Located on the Malwa Plateau, Dewas in Madhya Pradesh has cultural and historical significance. The name of the city is derived from Devi Vaishini hill in the city, commonly known as Tekri. It is a fusion of the words, ‘Dev’ meaning deity, and ‘Vas’ meaning abode, making Dewasthe ‘home of deity’.
Some believe that the city is named as ‘Dewas’ because it lies at the base of Chamunda hill, on top of which is the shrine of Chamunda, while others say that it is a tribute to the founder of the city, DewasaBania.
Formerly, Dewas was the capital of two princely states of British India. It was in the first half of the 18th Century, when the original state was founded by the brothers from the Puar clan of Marathas – Tukoji Rao (Senior) and Jivaji Rao (Junior).
Both the brothers divided the territory amongst themselves. Moreover, the senior and junior branches of the family were ruled by their descendants.
It was after 1841 that each branch was ruling its own portion as a separate state, despite the lands being closely tangled. Owing to this, two sides of the same street in Dewas, came under different administrations, and had different arrangements for electricity and water supply.
In 1947, when India became independent, the Rajas of Dewas surrendered their states to the government, which were integrated into Madhya Bharat that became a part of India in 1950. Later in 1956, Madhya Bharat was merged into Madhya Pradesh and that’s how Dewas became a part of it.
At present, the Puar dynasty is sustained by Vikram Singh Puar. His father, Late Maharaja Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar was the Dewas king and an Indian politician of Bhartiya Janta Party. Popular and modest leader of the masses, Tukoji Rao became the Member of Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh, six times in a row.
Dewas is an epitome of royals, blessed with a rich cultural heritage. Fast developing as an industrial town, it is home to many mid-sized and small industries. It is the 6thlargest and densely populated city of Madhya Pradesh.
Vikram Singh Puar is constantly taking initiatives for the development of the town and its people. He is a philanthropist, who has been constantly making people aware on various significant subjects, including women empowerment,sanitation facilities, sports promotion and agricultural development, among others. His efforts have been playing a key role in improving the lifestyle of people, and leading to remarkable social upliftment.