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Rao Bahadur Pattamada Devayya

Rao Bahadur Pattamada Devayya was a distinguished Indian police officer in the early 1900s. Devayya retired from the Coorg state police as Deputy Superintendent of Police. He was honoured with the title of Rao Bahadur for his service.

Devayya on a horse


Pattamada Devayya was born a son of P C Devayya, at Benganad, in 1867. He married and had four sons and three daughters.


Devayya had studied in Mercara High School. He joined the municipal service in 1888. In 1890, he joined the survey department. Later, in 1893, he joined the police department as sub-inspector. Some time afterwards, he rose to the post of a Senior Inspector.

In 1910, he received a gold medal from the Chief Commissioner. This was for solving a double murder case. In 1912 he received a Delhi Durbar Medal from the Government of India. During the 1920 Birthday Honours of the King, Devayya received the title of Rao Sahib.


Devayya was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in 1922 and to Deputy Superintendent in 1924. He received the King’s Police Medal in 1926 and retired a few months later that year.

Other Offices

In that same year, Devayya became President of the Mercara Muncipality and served for five years. Since 1934, he was a member of the District Board. He was also the Chairman of the Bench of First Class Honorary Magistrates in Mercara.


In 1930, Devayya received the title of Rao Bahadur.

(Photos shared by Pattamada B Chengappa)

Author’s name

Mookonda Nitin Kushalappa