Rajshahi Raj

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Rajshahi Raj
Natore Rajbari1 (Palace).JPG
Palace of the Rajas
Country East Bengal
Ethnicity Bengali
Founded 18th century
Founder Raja Kamdev Rai
Current head Legally Abolished (1950)

Rajshahi Raj was a large zamindari (feudatory kingdom) which occupied a vast position of Bengal (present day West Bengal, India and Bangladesh). It was the second largest zamindari with an area of about 33,670 km2, after the Burdwan Raj. The zamindari came into being during the early part of the 18th century when Nawab Murshid Quli Khan was the Dewan / Subahdar of Bengal (1704–1727).

The family ruled their dominions and estates from the Natore Palace in present-day Bangladesh. A member of this Raj family, Maharaja Jagadindra Nath Ray, was a patron of cricket, and wanted to defeat the British in their own game of Cricket. His rival was the Maharaja of Koch Bihar.[1]


Further reading[edit]

  • Jamini Kanta Bhaduri (1912) A Short History Of Natore Raj ISBN 0-04-394204-0