Radha Kishore Manikya

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H.R.H. Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya Debbarman Bahadur
Raja Radha Kishore Manikya.jpg
Reign 1896-1909
Predecessor Bir Chandra Manikya
Successor Birendra Kishore Manikya
Religion Hindu
Kingdom of Tripura
Part of History of Tripura
Kings of Tripura
Dhanya Manikya 1463-1515
Dharma Manikya II 1714-1733
Vijay Manikya II 1743-1760
Krishna Manikya 1760-1761
Rajdhar Manikya 1783-1804
Ramgana Manikya 1804-1809
Durga Manikya 1809-1813
Kashi Chandra 1826-1830
Krishna Kishore 1830-1849
Ishan Chandra 1849-1862
Bir Chandra 1862-1896
Radha Kishore 1896-1909
Birendra Kishore 1909-1923
Bir Bikram Kishore 1923–1947
Kirit Bikram Kishore 1947-1949
Kirit Pradyot Deb Barman 1978-
Tripura monarchy data
Manikya dynasty (Royal family)
Agartala (Capital of the kingdom)
Ujjayanta Palace (Royal residence)
Neermahal (Royal residence)
Rajmala (Royal chronicle)
Tripura Buranji (Chronicle)

Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya of the Manikya Dynasty reigned as the king of Tripura State from 1896 to 1909. He has been described as one of the architects of modern Tripura[1]


Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya brought about the separation of Police and Revenue Departments.[2] Before 1905 Police and revenue duties of the state were performed by the Police officers. In 1907, the Raja thoroughly reorganized the Police Department relieving Police from revenue collection. Mr. J.C. Dutta was the first Superintendent of Police appointed by the Raja after such separation.

Patron of the arts and learning[edit]

The King had a close relationship with Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore first visited Tripura in 1900 during his reign. The King supported Visva-Bharati University with an annual grant of Rupees 1000.Although in dire financial condition on account of a devastating earthquake the king pledged his daughter in law's jewellery to anonymously sponsor the scientific research of Jagadish Chandra Bose[3]

Ujjayanta Palace was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899–1901[4] at a cost of 10 lakh (1 million) rupees[5] despite financial constraints.[6] The earlier royal palace of the Kingdom of Tripura was located 10 km (6 mi) away from Agartala. However, as a result of a devastating earthquake in 1897, the palace was destroyed and later rebuilt as Ujjayanta Palace in the heart of Agartala city.[5]

King Radha Kishore Manikya was a patron of learning.[1] He set up the R.K.I.school of Kailashahar besides donating funds towards construction of Victoria college of Comilla in Bangladesh. A full-fledged medical unit in Kolkata's R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital was set up with financial assistance provided by him.

Tagore with Maharaja Radha Kishore in 1900 


  1. ^ a b "Leading lights among the Manikyas". tripurainfo.in. Retrieved 2 June 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Police system in Princely state of Tripura". tripura police. 
  3. ^ "Tagore telegram shows special relationship with Tripura kings". The Hindu Businessline. 14 June. Retrieved 2 June 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Indnav.com, retrieved on 31 May 2007.
  5. ^ a b North-east-india.com, retrieved on 31 May 2007.
  6. ^ Westtripura.gov.in, retrieved on 3.6.2007

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