Rulers of Dewas
The ruling family claims common descent with those of Dewas Junior and Dhar, from the ancient Parmar (or Pawar) dynasty. The family possesses a genealogical chart listing 238 generations descended from Agnipalak, who ruled more than four thousand years ago. Vikramaditya (valorous as the sun), perhaps the greatest ruler of this house and the founder of an era still in use, began his reign at Ujjain, in Malwa, in 56 BC. The domains of the ancient Parmars extended beyond the Narbudda river and encompassed all of Central and Western India, the Indus being their boundary in the West. They carried their arms into the Deccan, perhaps the first to extend the Hindu religion, south of the Narbudda. In the following centuries the family endured great vicissitudes of fortune. The descendants of Vikramaditya established themselves as Rajas of Bijolya, in Mewar and Dhar in Malwa.
It is from these rulers that the ruling houses of Dewas and Dhar descend. In 1728, the Peshwa of Satara bestowed the town of Dewas and surrounding villages on two brothers, Tukaji and Sivaji Pawar, successful generals in the Maratha conquest of Central India. The state was ruled jointly by the descendants of these brothers for close to a century (a common saying being - if a lime be presented to Dewas, it must be cut in half and equally shared). They entered into a treaty of friendship and alliance with the HEIC in 1818. Dewas acceded to the Dominion of India in 1947 and joined the Madhya Bharat Union in 1948.
Pawar Rulers of Dewas (Senior)
|Name Of King||Period from||Period to||Born||Death|
|1728||16 November 1754||1696||1754|
|16 November 1754||24 March 1789||1740||1789|
|24 March 1789||28 September 1827||1783||1827|
|28 September 1827||26 July 1860||1821||1860|
|26 July 1860||12 October 1899||1849||1899|
|4 April 1900||21 December 1937||1888||1937|
|21 December 1937||23 March 1947||1910||1983|
|23 March 1947||15 August 1947||1932||1999|