Personal Profile of King Rajbahadur Rama Chandra Mardraj Deo
The 31st King of Khallikote Shri Rajbahadur Rama Chandra Mardraj Deo was bornin 13th January 1900 to King Shri Harihar Mardraj Deo and Queen Smt. Kanak Manjari. His birthday was proved to be a great day for Odisha. On his 2nd Birthday, there was arranged a grand celebration at the Rambha Palace and the eminent personalities and kings were the invitees. On the same day, there was a discussion for Independence Odisha and accumulation of all Odia speaking areas. Here, in the meeting only "Utkal Sammilani" the special organisation having objective of formation of Independence Odisha was born. That's why his birthday was so special. And as a honour , his birthday has been celebrated as "Mardraj Jayanti" every year by Odisha Government.
Contributions towards Independence Odisha Movement
It may not be wrong, if we say Raja Rama Chandra was associated with the movement Independent Odisha from the very moment he came to the earth. On his birthday only "Utkal Sammilani" formed, which proves the statement. He kept himself associated with the movement actively from the day he took the responsibility of his Kingdom. His close association with Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Chikiti King Goura Chandra Mardraj, Niranjan Patnaik & Hare Krushna Mahatab and his contributions made the movement successful. He was the member of State Legislative of Madras Presidency in 1923. As a member, he kept his strong demand before the then British Govt. for an Independence Odisha. In 1924, he had kept his strong argument and demand for inclusion of Ganjam, Kandhamal and Koraput into Independence Odisha before the C.L. Philip and A. C. Duff Committee formed by British Govt. In 1931, he witnessed the drawing of Map of Independence Odisha before the Samuel P Odonel Committee. In 1932, he was participated in the 3rd Round Table Conference held at London. And the same day was proved to be an Golden Day in the History of Odisha. On that day there was an announcement by Samuel Hor, the High Commissioner of British Govt. for India for the formation of Independence Odisha. In 1933, he once again went to London for witness before the Parliament Committee, where he kept his demand for inclusion of Paralakhemundi and Jeypore in Odisha. Because of the contributions of the eminent persons like King Rama Chandra, finally brought Independence to Odisha 0n April 1st 1936. He was appointed as a member of Advisory Council of newly formed Odisha State.
Contributions towards Society, Irrigation and Education in Odisha
Apart from a great contributor to freedom movement of Odisha, he was a great ruler and a great social server. He was adorned as King of Khallikote in the year 1921. As a King, he always tried to do noble works for the people of his kingdom. He visited very often to the people of his kingdom to update himself regarding the difficulties and tried to mitigate it.
He has also contributed towards the improvement of Irrigation facility in the state. He was responsible in building a number of Cannels and digging lot of ponds. He was conferred with the title of "King of Bridges" for his contributions towards formation of Bridges over rivers of Ganjam Dist. for the improvement in Transportation, Irrigation and Farming.
His contributions towards Education is also admirable. He had established High Schools at Berhampur, Kabisurya Nagar, Khallikote and Polosora. He had also established a College for Art & Culture inside his own palace known as "Harihar Mardraj College for Arts and Culture".
ConclusionKing Rama Chandra Mardraj was a great ruler, strong administrator and an excellent social server besides a fine contributor in the formation of Independence Odisha. He was an institution in himself. Because of his extra ordinary personality, he was conferred with the title of " Raja Bahadur" by British Govt. in the year 1937.
The worthy son of Odisha took his last breadth on 23rd January 1963 at Berhampur. He is no more, but his contributions towards Odisha will always be remembered in the heart of Odia People.
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