Arvind Singh Mewar - Maharana Udaipur plays custodian

Balancing the material and spiritual

It’s not easy to comprehend the responsibilities that come with my office as the 76th custodian of the House of Mewar.

City Palace Museum, UdaipurThe 76th Maharana of Mewar, His Highness, Shreeji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur has seen it all – riches, responsibilities, and personal initiative to improve the state of affairs.

He shares his perspective on life and how he balances his wealth and responsibilities. A custodian as he calls himself in this conversation with The Times of India may be well, a simple way of dealing with it all…

Maharana Arvind Sign Mewar celebrating Holi

I often wonder what I possess: palaces or duties, Rolls Royces or responsibilities, crystal chandeliers or social commitments.

While it is simple to count the Rolls Royces in Udaipur’s vintage classic car collection, it’s not easy to comprehend the responsibilities that come with my office as the 76th custodian of the House of Mewar.

Lake Palace, Udaipur

Palaces, paintings, objects d’art – these material possessions can be catalogued and their worth calculated, but beyond all this glitter lies a world governed by the principles of custodian-ship.

In this timeless zone, one gets to realize that one is merely a custodian and not an owner and that even though it is a consummate thrill to span this spectrum of the tangible and the intangible, thee pleasures are momentary.

From the Maharana's Vintage Car Colection, UdaipurFor me the privilege of unveiling the world’s largest collection of crystal is as satisfying as maintaining ancient temples and preserving the living heritage of my ancestors. I am as content performing the duties of a head priest of our kul devta Eklingji, as I am in the midst of the polo-playing, champagne-sipping glitterati of the world. But I never forget that life is just a mirage…and possessions are not forever.

The hand of divinity directs me and I am connected to my God all the time. He doesn’t check to see if I’m wearing Prada!

Anisha Sharma
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good morning! keep it up. u could wish our highness shree ji arvind singh ji mewar 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY" on 13th December. please visit my blog on shree ji

laxman suthar on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Highness, Khamgane sa, my name is subodh kapoor i recived maharan award from u in 1995 bcz i was firs in fci udaipur ,idid my traning in lake palace. Highness i served in gongour bote and leleypond so many time. Highness once i would like to work i n u r chatrachaya so i can learn more abt life. khamagane HIGHNESS SHREE JI Wating for u r shower of blessing subodh kapoor mumbai 09323646179

subodh kapoor on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

If one faces failure in some task again and again, should I continue to do the same, or should I drop that?