King Ruled in Puri – Gajapati Maharaja of Puri

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The Gajapati Maharaja (The King of Puri) is treated as the first and foremost Servitor of the Temple. During Car Festival he sweeps the three Cars with a golden broomstick. In addition to this, he has to perform a number of rituals/duties in different occasion. He is also the chairman of the managing committee of the temple that was constituted by the government under the Shri Jagannath Temple Act of 1955.

1 . Gajapati Ramchandra Deb – 1568 to 1600
2 . Gajapati Purusottoma Deb – 1600 to 1621
3 . Gajapati Narasingha Deb – 1612 to 1647
4 . Gajapati Balabhadra Deb – 1647 to 1657
5 . Gajapati Mukunda Deb (First) – 1657 to 1689
6 . Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb ( First) – 1689 to 1716
7 . Gajapati Harekrushna Deb – 1716 to 1720
8 . Gajapati Gopinatha Deb – 1720 to 1727
9 . Gajapati Ramchandra Deb – 1727 to 1736
10. Gajapati Birakeshari Deb ( First) – 1736 to 1793
11. Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb (Second) 1793 to 1798
12. Gajapati Mukunda Deb (Second) – 1789 to 1817
13. Gajapati Ramchandra Deb (Third) – 1817 to 1854
14. Gajapati Birakishori Deb (Second) – 1745 to 1859
15. Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb (Third) – 1859 to 1882
16. Gajapati Mukunda Deb (Third) – 1882 to 1926
17. Gajapari Ramchandra Deb (Forth) – 1926 to 1956
18. Gajapati Birakishori Deb (Third) – 1956 to 1970
19. Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb (Forth) – 1970 to till now

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