Rajshahi Raj

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Rajshahi Raj
Natore Rajbari1 (Palace).JPG
Palace of the Rajas
CountryEast Bengal
Founded18th century
FounderRaja Kamdev Rai
Current headLegally 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]


  1. ^ "Book Review: More than just a game". Asia Times. 5 March 2005.

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