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  • About Maratha Community :- Maratha- The Maratha (IPA: [ˈməraʈa]; archaically transliterated as Marhatta or Mahratta) is a group of castes in India found predominantly in the state of Maharashtra. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "Marathas are people of India, famed in history as yeoman warriors and champions of Hinduism."[1] They reside primarily in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[1] Territory under Maratha control in 1760 (yellow), without its vassals. Robert Vane Russell, an untrained ethnologist of the British Raj period, basing his research largely on Vedic literature,[2] wrote that the Marathas are subdivided into 96 different clans, known as the 96 Kuli Marathas or 'Shahānnau Kule'[3] Shahannau means 96 in Marathi. The general body of lists are often at great variance with each other.[4] The term "Maratha" originally referred to the speakers of the Marathi language. In the 17th century, it emerged as a designation for soldiers serving in the armies of Deccan sultanates (and later Shivaji).[5] A number of Maratha warriors, including Shivaji's father, Shahaji, originally served in those armies.[6] By the mid-1660s, Shivaji had established an independent Maratha kingdom.[7] After his death, Marathas fought under his sons and defeated Aurangzeb in the war of 27 years.It was further expanded into a vast empire by Maratha Confederacy including Peshwas , stretching from central India [8] in the south, to Peshawar[9] (in modern-day Pakistan) on the Afghanistan border in the north, and with expeditions to Bengal in the east. By the 19th century, the Empire had become a Confederacy of individual states controlled by Maratha chiefs such as Gaekwads of Baroda, the Holkars of Indore, the Scindias of Gwalior, the Puars of Dhar & Dewas, and Bhonsles of Nagpur.[citation needed] The Confederacy remained the pre-eminent power in India until their defeat by the British East India Company in the Third Anglo-Maratha War (1817–1818).[10][page needed] By 19th century, the term Maratha had several interpretations in the British administrative records. In the Thane District Gazetteer of 1882, the term was used to denote elite layers within various castes: for example, "Maratha-Agri" within Agri caste, "Maratha-Koli" within Koli caste and so on.[5] In the Pune District, the words Kunbi and Maratha had become synonymous, giving rise to the Maratha-Kunbi caste complex.[11] The Pune District Gazetteer of 1882 divided the Kunbis into two classes: Marathas and other Kunbis.[5] The 1901 census listed three groups within the Maratha-Kunbi caste complex: "Marathas proper", "Maratha Kunbis" and "Konkani Marathas".[12] The Kunbi class comprised agricultural workers and soldiers. The upper-class "Marathas proper" (comprising 96 clans) claimed Rajput descent with Kshatriya status, and included princes, officers and landowners.[13][14] Some of the Maratha clans claiming Rajput descent include Bhonsales (from Sisodias),[15] Chavans (from Chauhans),[16] and Pawar (from Parmar).[17] Gradually, the term Maratha came to denote an endogamous caste.[5] From 1900 onwards, the Satyashodhak Samaj movement defined the Marathas as a broader social category of non-Brahmin groups.[18] These non-Brahmins gained prominence in Indian National Congress during the Indian independence movement. In independent India, these Marathas became the dominant political force in the newly-formed state of Maharashtra.[19] Internal diaspora The empire also resulted in the voluntary relocation of substantial numbers of Maratha and other Marathi-speaking people outside Maharashtra, and across a big part of India. Today several small but significant communities descended from these emigrants live in the north, south and west of India. These descendant communities tend often to speak the local languages, although many also speak Marathi in addition. Notable Maratha families outside Maharashtra include Scindia of Gwalior, Gaekwad of Baroda, Holkar of Indore, Puar of Dewas & Dhar, Ghorpade of Mudhol, and Bhonsle of Nagpur.[20] Varna status The varna of the Maratha became a contested issue after fall of the maratha empire in 1818, with arguments for their being of the Kshatriya (warrior) varna, and others for their being of peasant origins i.e Shudra varna. This issue was the subject of antagonism between the Brahmins and Marathas, dating back to the time of Pratapsing, but by the late 19th century moderate Brahmins were keen to ally with the influential Marathas of Mumbai in the interests of Indian independence from Britain. These Brahmins supported the Maratha claim to Kshatriya status, but their success in this political alliance was sporadic and fell apart entirely following independence in 1947.[21] Political participation Arms of Maratha Leaving for the Hunt, Gwalior, Edwin Lord Weeks, 1887 Marathas have dominated the state politics of Maharashtra since its inception in 1960. Since then, Maharashtra has witnessed heavy presence of Maratha ministers or officials in the Maharashtra state government, local municipal commissions, and panchayats, although Marathas comprise only around 32 per cent of the state population.[22][23] 10 out of 16 chief ministers of Maharashtra hailed from the Maratha community as of 2012.[24] Military service Beginning early in the 20th century, the British recognised Maratha as a martial race.[25] Earlier listings of martial races had often excluded them, with Lord Roberts, commander-in-chief of the Indian Army 1885–1893, stating the need to substitute "more warlike and hardy races for the Hindusthani sepoys of Bengal, the Tamils and Telugus of Madras and the so-called Marathas of Bombay."[26] Historian Sikata Banerjee notes a dissonance in British military opinions of the Maratha, wherein the British portrayed them as both "formidable opponents" and yet not "properly qualified" for fighting, criticising the Maratha guerrilla tactics as an improper way of war. Banerjee cites an 1859 statement as emblematic of this disparity: There is something noble in the carriage of an ordinary Rajput, and something vulgar in that of the most distinguished Mahratta. The Rajput is the most worthy antagonist, the Mahratta the most formidable enemy.[27] The Maratha Light Infantry regiment is one of the "oldest and most renowned" regiments of the Indian Army.