Baripada: Mayurbhanj Rajmata (King’s mother) Bharati Rajya Lakshmi Bhanj Deo passed away at her palace at Belagadia here last night. She was 94.

Bharati Rajyalaxmi was a daughter of Nepal King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah and Queen Kanti. She was born on February 28, 1928 at Kathmandu Royal palace in Nepal. She married Mayurbhanj King Pradeep Chandra Bhanja Deo in 1952.

Though the exact cause of her death has not been revealed yet, sources said she was suffering from old-age related diseases.

She is the mother of current MLA Praveen Chandra Bhanja Deo.

Late Rajmata was an avid art and culture enthusiast. She had a passion for sports. She would be remembered for her advocacy for women empowerment.

While a pall of gloom has descended in Mayurbhanj, many noted persons have expressed deep grief over her demise