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Tukojirao Holkar III

Maharajadhiraja Sir Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Tukojirao III Holkar XIII Bahadur GCIE[1] (26 November 1890 – 21 May 1978) was the Maharaja of Indore (Holkar State) belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas, son and successor of Shivajirao Holkar who abdicated in his favor on 31 January 1903. His mother was Akhand Soubhagyavati Shrimant Maharani Sita Bai Sahib Holkar. He completed his education from the Daly College, Indore and ICC, Dehradun.

Tukoji Rao III
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HH Tukoji Rao Holkar III, 27 September 1913
Maharaja Holkar of Indore
Reign31 January 1903 – 26 February 1926
PredecessorShivajirao Holkar
SuccessorYeshwantrao Holkar II
Born(1890-11-26)26 November 1890
Maheshwar, British Raj
Died21 May 1978(1978-05-21) (aged 87)
Paris, France
SpouseChandravati Bai Holkar (1895), Indira Bai Holkar (1913), Sharmista Devi Holkar (1928)
FatherShivajirao Holkar

He reigned under a regency council initially. He was sworn in with all the powers on 6 November 1911 at the age of 21. That same year he attended the coronation of George V of England in London. He founded the Order of Merit of Holkar (February 1914) and the Order of Ahilyabai Holkar (22 November 1920). He was invested as a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India in the 1918 New Year Honours. He abdicated in favour of his only son Yashwantrao Holkar II on 26 February 1926.

In 1895 he married Maharani Shrimant Chandravati Bai Sahib Holkar, in 1913 he married Maharani Akhand Soubhagyavati Shrimanta Indira Bai Sahib Holkar and 1928 with Maharani Akhand Soubhagyavati Shrimanta Sharmista Devi Sahib Holkar, an American born Nancy Anne Miller. Before the wedding, Nancy Anne Miller adopted Hinduism. Dr. Shrinivas Gosavi, personal physician to HH Tukojirao, had to ask Aadi Shankarachrya to intervene as the Hindu hierarchy around Tukojirao was against performing the conversion ceremony. Aadi Shankarachrya himself performed the ceremony and the wedding took place. Dr. Gosavi had received many death threats and went underground for some time till he prevailed.

HH Tukojirao died in Paris on 21 May 1978. He had one son and six daughters.

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  1. ^ "The Holkar Dynasty". Royal ark. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
Tukojirao Holkar III
Born: 26 November 1890 Died: 21 May 1978
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Shivajirao Holkar
Maharaja Holkar of Indore
Succeeded by
Yeshwantrao Holkar II