[28] Its First Battalion, also known as the Jangi Paltan ("Warrior Platoon"),[29] traces its origins to 1768 as part of the Bombay Sepoys. The battle cry of Maratha Light Infantry is Bol Shri Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai! ("Hail Victory to Emperor Shivaji!") in tribute to the Maratha sovereign. See also List of Maratha dynasties and states List of notable Maratha People Thanjavur Marathi people Maratha People in Uttar Pradesh References ^ to: a b "Maratha (people)". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 12 July 2013. ^ Bates, Crispin (1995). "Race, Caste and Tribe in Central India: the early origins of Indian anthropometry". In Robb, Peter. The Concept of Race in South Asia. Delhi: Oxford University Press. pp. 240–242. 978-0-19-563767-0. Retrieved 2011-12-09. ^ Russell, Robert Vane (1916). Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India. 4. Lal, Rai Bahadur Hira. London: Macmillan & Co. pp. 201–203. Retrieved 3 October 2012. ^ O'Hanlon, Rosalind (2002). Caste, Conflict and Ideology: Mahatma Jotirao Phule and Low Caste Protest in Nineteenth-Century Western India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 17. 978-0-52152-308-0. Retrieved 13 May 2011. ^ to: a b c d Hansen 2001, p. 31. ^ Gordon, Stewart N. (1993). The Marathas 1600–1818. The New Cambridge History of India. Cambridge University Press. p. 35. 978-0-52126-883-7. Second, we have that Marathas regularly served in the armies of the Muslim Deccan kingdoms. ^ Pearson, M. N. (February 1976). "Shivaji and the Decline of the Mughal Empire". The Journal of Asian Studies. Association for Asian Studies. 35 (2): 221–235. doi:10.2307/2053980. JSTOR 2053980. ^ Mehta, J. L. Advanced study in the history of modern India 1707–1813 ^ Alexander Mikaberidze (31 July 2011). Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 43–. 978-1-59884-337-8. Retrieved 15 September 2013. ^ Chhabra, G.S. (2005) [1971]. Advanced Study in the History of Modern India. Lotus Press. 81-89093-06-1. ^ O'Hanlon 2002, p. 45. ^ O'Hanlon 2002, p. 47. ^ Pereira 2008, p. 65. ^ Haynes 1992, p. 65. ^ Singh 1998, p. 2211. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India Volume 92, Part 2. Bennett, Coleman & Company. 1971. p. 7. ^ A. Aiyappan; L. K. Bala Ratnam (1956). Society in India. Social Sciences Association. p. 41. ^ Hansen 2001, p. 32. ^ Hansen 2001, p. 34. ^ "History of Medieval India". google.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015. ^ Kurtz, Donald V. (1994). Contradictions and Conflict: A Dialectical Political Anthropology of a University in Western India. Leiden: Brill. p. 63. 978-9-00409-828-2. ^ Mishra, Sumita (2000). Grassroot Politics in India. New Delhi: Mittal Publications. p. 27. 9788170997320. ^ Dhanagare, D. N. (1995). "The Class Character and Politics of the Farmers' Movement in Maharashtra during the 1980s". In Brass, Tom. New Farmers' Movements in India. Ilford: Routledge/Frank Cass. p. 80. 9780714646091. ^ Economic and Political Weekly: January 2012 First Volume Pg 45 ^ Deshpande, Prachi (2007) [2006 (Permanent Black]. Creative Pasts: Historical Memory And Identity in Western India, 1700–1960. New York & Chichester: Columbia University Press. p. 189. 9780231124867. Retrieved 2012-10-03. ^ Samanta, Amiya K. (2000). Gorkhaland Movement: A Study in Ethnic Separatism. New Delhi: APH Publishing. p. 26. 9788176481663. Retrieved 2012-10-03. ^ Banerjee, Sikata (2005). Make Me a Man!: Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. p. 33. 9780791463673. Retrieved 2012-10-03. ^ Frank Edwards (2003). The Gaysh: A History of the Aden Protectorate Levies 1927–61 and the Federal Regular Army of South Arabia 1961–67. Helion & Company Limited. pp. 86–. 978-1-874622-96-3. Retrieved 15 September 2013. ^ Roger Perkins (1994). Regiments: Regiments and Corps of the British Empire and Commonwealth, 1758–1993 : a Critical Bibliography of Their Published Histories. Roger Perkins. 978-0-9506429-3-2. Retrieved 15 September 2013. Further reading Asher, Catherine B.; Talbot, Cynthia (2006). India Before Europe. Cambridge University Press. 978-0-521-80904-7. Retrieved 20 October 2013. Bayly, Christopher Alan (1990). Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire. Cambridge University Press. 978-0-521-38650-0. Retrieved 20 October 2013. Bayly, Susan (2001). Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age. Cambridge University Press. 978-0-521-79842-6. Retrieved 20 October 2013. Hansen, Thomas Blom (2001). Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay. Princeton University Press. 0-691-08840-3. Haynes, Douglas E. (1992). Contesting Power: Resistance and Everyday Social Relations in South Asia. University of California Press. 978-0-520-07585-6. Ludden, David (2013). India and South Asia: A Short History. Oneworld Publications. 978-1-85168-936-1. Hendre Patil Ludden, David (1999). An Agrarian History of South Asia. Cambridge University Press. 978-0-521-36424-9. Retrieved 20 October 2013. Metcalf, Barbara D.; Metcalf, Thomas R. (28 September 2006). A Concise History of Modern India. Cambridge University Press. 978-1-139-45887-0. Retrieved 20 October 2013. O'Hanlon, Rosalind (2002). Caste, Conflict and Ideology: Mahatma Jotirao Phule and Low Caste Protest in Nineteenth-Century Western India. Cambridge University Press. 978-0-521-52308-0. Pereira, A B de Bragnanca (2008). Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu. Penguin Books. 978-93-5118-208-5. Robb, Peter (2011). A History of India. Palgrave Macmillan. 978-0-230-34549-2. Singh, K. S. (1998). India's Communities. Oxford University Press. 978-0-19-563354-2. Stein, Burton (2010). A History of India. John Wiley & Sons. 978-1-4443-2351-1. Retrieved 20 October 2013. Wink, André (2007). Land and Sovereignty in India: Agrarian Society and Politics Under the Eighteenth-Century Maratha Svarājya. Cambridge University Press. 