Hemendra Singh Puar was formally named as the head of erstwhile princely state of Dhar on Thursday.
It was a customary succession as head of the erstwhile ruling family Maharani Mrunalini Devi Raje Puar had died issueless at her maternal home in Vadodara (Gujarat) on January 2, 2014. After the death of Maharaj Anandrao Puar IV in 1980, no customary succession took place as his wife and Maharani Mrunalini Puar did not agree to it.
As a family successor was needed to carry out erstwhile ruling family’s customary duties and functions, Hemendra Singh Puar was chosen as the family head after receiving approval from members of erstwhile princely family. Hemendra Singh Puar will manage the properties of erstwhile state, preside over family’s socio-religious customs, traditions and oversee family’s heritage.
A function was organised to mark the customary accession. Accompanied by his wife Shaila Raje and son Prathamendra Singh, Hemendra Singh Puar reached Rajwada where he was welcomed by Diwan Sangram Singh and master of ceremony Jitendra Singh Gaekwad. Former jagirdars and ex-royals were present at the function. Later, Hemendra Singh Puar addressed the people at Rajwada chowk.
The princely state of Dhar lost existence after it was merged with Union of India in 1947.