Tripura (princely state)

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This article is about the princely state during the British Raj. For the state of India, see Tripura.
Tripura State (Hill Tipperah)
ত্রিপুরা / त्रिपुरा
Princely State

1809–1949
Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Tripura
1858 map of the Bengal Presidency with 'Independent Tipperah' at the eastern end
Capital Agartala
History
 -  British protectorate 1809
 -  Indian independence 1949
Area
 -  1941 10,660 km2 (4,116 sq mi)
Population
 -  1941 513,000 
Density 48.1 /km2  (124.6 /sq mi)
Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
Neermahal Palace.
Maharaja Bir Chandra Manikya with Queen Manamohini
Queen Kanchan Prabha Devi who signed the instrument of accession as president of the Council of Regency

Tripura State, also known as Hill Tipperah,[1] was a princely state in India during the British Raj. Its rulers belonged to the Manikya dynasty and the state was under the suzerainty of the Bengal Presidency.

The princely state was located in the present-day Indian state of Tripura. The state included one town, Agartala, as well as 1463 villages. The state had an area of 10,660 km² and a population of 513,000 inhabitants in 1941.

History[edit]

See also: Twipra Kingdom

The predecessor state of Tripura was founded about 100 AD. According to legend the Manikya dynasty derived its name from a jewel ('Mani' in Sanskrit) that had been obtained from a frog. The first king who ruled the state under the royal title of Manikya was Maharaja Maha Manikya who ascended the throne in 1400. The Rajmala, a chronicle of the Kings of Tripura, was written in Bengali verse in the 15th century under Dharma Manikya I.[2] The kingdom of Tripura reached its maximum expansion in the 16th century.[3]

In 1764, when the British East India Company took control of Bengal, the parts of Bengal that had been under the Mughal Empire were taken over by the British administration. In 1809 Tripura became a British protectorate and in 1838 the Rajas of Tripura were recognized by the British as sovereigns. Between 1826 and 1862 the eastern part was subject to the ravages caused by Kuki invaders that plundered and destroyed villages and massacred their inhabitants.

Among the Tripura royal family members there were troubles in every succession when the aspiring princes often resorted to use the services of the Kukis to cause disturbances. Thus in 1904 the British enacted a sanad that regulated permanently the succession of the royal family. Thenceforward the succession would have to be recognized by the British Raj.

Bir Chandra Manikya (1862–1896) modelled his administration on the pattern of British India, and enacted reforms including the foundation of the Agartala Municipal Corporation. In 1905 Tripura became part of the new province of Eastern Bengal and Assam and was designated as 'Hill Tippera'. In addition to the Hill Tippera area, which corresponds to Tripura State, the kings retained a fertile estate known as Chakla Roshnabad with an area of 1476 km², located in the flatland of Noakhali, Sylhet and Tipperah districts; the latter is now mostly included in the Comilla District of Bangladesh.

The last king was Kirit Bikram Kishore, son of Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman, who ruled for two years, 1947-1949. On 15 October 1949 the state acceded to the Indian Union as a consequence of the Tripura Merger Agreement signed by Queen Kanchan Prava Devi who was presiding the Council of Regency formed following the death of the last ruling King, Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman.

The Tripuri heir apparent is Kirit Pradyot Deb Barman (b. 1978), the son of the last king.

Rulers[edit]

The head of the royal family of Tripura held the title of 'Maharaja' from 1919 onwards. Since 1897 the rulers were entitled to a 13 gun salute by the British authorities.[4]

Rajas[edit]

