Late Maharaja Shri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo of Paralakhemundi, the son of Late Goura Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo was born on 26th April 1892, educated in Madras assumed rulership in 1913, an enlightened and benevolent ruler; a patron of education and culture organised the annual session of the Utkal Union Conference at Paralakhemundi in 1914.
In 1916, he was nominated by the Government to hold the post of Honorary Commissioner of the Land-Force of the Defence of India, laid a light railway through his Estate connecting Naupada with Paralakhemundi; set up a big library in his palace for research scholars, an important member of the justice party of Madras, member of the Royal Agricultural Commission in 1927, member of the Madras Legislative Council, represented the case of Odisha at the Round Table Conference, London 1930-31, deposed before the joint parliamentary committee for the union of Paralakhemundi with Odisha in 1934, Placed the printed Memorandum before the authorities and strongly advocated for inclusion of the Oriya Portions of Paralakhemundi in Odisha and Odisha for a separate province; formed the non-Congress Ministry in Odisha in 1937, the Government conferred on him the title of Maharaja in 1936 in recognition of his honour and merit.
In 1941 November the Maharaja was invited to form the Ministry and assumed the Chief Ministership. Member of the Constituent Assembly of India 1947-50, life member of the Royal Society of Arts and Royal Asiatic Society, London; Life member of Utkal University, Utkal University conferred on him the degree of LL. D. This worthy illustrious son of Odisha passed on 25th May 1974.