Surendra Sai also known as Sundar Sai, was born on January 23, 1809 in a village called Bargaon, about 30 km towards North of Sambalpur town in Kosal region. He was a direct descendant from the fourth Chouhan King of Sambalpur, Madhukar Sai and was therefore legally entitled to be the next king after the death of present king, Maharaja Sai. But the British government did not considered his claim and rebellion broke out between Surendra Sai along with other Zamindars and British government. He fought relentlessly against the Britishers for mother land until his last breath. He fought for 20 years and spent 37 years of his life inside prison, still he never bowed down before the Britishers. Surendra Sai was titled ‘Veer’ by people of Sambalpur for his heroic activities to save Sambalpur from the British rule. Veer Surendra Sai died on 23rd May 1884 in the prison of Asirgarh fort. But this valiant son of the soil would be remembered forever for his heroic activities.