Maharana Mewar Award
Since the time of Bappa Rawal's coronation as first Diwan of Shri Eklingji, all
subsequent Maharanas of Mewar have considered it their proud privilege
to uphold this mantle. The Maharanas are custodians of the State, and serve
as spiritual and temporal chieftains of Mewar.
With the amalgamation of the erstwhile sovereign states in 1947 and subsequent
constitutional amendment of 1971, His late Highness Maharana Bhagwat Singhji Mewar
felt that the duties of the Maharana, towards his people, should continue
despite the cessation of his State. The functions and duties based on Vedic
principles, first outlined by Harit Rashi and honoured by all subsequent
Maharanas, had to be institutionalised in order to preserve them.
Under the changed circumstances, in order to continue and immortalise the duties
of a Maharana, Bhagwat Singhji had to reshape the role of
Maharana, within the Four Corners of the law. He had to find new ways to enable both himself
and the succeeding generations of Maharanas to continue to perform their
duties in perpetuity as Diwan of Shri Eklingji. And so he converted the
institution of Maharana into a juristic person despite the constitutional
rulings of 1947 and 1971. No law or constitution can debar man from performing
his duties to serve society. Thanks to the foresight of Maharana Bhagwat
Singhji, in contemporary times, the institution of Mewar still remains
a manifestation of rulership, in its original form of trusteeship.
The Maharana Mewar Award is a State Award. This award has been instituted to
honour work of permanent value to those who consider it their duty, like
the Diwan of Shri Eklingji still do, to benefit society through services
in the field of education, literature, social services, philanthropy and
character building activities.
The Annual State Award consists of:
- Cash award of Rs. 12,001/-
- A silver "Toran" plaque of honour
- A ceremonial shawl