Maharishi Harit Rashi Award - (Instituted in 1980-81)
The world famous Maharishi Harit Rashi was the Guru of Bappa Rawal. He was an Acharaya of the Lakulish sect and a great devotee of Shree Eklingnath ji. Bappa Rawal came from Vallabhipur, now in the state of Gujarat, India. He was one of the students at the Ashram of Maharishi Harit Rashi near the village of Kailashpuri, 20 kilometres from Udaipur. He was totally dedicated to his Guru who recognised in him certain inherent qualities and values which ought to be present in a leader. Before he left for his heavenly abode he selected Bappa Rawal amongst all his students to be entrusted with the responsibility of the right to worship and administer, as Diwan, the land on behalf of Shree Eklingnath ji. He bestowed upon his favourite student the Kingdom of Mewar and formulated the directions and the cardinal rules of governance of his State. Thereafter Bappa Rawal became the founding father of the House of Mewar early in the 8th century.
Thus the Kingdom of Mewar and the concept of trusteeship came into being as a consequence of a religious blessing fourteen hundred years ago. The founding of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation in 1969 is part of the obligation of the Institution of Maharana.
Maharishi Harit Rashi Award is a State Award. This award has been instituted to honour scholars for work of permanent value in awakening society through the medium of vedic culture, the ancient ’Shastras’ and ’Karma Kand’.
This Annual State Award consists of:
1. A Ceremonial Shawl.
2. A ’Toran’ plaque of honour.
3. A Citation Certificate.
4. Cash Award of ₹ 51,001 each*.
* No. of recipients will be decided by the selection committee.