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Bamra (Princely State)

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SubclanOrissa States Agency
Accession1st January 1948
Revenue₹ 49,567 (1891)
Area5149 km²
Population123,378 (1901)
Privy Purse ₹ 95,300
Hindi Nameबामरा
Also known asBamanda
Last Updated21st Jan, 2024

Present Head/Ruler

Raja NITISH GANGA DEB, Raja Saheb of Bamra since 20th October 1997 (The Palace, Deogarh Town, P.O./Dist. – Deogarh, Orissa – 768108, India), born 22nd July 1972, educated (Diploma in Fashion Designing and Commercial Arts, B.Com.); M.L.A. (Orissa) 2004/-; Member, Library Committee 2004/-; Member, Committee on Members’ Amenities 2004/2006; Member, House Committee on Forest Protection 2005/2006; Member, Standing Committee on S & ME, S & YS, S & T, IT (No.4) 2005/-; Member, Bhubaneswar Club Ltd.; Life Member of General Council, Rajkumar College, Raipur, Chattisgarh; President of Deogarh College Governing Body; President of Bamanda Cricket Cup, Deogarh; Arbitrator in Deogarh District; interests and pastimes are Painting, photography and music, Billiards/Pool and Golf; married Rani Arundhati Kumari Devi, daughter of Pattayet Bikram Keshari Deo of Kalahandi, and his wife, Pattayet Rani Nayanshree Devi, and has issue, two sons.

  • Yuvraj Naman Gang Deb
  • Rajkumar Ranesh Gang Deb

Short History

Bamra originally formed one of the Sambalpur and Patna, or Garhjat group, whose rulers were subordinate to the Maharaja of Patna. According to their traditions, the first Raja of Bamra belonged to the royal family of Patna State and was stolen from his home, made Raja of Bamra by the Bhuiyas and Khonds.


