State: Ganjam Distt., Orissa

Population: 31,691 (1881)

Villages: 188 (1881)

Hindi Name: धारकोट

Area: 324 km²

present head

Rani Sulakhyana Gitanjali Devi, present Rani Saheb of Dharakote since 28th May 2010. (The Palace, P.O. – Dharakote, Dist. Ganjam, Orissa, India) born , completed schooling from Raj Kumar College, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), presently pursuing law degree at KIIT Bhubaneswar.


  • The Ruler of Soroda or Khidisingi, divided his kingdom amongst his four sons. Dharakote went to his third son, Raja Hadu Singh. Rulers were …..
    • Raja HADU SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1477/1540
    • Raja RAI SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1540/1602
    • Raja NARAYAN SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1602/1647
    • Raja PURUSHOTTAM SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1647/1699
    • Raja RAM CHANDRA SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1699/1731
    • Raja JAI SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1731/1748
    • Raja RAJENDRA SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1748/1780
    • Raja DAMODAR SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1780
    • Raja KRUSHNA SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1780/1788, married Rani Chandrama Devi, committed sati in 1788, and had issue. He died .
      • Raja Jaganath Singh (qv)
    • Raja JAGANATH SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1788/1830, it is said that Raja Jaganath Singh on returning to his Palace after a hunt, saw a ray of light coming from inside a hut. The Raja entered the hut and saw a holy man meditating in front of a fire. The Holy man told the Raja that this was the place where Rani Chandama Devi had committed Sati. The Raja was impressed and immediately ordered the construction of a Math over that place, and later descendants of the Dharakote Royal family have kept the flame burning ever since, with the task of keeping the flame alive being entrusted to the Head Priests of the Math. The fire, known popularly as Sati Chita (Sati’s Pyre) is tended to by a Mahant (Head Priest) at Sathi Math which is built on 9 acres of land at the entrance of Dharakote fort.
    • Raja RAGHUNATH SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1830/1863
    • Raja BRAJA SUNDAR SINGH, Raja of Dharakote 1863/1880, married a daughter of Raja Bala Keshwara Singh Marda Raja Deo of Khallikote and Atagada. He died .
    • Raja MADAN MOHAN SINGH DEO, Raja of Dharakote 1880/1937, born  at Dharakote, educated privately, presided over the Utkala Conference in 1904, Member of the Ganjam District Board, Member of the Madras Landholder’s Association, married and had issue. He died .
      • Raja Brajkishore Singh Deo (qv)
      • Rani Hari Priya Devi, married Raja Nageshwar Bux Rai of Bishrampur, and had issue, three sons and two daughters.
      • Kumari (name unknown)
      • Kumar Shri Brundaban Chandra Dhir Narendra, adopted to Madhupur and succeded there as the Raja Saheb of Madhupur; married and had issue.
      • Kumar Natbar Singh Deo
    • Raja BRAJKISHORE SINGH DEO, Raja of Dharakote 1937/1938, married Rani Brajeswari Devi, daughter of Raja Birabar Narayan Chandra Dhir Narendra Bahadur, Raja of Madhupur, and had issue, two sons. He died .
      • Raja Padmanabh Singh Deo (qv)
      • Raja Anant Narayan Singh Deo (qv)
    • Raja PADMANABH SINGH DEO, Raja of Dharakote 1946/1974, married a princess of Ratu (Chota Nagpur), and had issue, three daughters. He died .
      • Rajkumari Khirodh Kumari Devi, married.
      • Rajkumari Roma Devi, married in Gangwal (?).
      • Rajkumari Krishna Devi, married to the younger brother of the present Raja of Khajurgaon, and has issue.
    • Raja ANANT NARAYAN SINGH DEO B.Sc., Raja of Dharakote 1974/2003, born , educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun; joined the Ganatantra Parishad after graduation; President, District Ganatantra Parishad Party, Ganjam, 1955/1960; Sarpanch Dharakote Grama Panchayat; Chairman, Dharakote Panchayat Samiti; Member, Ganjam Zilla Parishad; Convenor, First Panchayat Raj Conference, Berhampur; M.L.A. (Orissa) 1967/1973, 1977/1980 and 1995/2000 (four terms); Member, Executive Committee and Parliamentary Board of Swatantra Party, Orissa, 1970/1974; President, Sugar Co-operative Industries, Aska; Trustee, Utkal Sammilani Trust; Member, Board of Directors of National Federation of Co-operative Sugar Factories; President, A.N. Mahavidyalaya, Dharakote; President, Rushikulya College, Suruda; Vice-President, Swatantra Party, Orissa; General Secretary, Bharatiya Lok Dal, Orissa, 1974/1977; President, District Janata Party, Ganjam, 1977/1980; President, Janata Party, Orissa, 1980/1982; President, Janata Party Working Committee, 1982/1986; Member, Parliamentary Board, Janata Dal, 1990; Member, Public Accounts Committee, Orissa Legislative Assembly, 1995/1996; President, Nehru Seva Sangh, Ranpur; President, Balmikeshwar Anath Ashram; married Rani Shanti Devi [now Rajmata Shanti Devi of Dharakote], M.L.A. (Orissa) 1990/1995, Chairperson of Dharakote Panchayat Samiti, involved in various Womens’ Organisations, third daughter of Raja Chandra Bhanu Deb of Aul, and his wife, Rani Ramraj Kumari Pattamahadei, and has issue, one son and three daughters. He died .
      • Raja Kishore Chandra Singh Deo (qv)
      • Rajkumari Asha Devi, married Kumar Narendra Shekhar Deo of Gangpur, and has issue.
      • Rajkumari Ratna Kumari, married to Amit Kumar Singh of Ranka, and has issue.
        • Rishi Raj Singh, residing in USA.
      • Rajkumari Sai Darsan, married.
    • Raja KISHORE CHANDRA SINGH DEO, Raja of Dharakote 2003/2010, born , M.L.A. (Orissa), elected on 13th May 2004; Member, Committee on Members’ Amenities, 2004/-; Member, Public Undertakings Committee, 2004/2005; Member, Committee on Estimates, 2005/2007; Member, House Committee on Forest Protection, 2005/2006; Member, Standing Committee on Cooperation, Textile & Handloom, FS & CW (No.6), 2005/2007; former Chairman, Dharakote Block; Member, Balmikiswar Ashram, Dharakote; President Rushikulya Mahavidyalaya, Sorada; President A.N. Mahavidyala, Dharakote; married Rani Nandini Devi, and had issue, two daughters. He died o f a heart attack on 28th May 2010.
      • Rani Sulakhyana Gitanjali Devi (qv)
    • Rani Sulakhyana Gitanjali Devi, Rani of Dharakote
    • Raja of Dharakote, married the third daughter of Raja Sahib Mehrban-i-Dostan Shri Raja Narayana Marda Raja Deo of Khallikote.

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