Gajapati: For the first time in Gajapati history of the dynasty, after the demise of Paralakhemundi Maharaj Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo, his only daughter Kalyani coroneted as the head of the royal family on Friday.

The coronation was done before the cremation of Gajapati Maharaj as per tradition and a ‘puja’ was performed at Rameswari temple near the palace.

Maharaj Gopinath Gajapati passed away in a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Friday morning after three years of struggling with the health issues. As per tradition the last rites of the father was performed by his daughter Kalyani at the Darbar Hall of the palace.

Notably, Kalyani joined the BJD and had contested unsuccessfully in 2019 Assembly elections from Paralakhemundi constituency.