Raja Durga Prasad Singh were among the notable zamindars of Jharia Raj and inherited estate in 1850s. He was still a minor that time. He died in 1916 and after that Raja Shiva Prasad Singh inherited the estate.
Maharajkumari Snehalata kumari Devi said that Coal was introduced in the year 1888 during the period of Raja Durga Prasad Singh. But coal activities were started in the year 1894. These were the British Period, then the Rulers of India. In JHARIA, The British authorized the Raja of JHARIA with all the underground as well as surface Powers. In the Lieu of that the British Empire received Royalty or Rent from Raja of JHARIA.
Many outsiders mainly Gujrati Community and Marwari community people took lease from Raja for Business purpose. The Positive effects that happened during this course of time were that lots of people migrated from different parts of the country and started earning money.
Jharia Coal Field History
Slowly JHARIA was converting into a business Hub from a thinly populated town. Along with it local people got opportunity to work and earn their livelihood. JHARIA is the only source of coking coal in India.
Raja Kali Prasad Singh in his early age during the year 1944 due to his modern outlook opened ” Selected Khas JHARIA colliery ” ( Coal mines) for Business purpose located back side of Purana Rajaghar area now called Bakarhata.
He supplied coal to BENGAL.( company Burn and Co and many more) .They took coal for brick factory, sugar factory, steelmaking and even personal use. Later TISCO and Khora Ramji took lease from Raja Kali Prasad Singh Ji. The economy of JHARIA people increased as lots of people were appointed in these coal mines and JHARIA Prospered.
After Nationalization of coal in 1971, only coking coal was Nationalized, Non – coking coal was not. Taking this opportunity Raja Bishweshwar Prasad Singh along with Raja Madan Mohan Singh ( Ex MLA Baghmara Constituency, Dhanbad) of Telmocho Zamindari started coal mines in Mohuda.
Dealers used to come from U.P and sold in Banaras Coal Mandie’s. Mining Act came into being in the year 1964 and GOVERNMENT of India took the underground rights from The Raja Of JHARIA (Shri Raja Kali Prasad Singh) and things changed.
Information Shared by Maharajkumari Snehalata kumari Devi
Motivational Speaker, Author of many popular books including ‘You can win’
Born: 23 August 1961 (age 55), Dhanbad
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3. Madhurima Tuli
An Indian actress in Bollywood and South Indian films and television.
Born: 13 May 1985 (age 32), Dhanbad
4. Zeishan Quadri
An Indian writer, actor, director and producer
Born: 18 March 1983 (age 34), Wasseypur, Dhanbad
5. Meiyang Chang
Indian actor, television host, singer of Chinese descent and Dentist
Born: 6 October 1982 (age 34), Dhanbad
6. Aseem Mishra
Indian cinematographer, Few of his films are New York, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Phantom etc
7. Chetan Joshi
Noted flautist in the Hindustani Classical Music tradition
8. Bibhu Bhattacharya
Bengali Indian male actor of TV and films
Born: Jharia, Bihar, British India (now Jharia, Jharkhand, India)
9. Minakshi Sheshadri
An Indian model, film actress and dancer who mainly appeared in Hindi films.
Born: 16 November 1963 (age 53), Dhanbad
10. Deven Sharma
An executive, and the president of Standard & Poor’s, a Division of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Born: 1956 (age 60–61) Dhanbad,Bihar Now Jharkhand, India
Father: R.N. Sharma(He was a chairman of Bharat Coking Coal Ltd, Dhanbad)
11. Pooja Chatterjee
Indian Idol 3 Finalist, Professional Singer
12. Mr. Ambarish Mitra
Indian entrepreneur and famous for founding Blippar
13. Rita Verma
Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Born: 15 July 1953 (age 63), Bihar
Lived in Dhanbad
14. Chandra Shekhar Dubey
He Was Cabinet minister in Jharkhand government also named Dadai Dubey is a member of the Indian National Congress political party.
Born: 2 January 1946 (age 71), Garhwa, Jharkhand, Lived Dhanbad
15. Pashupati Nath Singh
Indian politician from BJP. He is a member of the Indian Parliament represents Dhanabad
Lived : Dhanbad
16. Raj Sinha
An Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Sinha is a member of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly from the Dhanbad constituency in Dhanbad district.
Live : Dhanbad
17. Sanjeev Singh
An Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
A member of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly from the Jharia constituency in Dhanbad district.
18. Niraj Singh
Former Deputy Mayor
19. Chandra Shekhar Agarwal
20. Shankar Rao
An Indian first-class cricketer who plays for Jharkhand
Born: 6 December 1982 (age 34) Dhanbad, India
21.Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar
Indian Film Director
Born: 28 June 1972 (age 44) Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India
Website: http://nezgroup.org/, http://umformung.in/
22. S.B. Sinha
A jurist and a former judge of the Supreme Court of India appointed by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Born: August 8, 1944 Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India
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Raaspurnima utsav ( oldest and historical Raas utsav of JHARIA )
Raja Kali Prasad Singh, the last Raja who had deep faith in Lord Radha Krishna, continued the Raas purnima which was started in the middle of the JHARIA Raj Era.
It was continued by Raja Durga Prasad Singh.( M.B.E) with great pomp and show till one month, in the month of Kartik, Famous Mohan bhog and Anna bhog was made during this month.
People from nearby village and even nearby States also used to come to participate and enjoy this event. Continuous bhajan Kirtan was performed with dhol and Madal. It is also mentioned in “Tara Shankar Bangopadhya’s Book”. A famous Bengali writer.
Gradually in span of time situation has changed and utsav is not performed anymore. But still the Raas Mandir stands today, which has been closed during the old age of my father in law Shri Raja Kali Prasad Singh.
K.Rani Snehalata Kumari DEVI.Daughter in law of Raja Kali Prasad Singh.JHARIA Raj.
Old Fort of JHARIA Raj where Raas utsav was celebrated