VENKATAGIRI (Zamindari)


AREA: 4,102.56 km2 REVENUE: 421,674 Rs
ACCESSION: 7th September 1949
STATE: Madras (Nellore Dist.) DYNASTY: Velugoti RELIGION: Hindu
VILLAGES: 813
POPULATION: 223,327 (1901)




PRESENT RULER: Raja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri RAM PRASAD YACHENDRA Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar, HH Honour, The 32nd Raja of Venkatagiri since 2010.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded by Velugoti Rayudappa Nayani in 1600. The zamindari endured until it was notified and taken over by the State on 7th September 1949, under the Madras Estates (Abolition and Conversion into Ryotwari) Act, 1948 (Act 26 of 1948). His successors were...
  • Velugoti Sri Chevvi Reddy, 1st Chief of Venkatagiri, also known as Bhetala Naidu, married and had issue, four children.
    • Malla Naidu
    • Velugoti Sri Dama Naidu (qv)
    • Prasadadilya Naidu
    • Rudra Naidu
  • Velugoti Sri Dama Naidu, 2nd Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, at least six children.
    • Velugoti Sri Vennama Naidu (eldest son) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Vennama Naidu, 3rd Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, one son.
    • Velugoti Sri Yerra Dacha Naidu (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Yerra Dacha Naidu, 4th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, three children.
    • Velugoti Sri Singama Naidu (eldest son) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Singama Naidu, 5th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two children.
    • Velugoti Sri Anapotha Naidu I (eldest son) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Anapotha Naidu I, 6th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two children.
    • Velugoti Sri Dharma Naidu (2nd child) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Dharma Naidu, 7th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, one son.
    • Velugoti Sri Thimma Naidu (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Thimma Naidu, 8th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Dharma Naidu
    • Velugoti Sri Chitti Dacha Naidu (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Chitti Dacha Naidu, 9th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, one child.
    • Velugoti Sri Anapotha Naidu II (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Anapotha Naidu II, 10th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Pedda Mada Naidu, married and had issue, one son.
      • Dharma Naidu
    • Velugoti Sri Chinna Mada Naidu (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Chinna Mada Naidu, 11th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two children.
    • Velugoti Sri Yerra Sura Naidu (qv)
    • Nalla Sura Naidu
  • Velugoti Sri Yerra Sura Naidu, 12th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Mada Naidu
    • Velugoti Sri Yachama Naidu (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Yachama Naidu, 13th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, one son.
    • Velugoti Sri Chinna Singama Naidu (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Chinna Singama Naidu, 14th Chief of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, one son.
    • Velugoti Sri Nirvana Rayappa Naidu [aka Pedda Rayadu] (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Nirvana Rayapp Naidu, 15th Zamindar of Venkatagiri, he was granted Rajam Estate in 1652 by Sher Muhammed Khan, Nawab of Chicacole, in whose honour it was renamed Bebbooly, later corrupted into Bobbili. The titles of Raja and Bahadur were granted at the same time; married and had issue, four sons.
    • Singama Naidu
    • Thimma Naidu
    • Velugoti Sri Kumara Thimma Naidu (3rd son)(qv)
    • Rangappa Naidu
  • Velugoti Sri Kumara Thimma Naidu, 16th Raja of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, three sons.
    • Thirupati Naidu
    • Gani Thimma Naidu
    • Velugoti Sri Pina Kondappa Naidu (3rd son) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Pina Kondappa Naidu, 17th Raja of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, over eight children.
    • Velugoti Sri Yachama Naidu (sixth child) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Yachama Naidu II, 18th Raja of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two children.
    • Velugoti Sri Raja Kasturi Rangappa Naidu (eldest child) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Raja Kasturi Rangappa Naidu, 19th Raja of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, three children. He died after 1597.
    • Velugoti Sri Raja Pedda Yachama Naidu [aka Yacha Sura] (2nd child) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Raja Pedda Yachama Naidu, 20th Raja of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, eight children. He died after 1602.
    • Velugoti Sri Raja Kumara Yachama Naidu I (sixth child) (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Raja KUMARA YACHAMA NAIDU I, 21st Raja of Venkatagiri, married and had issue, one son. He died about 1682.
    • Velugoti Sri Raja Bangaru Yachama Naidu I (qv)
  • Velugoti Sri Raja BANGARU YACHAMA NAIDU I, 22nd Raja of Venkatagiri ca1682/1693, married and had issue, two sons. He died 1693.
