Pratāparudra Deva

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Prataparudra Deva, PratAparudra Deva, Prataaparudra Deva

Pratāparudra Deva, king of Orissa,[1] was a descendant of the Suryavanśa.[2] Though a valiant king, he was deeply influenced by Śrīkṛṣṇa Caitanya[3] and became his initiated disciple. As a result, he neglected the affairs of the State and started spending most of his time in spiritual pursuits. Under his patronage, the Oriya language developed remarkably well. Several works on bhakti or devotion to Kṛṣṇa were composed in his time.


  1. He ruled from A. D. 1497 to 1540.
  2. Suryavanśa means the Solar race.
  3. He lived in A. D. 1485-1533.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore