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Athmallick Princely State

AthamallickDynasty : Kadamba Vamsha
Emblem : Kadamba Flower ( Nuclea Orientalis)
Area : 711 sq miles
State status : 1894 Sanand
No. of Salute : 19 gun Salute

Location:
Longitude : 20 degree 37 and 21degree 5 inch North and
Latitude : 84 degree 16’ and 84 degree 48’
State Boundary : North by Rairakhol, East by Angul, South by Mahanadi West by Sonepur and Rairakhol state. Mahanadi divides the state from Boudh.
Present Status : Sub division under Angul District
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 145 Km ( approx)


Origin and Folklore

Another Royal family belonging to Kadamba dynasty is seen at Athamallick, the then princely state of Odisha. With an approximate area of 711 Square miles this state was annexed to Independent India on 1st January 1948 during the ruling of Kishore Chandra Deo samant as the ruler or king of Athamallick.

Athamallick

During statehood Athmallick was divided into 578 villages and Rs. 71000.00 was collected from this area as state revenue. In 1901 the total population of this state was 72755 only. It was a 19 gun salute state and this salute was offered to Raja Kishore Chandra in presence of British agents during his investiture ceremony.

Now it is known as a subdivision of Angul district. Pradip Chandra Deo Samant is investured as the 44th ceremonial heir of the royal family and he is staying at the Kishore Mahal Palace with his son Paresh Chandra Deo Samant known as Yubraj, daughter in law Yubrani Shivangi Devi and grandson Kumar Biswaraj chandra Deo and Kumar Prithwiraj Chandra Deo.

The Origin of Athamallick brings us back to folklore and has similarity with some other princely states. Common belives states that One Pratap Dev has founded the state at the bank of River Mahanadi some centuries back. He belongs to the Rajput family of Jaipur and came to Puri to have blessings of Lord Jagannath with six of his brothers and a sister. But for some reason enmity was created with the ruler at Puri.  Even he lost four of his brothers at Puri during a war. So he left the place immediately and proceeded by hiding himself. At   Bonai he felt safety and settled there. He got her sister married to a member of Royal family of Keonjhar. But some days later his sister’s husband was murdered. Searching a safe passage Pratap dev left for Boudh and settled his nephew as the King of Boudh. Then he himself came to this small area and established a disciplined ruling by gathering 8 Mallicks or villages and named it as Athamallick. Previously these 8 Mallicks were ruled by small rulers of this region and Pratap Dev defeated them. In his name we found a village Pratappur near the bank of Mahanadi. It is considered that these chieftains of eight mallicks have  investitured Pratap Dev on a stone. A stone in this locality of Pratap pur was seen named as Pagabandha Stone or the first Gaadi of the king.

The first capital city of this state is observed to be settled at Handaparoad on the Cuttack Sambalpur Road and as per the need of the hour the capital was shifted to Thakurgarh, Nuagarh, puruna Garh and to the Kaintaragarh as the last capital till the accession.

Royals Family

AUL NILGIRI
ATHMALLICK GANGPUR
PURI PARLAKHEMUNDI

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