Maharaja KAMAL CHANDRA BHANJ DEO,
22nd Raja of Bastar.
Born about 1984,
Educated at Coventry University, U.K. (Master of Science Degree in International Business) and at L.S.E., U.K. (Master of Political Science Degree).
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The state was founded in the 15th century, and was the 11th largest Princely State by area. Rulers were
Raja ANNAM DEV, 1st Raja of Bastar: The princely state of Bastar was established around 1324/1369 AD, when Annama Deva, brother of the last Kamma Kakatiya King, Pratapa Rudra Deva (1290-1325), left Warangal and established his kingdom at Bastar, defeating the Nagvanshi Raja, and established his capital at Mudhota under the protection of the goddess, Danteshwari, who still is the tutelary deity of Bastar region, her famous Dantheshwari Temple stands today at Danthewada, also named after her. Annama Deva ruled till 1369
Raja HAMIR DEV, 2nd Raja of Bastar 1369/1410
Raja BHAITAI DEV, 3rd Raja of Bastar 1410/1468
Raja PURUSHOTTAM DEV, 4th Raja of Bastar 1468/1534, he shifted his capital to Old Bastar.
Raja PRATAP RAJ DEV, Raja of Bastar 1602/1625, married and had issue, extinct in the 3rd generation,
Raja DIGPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1680/1709
Raja RAJPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1709/1721, descended from the younger brother of Raja Pratap Raj Dev, married 1stly, a Baghela Princess, married 2ndly, a Chandel Princess, and had issue.
Rajkumar Dakhin Singh (by 1st wife)
Raja Dalpat Deo (by 2nd wife)
Rajkumar Pratap Singh (by 2nd wife)
Raja MAMA, Raja of Bastar 1721/1731
Raja DALPAT DEO, Raja of Bastar 1731/1774, moved his capital to Jagdalpur; he married (amongst 7 wives), 1stly, a daughter of Raja Goor Sai Deo of Kanker, and had issue.
Rajkumar Ajmer Singh (by 1st wife), usurped the gaddi for a short time.
Raja Daryao Deo (by 2nd wife)
Raja DARYAO DEO, Raja of Bastar 1774 and 1777/bef 1819, married and had issue.
Raja Mahipal Deo
Raja MAHIPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar fl. 1819, married and had issue.
Raja Bhopal Deo
Lal Dalganjan Singh, Dewan of Bastar 1846/1863, married and had issue. He died 1863.
Lal Kalendra Singh, Dewan of Bastar 1882/-; deported to Illichpur for his part in the Bastar rebellion of 1910, where he died. He died 1916 at Illichpur.
Kunwar Chakar Singh
Raja BHOPAL DEO, Raja of Bastar 1830/1853, married and had issue, as well as further issue.
Kunwar Durjan Singh (by a secondary union), Dewan of Bastar -/1881, died February 1881
Raja BHAIRAM DEO, Raja of Bastar 1853/1891, born 21st May 1839, succeeded 27th August 1853, recognized as a Feudatory Chief by the British Government in 1865; he married (amongst others), Senior Rani Subra Kanwar, died October 1910 at Raipur, (a) Nawabai (concubine), and had issue, as well as illegitimate issue. He died 28th July 1891.
Raja Rudra Pratap Deo
Maharanidhirani Padmalaya Devi, married Maharajadhiraj Nahar Deo of Kanker, and had issue.
Kunwar Bahadur Singh (by a secondary union)
Kunwar Arjun Singh (by a secondary union)
Raja RUDRA PRATAP DEO, Raja of Bastar 1891/1921, born 5th March 1885, succeeded 20th July 1891, installed in January 1908, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; married 1stly, Rani Kusumlata Devi, daughter of Raja Sir Basudeb Sudhal Deb of Bamra, she died 18th August 1911, married 2ndly, Rani Chandra Kumari, she died sp, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1921.
Yuvaraj (name unknown) (by Rani Kusumlata Devi), died at the age of ten months.
Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi (by Rani Kusumlata Devi)
Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi, Rani of Bastar 1921/1936, born 10th February 1910, married 1927, Lal Sahib Prafulla Chandra Bhanj Deo of Mayurbhanj, born 23rd May 1909, Member of the Lok Sabha, died 5th March 1959, and had issue. She died 28th February 1936 in London.
Rajkumari Kamla Devi (by Rani Prafulla Kumari Devi), born 2nd February 1928, married in Bijwa U.P. She died 1st January 1954.
Maharaja PRAVIR CHANDRA BHANJ DEO,
Pravir, King of Bastar (Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo 25 June 1929 - 25 March 1966) was the first Oriya ruler and 20th Maharaja of Bastar state who was killed in 1966 by then Congress government of Madhya Pradesh for championing the cause of his subjects. He fought for rights of the tribal people. He represented Jagdalpur Vidhan Sabha constituency of undivided Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly by winning General election of 1957.
He was the last Kakatiya ruler of Bastar. He was born in 25 June 1929 and was educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur. He succeeded to throne on 28 October 1936.
He was immensely popular among his people, as he took up the cause of the local tribal, and provided political leadership against exploitation of natural resources of the region, and corruption in land reforms, thus he was perceived a threat by the then ruling congress people. On 25 March 1966 he was killed in police firing at the steps of his own palace at Jagdalpur along with many of the royal court. Officially the death toll was twelve including the king and wounded were twenty; the police had fired sixty one rounds.
Maharaja VIJAY CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of Bastar 1966/1970, born 4th March 1934, married HH Maharani Hitendra Kumari, daughter of Thakore Saheb Surendrasinhji Karansinhji of Sayla, and had issue. He died 12th April 1970.
Maharaja Bharat Chandra Bhanj Deo
Maharajkumar Shri Devesh Chandra Bhanj Deo, married and had issue.
Kumar Mohit Chandra Bhanj Deo
Kumari Juhika Devi Bhanj Deo
Maharajkumar Shri Harihar Chandra Bhanj Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1974); a practising lawyer in the capital Jagdalpur, married and had issue.
Kumar Suryaveer Chandra Bhanj Deo
Rani Saheba Puspa Devi, married Raja Rajendra Chandra Deb Birabara Harichandan Mahapatra, 25th Raja Saheb of Talcher, and has issue, two sons.
Maharaja BHARAT CHANDRA BHANJ DEO, Maharaja of Bastar 1970/1996, born 1954, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1972); married Maharani Krishna Kumari Devi (now Maharajmata Krishna Kumari Devi of Bastar), daughter of Kumar Shri Madhavsinhji Bhimsinhji of Tharad, and had issue, one son and one daughter. He died 1996.
Maharaja Kamal Chandra Bhanj Deo
Rajkumari Gayatri Devi Bhanj Deo