Bobbili Estate

Bobbili Estate was a Zamindari in the Vizagapatam District of the Madras Presidency, presently in the Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It comprises 153 Jeroyati villages, 53 Agraharams, 5 Mokhasas by 1907 and a revenue of 8,33,000/- by 1938. It is one of the most influential Zamindari.[1] It is spread over 300 square miles. It also bought shares in many estates like Kirlampudi, Dontamuru etc. It prospered in the period of British Raj.

Zamindari Estate
Number of Jeroyati Villages:139 Villages(by 1907)
Number of Agraharams and Mokhasas:53 and 5 respectively.
Area:300 Sq miles by 1907.
Revenue by 1907:4,36,800/-


The Zamindars of this estate belong to the Venkatagiri estate Royal family.The 21st descendant of the Venkatagiri Estate owners[2] named Pedda Rayudu. During the campaign of Shere Mohammad Khan, Nawab of chicacole to the circar districts, Pedda Rayudu accompanied him and proved his valour for which he was awarded the title, Ranga Rao as hereditary title and Rajam Hunda for lease. The Zamindar built a new fort and named the place Bobbili (originally Bebbuli which means Tiger or Sher).[3] They were continuously in fight with Vizianagaram Rajah's which led to the Battle of Bobbili.

Battle of BobbiliEdit

The battle of Bobbili in 1757, is a significant episode in the history of the region. It was between Vizianagaram and French General Marquis de Bussy against Bobbili. The army of Bobbili faced the Vizianagaram-French allies with tremendous valour but lost the war and the heir evaded from the battlefield. He later re-established the territory during the British reign.[4][5]

During British ReignEdit

This estate prospered during the British reign. They paid a peskash of 89,774/- by 1877.[6] They got the hereditary tile of Raja and Personal distinction of Maharaja.[7]


The Zamindars of Bobbili are closely related to the Nuzvid Estate Raja's through marital alliances. Pithapuram Estate , Venkatagiri estate, and Jetprole royal families are very closely related to Bobbili Royal family as they are all claim their descent from the same ancestor.[8]

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ "Sketch of the Bobbili Zamindari".
  2. ^ "Ancestor of Bobbili Raja's".
  3. ^ "Bobbili Estate possession history".
  4. ^ Koteswaramma, Kondapalli (12 November 2015). The Sharp Knife of Memory. Zubaan. ISBN 9789384757885 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "The tiger of Bobbili". The Hindu. 2 September 2002. Archived from the original on 8 May 2003.
  6. ^ MacLean, Charles Donald (1879). "Bobbili Zamindari Peskash".
  7. ^ "Maharaja of Bobbili in Madras Asylum Press Almanac".
  8. ^ "Relations of Pithapuram Royal Family".