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Elephant Choice for April 2018
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I've decided which will be the elephant for April. It's Dewas Senior. I'm posting the photos in the next post, and here goes the history of the State and the maharaja.

Dewas State was a territory within Western India, which was the seat of two Maratha princely states during the British Raj: 'Dewas Junior' - Jivaji Rao ('Dada Saheb') and Dewas Senior - Tukoji Rao ('Baba Saheb').

The Junior branch had an area of 440 sq mi (1,100 km2) and had a population of 54,904 in 1901, while the Senior branch had an area of 446 sq mi (1,160 km2) and a population of in 62,312 in the same year.[3] Both Dewas states were in the Malwa Agency of the Central India Agency. After India's independence in 1947, the Maharajas of Dewas acceded to India, and their states were integrated into Madhya Bharat, which became a state of India in 1950. In 1956, Madhya Bharat was merged into Madhya Pradesh state.

• HH Maharaja Sir TUKOJIRAO III KRISHNAJIRAO PUAR K.C.S.I., 6th Maharaja of Dewas-Senior 1899/1937, born 1st January 1888, he succeeded his uncle to the gadi on 13th October 1899; he was educated privately and at Daly College, Indore and at Mayo College, Ajmer; he was invested with ruling powers on 24th February 1908; he was granted the title of Maharaja as a hereditary distinction in 1918, he was made a K.C.S.I. in 1911, married 1908, HH Maharani Radhabai Akka Sahib of Kolhapur, and had issue. He died 21st December 1937.

He was 15 in 1903

Photos of the Dewas Senior elephant

It will be a beautiful addition to the Main Procession elephants. Dewas Senior was part of the ninth pair of elephants, with Alwar's on his right side.

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