The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Cooch Behar, Maharaja of; Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur

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Cooch Behar, Maharaja of; His Highness Maharaja Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur; s. of late Highness Maharaja Sir Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur; educ; in India; Succeeded his father, 1911; Installed on the gaddi, 1911; _ Princess Indira d. of H.H. the Gaekwar of Baroda; area of the State, 1,307 square miles; population, about 600,000; revenue, about 23 lakhs. The State was founded by a Kach Chief, named Chandan, in 1510 A.D. His successor, Biswa Singh, made considerable extension to the territory and was succeeded by Nar Narayan, who extended the territory still further and even waged wars with the Muhammadans. But dissensions broke out in the family and the aid of the Mughals and the East India Company were invoked. In 1773 a treaty was concluded between the East India Company and the then Raja by which the Raja not only accepted the political supremacy of the East India Company, but also agreed to pay a sum of Rs. 67,000 per annum to the Company. The first Raja under these conditions was Narendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, who died in 1868 and was succeeded by the late Maharaja Sir Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur who was married to Suniti Devi, C.I., elder daughter of the late Babu Kesheb Chandra Sen (the famous Brahmo leader of Calcutta) and grand-daughter of Piari Mohan Sen. Title of “Maharaja Bhup Bahadur” was recognised as hereditary, 1885; entitled to a Salute of 13 guns. Address: Cooch Behar, Calcutta, and Darjeeling.