|Raja of Pudukkottai|
|Reign||24 October 1928 – 3 March 1948|
|Coronation||24 October 1928|
|Predecessor||Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman|
|Successor||R. Rajagopala Tondaiman|
|Diwan|| Raghunatha Pallavarayar,|
B. G. Holdsworth,
C. P. Karunakara Menon
|Born||23 June 1922|
Pudukkottai, Pudukkottai state
|Died|| 16 January 1997 74) (aged|
Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Sri Rajagopala Tondaiman Bahadur (23 June 1922 – 16 January 1997) was the ninth and last ruler of the princely state of Pudukkottai.
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