The Jhargram Raj Palace of Jhargram, West Bengal , a serene place to relax

 The Jhargram Raj Palace  of Jhargram, West Bengal built by the  Jhargram royal family is now partly converted into a heritage hotel with 10 well appointed nicely furnished rooms on the ground floor  retaining the old colonial flavor with Indian ambiance. This hotel is in collaboration with WBTDC.

hargram Raj Palace W. Bengal

Part of the palace complex is the  current residence of the Malla Deb Royal family. Their ancestors in 1592 CE  founded  Jhargram kingdom,  Rajput   Sarveshwar Singh with his elder brother who were Generals under Man Singh of Amer came to Bengal on a war expedition 

Jhargram Raj Palace W. Bengal.

hargram Raj Palace W. Bengal

Raja Man Singh  was Subehdari of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa granted by Mogul ruler Akbar.  Sarveshwar Singh, on orders from Man Singh  defeated the local Mal tribal kings who were controlling part of the region called   Junglekhand.   Quite satisfied with this decisive victory  Raja Man Singh, as a token of his appreciation,  granted Mansabdari of the entire region of Junglekhand to  generals Sarveshwar Singh Chauhan and his elder brother, under suzerainty and subordination as a tributary vassal state to the Mughal Emperor. He named his capital Jhargram meaning  'a village surrounded by 'deep forests'. The  rulers of Jhargram  earned  the sobriquet  "Malla Deb."

Jhargram Raj Palace, W.Bengal

In 1799, the ruler of Jhargram, who had been watching the fast land expansion by the  English company and their atrocities against the natives,  was  quite sore about their unjust rule.  Unable to brook their  insults and insinuation let lose on the locals,  he finally   revolted against the hegemony and misrule  of the company  along with rulers of   Bishnupur and others. 

The sudden change of political scenario in this part of West Bengal affected the peasants, Zamindars and small kingdom and their livelihood. This led to  a major  revolt called   Chuar Mutiny which lasted from 1768 till 1798.   The ruler was forced by the English to surrender and they  changed the status of the kingdom   into a Zamindari estate still under the British control. The kingdom had eight sardars under the system and one Sub Zamindar of Beliaberah. The main power  was vested with the English company. East India company's successful  take over of Bengal and other parts  with vast revenue laid the foundation for the empire. Backed by money power EIC was in an expansion mode and they began taking over the Indian lands by wheeling and dealing.  

It was from this great palace the erstwhile royal family  of Jhargram  ruled their dominions and estates, particularly during their heyday under  Raja Narasingha Malla Deb. Being shrewd and able administrator  with proper guidance from  his mentor and Dewan Rai Bahadur Debendra Mohan Bhattacharya, he converted Jhargram town into a modern planned township. As a resident here, he needed a palace to  live with his famed members  and entertain higher officials and dignitaries.  Commissioned in 1931,  the fascinating palace is  one of the finest examples  of Indo Saracenic architecture in Eastern India.

Set on a vast land of 30  acres the Main Building of Jhargram Raj Palace  is an attractive one with elements of  opulent Italianate design style.   Built in the middle of  well- laid lawns and gardens. palace went through restructuring in 1931 CE by the Calcutta Improvement Trust when d Raja Narasingha Malla Deb Bahadur was at the helm . meticulous care was taken to decorate the interior  without compromising on the heritage aspect of this historic palace.  

The Palatial Guest House, a part of the Jhargram Raj Palace, once served as a venue for the  several dignitaries right from its inception and   palace record mention that some dignitaries did  stay in the Guest House in their official capacity.  

stairway Jhargram Raj Palace W. Bengal
If you prefer  a quiet week end and be at peace yourself,  Jhargram Rajbari  is an ideal place where you will experience  a peep into the history of this place in a colonial ambiance. With rich interiors and  wonderful  furnishings you will feel the rich royal aura all around you.