Chakra Dhār Juyal: a Capable Administrator

Chakra Dhār Juyal:  a Capable Administrator

History of Tehri King Narendra Shah -32

History of Tehri Kingdom (Tehri and Uttarkashi Garhwal) from 1815 –1948- 224

History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) – 1471

By: Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)

The administration sorted two candidates for the post of Diwan (Home Minister or Chief Minister) in place of Bhavani Datt Uniyal. One was Shiv Narayan Singh Bisht and Chakra Dhar Juyal. Tehri king wanted a person that can administrate the Kingdom and could have amicable relationship with British officials in United Province. Shiv Narayan Singh Bisht had been at high post in Nahan .However, Bisht did not have any experience working with British officials in Unite Province (UP) . Chakra Dhar Juyal had good experience working in United Province and had good relation with British officials. British Government honoured Chakra Dhar as Rai Bahadur too for his faithfulness.  Narendra Shah also wanted a person who could suppress the nationalist thinking from the kingdom.  Chakra Dhar Juyal was known administrator against nationalist thinking. King Narendra Shah sent a request to United Province administration for deputing Chakra Dhar Juyal for the Diwan position in Tehri Garhwal.  Chakra Dhar Juyal took charge of Tehri Diwan on 25th June 1925.

Chakra Dhar Juyal  was born in 1876 in Jhanjhad Ganv of Sitaunsyun , Poudi Garhwal. His father Gajadhar Juyal was an astrologer and Karmkandi Brahmin. After passing B.A from Allahabad, Chakradhar Juyal was appointed Nayab Tehsildar of Almora. He was promoted first  Tehsildar and then in 1908, Juyal was promoted as Deputy Superintendent of Police . He was awarded by ‘Sword of Honour’ by government for catching dacoits. (1)

Chakradhar Juyal was not the administrator who just obeyed the King. He had his own individuality and used to cautious the King for avoiding many decisions.  Many times, Chakradhar Juyal stopped the King taking decisions.  Juyal used to give priority to the Kingdom rather than the King. (2).


1-Govind Ram Kala‘s article in book ‘Diwan Chakradhar Juyal’ . p 147-48

2-Dabral S., Tehri Garhwal Rajya ka Itihas Bhag 2 (new edition), Veer Gatha Press, Dogadda, (1999) page 24

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