Report by Akshya Rout, Jajpur: In a male dominated society, Aparna Bhir Singh Bharadwaj (32) the present queen of the royal family of Gadamadhupur in Jajpur district is an exception as she has been performing all the rituals of the century old palace and temples in Gadamadupur. She also performed the ceremonial 'Chhera Pahanra' or the sweeping of chariots as part of rituals associated with the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Gadamadupur recently.
"Our ancestor Udaya Karna Singh came from Rajasthan to Gadamadhupur in 16th century . My father Raja Birabara Krunshaprasad died four years back leaving behind me and my younger sister. As per the royal tradition I was coroneted as the queen after the demise of my father.
In many royal families women are not entitled to coronate on the thorn. But our royal tradition was different and we do not believe in gender bias for which I am the only coroneted queen of Gadamadhupur ", said Aparna Bhir Singh Bharadwaj(31) the present queen of the royal family who lives with her one year old daughter princess Ridhika in the palace.
"My husband Vineet Bharadwaj a New Delhi based businessman . I did my business management n Bangalore ", said Aparana. “I am the first queen of the state who performed Chheera Pahanra or sweeping of the chariots four years back. I also perform as priestess of the temples in Gadamadhupur ”, said Aparna.
Century old Gadamadhapur palace is one of the fabulous monuments of yesteryears. It exhibits a perfect blend of Rajput and Mugal Architectural styles. Its intricately carved rooms with vibrant mosaic flooring are really worthy to watch spectacles.
The central hall of the palace where one can witness royal artifacts of the bygone eras. Various articles on display include objects from the 18th century, which unfurls the royal elegance with its full colour . With its impressive appeal and classic looks, the palace is sure to enchant any person.
The 104 year old palace is indeed an asset for the royal family and has a rich legacy of culture and traditions. The rooms of palace are replete with creations in wood, metal, stone, ivory, clay antics etc.
The royal palace exudes a beguiling serenity in its rustic ambience. The haunting silence of its empty interiors are broken by the sudden flutter of wings, the rustle of feathers and the cooing of pigeons. And yet the royal presence is all-pervading in the eerie corridors . Echoes of dancing feet and tinkling ghungroo can still be heard from the labyrinthine pathways leading to the Durbar hall.
The palace is an imperial palace of the royal family members. The palace covers an area of nine acres. The well-designed palace appears magnificent, solemn and harmonious, representing the long cultural tradition of Gadamadhupur and its outstanding architectural accomplishments century ago. It is a truly superb masterpiece in every sense.