Dewas heritage Collectorate building that retained the legacy of Puar clan was pulled down recently!!

Dewas Collectorate, MP /

Across india in almost every state saving the  heritage building and monuments  has become a big issue.  Government officials take decision  according to their whims  on the historical sites that lie uncared for or that are being used by the  government. They never consult heritage experts or historians.  There is no room for public opinion.  In the recent past a fine colonial building in the heart of Chennai city owned by the State bank of India was about to be pulled down and at the 11th hour it was saved.
old collectorate, Dewas,

Above image: Dewas Collectorate building, Dewas, MP (originally known as Lakshmi Niwas Palace of Dewas Junior, unclassified heritage site  was illegally demolished by the local administration in March 2023, when the court case was pending before  final hearing. It happened despite  strong opposition by the citizens of Dewas...............

When the Madhya Pradesh government took a decision to demolish the  historical Collectorate building of Devas located in the Malwa plateau,  there was widespread protests from many sections, heritage lovers, historians, etc.  Maratha community  who considered the building a symbol of their culture and  heritage was furious because they had deep respect for  late Maharajah  Sadashivrao Puar.  

The members the Kshatriya Maratha Community from Dewas  did not sit idle and they had registered their strong protest against the local administration's proposal to pull down the 132 year old  structure. In its place a new collectorate building complex was planned with modern facilities and the cost consideration was Rs.38 crore.  Members from Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Dhar, and Shajapur held a meeting in the first week of March 2023 at the Maratha Bhawan situated on Laxmipura, Dewas.The purpose was to save the heritage building  for the posterity as a legacy of Maharajah Sadashiv Rao Maharaj.

Dewas Collectorate, MP

HH Sadashiv Rao Puar, Dewas, MP

Once the residence of  Dewan of Dewas Junior, when HH Sadashiv Rao Maharaj took  over the reign of Dewas, this building in 1935 became  the state office. Being a stickler for discipline, never had he reached  his office late and he wanted  his employees to be punctual to report at work -at 10 am, failing of which they had to shell out a fine of Rs. five for being late. 

Local administration began demolishing the age-old collectorate office on February 22, 2023 a day before the court hearing to protect this historic (heritage) building on February 23, 2023.Neither the state government nor the local officials had an iota of respect for the princely ruler who had built the structure  more than a century ago.

This Building was  yet to get a heritage tag and dismantling it and constructing a new building is a wrong decision and  it calls for widespread  condemnation. Being a monument,  it has every reason to be protected by laws of Archeology Survey of India (ASI).  The history and the heritage aspect of this building were pushed to the back seat.  If the historical facts are missing how will you establish the continuity between the present and past. The citizens here made a vein attempt to save it for the next generation. 



Dewas, MP.

Located about 35 about km from Indore during the colonial rule Dewas  served as the capital of  two princely states  ruled by the Puar clan of Marathas. During the first half of the 18th century the brothers of the ruling clan  Tukaji Rao (Senior) and Jivaji Rao (Junior) divided the state between them In the later years,  their descendants  took over the reigns independently as a separate region.  portion. Dewas states formed the part of Malwa Agency of the Central India Agency.  After India's freedom in 1947, the rulers of Dewas joined the  Union Government of India. The states were merged into Madhya Bharat in 1950. Later Madhya Bharat became a part of Madhya Pradesh state in 1956. Today the city is  a commercial hub and one can see the vestiges of british rule in many parts of the state.