Dhar State

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Dhar State
धार रियासत
Princely State of British India

Flag of Dhar

Location of Dhar
Dhar State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
 •  Established 1730
 •  Independence of India 1947
 •  1941 4,660 km2 (1,799 sq mi)
 •  1941 253,210 
Density 54.3 /km2  (140.7 /sq mi)
Today part of India
Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 510
HH Maharaja Udaji Rao II Parmar of Dhar
City Palace, built in 1875

Dhar State was a princely state of British Raj. It was a salute state in the colonial sway of the Central India Agency. Dhar began as one of the states during Maratha dominance in India about 1730. In 1941 it had an area of 1,798 square miles (4,660 km2) and a population of 253,210. Dhar(anagar) was the capital of the state since 1732 (from the 1728 foundation, the Raja's first seat had been Multhan). In 1948 it became part of Madhya Bharat.[citation needed]

Lying between 21°57' and 23°15' north, and 74°37' and 75°37' east, Dhar State was bordered on the north by Ratlam State; east by parts of Gwalior and Indore States; on the south by Barwani State, and on the west by Jhabua State and portions of Gwalior and Indore.

Hemendra Singh Rao Pawar is the present head of the former ruling family of Dhar.[1][2][3][4][5]


The present Dhar dynasty was founded in 1729 by Udaji Rao Puar, a distinguished Maratha general who received the territory as a grant from the Peshwas.[citation needed] During the Pindhari raids, the state's territory was whittled away, until it was restored in size on 10 January 1819, when it signed a Subsidiary alliance agreement with the British East India Company and became a major Princely state, enjoying indirect rule under British protectorate.[citation needed]


The British granted Dhar a Hereditary gun salute of 15-guns.[citation needed]


Reign start Reign end Name Birth-death
1728 1732 Udaji Rao I Pawar
1736 Anand Rao I Pawar (b. ... – died 1749)
1736 1761, 6 January Yeshwant Rao I Pawar (1724–1761)
1761, 6 January 1782 Khande Rao Pawar (b. c.1758 – died 1782)
1782 1807, 10 June Anand Rao II Pawar (1782–1807)
1807, Dec 1810 Ramchandra Rao I Pawar (1807–1810)
1807, Dec 1810 Maina Bai (f) (regent)
1810 1833, October Ramchandra Rao II Pawar (1805–1833)
1834, 21 April 1857, 23 May Yeshwant Rao II Pawar (1823–1857)
1857, 23 May 1858, 19 Jan Anand Rao III Pawar (1st time) (1844–1898)
1858, 19 Jan 1860, 1 May state abolished
1860, 1 May 1898, 29 July Anand Rao III Pawar (2nd time) (s.a.)
1898, 29 July 1918, 1 Jan Udaji Rao II Pawar "Baba Sahib" (1886–1926)
... ... Jairamji Vithoba Pawar
... ... Mahadeorao Jairamji Pawar
... ... Narayan Mahadeorao Pawar
2002, 29 Dec .. RupkumarRaje Narayanrao Pawar

(Rushikesh Alaspure)

The line is nominally continued

Postal/Philatelic Information[edit]

In 1897 primitive stamps with entirely native text. The second definitive issue bore the name DHAR STATE in Latin script; a total of 8 stamps. Since 1901 Indian stamps have been in use.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hemendra Singh Puar is head of erstwhile princely state of Dhar". 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Hemendra Puar to be new Dhar maharaja - Times of India".
  3. ^ "404 Page not found…". freepressjournal.in. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Administration to remove seal on Dhar royal estates on HC orders - Times of India".
  5. ^ Solomon, R. V.; Bond, J. W. (7 September 2017). "Indian States: A Biographical, Historical, and Administrative Survey". Asian Educational Services – via Google Books.

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Coordinates: 22°36′N 75°18′E / 22.6°N 75.3°E / 22.6; 75.3