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Bastar State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India Capital Jagdalpur History    Established 1324    Accession to the Union of India 1948 Area    1901 33,831 km2 13,062 sq mi Population    1901 306,501  Density 91 /km2  235 /sq mi Bastar Princely State

Bastar state was a princely state in India during the British Raj It was founded in the early 14th century,1 supposedly by a brother of the last ruler of the Kakatiya dynasty proper, Prataparudra II

It is today used to refer the same region, called Bastar district in Chhattisgarh state2

In the early 19th century the state became part of the Central Provinces and Berar under the British Raj, and acceded to the Union of India on 1 January 1948, to become part of the Madhya Pradesh in 1956, and later part of the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh state in 2000 The current ruler is Maharaja Kamal Chandra Bhanj Deo of Bastar, of the Bhanj dynasty


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 History
    • 21 Past rulers
  • 3 See also
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 External links


Baster state was situated in the south-eastern corner of the Central Provinces and Berar, bounded north by the Kanker State, south by the Godavari district of Madras States Agency, west by Chanda District, Hyderabad State, and the Godavari river, and east by the Jeypore estate in Orissa

It had an area of 13,062 square miles 33,830 km2 3 and a population of 306,501 in 1901, when its capital city at Jagdalpur, situated on the banks of Indravati river, had a population of 4,7623


Traditionally the area is mentioned as Dandakaranya in the epic Ramayana, and part of the Kosala Kingdom in the Mahabharata Around 450 AD, the Bastar area was ruled by a Nala king called Bhavadatta Varman, who is recorded as having invaded the neighbouring Vakataka kingdom during the reign of its king, Narendrasena 440-460 4

A brother of Prataparudra II, Annamaraja, has been associated with ruling what eventually became the state of Bastar This appears likely to be historical revisionism, dating from a genealogy published by the ruling family in 1703, because the document records only eight generations spanning almost four centuries of rule Such revisionism and tenuous claims of connection to the Kakatiyas was not uncommon because it was perceived as legitimising the right to rule and a warrior status Talbot notes that there is a record of a brother called Annamadeva and that:

He is said to have left Warangal for the northeast after anointing Prataparudra's son as king Thus, the founder of the family fortunes in Bastar may very well have been a Telugu warrior from Telangana who was familiar with the prevalent legends about the Kakatiyas5

According to this chronology, the state was established around 1324 CE and the founder established his kingdom at Bastar under the tutelage of a local goddess, Danteshwari That goddess remains the tutelary deity of Bastar region and the Danteshwari Temple stands today at Dantewada6 He ruled till 1369 when he was followed successively by Hamir Deva r 1369-1410, Bhaitai Deva 1410–1468, Purushottama Deva 1468–1534 and Pratapa Raja Deva 1602–1625 after which the Bastar branch of the dynasty became extinct in the third generation with Dikpala Deva 1680–1709, after which a descendant of the younger brother of Prataparaja Deva, Rajapala Deva became the next King in 1709 Rajapala Deva had two wives, first a Baghela Princess, married, who had a son, Dakhin Singh, secondly, a Chandela Princess, who has two sons, Dalapati Deva and Pratap, trouble however struck again when after the death of Rajapala Deva in 1721, the elder queen ousted other claimants and placed her brother on the throne of Bastar, Dalapati Deva took refuge in the neighbouring kingdom of Jeypore and finally regained his throne a decade later in 173178

Its capital was Jagdalpur, where Bastar royal palace built by its ruler, when its capital was shifted here from old capital Bastar7

Later at some point in the 15th century Bastar was divided into two kingdoms, one based in Kanker and the other ruled from Jagdalpur9 The present Halba Tribe claims to descend from the military class of these kingdoms

Until the rise of the Marathas, the state remained fairly independent until the 18th century In 1861, Bastar became part of the newly formed Central Provinces and Berar, and in 1863, after years of feud, over the Kotapad region, it was given over to the neighbouring Jeypore state in 1863, on the condition of payment of tribute of Rs 3,000, two-thirds of which sum was remitted from the amount payable by Bastar By virtue of this arrangement the tribute of Bastar was, reduced to a nominal amount

Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo 1929–1966, the 20th and the last ruling head of the Bastar state, ascended the throne in 1936, before it acceded to India in 1948 during the political integration of India10

Maharaja Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo was immensely popular among the tribals He was shot dead in a "police action" on 25 March 1966 while leading a tribal movement against encroachment of land by outsider in concert with the authorities in Bastar He was executed on the steps of his own Palace in Jagdalpur Scores of other tribals and courtiers too were murdered by the policecitation needed

Past rulersedit

Map of the Central Provinces and Berar in 1909 showing the districts, divisions, and Bastar princely state under the authority of the province, as well as the 1905 changes to the eastern boundary
  • 1680 - 1709 Digpal Deo
  • 1709 - 1721 Rajpal Deo
  • 1721 - 1731 Mama
  • 1731 - 1774 Dalpat Deo
  • 1774 Daryao Deo 1st time
  • 1774 - 1777 Ajmar Singh Deo
  • 1777 - bf1819 Daryao Deo 2nd time
  • 1819 Mahipal Deo
  • 1830 - 1853 Bhopal Deo
  • 27 Aug 1853 – 20 Jul 1891 Bhairam Deo b 1839 - d 1891
  • 20 Jul 1891 - 1921 Rudra Pratap Deo b 1885 - d 1921
  • 23 Nov 1922 – 28 Feb 1936 Prafulla Kumari Devi f -Rani b 1910 - d 1936
  • 28 Oct 1936 – 15 Aug 1947 Pravir Chandra Bhanj Deo, b 1929 - d 1966
  • Titular holders since the Independence of India -
  • Vijay Chandra Bhanj Deo, Bharat Chandra Bhanj Deo, Kamal Chandra Bhanj Deo

See alsoedit

  • Company rule in India


  1. ^ Princely States of India A-J
  2. ^ Rahul Pandita Hello Bastar: The Untold Story Of India’s Maoist Movement Tranquebar Press 2011 ISBN 978-93-8065834-6Chapter VI p 111
  3. ^ a b Bastar The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908 v 7, p 121
  4. ^ The Vākātaka-Gupta age: Circa 200-550 AD, by Ramesh Chandra Majumdar, Anant Sadashiv AltekarPublished by Motilal Banarsidass Publ, 1986 ISBN 81-208-0026-5 Page 116
  5. ^ Talbot, Austin Cynthia 2001 Pre-colonial India in Practice: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra Oxford University Press pp 192–193 ISBN 978-0-19803-123-9 
  6. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1911 "Bastar" Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed Cambridge University Press 
  7. ^ a b Bastar - History The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908 v 7, p 122
  8. ^ History of Bastar Bastar district official website
  9. ^ Gill, Simeran Man Singh The Ghotul in Muria Society Singapore: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1992 p 4
  10. ^ Bastar state - History and Genealogy Queensland University

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1911 "Bastar" Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed Cambridge University Press 

External linksedit

  • Flag of princely Bastar

Coordinates: 20°04′59″N 83°12′00″E / 20083°N 832°E / 20083; 832

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