978-0-521-05180-4. Retrieved 20 October 2013. [hide] v t e Ethnic groups, social groups and tribes of Goa and the Konkan region Saraswats Goud Saraswat Brahmins Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmins Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins Kudaldeshkar Gaud Brahman Daivajnas Daivajna Karhades Karhade Padye Bhatt Prabhu Konkanasthas Chitpavan Brahmins Kramavant Joshi Gomantak Maratha Gomantak Maratha Samaj Naik Maratha Samaj Nutan Maratha Samaj Maratha Konkan Maratha Bhandaris Bhandaris Kulvadi Gauda and Kunbi Kunbi Kharvi Kharvi Others Madval Dhangar Gavli Chamar Mahar (Mhar) Siddis of Karnataka Roman Catholics Goan Catholics Karwari Catholics Mangalorean Catholics East Indians Islam Goan Muslims Konkani Muslims Nawayath Related articles Caste system in Goa Goans Konkani people Konkan Maratha Konkan Marathas are Konkani speaking Hindu Kshatriya originally from Goa, Karwar, Ankola, and Supa/Joida. They are traditionally landholding caste,and have been financially and politically influential since many centuries in Goa.They have been the most dominant caste politically in Karwar region owing to their overwhelming majority and political acumen but in recent times have lost that clout as a result of falling numbers due to the compulsion of migrations to bigger cities because of the lack of industrialization in Karwar as well better opportunities outside. Maratha Empire From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Maratha Empire मराठा साम्राज्य 1674–1818 Flag Territory under Maratha control in 1760 (yellow), without its vassals. Capital Raigad Fort (Maharashtra) Gingee (Tamil Nadu)[1] Satara (city) Pune (Maharashtra) Languages Marathi, Sanskrit[2] Religion Hinduism Government Monarchy Chhatrapati • 1674–1680 Shivaji (first) • 1808–1818 Raja Pratap Singh, Raja of Satara (last) Peshwa • 1674–1689 Moropant Pingle (first) • 1803–1818 Baji Rao II (last) Legislature Ashta Pradhan History • Deccan Wars 1674 • Anglo-Maratha War 1818 Area 2,800,000 km² (1,081,086 sq mi) Population • 1700 est. Not known Currency Rupee, Paisa, Mohor, Shivrai, Hon Preceded by Succeeded by Mughal Empire Adil Shahi dynasty Company rule in India Today part of India Bangladesh Pakistan Part of a series on the History of India History of India Ancient[show] Classical[show] Medieval[show] Modern[show] Related articles[show] v t e Outline of South Asian history Palaeolithic (2,500,000–250,000 BC)[show] Neolithic (10,800–3300 BC)[show] Chalcolithic (3500–1500 BC)[show] Bronze Age (3000–1300 BC)[show] Iron Age (1300–230 BC)[show] Classical Period (230 BC–1206 CE)[show] Medieval and Early Modern Periods (1206–1858 CE)[show] Colonial Period (1510–1961 CE)[show] Kingdoms and Colonies of Sri Lanka (544 BC–1948 CE)[show] National histories[show] Regional histories[show] Specialised histories[show] v t e The Maratha Empire or the Maratha Confederacy was an Indian power that existed from 1674 to 1818 and ruled over much of the Indian sub-continent. The Marathas are credited to a large extent for ending the Mughal rule in India.[3][4][5] The Marathas are Hindu warrior group from the western Deccan Plateau (present day Maharashtra) that rose to prominence by establishing a Hindavi Swarajya. The Marathas became prominent in the seventeenth century under the leadership of Shivaji who revolted against the Adil Shahi dynasty and the Mughal Empire and carved out a kingdom with Raigad as his capital. Known for their mobility, the Marathas were able to consolidate their territory during the Mughal–Maratha Wars and later controlled a large part of India. Chhattrapati Shahu, grandson of Shivaji, was released by Mughals after the death of Emperor Aurangzeb. Following a brief struggle with his aunt Tarabai, Shahu became ruler and appointed Balaji Vishwanath and later, his descendants, as the peshwas or prime ministers of the empire.[6] Balaji and his descendants played a key role in expansion of Maratha rule. The empire at its peak stretched from Tamil Nadu[7] in the south to Peshawar (modern-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan[8] [a]) in the north, and Bengal and Andaman Islands in the east.[10] In 1761, the Maratha Army lost the Third Battle of Panipat to Ahmad Shah Abdali of the Afghan Durrani Empire which halted their imperial expansion into Afghanistan. Ten years after Panipat, the young Peshwa Madhavrao I's Maratha Resurrection reinstated Maratha authority over North India. In a bid to effectively manage the large empire, Madhavrao I gave semi-autonomy to the strongest of the knights, which created a confederacy of Maratha states. They became known as the Gaekwads of Baroda, the Holkars of Indore and Malwa, the Scindias of Gwalior and Ujjain, the Bhonsales of the Nagpur and the Puars of Dhar and Dewas. In 1775, the East India Company intervened in a Peshwa family succession struggle in Pune, which became the First Anglo-Maratha War, resulting in the Maratha victory.[11] The Marathas remained the preeminent power in India until their defeat in the Second and Third Anglo-Maratha Wars (1805-1818 CE) which left the East India Company in control of most of India. A large portion of the Maratha empire was coastline, which had been secured by the potent Maratha Navy under commanders such as Kanhoji Angre. He was very successful at keeping foreign naval ships, particularly of the Portuguese and British, at bay.[12] Securing the coastal areas and building land-based fortifications were crucial aspects of the Maratha's defensive strategy and regional military history. Contents [hide] 1 Nomenclature 2 History 3 Shivaji and his descendants 3.1 Shivaji 3.2 Sambhaji 3.3 Rajaram and Tarabai 3.4 Shahu 4 Peshwa era 4.1 Balaji Vishwanath 4.2 Baji Rao I 4.3 Balaji Baji Rao 4.3.1 Maratha's Afghan conquests 4.3.2 Maratha invasion of Delhi and Rohilkhand 4.3.3 Third battle of Panipat 4.4 Peshwa Madhav Rao I 5 Confederacy era 5.1 Major events 5.2 British intervention 6 Administration 7 Geography 8 Legacy 8.1 Navy 9 Accounts by Afghans and Europeans 10 Notable generals and administrators 10.1 Ramchandra Pant Amatya Bawdekar 10.2 Nana Phadnavis 11 Personalities 11.1 Royal houses 11.2 Peshwas 11.2.1 Peshwas From Bhat Family 12 Clans 13 Maps showing the Maratha Empire at different stages of history 14 Thanjavur Maratha Kingdom (Tamil Nadu) 15 See also 16 Notes 17 Citations 18 Bibliography Nomenclature The Maratha Empire is also referred to as the Maratha Confederacy. The historian Barbara Ramusack says that the former is a designation preferred by Indian nationalists, while the latter was that used by British historians. She notes, "neither term is fully accurate since one implies a substantial degree of centralisation and the other signifies some surrender of power to a central government and a longstanding core of political administrators. Maratha power was fragmented among several discrete fragments. Although at present, the word Maratha refers to a particular caste of warriors and peasants, in the past the word has been used to describe Marathi people, including Marathas themselves.