  • Raja RAM CHANDRA DEB, Raja of Bamra 1545/1578
  • Raja BIKRAM DEB, Raja of Bamra 1578/1625
  • Raja HARU DEB, Raja of Bamra 1625/1641
  • Raja CHANDRA SEKHAR, Raja of Bamra 1641/1673
  • Raja BHAGIRATH DEB, Raja of Bamra 1673/1713
  • Raja PRATAP DEB, Raja of Bamra 1713/1745
  • Raja SIDASAR DEB, Raja of Bamra 1745/1779
  • Raja ARJUN DEB, Raja of Bamra 1779/1819
  • Raja BALUNKABRUSABHA DEB [Sujal Singh], Raja of Bamra 1819/1834 or 1820/1832, married and had issue.
    • Raja Khageshwar Deb (qv)
    • Raja Brajasundar Deb [Tribhuban Singh] (qv)
    • Lal Saheb Harihar Deb, married and had issue.
      • Raja Sir Basu Deb Sudhal Deb (qv)
  • Raja KHAGESHWAR DEB, Raja of Bamra in 1832
  • Raja BRAJASUNDAR DEB, Raja of Bamra 1832/1869. In recognition of the valuable aid rendered to the British Government by him during the conflict between them and the Chief of Angul, they conferred on him the distinction of Raja Bahadur and presented him with two guns, an elephant, and a khilat. He improved the state in every possible way. It was in his reign that the Government of India recognized Bamra as a feudatory state He died 12th May 1869.
  • Raja Sir BASU DEB SUDHAL DEB K.C.I.E., Raja of Bamra 1869/1903, born 16th May 1850, succeeded 12th May 1869, adopted by his uncle in 1865, he was a gentleman of advanced education and enlightened views, and did much to improve the State, married 1stly, 1871, Rani Giriraj Kumari, died circa 1873, daughter of HH Raja Bahadur Udit Pratap Deo of Kalahandi, married 2ndly, 3rdly, 4thly, by whom he had eight sons and eleven daughters. He was a profound Sanskrit scholar and took a special interest in the education of his children. He elevated the M.E. School in the state to the standard of a high school and had it affiliated with Calcutta University in 1885. When his eldest son, the Tikayet (later Raja) Sachitananda Tribhuban Deb, evinced a great taste for scientific knowledge, he fitted up a splendid laboratory and an observatory for him. At the Tikayet’s suggestion, he introduced a scheme for supplying the capital with water through a system of pipes from the Pradhanpat Falls. He established a State Press and initiated a weekly journal titled “Sambalpur Hitaisini.” During his rule, free dispensaries, jails, police stations, post offices, telephones, steam engines for sawmills, and works for irrigation came into existence. In recognition of his efficient management of the state, the Government of India bestowed on him the well-merited title of C.I.E. in 1891, and four years later, in 1895, he was created a K.C.I.E. He died 19th November 1903 in Calcutta.
    • Raja Sachitananda Tribhuban Deb (qv)
    • Rani Kusumlata Devi, married (as his first wife), Raja Rudra Pratap Deo of Bastar, and had issue, one son and one daughter. She died 18th August 1911.
    • Rajkumar Padmalochan Deb, married and had issue, five sons and six daughters.
      • Kumari (name unknown) [Rani Sahiba of Dharakote]
      • Lal Saheba Akshaya Kumari Debi, married Lal Saheb Nalin Chandra Bhanjdeo of Mayurbhanj, M.L.A. (Orissa) 1957/1961, and has issue, two sons and one daughter.
      • Lal Saheb Prabir Ganga Deb, born 5th December 1937, married 27th June 1971, Kumari Reeta Debi of Deo Zamindari, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
        • Kumari Debashree Debi
        • Kumar Sanjib Ganga Deb B.Com., born 23rd July 1974 in Deogarh, educated in Madhya Pradesh and later at Rajkumar College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh; married 10th December 2002, Kumari Garima Debi, and has issue, two daughters.
          • Kumari Ishani Debi
          • Kumari Tanushree Debi
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) (fourth daughter), married Raja Kishor Chandra Dev Birabar Harichandan Mahapatra, 22nd Raja of Talcher, and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
  • Raja SACHITANANDA TRIBHUBAN DEB, Raja of Bamra 1903/1916, born 1873, succeeded to the gadi in 1903, married and had issue, three sons and one daughter. He was well-versed in physics, chemistry, mineralogy, meteorology, and astronomy, and a polyglot in English, Sanskrit, Urdu, Oriya, Bengali, and Hindi. He had a reservoir constructed for the storage of pure water and extended its supply to the whole town through a pipe system. A strict teetotaler, he maintained an admirable check on his subjects against the use of any intoxicating beverage. He was kind to his tenants and readily redressed their grievances. He died 1916 or 1918.
    • Raja Dibyashankar Sudhal Deb (qv)
    • Pattayet Hruday Nath Deb, married in Panchkote and had issue, one son.
      • LalSabeb Keshari Ganga Deb, married to Ada Matilda Gang Deb, died June 2008. (The Palace, Deogarh, Orissa, India)
        • Bertille Therese Francis Gang Devi
    • Lal Mohini Mohan Deb, adopted into Puri, and succeeded there as Sri Gajapati Raja Ramchandra Deb IV of Puri.
    • Rajkumari Suratarangini Devi [HH Maharani Suratarangini Devi of Kalahandi], married 1916, HH Maharaja Brij Mohan Deo of Kalahandi, and had issue.
  • Raja DIBYASHANKAR SUDHAL DEB, Raja of Bamra 1916/1920, C.B.E.(civil) [cr.1919], married, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 1st January 1920.
    • Raja Bhanuganga Tribhuban Deb (qv)
    • Rani Ras Sundari Devi, married Raja Kishor Chandra Deo Bhanj, 23rd Raja Saheb of Daspalla, and had issue, three sons and one daughter.
    • Bada Kumar Shri Pratap Gang Deo, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; Member of the Lok Sabha for two terms, married Baiji Lal Phulendra Kumari, daughter of Thakur Shri Laxman Singhji of Ghanerao, and his wife, Thakurani Prem Kumari, and had issue, four sons.
      • Kumar Tribhuban Gang Deb
      • Kumar Bir Bijoy Gang Deb, married Kumari Trupti Devi, daughter of Kumar Pradyut Chandra Deb of Talcher, and his wife Kumar Rani Dolendra Manjari Devi, and has issue, one daughter and one son.
        • Kumari Vaishnavi Devi
        • Kumar Sachitananda Gang Deb
      • Kumar Madan Mohan Gang Deb
      • Kumar Gajendra Gang Deb
  • Raja BHANUGANGA TRIBHUBAN DEB, Raja of Bamra 1920/1982, born 25th February 1914 and succeeded to the gadi on the 1st January 1920 on the premature death of his father, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur (Diploma 1933) and received thorough training at Sambalpur as well as in the State in matters of adminstration; invested with full ruling powers; 17th January 1935; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1961/1980 (for four terms); Minister in the Government of Orissa; as a ruler he achieved great improvement in the sphere of public welfare, industries, public health, education, roads and transport; Member of several Boards and Committees formed for social activities; took keen interest in the affairs of the people of the constituency; a poet and author (Rajkavi Satchidananda Tribhuban Deb); interests and pastimes were Gardening, Photography and Painting as well as Music, indoor games and Hunting; married Rani Jyoti Manjari Devi, second daughter of HH Maharaja Brij Mohan Deo of Kalahandi, and his wife, HH Maharani Suratarangini Devi of Bamra (see above), and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 1982.
    • Raja Pradipta Ganga Deb (qv)
    • Pattayet Prasun Ganga Deb, married to Pattayet Rani Rajlakshmi Devi of Tori (Ratu), and had issue, one son and two daughters. He died 12th September 2008 in New Delhi.
      • Kumar Rohit Ganga Deb, married Kumar Rani Madhvi Kumari Devi, daughter of Maharajkumar Shri Shailendra Singhji of Nagod, and his wife, Rani Usha Devi, daughter of the Zamindar of Jaitpur-Rewah, and has issue, two daughters.
        • Kumari Suratarangini Devi
        • Kumari Aadishree Devi
      • Kumari Nivedita Singh, married Lal Saheb Aparnesh Pal Singh Judeo of Gopalpura, Dist. Jalaun, U.P., and has issue, one son.
        • Lal Saheb Shantanu Raj Singh Judeo
      • Kumari Alka Singh, married Yuvraj Raj Rajeshwar Singh of Jhandi, U.P.
    • Rani Prem Manjari, married Raja Chintamani Nath Shah Deo of Ratu (Chota Nagpur), and had issue.
      • Yuvraj Gopal Nath Shah Deo, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand, married in Shankargarh.
      • Rajkumari Madhuri Devi, married in Vijay Garh, and has issue, two daughters and one son.
      • Rajkumari Kalpana Devi, married in Galgala, U.P., and has issue, one son.
      • Rajkumari Tripti Devi, married in Bijwa, U.P.
      • Rajkumari Gayatri Devi, married in Narauli, U.P., and has issue, one daughter and one son.
  • Raja PRADIPTA GANGA DEB B.A., Raja of Bamra 1982/1997, born 11th June 1937, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1990/1997 (two terms); took a keen interest in helping the destitute and the disabled of his constituency; interests and pastimes were Preservation of wild life and Music, Painting and Writing; married 7th February 1965, Maharajkumari Vimala Kumari Sahiba (Rani Vimala Kumari Sahiba of Bamra), daughter of HH Maharana Shri Rajendrasinhji Vijaysinhji Sahib of Rajpipla, and had issue. He died 20th October 1997.
    • Raja Nitish Ganga Deb (qv)
  • Raja NITISH GANGA DEB, Raja of Bamra (see above)

