Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb is a King of Puri. Gajapati Maharaj is the “adhyasevak”(treated as the first and foremost Servitor) of Lord Jagannath. The “adhyasevak” of Lord Jagannath is also identified as the Thakur Raja of Puri. According to some customs he is also considered to be the living reflection of the Lord. He is the chairman of the Shri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee. Dibyasingha Deb ascended the throne in the year 1970 after the death of his father the then Maharaja of Puri, Gajapati Birakishore Deb at the age of 17. Gajapati Maharaja before taking the titular name of Dibyasingha Deb was named Jenamani Kamarnab Deb.
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