Jamshedpur: Once upon a time, King of Gobarghusi Bharat Singh-I used to run his vast kingdom spreading thousands of kilometers in four estates, but now his descendants have to struggle hard to make their both ends meet.

In the year 1800, 17 zamindars were under the Gobarghusi Estate ruled by King Bharat Singh. The kingdom was spread from Gobarghusi to Kandarbera situated at bank of Subarnarekha River in South, while in North it was Panch Sardari.

Singh had held control of Mankhum and Patkum Estates in the East and the West respectively. As Bharat Singh had no son, the regime was transferred to his son-in-law Sangram Singh after his death.

After the death of Sangram Singh, his son Radha Govind Singh ruled over Gobarghosi from 1911 to 1950. Later Govind Singh’s son Indra Narayan Singh headed the kingdom from 1951 to 1955.

In the post-independence era, when the Jawaharlal Nehru government abolished the zamindari system, the kingdom had lost its dominance over the estates. Finally, the king’s family was left in the lurch due to limited resources of income.

Today, there are 25 family members living at Gobarghusi while about 12 people reside at Kuiyani Village. Most of them are labourers.

One of the King’s descendants, Ravi Shekhar Singh said, “The tax collection office of the king was situated near the Pardih Kali Temple where the tax is collected from the government buses now.”

“Earlier the king used to collect the tax of around 1 paise from the people for taking away fuel wood, while six paise was levied on a bullock cart loaded with wood,” Singh added.

JPN/Bureau