Maharaja Tukoji Rao IV Puar was the sixth Maharaja of the Puar Dynasty of Dewas Senior. He was the ninth descendant of Raja Tukoji Rao I Puar, the founder of Dewas Senior state.
Born on 17 November, 1963 to Maharaja Krishnaji Rao III Puar of Dewas Senior, Maharaja Tukoji Rao Puar was greatly loved and respected by the people of Dewas. A popular and unassuming leader of the masses, Maharaja Tukoji Rao Puar was elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly six times during his lifetime.
Maharaja Tukoji Rao Puar was inducted in the state cabinet for two terms serving as Minister for Higher Education, Technical Education and later Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare. He was also elected as the President of the Board of Governors of The Daly College, Indore in 2004, and then again in 2005, in 2010 and in 2015.
Just like his father Srimant Krishnaji Rao Puar, Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar had always been dedicated towards the welfare of the janta of Dewas. The small town of Dewas witnessed great progress during the Maharaja’s lifetime. He administered several development projects like the construction of the Shipra Dam Project and the Dewas Bypass road. The ropeway to Maa Chamunda Devi Temple and Maa Tulja Bhawani Temple was also started under the patronage of Maharaja Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar, which has boosted tourism in the Tekri region.
After a brain hemorrhage, Maharaja Tukoji Rao Puar was admitted to Apollo Hospital, Indore, on 15 June 2015. He breathed his last on 19 June, 2015 in the same hospital. The sudden demise of the beloved Maharaja was greatly mourned by the people of Dewas. His son, Vikram Singh Rao Puar was crowned the 10th Maharaja of Dewas Senior in a private ceremony held at Anand Bhawan Palace.
Maharaja Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar is survived by his wife, Rajmata Gayatri Raje Puar, son Vikram Singh Rao Puar and daughter Kanika Raje Puar.