Princely state of Hindol


Dynasty:Ganga Banshi
Emblem: dagger
Area: 312 sq miles
Villages: 234
State status: 1894 Sanand
No. of Salute: --

Longitude: 20 degree 29 and 20degree 49 inch North and
Latitude: 85 degree 6’ and 85 degree 30’
State Boundary: North and East by Dhenkanal, south by Barama  and Narasingha pur, west by Angul
Present Status: Sub division under Dhenkanal District
Distance from Bhubaneswar: 100 Km ( approx)

The Palace


Though many of the things are lost and a major part of this state is occupied by the  state of Odisha but the art and artifacts available at the Garh are still able to narrate the stories of its royalty.  Old establishments like buildings, Minars, domes, tunnels, hiding rooms, black and white photographs of the Rajas and their family  and the 99-room King's Palace with large courtyards are some of the highlights of the Hindol Palace.
The Palace at the time of statehood was guarded by a three tier security wing. At the Front the Raja used to furnish his court duties by hearing the parties of any case. He had the power to judge and punish any body found guilty. The Rajas of Hindol till the end of British rule had the power to hang any person found guilty. Like other princely states, Hindol also had a central jail, now it is turned to a sub divisional jail. The front building known as the Singhadwar or the main gate of entry is now being occupied by the revenue department. It was sold to the Odisha Govt after independence. But the ornamental main gate is more or less in the same condition and can attract anybody in the  first sight. This gate is well heighted because of its importance. The ruler used to come out from the palace on elephant on this way. This front Building is followed by a big courtyard and then a white colored  Kings palace known as Hindol House. Middle aged Indo-Muslim architecture can be seen here. The present heir of Hindol Royal family Sailendra Narayan Singhdeo and other natives also said it the 99-room Rajaghara. At the front two beautifully carved cement made elephants, Mosaic flooring portico and the Raja's living room are there. it has three parts separated by two open space or courtyards and connected by narrow path with closed doors. some part of the palace were used as Rani Palace, Janana quarters and places for the adolescent girls. The adolescent quarter is still there with pink color and round structure. It is known as the "Kunja ghara". A very interesting and well ventilated house for the girls of the palace. They used to stay there freely and protected by stout guards. There was a hiding place for the kings and his armory under the ground. It is made as per the guidelines of the British rules to avoid major losses during the 2nd world war period assuming the bombardments of the opposition.
Though the foundation is laid by Raja Damodar Singh in 1767 but the total credit could not be counted on him. Different kings had added different parts of the palace and erected them on 10 acre and 77 decimal area. 8 generations or rulers had ruled over Hindol from this palace. The last part was added in 1938 t accommodate guests of the family during the marriage ceremony of Raja Pratap Chandra Singh Deo. He was the father of present king Sailendra Singh Deo.  
The palace Houses the same Durga Devi deity that was brought by the first King of Hindol Raja Udhab chandra Jenamani nearly 459 years ago. She is considered as the perpetual resident of the Palace. All the rituals are being observed here as it was during the statehood. Till now people of Hindol also organize traditional Paika dances, recite of hymns and folklores on the eve of Durga Puja. 

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