Ramachandra Deva II (1721-1736 A. D.)

Another turbulent period in the history of the Bhoi dynasty began with Ramachandradeva II. He was forced to bear the brunt of Nizam’s invasion from Hyderabad immediately following his accession. Ramachandradeva’s territory, which included Tekkali, Raghunathpur, and the Chilka lake, fell under the Nizam’s control. At that pivotal point in his career, Ramachandradeva-I never wavered …

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Divyasinghadeva I (1688-1714 A.D.) and Others

Divyasinghadeva I succeeded his father in 1688 A.D. and was one of the Bhoi dynasty’s most capable rulers. Ekram Khan attacked the Jagannath temple in Puri during his reign and captured forged images of the Lords. However, following his departure, Divyasinghadeva restored the temple’s original images, reopened Simhadvara, and permitted the temple’s rites to continue, …

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Balabhadradeva (1648-1659 A.D.) and Mukundadeva I (1659-1688 A.D.)

Through the assistance of Mutquad Khan, the Governor of Odisha, the death of Narasimhadeva enabled Gangadharadeva, a nephew of the deceased king. This engendered widespread resentment among the subjects and some of the king’s officials. Balabhadradeva, Narasimhadeva’s elder brother, assassinated Gangadhara and ascended to the throne in 1648 A.D. with their assistance. Throughout his reign, …

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Purusottamadeva (1607-1622 A.D.) and Narasimhadeva (1622-1647 A.D.)

In 1607 A.D., Purusottamadeva succeeded his father Ramachandradeva. During his reign, he witnessed the ferocious Mughal atrocity against Odisha. Jahangir was the Mughal emperor in Delhi during his reign, and he appointed Hasim Khan as the Subahdar of Odisha. He desired to march towards Khurda in order to avenge Purusottamadeva. One of his subordinates, Raja …

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Ramachandradeva I (1568-1607 A.D.)

Ramachandradeva’s ascension to the throne of the Bhoi dynasty at Khurda ushers in a glorious era for that dynasty. What is Ramachandradeva’s origin? As previously stated, Mukundadeva captured Danai Vidyadhara in Puri. When his son Ramai Routaray learned of this, he attempted to march towards Puri but was imprisoned at the fort of Rajahmundry by …

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Govinda Vidyadhara and Others

Odisha’s political landscape became tumultuous following Prataparudradeva’s demise. Treachery, consternation, and bloodshed became the norm. Gajapati Prataparudradeva had left no able successor to carry on Gajapati imperialism’s banner. Cowed down by feudatories’ selfish rivalry in politics, threatened by Muslim invasion, and facing economic ruin as a result of ceaseless wars fought during Prataparudradeva, mediaeval Odisha …

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Sri Chaitanya faith in Odisha

Sri Chaitanya’s arrival in Odisha ushered in a new era in the state’s religious history. The Vaishanavite religion, which was already in existence, had a profound effect on the Odia people. His teachings and Sankirtan had such an effect that the people of Odisha lost their military capability. His Sankirtan had spread throughout Odisha. In …

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Pancha Sakhas of Medieval Odisha

Pancha Sakhas were the collective name for the famous five Saints or five Friends of mediaeval Odisha. Balarama Das, Jagannatha Das, Achyutananda Das, Yasobanta Das, and Sisu Ananta Das were among those present. They established their own Sampradaya by preaching Bhakti for Radha and Krishna in Odisha prior to Chaitanya’s arrival, carrying on a tradition …

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