[13][14] History The empire had its head in the Chhatrapati as de jure but the de facto governance was in the hands of the Peshwas after death of Chhatrapati Shahu and with the death of Madhavrao - I, various chiefs played the role of the de facto rulers in their own regions. The details are as below. Shivaji and his descendants Shivaji A portrait of Chattrapati Shivaji Main article: Shivaji Shivaji was a Maratha aristocrat of the Bhosle clan who is considered to be the historical founder of the Maratha empire.[3] Shivaji led a resistance to free the Maratha people from the Sultanate of Bijapur and re-establish Hindavi Swarajya (self-rule of Hindu people[15]). He created an independent Maratha kingdom with Raigad as its capital[16] and successfully fought against the Mughals to defend his kingdom. He was crowned as Chhatrapati (sovereign) of the new Maratha kingdom in 1674. The state Shivaji founded was a Maratha kingdom comprising about 4.1% of the subcontinent, but spread over large tracts. At the time of his death[3] is was dotted with about 300 forts, about 40,000 cavalry, 50,000 foot soldiers and naval establishments all over the west coast. Over time, the kingdom would increase in size and heterogeneity,[17] and by the time of the his grandson and later on under the Peshwas in the early 18th century it was a full-fledged empire.[18] Sambhaji Main article: Sambhaji Sambhaji Bhosle Shivaji had two sons: Sambhaji and Rajaram. Sambhaji, the elder son, was very popular among the courtiers. In 1681, Sambhaji had himself crowned and resumed his father's expansionist policies. Sambhaji had earlier defeated the Portuguese and Chikka Deva Raya of Mysore. To nullify any Rajput-Maratha alliance as well as the Deccan Sultanates, the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb himself headed south in 1681. With his entire imperial court, administration and an army of about 500,000 troops he proceeded to build the empire, gaining territories such as the sultanates of Bijapur and Golconda. During the eight years that followed, Sambhaji led the Marathas, never losing a battle or a fort to Aurangzeb.[citation needed] In early 1689, Sambhaji called his commanders for a strategic meeting at Sangameshwar to consider a final onslaught on the Mughal forces. In a meticulously planned operation, Ganoji Shirke and Aurangzeb's commander, Mukarrab Khan, attacked Sangameshwar when Sambhaji was accompanied by a few men. Sambhaji was ambushed and captured by Mughal troops on February 01, 1689. He and his advisor, Kavi Kalash, were taken to Bahadurgad, where they were executed for rebellion against the Mughals on 11 March 1689.[citation needed] Rajaram and Tarabai Main articles: Chhatrapati Rajaram and Maharani Tarabai Upon Sambhaji's death, Rajaram, his half-brother, assumed the throne. The Mughal siege of Raigad continued and he had to flee to Vishalgad and then to Gingee for safety. From there the Marathas raided Mughal territory and many forts were recaptured by Maratha commanders such as Santaji Ghorpade, Dhanaji Jadhav, Parshuram Pant Pratinidhi, Shankaraji Narayan Sacheev and Melgiri Pandit. In 1697, Rajaram offered a truce but this was rejected by Aurangzeb. Rajaram died in 1700 at Sinhagad. His widow, Tarabai, assumed control in the name of her son, Ramaraja (Shivaji II). She led the Marathas against the Mughals and by 1705 they had crossed the Narmada River and entered Malwa, then in Mughal possession.[citation needed] Shahu After Aurangzeb's death in 1707, Shahu, son of Sambhaji (and grandson of Shivaji), was released by Bahadur Shah I, the new Mughal emperor but his mother was kept a hostage of the Mughals in order to ensure that Shahu adhered to the release conditions. Upon release, Shahu immediately claimed the Maratha throne and challenged his aunt Tarabai and her son. This promptly turned the now-spluttering Mughal-Maratha war into a three-cornered affair. The states of Satara and Kolhapur came into being in 1707, because of the succession dispute over the Maratha kingship. However, Shahu was finally accepted as Chhatrapati of the Marathas.[19] His mother was still held captive and he could only obtain her release in 1719 when the Marathas became strong enough. Shahu appointed the Balaji Vishwanath as Peshwa.[20] During regime of Shahu, Raghuji Bhosale expanded the empire in East reaching present-day Bengal. Senapati Dabhade expanded in West. Peshwa Bajirao and his three chiefs Pawar (Dhar), Holkar (Indore) and Scindia (Gwalior) expanded in North. All these houses became hereditary, thereby eventually undermining the Chhatrapati's authority there. Peshwa era Shaniwarwada palace fort in Pune, it was the seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire until 1818. During this era, Peshwas belonging to the (Bhat) Chitpavan family controlled the Maratha Army and later became de facto rulers of the Maratha Empire. During their reign, the Maratha empire reached its zenith ruling most of the Indian subcontinent. Balaji Vishwanath Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath Shahu appointed Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath in 1713. From his time, the office of Peshwa became supreme while Shahuji became a figure head.[20] His first major achievement was the conclusion of the Treaty of Lanavala in 1714 with Kanhoji Angre, the most powerful naval chief on the Western Coast. He later joined the Marathas. In 1719, an army of Marathas marched up to Delhi along with Sayyid Hussain Ali, the Mughal governor of Deccan and managed to depose the Mughal emperor. Thus, Marathas realised for the first time their potential to make and unmake Mughal Emperors.[21] Baji Rao I Peshwa Baji Rao I After Balaji Vishwanath's death in April 1720, his son, Baji Rao I, was appointed Peshwa by Shahu. Bajirao is credited with expanding the Maratha Empire tenfold from 3% to 30% of the modern Indian landscape during 1720–1740. He fought over 41 battles before his death in April 1740 and is reputed to have never lost one.