Maharaja Srimant 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 Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar was greatly loved and respected by the people of Dewas. A popular and unassuming leader of the masses, Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar was elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly six times during his lifetime.
Srimant 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 his lifetime.
Maharaja Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar administered several development projects like construction of the Shipra Dam Project and 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 the tourism in Tekri region by manifold.
After a brain hemorrhage on June 15, Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar was admitted to Apollo Hospital, Indore, where he breathed his last on 19 June, 2015. The sudden demise of the beloved Maharaja was greatly mourned by the people of Dewas.
Maharaja Srimant Tukoji Rao Puar is survived by his wife, Rajmata Gayatri Raje Puar, and son Vikram Singh Rao Puar.