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Dhar (där), town (1991 pop. 59,246), Madhya Pradesh state, central India. It is a district administrative center and a market for cotton, grains, and oilseed. Dhar was the capital of the kingdom of Malwa and a center of Hindu learning from the 9th to 14th cent. The fort (c.1340) and the Hindola Mahal and Jahaj Mahal are notable landmarks.