  • 1684 - 1712 Ratna Manikya II (2nd time) (d. 1712)
  • 1712 - 1714 Mahendra Manikya
  • 1714 - 1732 Dharma Manikya II (1st time)
  • 1732 - 1733 Jagat Manikya
  • 1733 Dharma Manikya II (2nd time)
  • 1733 - 1737 Mukanda Manikya III (d. 1739)
  • 1737 - 1739 Jai Manikya II (1st time)
  • 1739 - 174. Indrasya Manikya II (1st time)
  • 17.. - 174. Udai Manikya
  • 174. - 174. Jai Manikya II (2nd time)
  • 174. - 174. Indrasya Manikya II (2nd time)
  • 174. - 1743 Jai Manikya II (3rd time)
  • 1743 - 1760 Bijaya Manikya III
  • c.1748 - c.1758 Shamsher Ghazi -Regent (d. c.1758)
  • 1760 Lakshman Manikya (d. 1760)
  • 1760 - 1761 Krishna Manikya (1st time) (d. 1783)
  • 1761 - 1767 Balaram Manikya
  • 1767 - 11 Jul 1783 Krishna Manikya (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 11 Jul 1783 - Mar 1804 Rajadhara Manikya II (d. 1804)
  • 11 Jul 1783 - 1786 Jahnavi Rani Mahadevayu (f) -Regent
  • Mar 1804 - 18 Oct 1809 Ramaganga Manikya (1st time) (b. 17.. - d. 1826)
  • 18 Oct 1809 - 6 Apr 1813 Durga Manikya (b. 17.. - d. 1813)
  • 6 Apr 1813 - 14 Nov 1826 Ramaganga Manikya (2nd time) (s.a.)
  • 14 Nov 1826 - 19 Mar 1830 Kashichandra Manikya (d. 1830)
  • 19 Mar 1830 - 3 Apr 1849 Krishna Kishor Manikya (d. 1849)
  • 3 Apr 1849 - 31 Jul 1862 Ishanachandra Manikya (b. 1829 - d. 1862)
  • 31 Jul 1862 - 11 Dec 1896 Virachandra Manikya (b. 1838 - d. 1896) (personal style Maharaja from 24 Oct 1877)

31 Jul 1862 - 9 Mar 1870 .... -Regent 11 Dec 1896 - 12 Mar 1909 Radha Kishor Manikya (b. 1857 - d. 1909) 12 Mar 1909 - 1 Jan 1919 Virendra Kishor Manikya (b. 1883 - d. 1923)

Maharajas[edit]

  • 1 Jan 1919 - 13 Aug 1923 Virendra Kishor Manikya (s.a.)
  • 17 Aug 1923 - 17 May 1947 Vira Vikrama Kishor Manikya (b. 1908 - d. 1947) (from 3 Jun 1935, Sir Vira Vikrama Kishor Manikya)
  • 17 May 1947 - 15 Aug 1947 Kirit Vikrama Kishor Manikya (b. 1933 - d. 2006)
  • 17 May 1947 - 15 Aug 1947 Maharani Kanchan Prabhavati Mahadevi (f) -Regent (b. 1914 - d. 1973)

Dewans (Chief ministers)[edit]

  • 1850 - 1857? Balaram Hazari
  • 18.. - 18.. Braja Mohan Thakur
  • 18.. - 1873 Dinabandhu Thakur
  • Jul 1873 - 1877 Nilmoni Das
  • 1877 - 1880 Sambhu Chandra Mukherjee
  • 1880 - 1883 ....
  • 1883 Prince Radakishore
  • 1883 - 1886 Dhanajaya Thakur
  • 1886 (3 months) Babu Dinanath Sen
  • 1886 - Nov 1888 Rai Bahadur Mohini Mohan Bardhan
  • Nov 1888 - 1890? the Raja
  • 1890 - 1892 Rai Umakanta Das Bahadur (1st time)
  • 1892 - 1901? Dinabandhu Thakur
  • 1901 - 1905 Rai Umakanta Das Bahadur (2nd time)
  • Nov 1905 - Feb 1907 Shri Ramani Mohan Chattopadhyaya
  • Feb 1907 - Dec 1908 Rai Umakanta Das Bahadur (3rd time)
  • Dec 1908 - 7 Nov 1909 Sirjukta Babu Annada Charan Gupta
  • Nov 1909 - 1914 Nabadwip Chandra Deb Barman (b. 1854 - d. 1931)
  • 1914 - 1915 Brajendra Kishore Deb Barman (b. 1880 - d. 19..) (1st time)
  • 1915 - 1923 Srijut Babu Prasanna Kumar Das Gupta
  • 9 Dec 1923 - 19 Aug 1927 Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman (s.a.) (1st time)
  • 1927 - 1929 Jyotis Chandra Sen (1st time)
  • 17 May 1929 - 1931? Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman (s.a.) (2nd time)
  • 1931 - 28 Aug 1932 B.K. Sen
  • 28 Aug 1932 - 20 Nov 1932 Manyabara Rana Bodhjung Bahadur (b. 1894 - d. 1946)
  • 20 Nov 1932 - 1939/40 Jyotis Chandra Sen (2nd time)
  • 1939/40 - 18 Nov 1946 Manyabara Rana Bodhjung Bahadur
  • Nov 1946 - 1947 Brajendra Kishore Deb Barman (s.a.) (2nd time)
  • 1947 S.V. Mukherjee
  • 20 Dec 1947 - 15 Oct 1949 Abani Bushan Chatterjee

