The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur was instituted to serve and assist each and every individual to realise a special status in the hierarchy of God's creation, and to serve as a temple of inspiration to future generations. The Foundation was founded upon principles of trusteeship, which are its underlying structure and strength.
In 1971, Parliament amended the Constitution, and by this Constitutional Amendment Act of 1971, the erstwhile sovereigns of the states of India, became ordinary citizens of the democratic republic, and their privileges and allowances ceased. From now on they would have to fend for themselves and seek whatever income they might. The most important aspect of this legislation was symbolic.
The rulers were reduced by the abrupt removal of that respect which they had earned through centuries of service. Now, amongst other things, they would also be liable to estate duty like anyone else, and their palaces became at a stroke, a vast taxable asset. His late Highness Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar, now known simply as 'Mr. Mewar', was concerned, on the one hand, how to make practical sustainable use of all his buildings and on the other, how to continue time honoured and cherished traditions of the House of Mewar.
In 1969, he established a Charitable Trust to which he donated the main portions of the The City Palace, as well as a considerable endowment. Thus the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation came into existence on the 20th day of October 1969. Its funds derive both from interest on the original endowment and from entrance fees to the The City Palace, Udaipur now a museum open to the public.
The scope and reach of the MMCF is vast and embraces all avenues of service to the community that was planned by His late Highness Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar. After the severance of the states of India, when Maharajas and the Maharana no longer held the social and civic responsibilities that they were used to, the concept of ‘service to the community' was taken over by the government - by politicians and municipal legislators.The role of the Maharaja/Maharana was forcefully made redundant.
The House of Mewar however decided on another course of activity. They decided to continue with their responsibilities towards their people in a manner that would be conducive, and would comply with the curriculum laid down by new independent India. The activities of the MMCF are one such highlight into the enterprise of the House of Mewar.
Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation
Maharana Mewar Foundation
DEFINITION OF LOGO
The ornamented arch of a gateway is a Toran. It is a testimony to the successful completion of an act of Dan i.e. philanthropy performed by the Maharanas of Mewar.
'Dan' means donation which is explained in great detail in our ancient scriptures. ‘Dan’ is unconditional. It is given to the deserving and those in need, from legitimately earned wealth, with no regrets and with no intention of achieving fame or expecting favours in return.
The Maharanas of Mewar observed the tradition of ‘Dan’ after a successful completion of a pilgrimage or social welfare activities such as building of temples, public service institutions, environmental and ecological works. A special Toran was built to commemorate each of these events.
The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation was created by an act of Dan to ‘honour recognition of works of permanent value rendered to society’. Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation epitomizes the commitment to ‘pursuit of excellence’. It serves as a 'temple of inspiration' for future generations and further continues the model of sustainability that is ‘Eternal Mewar’.
A Shiv- ling was placed on top of the Toran to invoke divine blessings.
The lighted lamp in the centre symbolizes removal of darkness.
The English Translation of The Motto.
The glorious chariot of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation created by the Suryavanshis shall never come to a halt. Their eminence shall be preserved without interruption by future generations.
The descendents of Lord Rama who inherited their legacy from Lord Shiva is like the ‘Eternal Flame’ which will remain inextinguishable even in the severest tempest.
The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, an initiative of the Custodian of the House of Mewar for perpetuation of its core values such as service to society and mankind also serves as a 'temple of inspiration' for future generations and continues the model of sustainability that is 'Eternal Mewar'.
Registration Number 214
Registration Date 29-08-1975
Registered with Devasthan Department, Government of Rajasthan
Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation was registered on 29/8/1975, and a donation of cash amount of Rs. 11 Lacs along with the The City Palace including its contents, was endowed to the Trust.
The quantification and or valuation in terms of the immovable and movable properties forming the settlement on these trusts are not an easy venture to establish. Because of the nature of these assets and the assets being a rarity as they are ancient artefacts and monuments, it should suffice for our purpose to say that they are irreplaceable and therefore priceless.
Projects & Activities
The activities of the Trust can be broadly classified under following sub-heads as its objectives:
Parvarish The MMCF has made arrangements for providing pensions to the old staff members and retainers of the House of Mewar. These include guards, soldiers, office workers, priests and other such employees. Under the sub-title Parvarish, in the charter of activities, a number of persons receive charity from the Trust.
Donations These cover a diverse range of charitable expenditure. The areas can be as disparate as medical expenses to the upliftment of the poor and backward members of Mewari society. Donations have been made toward sports, astrology, educational institutes, arts, women’s promotion, cultural institutes and centres of learning etc. The activities of the MMCF are wide reaching and cover all members of society without distinction of caste or religious inclinations.
Donations have also been paid out towards research programmes, documenting the history and civilisation of Rajput culture. The Maharana Mewar Research Institute and the Maharana Mewar Historical Publications Trust have benefited from such proceeds. Financial assistance in the form of donations is also given for medical and other miscellaneous purposes.
Scholarships are awarded to students at every level of education, from primary school to post-graduate research scholars. In many cases, had it not been for the intervention of the trust, the individual students’ academic career would have come to a halt. Both men and women applicants are treated fairly and without bias. The numbers can range from a single scholarship granted to one student to cover their entire course of graduate studies or, to a number of students to help subsidise school fees.
The trust has also sponsored and subsidised the presentation of research papers at symposia both in India, and across the globe.
Medical Aid is an important activity of the MMCF. The common citizen of Mewar, and other precincts in Rajasthan can apply for medical benefits and assistance. The Trust disseminates funds fairly and without any prejudices. Appeals made for such medical assistance is overwhelming. The Trust has to be judicious and compassionate in its responsibilities.
So as to maximise benefits; the trust has also included a category of miscellaneous charity, which covers ground left uncovered, by the previous category. Miscellaneous charity funding is activated in special cases only, or when demand outweighs the funding available. In most cases, the people applying for assistance are nearing a life or death situation.
Along with this category, the Trust also runs a Charitable Dispensary. The dispensary, which operates all year round, aims to provide free medical counselling and medicines to the poor, who are unable to afford private medical treatment. This of course comprises a substantial part of the community. The charitable dispensary is contained within the The City Palace. Medical aid is granted in many differing situations.
The treatments can range from assistance to geriatrics to monetary reimbursement for social workers for distributing medicines to poor and disabled people in villages.
Maintenance and Expansion of the Library The Maharana Mewar Special Library was funded by the MMCF. The new Library is an unrivalled facility in the intellectual and cultural life of Udaipur City. Located within the The City Palace, below Manek Chowk, near the Maharana Mewar Public School, this new Library hopes to act as a central Library for all the educational institutions connected with the MMCF.
Maintenance of the library as well as the acquiring of new books, periodicals and journals also constitutes an important activity for the MMCF. more...
Maintenance and Preservation of Heritage Property Maintenance and Preservation of Heritage Property is also attended to by the Trust. During the month, regular expenses are incurred towards security and upkeep of Foundation properties and on preservation of Mewar culture in the form of antiques in Museums or manuscripts.
For more detailed information please visit these MMCF Documents: