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Situated on one of India's oldest pilgrimage routes from Mahakaal at Ujjain on river Kshipra, to Omkareshwar on the river Narmada and onwards to Rameshwaram, Indore was a convinient resting place. Recently the remains of a Buddhist Stupa were discovered in excavations in the eastern suburbs of Indore, taking its history to the early Christian era. Earlier a part of the Mauryan and Gupta empires, it later formed a part of the flourishing Paramour kingdom of Malwa and the sultanate of Mandu.

It is not fully understood when Dashoras started living in Indore. But the majority of living Dashoras either live in Indore or come from families in Indore.

It was on the route of the Marathas of Deccan on their way to North India. These Maratha guerilla warriors were in constant battle with the Mughal empire. Their army transit camps here attracted the local Zamindars (landlords) who, drawn by the promise of lucrative trade, settled in the villages on the confluence of the Khan and Saraswati rivers, thereby laying the foundation of this commerce centre in 1715. In 1741, temple of Indreshwar was erected in the town, from which it derives the name Indore.

The trade centre grew rapidly under the Holkar dynasty (1733-1818). The remains of their two century old palace still stand in the main square (called Rajwada which boasts of being the only 7 storied entrance of a Palace in the world). Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai, the brave Holkar queen, Indore lies to the extreme west of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan which unite at the centre of the city. Though Ahilya Bai (1767-1795), ruled from a palace-fort in Maheshwar loved Indore immensly, it was only after her death that the State capital was shifted from Maheshwar to Indore in 1811 AD. Today, her statue adorns the centre of the city, Rajwada. The city became the capital of the Indore princely state in 1818 after the British forces under Sir John Malcolm defeated the Holkars led by Rani Krishnabai Holkar at Mahidpur. Ahilya Bai signed the treaty of Mandsaur (on December 21, 1817) by which the control of Indore went in the hand of the East India Company. The later Holkar rulers, especially Tukoji Rao II (1844-1886) who built the first railway line and a hospital among other things, did much to modernize and beautify their kingdom. Between 1948 and 1956, Indore served as the summer capital of the former Madhya Bharat state. Currently, it is the commercial capital of M.P.

The 40 feet high Idol at Bada Ganapati in Indore is the largest Ganesh Idol in the world.

Up to the last quarter of the 20th century majority of Dashoras lived in central part of Indore. The major events such as marriages upnayan sanskar and the last rights were performed in a community building "Dashora Dharamshala". With the enormous growth of the city itself  now Dashoras live in all parts of the extended Mahanagar of Indore.

Due to its location on the southern edge of the Malwa plateau,  during the evenings a cool breeze starts which makes the nights  quite cool and pleasant. No wonder poets have deemed Shab-e-Malwa (the night of Malwa) exquisite beyond compare. Thanks to the rich black soil of the Malwa Plateau, Indore has prospered into being the fourth largest centre of cotton textile industry in India. It is also justly famous for its beautiful bangles.



History of Indore

Indore Itihas
Indore Brief History, The Holkar Dynasty GENEALOGY

Indore- the legacy of Holkars


Holkars of Indore


Holkar Dynesty Coat of Arms

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Up Nagar-brahmin Vadnagar MANDSAUR RAMPURA INDORE Malwa Bhanpura GAROTH Untitled 1

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Last updated:  2012-02-11.