[22] The Battle of Palkhed was a land battle that took place on February 28, 1728 at the village of Palkhed, near the city of Nashik, Maharashtra, India between Baji Rao I and the Qamar-ud-din Khan, Asaf Jah I of Hyderabad. The Marathas defeated the Nizam.The battle is considered an example of brilliant execution of military strategy.[23] In 1737, Marathas under Bajirao I raided the suburbs of Delhi in a blitzkrieg in the Battle of Delhi (1737).[24][25] The Nizam left Deccan to rescue Mughals from the invasion of Marathas, but was defeated decisively in the Battle of Bhopal.[25][26] The Marathas extracted a large tribute from the Mughals and signed a treaty which ceded Malwa to the Marathas.[27] The Battle of Vasai was fought between the Marathas and the Portuguese rulers of Vasai, a village lying on northern shore of Vasai creek, 50 km north of Mumbai. The Marathas were led by Chimaji Appa, brother of Baji Rao. Maratha victory in this war was a major achievement of Baji Rao's time in office.[25] Balaji Baji Rao Peshwa Balaji Bajirao Baji Rao's son, Balaji Bajirao (Nanasaheb), was appointed as the next Peshwa by Shahuji despite opposition of other chiefs. In 1740, the Maratha forces came down upon Arcot and defeated the Nawab of Arcot, Dost Ali, in the pass at Damalcherry. In the war that followed, Dost Ali, one of his sons Hasan Ali, and a number of other prominent persons lost their lives. This initial success at once enhanced Maratha prestige in the south. From Damalcherry, the Marathas proceeded to Arcot, which surrendered to them without much resistance. Then, Raghuji invaded Trichinopoly in December 1740. Unable to resist, Chanda Saheb surrendered the fort to Raghuji on March 14, 1741. Chanda Saheb and his son were arrested and sent to Nagpur.[28] After the successful campaign of Karnatak and the Battle of Trichinopolly, Raghuji returned from Karnatak. He undertook six expeditions in Bengal from 1741 to 1748.[29] Raghuji was able to annex Odisha to his kingdom permanently as he successfully exploited the chaotic conditions prevailing in Bengal, Bihar and Odisha after the death of their Governor, Murshid Quli Khan, in 1727. Constantly harassed by the Bhonsles, Odisha or Cuttack, Bengal and parts of Bihar were economically ruined. Alivardi Khan, Nawab of Bengal made peace with Raghuji in 1751 ceding in perpetuity Cuttack up to the river Subarnarekha, and agreeing to pay Rs.1.2 million annually in lieu of the Chauth of Bengal and Bihar.[30] Rajputana also came under Maratha domination during this time.[30] Maratha's Afghan conquests Balaji Bajirao encouraged agriculture, protected the villagers and brought about a marked improvement in the state of the territory. Continued expansion saw Raghunath Rao, brother of Nanasaheb, pushing into in the wake of the Afghan withdrawal after Ahmed Shah Abdali's plunder of Delhi in 1756. Delhi was captured by the Maratha army under Raghunath Rao in August 1757 defeating Afghan garrison in the Battle of Delhi. This laid the foundation for the Maratha conquest of North-west India. In Lahore, as in Delhi, the Marathas were now major players.[31] After Battle of Attock, 1758, the Marathas captured Peshawar defeating the Afghan troops in the Battle of Peshawar on 8 May 1758.[8] As noted by J.C. Grant Duff: The pre-eminence to which the Mahrattas had attained was animating and glorious; their right to tribute was acknowledged on the banks of the Coleroon (the lower Kaveri in Tamil Nadu) and the Deccan horse had quenched their thirst from the waters of the Indus.[32] Maratha invasion of Delhi and Rohilkhand Just prior to the battle of Panipat in 1761, Marathas looted "Diwan-i-Khas" or Hall of Private Audiences in the Red Fort of Delhi, which was the place where the Mughal emperors used to receive courtiers and state guests, in one of their expeditions of Delhi. "The Marathas who were hard pressed for money stripped the ceiling of Diwan-i-Khas of its silver and looted the shrines dedicated to Muslim saints".[33] During the Maratha invasion of Rohilkhand in the 1750s "The Marathas defeated the Rohillas, forced them to seek shelter in hills and ransacked their country in such a manner that the Rohillas dreaded the Marathas and hated them ever afterwards".[33] Third battle of Panipat In 1759, The Marathas under Sadashivrao Bhau (referred to as the Bhau or Bhao in sources) responded to the news of the Afghans' return to North India by sending a big army to North. Bhau's force was bolstered by some Maratha forces under Holkar, Scindia, Gaikwad and Govind Pant Bundele. The combined army of over 100,000 regular troops had re-captured the former Mughal capital, Delhi, from an Afghan garrison in August 1760.[34] Delhi had been reduced to ashes many times due to previous invasions and in addition there being acute shortage of supplies in the Maratha camp. Bhau ordered the sacking of the already depopulated city.[33][35] He is said to have planned to place his nephew and the Peshwa's son, Vishwasrao, on the Mughal throne. By 1760, with defeat of the Nizam in the Deccan, Maratha power had reached its zenith with a territory of over 2,800,000 km² acres. Maratha Helmet Signature Maratha helmet with curved back, front view Maratha Armor Signature Maratha helmet with curved back, side view. Maratha Armour from Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Ahmad Shah Durrani, then called Rohillas and Nawab of Oudh to assist him in driving out infidel Marathas from Delhi. Huge armies of Muslim forces and Marathas collided with each other on January 14, 1761 in the Third Battle of Panipat. The Maratha Army lost the battle which halted imperial expansion. The Jats and Rajputs did not support the Marathas. Their withdrawal from the ensuing battle played a crucial role in its result. Historians have criticised the Maratha treatment of fellow Hindu groups. Kaushik Roy says "The treatment of Marathas with their co-religionist fellows – Jats and Rajputs was definitely unfair and ultimately they had to pay its price in Panipat where Muslim forces had united in the name of religion."