    • Velugoti Sri Raja Sarvagna Kumara Yachendra Naidu (qv)
    • Velugoti Shri Kumara Naidu
  • Velugoti Sri Raja SARVAGNA KUMARA YACHENDRA NAIDU, 23rd Raja of Venkatagiri 1693/1748, born 1690, he was confirmed as Raja by Padshah Aurangzeb in 1695; married and had issue, two sons. He died 1748.
    • Velugoti Sri Raja Bangaru Yachama Naidu (qv)
    • Velugoti Sri Kumara Pedda Yachama Naidu
  • Velugoti Sri Raja BANGARU YACHAMA NAIDU II, 24th Raja of Venkatagiri 1748/1777, born 1722, married and had adoptive issue. He died 1777.
    • (A) Sri Raja Velugoti Kumara Yachama Naidu Bahadur (qv)
  • Sri Raja Velugoti KUMARA YACHAMA NAIDU Bahadur, 25th Raja 1777/1802 and 1st Zamindar of Venkatagiri 1802/1804, born 1762, married and had adoptive issue. He died 1804.
    • (A) Sri Raja Velugoti Bangaru Yachama Naidu III Bahadur (qv)
  • Sri Raja Velugoti BANGARU YACHAMA NAIDU III Bahadur, 26th Raja of Venkatagiri 1804/1848, born 1791, married Rani (name unknown), died in May 1899 (aged 90 years), and had issue, three children. He died 1848.
    • Sri Raja Velugoti Sarvagna Kumara Yachendra Naidu Bahadur Garu (qv)
  • Sri Raja Velugoti SARVAGNA KUMARA YACHENDRA NAIDU Bahadur Garu C.S.I., 27th Raja of Venkatagiri 1848/1878 (retired, handing over the estate to his eldest son on 28th October 1878 in order to spend the rest of his life in religious piety and meditation), installed 18th February 1848, C.S.I., born 3rd January 1832, married and had issue, seven sons (three were given in adoption to other families) and two daughters. He died 1892.
    • Hon. Raja Sir Velugoti Shri Raja Gopala Krishna Yachendra Lavaru Bahadur (qv)
    • Sri Raja Rao Venkata Surya Mahipati Rama Krishnarao Bahadur, born 1858, adopted by the Raja of Pithapuram. He died 1914.
    • Lakhshmi Venkamma
    • Sri Raja Rangamannar Krishna Yachendra, he was adopted by the Rani of Bobbili., and succeeded there as The Hounourable Maharaja Sri Sir Venkata Swetha Chalapati Ranga Row Bahadur Garu, Raja of Bobbili.
    • Sri Raja Muddu Krishna Yachendralu Garu, born 1867, died sp 1921.
    • Sri Raja Venkata Krishna Yachendralu Garu [Sri Raja Venkata Krishna Rao Bahadur Garu, Zamindar of Gollaprolu], born 1870, married 1stly, 1885, Sri Rani Rao Ramayamma Rao Bahadur Garu, died 24th October 1923, daughter of Sri Venkayya Garu of the Chelikani family, married 2ndly, Sri Rani Rao Venkayamma Rao Bahadur Garu, died 1889, and had adoptive issue. He died 1910 or 1916.
      • (A) Sri Raja Velugoti Kumara Krishna Yachendra, married and had issue.
        • Raja Velugoti Venkata Krishna Yachendra
        • Raja Velugoti Rama Krishna Yachendra
        • Raja Venkata Rajagopala Krishna Yachendra
        • Raja Muvva Gopala Krishna Yachendra
        • Sri Raja Raju Sri Krishnayya Rao @ Sri Raja Raju Venkata Kumara Mahipati Krishna Surya Rao Bahadur Garu, Zamindar of Gollaprolu fl.1941.
    • Sri Raja Navanitha Krishna Yachendra aka Sri Raja Venkata Lakshmana Rao [Raja Venugopala Bahadur of Jetprole], born 12th February 1873, adopted into the Jetprole family, awarded the Gold Kaiser-i-Hind Medal, married 1887 at Venkatagiri, and had issue, two daughters. He died 1929.
    • Sri Raja Venugopala Krishna Yachendralu Garu, born 1874, unmarried, but had issue, two illegitimate sons by Saraswathamma, a dasi of the Balija community (#4). He died spl on 20th June 1920 (#5).
