27 Facts About Bardhaman Raj


Bardhaman Raj, known as Burdwan Raj, was a zamindari Raja estate that flourished from about 1657 to 1955 in the Indian state of West Bengal.

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Bardhaman Raj is considered to be the patriarch of the Bardhaman Raj family as it was during his time the zamindari started flourishing and the zamindari was firmly established.

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Bardhaman Raj owned Pargana Bardhaman along with three other estates.

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Bardhaman Raj was honoured by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb with a farman.

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Bardhaman Raj expanded it further by acquiring the Parganas of Chitua, Bhurshut, Barda and Manoharshahi.

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Bardhaman Raj fought with the Rajas of Chandrakona and Barda near Ghatal, and possessed their kingdoms.

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Bardhaman Raj seized the estate of Balghara situated near the holy town of Tarakeswar in Hooghly district.

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Bardhaman Raj then proceeded to Murshidabad and had his name registered as a proprietor of new properties.

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Bardhaman Raj was first in the family to be invested with the title of Raja by the Delhi Emperor.

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At that time Bardhaman Raj contained an area of 5,174 square miles and was considered the most productive district in Subah of Bengal.

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In 1903, he invited the Governor General Lord Curzon to the Bardhaman Raj palace and to commemorate the event constructed a gate now known as Curzon Gate in Gothic style, which is a major landmark of Bardhaman Raj today and stands at junction of Bijoychand Road and Grand Trunk Road.

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Bardhaman Raj risked his life to save that of Sir Andrew Fraser, lieutenant-governor of Bengal, when an attempt to assassinate him was made by Indian nationalists on 7 November 1908.

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Bardhaman Raj served as representative of Bengal zamindars in Legislative and Provincial council, continuously for many years.

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Bardhaman Raj was noted for his philanthropy, especially in field of education and health welfare.

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Bardhaman Raj was a member of the Bengal Legislative Council from 1907 to 1918, and of the Imperial Legislative Council from 1909 to 1912.

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Bardhaman Raj was the President of British Indian Association from 1911 to 1918 and again in 1925.

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Bardhaman Raj was president of the reception committee in the 8th session of the Bangya Sahitya Sammelan held at Bardhaman in 1914.

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Bardhaman Raj left behind two sons Uday Chand and Abhay Chand and two daughters, thereby ending the long history adoptions for succession in Bardhaman Raj.

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Bardhaman Raj did his graduation from Presidency College, Calcutta and Calcutta University.

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Bardhaman Raj presided the West Bengal group of Legislators, in 1946, which voted 58:21 in favor of partition of Bengal.

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Bardhaman Raj served as President of the non-Muslim block of the Bengal Partition meeting in 1947 and was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Bengal from years 1937 to 1952.

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Bardhaman Raj acceded to the request of the then Chief minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy and handed over his palace, Mahtab Manzil and Golap Bagh to the University of Burdwan.

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Bardhaman Raj donated a piece of land in Bardhaman to the numerous employees of the Raj so that they could build accommodation there.

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Bardhaman Raj was a Steward of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club.

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Bardhaman Raj instituted a fund for The Maharajadhiraja Uday Chand Mahtab Of Burdwan Memorial Cup at Calcutta Race Course.

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Bardhaman Raj died on 10 October 1984 leaving behind three sons and three daughters.

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Amongst the captives of Bardhaman Raj family was Raj Kumari Satyabati, the daughter of Krishna Ram Rai, whom Sobha Singha kept in confinement until he decided to sacrifice her to his lust.

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