[31] The Marathas had antagonised the Jats and Rajputs by taxing them heavily, punishing them after defeating the Mughals and interfering in their internal affairs. The Marathas were abandoned by Raja Suraj Mal of Bharatpur and the Rajputs who quit the Maratha alliance at Agra before the start of the great battle and withdrew their troops as Maratha general Sadashivrao Bhau did not heed the advice to leave soldier's families (women and children) and pilgrims at Agra and not take them to the battle field with the soldiers, rejected their co-operation. Their supply chains (earlier assured by Raja Suraj Mal and Rajputs) did not exist. Peshwa Madhav Rao I Peshwa Madhavrao I Peshwa Madhavrao I was the fourth Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. It was during his tenure that the Maratha Resurrection took place. He worked as a unifying force in the Maratha Empire and moved to the south to subdue Nizam and Mysore to assert Maratha power. He sent generals such as Bhonsle, Scindia and Holkar to the north, where they re-established Maratha authority by the early 1770s.[citation needed] Prof G. S. Chhabra wrote: Young though he was, Madhav Rao had a cool and calculating head of a seasoned and experienced man. The diplomacy by which he could win over his uncle Raghoba when he had no strength to fight and the way he could crush his power when he had the means to do so later on proved in him a genius who knows when and how to act. The formidable power of the Nizam was crushed, Hyder Ali, who was a terror even to the British, was effectually humbled and before he died in 1772, the Marathas were almost there in the north where they had been before Panipat. What could not have the Marathas achieved if Madhav had continued living just for a few years more? Destiny was not in favour of the Marathas, the death of Madhav was a greater blow than their defeat of Panipat and from this blow they could never again recover.[36] Madhav Rao died in 1772, at the age of 27.[citation needed] His death is considered to be the most fatal blow to the Maratha Empire and from that time Maratha power started to move on a downward trajectory, less an empire than a confederacy. Confederacy era Mahadaji Scindia restored the Maratha domination on northern India. In a bid to effectively manage the large empire, Madhavrao Peshwa gave semi-autonomy to the strongest of the knights. After the death of Peshwa Madhavrao I, various chiefs and statesman became de facto rulers and regents for the infant Peshwa Madhavrao II. Thus, the semi-autonomous Maratha states came into being in far-flung regions of the empire: Peshwas of Pune Gaekwads of Baroda Holkars of Indore Scindias (aka Shindes) of Gwalior (Chambal region) and Ujjain (Malwa Region). Bhonsales of Nagpur (no blood relation with Shivaji's or Tarabai's family) Puars (or Pawars) of Dewas and Dhar Even in the original kingdom of Shivaji itself, many knights were given semi-autonomous charges of small districts, which led to princely states Sangli, Aundh, Bhor, Bawda, Phaltan, Miraj, etc. Pawars of Udgir were also part of confederacy. Major events After the 1761 Battle of Panipat, Malhar Rao Holkar attacked the Rajputs and defeated them at the battle of Mangrol. This largely restored Maratha power in Rajasthan.[37] Under the leadership of Mahadji Shinde, the ruler of the state of Gwalior in central India, the Marathas defeated the Jats, the Rohilla Afghans and took Delhi which remained under Maratha control for the next three decades.[38] His forces conquered modern day Haryana[39] Shinde was instrumental in resurrecting Maratha power after the débâcle of the Third Battle of Panipat, and in this he was assisted by Benoît de Boigne. In 1767 Madhavrao I crossed the Krishna River and defeated Hyder Ali in the battles of Sira and Madgiri. He also rescued the last queen of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom, who had been kept in confinement by Hyder Ali in the fort of Madgiri.[40] In early 1771, ten years after the collapse of Maratha authority over North India following the Third Battle of Panipat, Mahadji recaptured Delhi and installed Shah Alam II as a puppet ruler on the Mughal throne.[41] receiving in return the title of deputy Vakil-ul-Mutlak or vice-regent of the Empire and that of Vakil-ul-Mutlak being at his request conferred on the Peshwa. The Mughals also gave him the title of Amir-ul-Amara (head of the amirs).[42] Maratha king of Gwalior at his palace. After taking control of Delhi, the Marathas sent a large army in 1772 to punish Afghan Rohillas for their involvement in Panipat. Their army devastated Rohilkhand by looting and plundering as well as taking members of the royal family as captives.[41] After the growth in power of feudal lords like Malwa sardars, landlords of Bundelkhand and Rajput kingdoms of Rajasthan, they refused to pay tribute to Mahadji. So he sent his army conquer the states such as Bhopal, Datiya, Chanderi, Narwar, Salbai and Gohad. However, he launched an unsuccessful expedition against the Raja of Jaipur, but withdrew after the inconclusive Battle of Lalsot in 1787.[43] The Battle of Gajendragad was fought between the Marathas under the command of Tukojirao Holkar (the adopted son of Malharrao Holkar) and Tipu Sultan from March 1786 to March 1787 in which Tipu Sultan was defeated by the Marathas. By the victory in this battle, the border of the Maratha territory extended till Tungabhadra river.[44] The strong fort of Gwalior was then in the hands of Chhatar Singh, the Jat ruler of Gohad. In 1783, Mahadji besieged the fort of Gwalior and conquered it. He delegated the administration of Gwalior to Khanderao Hari Bhalerao. After celebrating the conquest of Gwalior, Mahadji Shinde turned his attention to Delhi again.[45] In 1788, Mahadji's armies defeated Ismail Beg, a Mughal noble who resisted the Marathas.[46] The Rohilla chief Ghulam Kadir, Ismail Beg's ally, took over Delhi, capital of the Mughal dynasty and deposed and blinded the king Shah Alam II, placing a puppet on the Delhi throne. Mahadji intervened and killed him, taking possession of Delhi on October 02 restoring Shah Alam II to the throne and acting as his protector.[47] Jaipur and Jodhpur, the two most powerful Rajput states, were still out of direct Maratha domination. So, Mahadji sent his general Benoît de Boigne to crush the forces of Jaipur and Jodhpur at the Battle of Patan.[48] Marwar was also captured on September 10, 1790. Another achievement of the Marathas was their victories over the Nizam of Hyderabad's armies including in the Battle of Kharda.