18 September, 2020

Vanished Nagvansh

A 1,950-year-old dynasty comes to an end

Rajesh Kumar
Vanished Nagvansh
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Ratu Maharaj, or Raja of Ratu, is how Chintamani Sharan Nath Shahdeo was known till he died in July this year. With him draws to a close one of the world’s longest recorded dynasties. Dating back to 64 AD, it lasted 1,950 years. The Imperial House of Japan, a clan in Bulgaria and the Hong Bang dynasty of Korea are the other dynasties that have lasted as long, says Aditendra Nath Shahdeo, a cousin and official biographer of the last maharaja.

Ratu Maharaj’s only son (he has four daughters) died childless in 2010. The daughters now plan to form a trust to maintain the Ratu fort. Boasting 103 rooms, it was fashioned after the Buck­ingham Palace. Aditendra, who teaches commerce at a local college in Ranchi, points out several unique features of the dynasty. “It never saw a revolt and never collected revenue from subjects barring grain and animal offerings from tribal chieftains on Dussehra,” he told Outlook.

The family maintained such a low pro­file that it is hard to find a plaque, insignia or a signboard even at Ratu, 15 km...

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