Rana Punja Award
Rana Punja was the chief of the Bhil tribesman, and one of the most trusted
and respected leaders who fought along the side of Rana Pratap, in the
famous battle of Haldi Ghati (1576 AD). Even after the battle of Haldi
Ghati, Rana Punja and his tribesman came forward time and time again, to
fight for the freedom of Mewar.
Rana Punja and his fellow Bhils were the first tribals to be given equal status
as any other citizen in the State of Mewar - a unique first in the history
of India. This goes to show that for centuries, Mewar has firmly believed
in equality amongst men.
Because of such selfless devotion and loyalty, the name of Punja was given a prefix
'Rana' which is the original form of address for the Maharana himself.
The entire Bhil tribe, even today, is highly regarded by the citizens and
the Mewar family. At the time of succession, a Bhil tribesman must honour
the new Maharana with a tilak (marking on the forehead) of his own blood.
It is only then that the new Maharana will be universally recognised as
The Bhils are also represented on the Mewar Coat of Arms, standing side by
side. This is a true honour, indeed.
The Rana Punja Award is a State Award. This award was instituted to honour
works of permanent value to society by a person of tribal origin in commemoration
of the mutual trust and continue association between the Bhil tribesman
and the House of Mewar.
The Annual State Award consists of:
- Cash award of Rs. 10,001/- or two cash awards of Rs. 5001/- each
- A silver "Toran" plaque of honour
- A ceremonial shawl