[49][50] British intervention Main article: Anglo-Maratha Wars A mural depicting the British surrender during the First Anglo-Maratha War. The mural is a part of the Victory Memorial (Vijay Stambh) located at Vadgaon Maval (Off NH-4, Malinagar, Vadgaon Maval, Pune) In 1775, the British East India Company, from its base in Bombay, intervened in a succession struggle in Pune, on behalf of Raghunathrao (also called Raghobadada), who wanted to become Peshwa of the empire. Marathas forces under Tukojirao Holkar and Mahadaji Shinde defeated a British expeditionary force at the Battle of Wadgaon, but the heavy surrender terms, which included the return of annexed territory and a share of revenues, were disavowed by the British authorities at Bengal and fighting continued. What became known as the First Anglo-Maratha War ended in 1782 with a restoration of the pre-war status quo and the East India Company's abandonment of Raghunathrao's cause.[51] Peshwa Madhavrao II in his court in 1790, concluding a treaty with British. In 1799, Yashwantrao Holkar was crowned King of Holkars, he captured Ujjain. He started campaigning towards the north to expand his empire in that region. Yashwant Rao rebelled against the policies of the Peshwa Baji Rao II. In May 1802, he marched towards Pune the seat of the Peshwa. This gave rise to the Battle of Poona in which the Peshwa was defeated. After the Battle of Poona, the flight of Peshwa left the government of Maratha state in the hands of Yashwantrao Holkar.[52] He appointed Amrutrao as the Peshwa and went to Indore on March 13, 1803. All except Gaikwad chief of Baroda, who had already accepted British protection by a separate treaty on July 26, 1802, supported the new regime. He made a treaty with the British. Also, Yashwant-Rao successfully resolved the disputes with Scindia and the Peshwa. He tried to unite the Maratha Confederacy but to no avail. In 1802, the British intervened in Baroda to support the heir to the throne against rival claimants and they signed a treaty with the new Maharaja recognising his independence from the Maratha Empire in return for his acknowledgement of British paramountcy. Before the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803–1805), the Peshwa Baji Rao II signed a similar treaty. The defeat in Battle of Delhi, 1803 during Second Anglo-Maratha War resulted in the loss of the city of Delhi for the Marathas.[53] The Second Anglo-Maratha War represents the military high-water mark of the Marathas who posed the last serious opposition to the formation of the British Raj. The real contest for India was never a single decisive battle for the subcontinent. Rather it turned on a complex social and political struggle for control of the South Asian military economy. The victory in 1803 hinged as much on finance, diplomacy, politics and intelligence as it did on battlefield manoeuvre and war itself.[54] Battle of Assaye during the Second Anglo-Maratha War. Ultimately, the Third Anglo-Maratha War (1817–1818) resulted in the loss of Maratha independence. It left the British in control of most of India. The Peshwa was exiled to Bithoor (Marat, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh) as a pensioner of the British. The Maratha heartland of Desh, including Pune, came under direct British rule, with the exception of the states of Kolhapur and Satara, which retained local Maratha rulers (descendants of Shivaji abd Sambhaji II ruled over Kolhapur). The Maratha-ruled states of Gwalior, Indore, and Nagpur all lost territory and came under subordinate alliance with the British Raj as princely states that retained internal sovereignty under British paramountcy. Other small princely states of Maratha knights were retained under the British Raj as well. Peshwa Baji Rao II signing of the Treaty of Bassein with the British. The Third Anglo-Maratha War was fought by Maratha war lords separately instead of forming a common front and they surrendered one by one. Shinde and the Pashtun Amir Khan were subdued by the use of diplomacy and pressure, which resulted in the Treaty of Gwalior[55] on November 05, 1817. All other Maratha chiefs like Holkars, Bhonsles and Peshwa gave up arms by 1818. British historian Percival Spear describes 1818 as a watershed year in the history of India, saying that by the year "the British dominion in India became the British dominion of India".[56][57] The war left the British, under the auspices of the British East India Company, in control of virtually all of present-day India south of the Sutlej River. The famed Nassak Diamond was acquired by the Company as part of the spoils of the war.[58] The British acquired large chunks of territory from the Maratha Empire and in effect put an end to their most dynamic opposition.[59] The terms of surrender Major-general John Malcolm offered to the Peshwa were controversial amongst the British for being too liberal: The Peshwa was offered a luxurious life near Kanpur and given a pension of about 80,000 pounds. A comparison was drawn with Napoleon, who was confined to a small rock in the south Atlantic and given a small sum for his maintenance. Administration See also: Ashtapradhan Maratha Court The Ashtapradhan (The Council of Eight) was a council of eight ministers that administered the Maratha empire. This system was formed by Shivaji.[60] Ministerial designations were drawn from the Sanskrit language and comprised: Pantpradhan or Peshwa – Prime Minister, general administration of the Empire. Amatya or Mazumdar – Finance Minister, managing accounts of the Empire.[61] Sacheev – Secretary, preparing royal edicts. Mantri – Interior Minister, managing internal affairs especially intelligence and espionage. Senapati – Commander-in-Chief, managing the forces and defence of the Empire. Sumant – Foreign Minister, to manage relationships with other sovereigns. Nyayadhish – Chief Justice, dispensing justice on civil and criminal matters. Panditrao – High Priest, managing internal religious matters. With the notable exception of the priestly Panditrao and the judicial Nyayadisha, the other pradhans held full-time military commands and their deputies performed their civil duties in their stead. In the later era of the Maratha Empire, these deputies and their staff constituted the core of the Peshwa's bureaucracy.[citation needed] The Peshwa was the titular equivalent of a modern Prime Minister. Shivaji created the Peshwa designation in order to more effectively delegate administrative duties during the growth of the Maratha Empire. Prior to 1749, Peshwas held office for 8–9 years and controlled the Maratha Army. They later became the de facto hereditary administrators of the Maratha Empire from 1749 till its end in 1818.