarried.
- Rajkumar Deeptendra Chandra Deb (+), married
Rajkumari Annapurna Devi of Bodokhemundi, and had
- Kumar Debashish Chandra Deb
- Kumari Trupti Devi
- Rajkumar Bhupendra Chandra Deo, a retired Judge,
married Rajkumari Anusuya Rajkakshmi Devi, daughter
of Raja Krishna Chandra Singh Mandhata of Nayagarh, and his
second wife, and has issue, one son and one
- Kumar Kaustava Chandra Deb, married Kumar Rani
Rajeshwari Devi, daughter of Kumar Saheb Amarendra
Kishore Singh of Nayagarh.
- Kumari Manoswini Sobhalakshmi Devi
- Raja SOUBHAGYA
CHANDRA Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra,
24th Raja Saheb of Talcher 1970/-, married Rani
Manjushree Devi, died 14th March 2008 aged 76,
cremated in the Holy Town of Puri on the following
day, daughter of Tikayat Nrupendra Narayan Singh Deo
of Seraikella, and
his wife, Tikayet Rani Kusum Manjari Devi, and had
issue, two sons and two daughters.
- Raja Rajendra Chandra Deb Birabara Harichandan
- Rani Surokalolini Devi [now Rajmata Surokalolini
Devi of Baudh], born 1954, married Raja Nabin
Chandra Deb of Baudh,
and has issue, one son and one daughter.
- Pattayet Pushpendra Chandra Deb, born 1964,
married Pattayet Rani Trupti Devi, daughter of the
Thakur Saheb of Budwa in Rewa, and has issue, two
- Kumari Aditi Devi
- Kumari Damini Devi
- Rajkumari Meenakshi Devi, born 1969, married
Kunwar Udit Singh Chauhan. (Johannesburg ,
- Raja RAJENDRA
CHANDRA DEB Birabara Harichandan Mahapatra,
25th Raja Saheb of Talcher (see above)