Odisha Under Akbar

The prolonged fight between the Afghans and Mughals came to an end in 1593 A.D. by Man Singh, one of the ablest General of Akbar. This brought a complete subjugation of the Afghans. Of course, prior to it, Akbar had taken steps to implement Mughal administration in Odisha.

With the death of Daud Karrani, Raja Todarmal had arranged peaceful administration in Odisha. By the will of Akbar, peace with Ramachandradeva was made. Man Singh recognised him as the true successors of the Gajapatis of Odisha. Due to this recognition, the position of Ramachandradeva was asserted on Odishan soil who took up the title ‘Gajapati’. In a diplomatic way, Man Singh also satisfied two sons of Mukundadeva by giving them the zamindari of Aul and Patia, as stated earlier. Normalcy was restored to this land with active intervention of Raja Man Singh. He implemented Todarmal’s revenue system ‘in Odisha. There was no intervention in the temple administration of Puri during Akbar’s time. Odisha was attached to Bengal Suba and ruled from Head Quarters located in Bengal.