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, including the car festival, which brought joy and jubilation to the people of Odisha. When Murshid Quli Khan, the Governor of Bengal, was also appointed Governor of Odisha, he appointed Shuja-ud-din, his son-in-law, as Deputy Governor of Odisha. Shuja-ud-din marched towards Khurda and was defeated by Divyasinghadeva, who had gathered the local zamindars to his side. This was an additional feather in his cap. He did, however, die in 1714 A.D.

Harekrishnadeva (1714-1719 A.D.)

Harekrishnadeva, Divyasinghadeva’s younger brother, succeeded him upon his death. His reign was marked by peace and tranquillity, as there had been no Muslim attack on either the Khurda or Puri Jagannath temples during that time period. The whitewashing of Lord Jagannath’s temple was completed during his reign. Additionally, he founded a new shasana, Vira Harekrushnapura shasana. Gadadhara Rajaguru created numerous celebrated works during his reign, including Sudhi Sara, Kala Sara, and Achara Sara. He was assassinated in 1719 A.D.

Gopinathadeva (1719-1727 A.D.)

The accession of Gopinathadeva brought an end to the Bhoi dynasty’s ongoing conflict with the Mughals. His reign is characterised by a single romantic episode. He was seduced by the beauty of Suka Dei, Trailokya Harichandana of Banki’s queen. To make his dream a reality, he attacked Banki and took over some paraganas. Trailokya Harichandana was assassinated on the battlefield by Gopinathadeva. Suka Dei then proceeded to the battle field and tightened the toe of Gopinathadeva. Whom the queen defeated and imprisoned, However, the gracious queen released him, and Gopinathadeva returned to her all previously occupied territories.

Gopinathadeva was well-known for his benevolence. He founded the village of Routarapura near Puri. He also bestowed a village on his physician Dhananjaya Nedhinatha Rao, who saved the king’s life by curing him of a fatal disease. During his reign, a unique ritual cleansing occurred in the temple of God Jagannath, which involved the Gods being bathed three times. However, there were numerous flaws in Gopinathadeva’s character. One particularly egregious instance has already been related to Suka Dei. Additionally, while the Ranapur chief was on his way to Puri to visit God Jagannath, Gopinathadeva blocked his path and attempted to forcibly take his daughter, who was a paragon of beauty. The situation was averted by the chief’s steady flight to Rathipur with his daughter and followers. He was enraged when his soldiers entered Gopinathadeva’s palace and murdered him, bringing an end to Gopinathadeva’s uneventful reign.