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Welcome to ChakmaRaj.com the Official Website of the Chakma Royal Family from the thousand year old heritage of a long line of “Rajas” of a Republican Kingdom modeled on the Ancient Sakyan Ganarajya (Republic).

Here you can browse through the articles written about the history and origins of the Chakma people and their ancient Kingdom, photos from one hundred years ago to today’s, and publications of members of the Chakma Royal family themselves!

We the team of Administrators hope that all your curiosity about the Chakma people, their culture, language, history, heritage, customs, and traditions will be satisfied!

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History of Rajas’ Administration in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

 Pre-British and Pre-Mughal Period[1]

From about the beginning of the first quarter of the second millennium AD, most parts of Bangladesh other than the Chittagong Hill Tracts were included within empires and kingdoms or other highly formalized political or administrative systems in the nature of states.[2] The Hill Tracts, in contrast, had comparatively non-formalized or less formalized self-governing systems, which were considered to be independent. These consisted of mainly of small kingdoms, chiefdoms and smaller chieftaincies. (more…)

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Chakma Rajas in History

Introduction: Legend & History

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The 50th Chakma Raja has written thus about the early history of the Chakma Rajas:

“The genesis of the line of the Chakma Rajas, like that of
many others, is traced back to antiquity, where it becomes
more legendary than historical. There is the traditional
beginning with the story of the ruler in an ancient land,
who belonged to the solar race. Such a beginning, however,
does not, obfuscate the reality of the Chakma rulers and
the Chakma nation since centuries past, as there are
several references to them in a variety of historical
literature covering the area and its neighbouring countries….”

[Raja Tridiv Roy, The Departed Melody (Memoirs), PPA Publications, Islamabad, 2003, p. 28. Raja Tridiv is the 50th Chakma Raja and father of incumbent Chakma Raja, Devasish Roy. The former is a Federal Minister, Government of Pakistan (see further, section on the Chakma Raj family)].
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Guatemala Visit: 16-22 Dec, 2012

By Raja Devasish Roy

PREPARATORY MEETING FOR WORLD CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (2014) & CELEBRATIONS OF THE MAYAN CALENDAR’S 14TH B’AQTUN

I am on my way home from a visit to Guatemala, in Central America, on the invitation of the Government of Guatemala, along with other colleagues from the three indigenous peoples-specific mechanisms of the United Nations (UN), the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFii), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (SRIP).

The aim of the meeting was to prepare for the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held at UN Headquarters in New York in 2014 ‘within the framework’ of the Mayan calendar’s end of the 13th b’aqtun and the beginning of the 14th b’aqtun, thereby incorporating the identity of indigenous peoples and their heritage, including their spirituality, sciences, arts and other aspects of their life and worldviews. (more…)

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The 38th Kathin Vivar Daan Ceremony at Rajvana Vihara Rangamati On 3-4 November, 2011

The annual Kathin Civar Daan (Robe Offering) ceremony – the 38th – was observed, successfully, and with much fanfare, at Rajvana Vihara, Rangamati  on 3-4 November, 2011. An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people are said to have participated in the event.

Events included the following: on 3 November: (i) weaving of the holy robe; and (ii) the staging of a Buddhist play. On 4 November: (iii) Sangha Dana; and (iv) the offering of the Holy Robe.

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Chakma Raja Devasish Roy as A Novice Monk at Rajvana Vihar, Rangamati On 15-21 March, 2011

Tradition

Following the ancient Theravada tradition of spending a short period as a samanera or novice monk at a monastery, Chakma Raja Devasish Roy spent a week – from 15 to 21 March, 2011 – at the Rajvana Vihar, Rangamati. He was a novice (“moisang” or “samini” in Chakma) earlier on at the same monastery, in 1976 or 1977. So this was the second time. The abbot of the sprawling Rajvana Vihar complex, donated by the Chakma royal family, is the Venerable Sadhananda Mahathera, better known simply as the Vana Bhante, the “forest monk”. The monk is widely believed to have achieved enlightenment and often referred to as a Sravakabuddha.

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Reingkhyong Lake Tour, Chittagong Hill Tracts: 22-28 Dec, 2011

By Raja Devasish Roy

About 45 of us – including five women and about 10 men porters – took a seven-day trek from Farua village within Farua Union (“For-ua” in Tanchangya), Bileisori sub-district of Rangamati district to Bethuni Para, Ruma sub-district, Bandarban district, Chittagong Hill Tracts, from 22 to 28 December, 2011.

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Intervention by RDR at 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (16-27 May 2011)

10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
May 16-27, 2011
New York
Agenda Item 4 (a):
Human Rights:

Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
19 May, 2011

Intervention by:
Raja Devasish Roy
Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Madame Chairperson, Indigenous, state & non-governmental delegations, ladies & gentlemen

I offer my congratulations to the four former members of the Permanent Forum who authored the paper  (E/C.19/2011/2) in response to comments made by Observer States on the annexe to the Forum’s report on its 8th session (E/2009/43): Mr. Lars-Anders Baer, Mr. Bartolome Clavero Salvador, Mr. Michael Dodson and Mr. Carsten Smith. They correctly assert that the Forum is indeed within its mandate to review countries’ follow-up actions with regard to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). (more…)

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Ordination of the Chakma Yuvaraj (Crown Prince), Rajkumar Tribhuvan Aryadev Roy

The Chakma Yuvaraj, or crown prince, Rajkumar Tribhuvan Aryadev Roy (born 11 Feb, 1990) was ordained as a novice monk – following Chakma and Theravada Buddhist traditions – at Raj Vana Vihar, Rangamati, Chittagong Hill Tracts, on 3 January, 2012. His cousin, Orko Talukdar, son of Major Tarun Talukdar (retired) and Chaitali Chakma-Talukdar (Munni; a maternal first cousin of Raja Devasish), was also ordained at the same time. As custom demanded, the Yuvaraj’s father, the incumbent Chakma Chief, Raja Devasish Roy – as the sole parent (the Rani having passed away in 1998) – had to provide the mandatory parental consent. Chaitali represented the two parents of Orko.

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