Rajshahi Raj
Natore Rajbari1 (Palace).JPG
The palace of Natore
CountryEast Bengal
Founded18th century
FounderRaja Kamdev Moitra
Current headLegally Abolished (1950)
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Rajshahi Raj was a large zamindari (feudatory kingdom) which occupied a vast position of Bengal (present-day Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). It was the richest and largest zamindari with an area of about 33,670 km2. The Royal Family of Rajshahi used the title Ray/Rai and their surname was Maitra. 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. They belonged to the varendra bramhins of Moitra clan, as they were bestowed the title of Rai-Raiyan, they used this title while ruling half of undivided Bengal.They were the most philanthropic among all Bengali Royals. A member of this Raj family, Maharaja Jagadindra Nath Ray (Moitra), 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]

References

  1. ^ "Book Review: More than just a game". Asia Times. 5 March 2005. Archived from the original on 7 April 2005.((cite news)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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