Other Members

  • Unknown, married and had issue.
    • Pattayat Balabhadra Deb, married and had issue.
      • Rai Bahadur Thakur Birendra Nath Singh, Zamindar Saheb of Chandrapur and Padampur Estates, he succeeded by adoption.
    • Rajkumari (name unknown) Devi, married Kunwar Rudra Pratap Singh, son of Rai Bahadur Thakur Bhawani Shankar Singh of Chandrapur, and his wife, Thakurani Srimati Devi, and had issue.
  • Lal Saheb of Bamra, married and had issue.
    • Pattayet Rani Anuma Devi, married Pattayet Arun Chandra Deo of Athmalik, and had issue, one son.
  • Lal Saheb of Bamra, married and had issue.
    • Pattayet Rani Manoj Manjari Devi, married Pattayet Brundavan Chandra Deb of Baramba, and has issue, one daughter and two sons.
  • Lal Saheb of Bamra, married and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Rajkumar Pattayet Nilolohit Singh Deo of Khariar, and has issue, one son and three daughters.
  • Lal Saheb Mitra Ganga Deb of Bamra, married and had issue.
    • Kunwarani Sarita Devi, married Kunwar Saheb Amareswar Prasad Singh of Nayagarh, and has issue, one son.
  • Bada Kumar Saheb of Bamra, married and had issue.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married, Dewan Bahadur Pramod Chandra Deb of Talcher, and had issue, two sons and one daughter.
  • Kumari Khyana Prabha Devi of Bamra, married Lal Saheb Singha Bhanu Singh Deo of Seraikella, and has issue, two sons and one daughter.

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