British Political Agents[edit]

  • 3 Jul 1871 - Feb 1874 Ambrose William Bushe Power (b. 18.. - d. 1907)
  • 11 Feb 1874 - May 1875 Edward Gordon Lillingston
  • 27 May 1875 - Feb 1876 W.L. Samuels
  • 22 Aug 1876 - Apr 1877 Thomas Edward Coxhead (b. 1842 - d. 1890)
  • Feb 1877 - Apr 1877 James Francis Bradbury (acting for Coxhead)
  • 26 Apr 1877 - 28 Oct 1878 C.W. Bolton
  • 1878 - 1879 F. Jones
  • 1879 - 1882 G. Toynbee
  • 1882 - 1883 J.A. Hopkins
  • 1883 - 1884 H.G. Cooke
  • 1884 - 1885 H.B. Skrine
  • 1885 - 1886 S.S. Jones
  • 1886 - 1888 J.C. Price
  • 1888 - 1889/90 A.H. Collins

Magistrates as Political Agents[edit]

  • 1889/90 - Jun 1893 R.T. Greer
  • Jun 1893 - .... E. Geake
  • 1906? J.E. Webster?
  • 1908? - Mar 1910 A.H. Clayton
  • Mar 1910 - Jul 1910 J.E. Webster (acting)
  • Jul 1910 - 13 Jun 1912 H.A. Murray
  • 13 Jun 1912 - 11 Nov 1912 J.T. Rankin (acting)
  • 12 Nov 1912 - 1914 R.C.B. Williams
  • 1914 - 1915 O.C. Puley
  • Jul 1915 - Sep 1919 John Bartley
  • Sep 1919 - Jun 1920 F. Younie
  • Jun 1920 - 15 Jun 1921 B. Corbett
  • 1922? - 26 Oct 1923 J.D. Vere Hodge
  • 27 Oct 1923 - 12 Mar 1926 Arthur Dash
  • Mar 1926 - Jul 1926 N.L. Hindley (acting)
  • 1926 - 31 Jan 1928 J.H. Nelson
  • Feb 1928 - 5 Mar 1930 F.W. Robertson
  • 6 Mar 1930 - 14 Dec 1931 C.G.B. Stevens (d. 1931)
  • Dec 1931 - 1932 N.C. Bose Bahadur (acting)
  • 1932 - Dec 1932 Khan Bahadur Abdul Ghaffar (acting)
  • 20 Dec 1932 - 19 Mar 1934 R.L. Walker
  • 19 Mar 1934 - 9 Mar 1936 E.W. Holland
  • Mar 1936 - Dec 1936 S.N. Roy

Political Agents[edit]

These were the agents of the Bengal States Agency of the Eastern States Agency, titled the 'Secretary of the Resident for Eastern States'.

  • 1 Dec 1936 - 19.. G.H. Emerson
  • 1943 - 1946 Alexander William Redpath (b. 1909 - d. ....)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°50′N 91°17′E / 23.833°N 91.283°E / 23.833; 91.283