      • Sri Raja V. Rajeswara Rao, born 24th September 1907, married Sri Rani Sridevamma, and had issue. He died after 1939.
        • Sri Raja V. Madanagopala Krishna
      • Sri Raja V. Maheswara Rao fl.1939
    • Rajyatakshmamma
  • Hon. Raja Velugoti Shri Maharaja Sir GOPALA KRISHNA YACHENDRA Varu Bahadur Panchahazar Mansabdar, K.C.I.E., 28th Raja Sahib of Venkatagiri 1878/1916, born 1857 (#1), title of Raja recognized as hereditary in 1890, he was granted the title of Maharaja as a Personal distinction in 1910; G.C.I.E. [cr. 1.1.1915], K.C.I.E, [cr. 1.1.1888], M.L.C. (Madras) 1888 (#2), Panch Hazar Mansabdar, Kaiser-i-Hind Medal [cr.1900]; married and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1916.
    • Rajkumari Ramalkamma
    • Maharaja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri Sir Govinda Krishna Yachendrulu Varu Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar (qv)
  • Lt.-Col. HH Sri Sri Sri Raja Velugoti Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Sir GOVINDA KRISHNA YACHENDRA Varu Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar K.C.I.E., 29th Raja Sahib of Venkatagiri 1916/1937, K.C.I.E. [cr.1.1.1922], A.D.C., married and had issue, four sons and one daughter. He died 1937 (#3).
    • Maharaja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri Sarvagna Kumara Krishna Yachendra Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar (qv)
    • Raja Rao Pradyumna Krishna Mahipathi Surya Rao Bahadur Garu, Raja of Kolanka, he was adopted by Rani Ramaiamma Garu (see Pithapuram) and succeeded by adoption to the zamindari of Kolanka; married and had issue, one son.
      • Raja Rao Govinda Krishna Mahipathi Surya Rao Bahadur Garu, Raja of Kolanka, born 1945, married and had issue, one daughter. He died spm in 1998.
        • Rajkumari Deepika
    • Velugoti Sri Venkata Gopala Krishna Yachendra, born 14th November 1924 in Venkatagiri, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Raja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri Ram Prasad Yachendra Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar (qv)
    • Velugoti Sri Navanitha Chora Krishna Yachendra
    • Rajkumari (name unknown)
    • Velugoti Sri Pradyumna Krishna Yachendra
  • Raja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri Sir SARVAGNA KUMARA KRISHNA Yachendra Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar K.C.I.E., 30th Raja of Venkatagiri 1937/1971, born about 1920, the estate was abolished on 7th September 1949, died 1971.
  • Raja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri Dr. SAIKRISHNA YACHENDRA Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar, 31st Raja of Venkatagiri 1971/2010, born 14th November 1924, married and had issue, two sons. He died in July 2010.
    • Raja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri Ram Prasad Yachendra Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar (qv)
  • Raja Sahib Mushfiq Meherban Karamfarmage Mukhsari Umdu-i-Raja Raja Velugoti Sri RAM PRASAD YACHENDRA Bahadur Panchhazari Mansubhdar, 32nd Raja of Venkatagiri (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Velugoti Sri Murali Krishna Yachendra, grandson of the Raja of Venkatagiri.
  • Velugoti Sri Raja Gopala Krishna Yachendra, born 1929, cricketer. He died 1971.
  • Velugoti Sri Raja Rajagopala Krishna Yachendra, born 10th August 1931 in Venkatagiri, 1st Class Cricketer for Andhra 1956/57 to 1964/65; married and had issue, three sons.
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General Source: "A Family History of Venkatagiri Rajas" by Alladi Jagannatha Sastri B.A., & L.T., Published by Addison Press, Madras, 1922
1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 567
2. "Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage", 1916 London, p.785
3. The help of Deepak Aggarwal, is gratefully acknowledged, August 2005.
4. Dasi: a Hindu concubine in continuous and exclusive keeping, any illegitimate sons are entitled to maintenance as well as to a share in their father's estate.
5. Chennai High Court: His Highness Sri Sri Sri Lieut-Col. Sir Rajah Velugoti Govinda Krishna Yachendra Bahadur Varu, Panchahazar Mansabdar, K.C.I.E., Maharajah Sahib Of Venkatagiri (Dead) And Raja Velugoti Sarvagna Kumara Krishna Yachendra Bahadur Varu, Legal Representative Of The Decceased vs Raja Rajeswara Rao And Anr. on 10/2/1939.