Princely State

Dynasty : Bhanj

Accession: 1st January 1948

Area: 1,471 km²

Hindi Name: दस्पल्ला

State: Orissa

Revenue: INR 70,000

Population: 51,987 (1901)

Agency: Orissa States Agency

Villages: 485

Privy Purse: INR 33,500

present head

Raja DIGVIJAY DEO BHANJ, 25th and present Raja Sahib of Daspalla since 19th June 2006. (Surya Bagh Palace, Visakhapatnam, Madras, India) married 1984, Rani Prabha Devi, born , daughter of Raja Prabodh Chandra Dhir Deb, Raja Saheb of Balarampur, and his wife, Rani Jogmaya Devi, and has issue, two sons.

  • Yuvraj Jaideep Chandra Deo Bhanj, born .
  • Rajkumar Rajdeep Deo Bhanj, born .


The state was founded in the 15th century by a younger son of Raja Narayan Bhanj Deo of Baudh. The Raja maintains a force of 343 infantry and 8 guns (in 1893).


  • Raja CHAKRADHAR DEO BHANHJ, 13th Raja of Daspalla 1653/1701
  • Raja PADMANAV DEO BHANJ, 14th Raja of Daspalla 1701/1753
  • Raja TRILOCHAN DEO BHANJ, 15th Raja of Daspalla 1753/1775
  • Raja MAKUNDA DEO BHANJ, 16th Raja of Daspalla 1775/1795
  • Raja GURI CHARAN DEO BHANJ, 17th Raja of Daspalla 1795/1805
  • Raja KRISHNA CHANDRA DEO BHANJ, 18th Raja of Daspalla 1805/1845
  • Raja MADHUSUDAN DEO BHANJ, 19th Raja of Daspalla 1845/1861
  • Raja NARSIMHA DEO BHANJ, 20th Raja of Daspalla 1861/1873, married and had issue.
    • Raja Chaitan Deo Bhanj (qv)
    • Raja Narayan Deo Bhanj (qv)
  • Raja CHAITAN DEO BHANJ, 21st Raja of Daspalla 1873/1896, born , succeeded 21st January 1873, the title of Raja has been enjoyed by the head of the family since the time of the Mahrattas, and was formally conferred by the British Government on 21st May 1874.
  • Raja NARAYAN DEO BHANJ, 22nd Raja of Daspalla 1896/1913, born , married and had adoptive issue issue. He died .
    • (ARaja Kishor Chandra Deo Bhanj (qv)
  • Raja KISHOR CHANDRA DEO BHANJ, 23rd Raja of Daspalla 1913/1960, born  and succeeded by adoption on 11th December 1913, granted ruling powers on the 3rd March 1930, educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur (Diploma); M.L.A. (Orissa) 1952/1960, Minister in the Orissa Government, married Rani Ras Sundari Devi, only daughter of Raja Dibyashankar Sudhal Deb of Bamra, and had issue, three sons and one daughter. He died .
    • Raja Purna Chandra Deo Bhanj (qv)
    • Pattayet Bijoy Chandra Deo Bhanj, born , educated at Rajkumar College, Raipur (now in Chhatisgarh), at A.V.N. College, Vishakhapatnam and at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack; he was a Research scholar of Delhi University in History under Late Bishweswar Prasad and Dr. Amba Prasad, he took part in Riding, Swimming, Football, Hockey, Tennis and other games while at school and college and was also a keen debater; he worked for companies like Hyderabad Allwyn and French Motor Car Co. Ltd at Calcutta from 1962 to 1988 in different capacities in the Sales Department and also did liaison and Public Relations for the companies; after retirement, he lived at his Bapuji Nagar residence in Bhubaneswar and devoted time to his farm at Daspalla and to his various activities and social interests; he travelled extensively all over India in connection with social activities and Historical research; his interests included a study of Vedanta, English and Oriya literature, classical music, Drama, Photography and Travelling, he was a Member of many Societies and Associations, including, Life Member, Asiatic Society, Calcutta; Life Member, Alliance Francaise, Calcutta; Member of the Institute of Historical Studies, Calcutta; Life Member of Indian History Congress; Member of Calcutta Historical Society; Member of Calcutta Management Association since 1973; Founder and Executive Committee Member of Kala Sangam, Calcutta; President, ARKACIANS (old boys of Rajkumar College residing at Calcutta); Free Mason; Life Member, Orissa State Concil of Child Welfare; Life Member, Viswa Orissa Sammilani, Cuttack; Life Member of Red Cross Society, Orissa; Life Member, Chinmaya Mission, Calcutta; Life Member of Bhubaneswar Club; Life Member of Mythic Society, Bangalore; Member of World Wild Life Fund for Nature W.W.F. Bhubanewar Chapter; Life Member, Bhubaneswar Music Circle; he died unmarried on 9th June 2012 at The Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, after a long battle with cancer and was cremated at the Satya Nagar Electric Crematorium the next day.
    • Rajkumari T.S. Devi, married Rajkumar T. S. Singh Deo of Surguja, and has issue, three daughters.
    • Rajkumar Pramode Chandra Deo Bhanj, born , married Kumar Rani Padma Devi of Chandrapur, Dist. Janjir-Champa, Chattisgarh, and has issue, one daughter.
      • Rajkumari Priya Deo Bhanj, married Lt.-Col. Jeet Singh Rawat of Jalali, Uttaranchal, and has issue, one daughter.
        • Kumari Aarushi
  • Raja PURNA CHANDRA DEO BHANJ, 24th Raja of Daspalla 1965/2006, born , educated at Rajkumar College in Raipur and at A. V. N. College in Vizag (B.A.); Chairman of Daspalla Hotels Limited; President of the Ramakrishna Mission in Vizagapatnam and and chief patron of Utkal Sankrutika Samaj, contributed to the construction of the Jagannath temple on Daspalla Hills; Member of the General Council of the Rajkumar college, Raipur and Central advisory board on Anthropology; M.P. (Lok Sabha) 1962/1967, M.L.A. (Orissa) 1957/1961; Member of Waltair club, Bhubaneswar club, Vizag camera club, Diners club and Chelmsford club; interests and pastimes were Still Photography, Cine Photography, Big game hunting, Philately, Numismatics and also Reading, Writing short Oriya poems, horse riding and travelling; married 1949, Rani Kamala Devi, daughter of Sri Sri Sri Vyricharla Narayana Gajapathi Raju Bahadur Garu of Chemudu, and his wife, Rani Chandramani Devi, and had issue, one son and two daughters. He died  at Visakhapatnam.
    • Raja Digvijay Deo Bhanj (qv)
    • Rani Vyricharla Preeti Devi, married 30th January 1971, Sri Raja Vyricharla Kishore Chandra Deo Raju Bahadur Garu of Kurupam, and has issue, one son and one daughter.
    • Thakurani Uttara Devi, married Thakur Mahipal Singh of Vadner in Nashik, Malegaon taluka, a hotelier with the Taj Group.
  • Raja DIGVIJAY DEO BHANJ, 25th Raja of Daspalla

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