The term Shindeshahi is derived from the word “Shinde” which was a popular Maratha title. The 60 meter long scindia pagdi also popularly called the Shindeshahi Pagdi is made of very fine silk cloth, which gradually turned into a representation of royal patronage by the scindia dynasty and was worn by Marathi commandant. Pagdis used by Sardars/nobles of the Scindia Royal Darbar varied in length and ornamentation according to their position in the Darbar/court.
A Group of sardars came into power in early 18th century led by Shrimant Ranoji Rao Shinde in the Maratha states. Later his successors from Shrimant Maharaja Mahadji adopted Scindia as their family name. In the past 3 centuries pagdi used by the Scindia rulers have achieved its unique identity and it has also witnessed changes in its shape times immemorial.
Types and style of ornamentation on pagdis have also been changing along with the time. A Special department was formed under specifically skilled people called pagarbandhs, who were appointed only for making pagdis for the royalty.
The design of sardar‟s pagdi although has a close resemblance with the Scindia Maharaja‟s pagdi but it is shorter in length. Preparation of the pagdi usually takes 3 to 4 days.
This is a ready to wear Pagdi. One of the most important decorative elements that this pagdi constitutes of is known as toda and Turra. It is basically a lace or set of gold chains which hangs on the front portion of the pagdi. Toda is also a representation of status and position of any Maratha Sardars/ noble in the Royal court of the Scindias.
It is bestowed by the Maharaja as an act of appreciation on only select few Maratha Sardars for their dedicated service towards the dynasty and the Maratha people. Whereas, turra is a part of the pagdi which gets the shape of a feather, and also to some extend resembles a Chinese hand fan. This particular shape is obtained only after tugging one end of the cloth on the right side of the turban. The length of cloth, sophistications of tying process and crisp finish along with ornamentation gives the Royal pagdi a distinct look which is incomparable around the globe similar to the royal succession of Scindia genealogy.