[citation needed] Under Peshwa administration and with the support of several key generals and diplomats (listed below), the Maratha Empire reached its zenith, ruling most of the Indian subcontinent. It was also under the Peshwas that the Maratha Empire came to its end through its formal annexation into the British Empire by the British East India Company in 1818. Gold coins minted during Shivaji's era, 17th century. The Marathas used secular policy of administration and allowed complete freedom of religion.[62][full citation needed] There were many notable Muslims in the military and administration of Marathas like Ibrahim Khan Gardi, Haider Ali Kohari, Daulat Khan, Siddi Ibrahim, and Jiva Mahal.[citation needed] Shivaji was an able administrator who established a government that included modern concepts such as cabinet, foreign policy and internal intelligence.[citation needed] He established an effective civil and military administration. He believed that there was a close bond between the state and the citizens. He is remembered as a just and welfare-minded king. Cosme da Guarda says of him that:[63] Such was the good treatment Shivaji accorded to people and such was the honesty with which he observed the capitulations that none looked upon him without a feeling of love and confidence. By his people he was exceedingly loved. Both in matters of reward and punishment he was so impartial that while he lived he made no exception for any person; no merit was left unrewarded, no offence went unpunished; and this he did with so much care and attention that he specially charged his governors to inform him in writing of the conduct of his soldiers, mentioning in particular those who had distinguished themselves, and he would at once order their promotion, either in rank or in pay, according to their merit. He was naturally loved by all men of valor and good conduct. However, the later Marathas are remembered more for their military campaigns, not for their administration.[citation needed] Geography Maratha Empire, 1758 (in orange) was the paramount power in the Indian sub-continent in 18th and early 19th century, until it was defeated by the British East India Company. The Maratha Empire, at its peak, ruled over a large area in the Indian sub-continent. Apart from capturing various regions, the Marathas maintained a large number of tributaries who were bounded by agreement to pay a certain amount of regular tax, known as Chauth. The empire defeated the Sultanate of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, Nawab of Oudh, Nawab of Bengal, Nizam of Hyderabad and Nawab of Arcot as well as the Polygar kingdoms of South India. They extracted chauth from Delhi, Oudh, Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Punjab, Hyderabad, Mysore, Uttar Pradesh and Rajputana.[64][65] The Marathas were requested by Safdarjung, the Nawab of Oudh, in 1752 to help him defeat Afghani Rohilla. The Maratha force left Pune and defeated Afghan Rohilla in 1752, capturing the whole of Rohilkhand (present-day northwestern Uttar Pradesh).[33] In 1752, Marathas entered into an agreement with the Mughal emperor, through his wazir, Safdarjung, Mughals gave Marathas the chauth of Punjab, Sindh and Doab in addition to the subedari of Ajmer and Agra.[66] In 1758, Marathas started their north-west conquest and expanded their boundary till Afghanistan. They defeated Afghan forces of Ahmed Shah Abdali, in what is now Pakistan, including Pakistani Punjab Province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Afghans were numbered around 25,000–30,000 and were led by Timur Shah, the son of Ahmad Shah Durrani. The Marathas massacred and looted thousands of Afghan soldiers and captured Lahore, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Attock, Peshawar in the Punjab region and Kashmir.[67][68] During the confederacy era, Mahadji Sindhia resurrected the Maratha domination on much of North India, which was lost after the Third battle of Panipat including the cis-Sutlej states (south of Sutlej) like Kaithal, Patiala, Jind, Thanesar, Maler Kotla and Faridkot, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh were under the suzerainty of the Scindhias of the Maratha Empire, following the Second Anglo-Maratha War of 1803–1805, Marathas lost these territories to the British East India Company.[42][69] Legacy Navy Main article: Maratha Navy A painted scroll depicting different types of ships of the Marathan Navy including some captured English ships The Maratha Empire is credited with laying the foundation of the Indian Navy and bringing about considerable changes in naval warfare by introducing a blue-water navy. From its inception in 1674, the Marathas established a naval force, consisting of cannons mounted on ships.[citation needed] The 'Pal' was a three-masted Maratha man-of-war with guns on its broadsides. The dominance of the Maratha Navy started with the ascent of Kanhoji Angre as the Darya-Saranga by the Maratha chief of Satara.[70] Under that authority, he was admiral of the Western coast of India from Bombay to Vingoria (now Vengurla) in the present day state of Maharashtra, except for Janjira which was affiliated with the Mughal Empire. The Marathas established watch posts on Andaman Islands and are credited with attaching those islands to India.[10] He attacked English, Dutch and Portuguese ships which were moving to and from East Indies. Until his death in 1729, he repeatedly attacked the colonial powers of Britain and Portugal, capturing numerous vessels of the British East India Company and extracting ransom for their return. On November 29, 1721, a joint attempt by the Portuguese Viceroy Francisco José de Sampaio e Castro and the British General Robert Cowan to humble Kanhoji failed miserably. Their combined fleet consisted of 6,000 soldiers in no less than four Man-of-war besides other ships led by Captain Thomas Mathews of the Bombay Marine. Aided by the Maratha naval commanders Mendhaji Bhatkar and Mainak Bhandari, Kanhoji continued to harass and plunder the European ships until his death in 1729.[citation needed] Accounts by Afghans and Europeans Maratha Gurabs ships attacking a British East India Company ship. The Maratha army, especially its infantry, was praised by almost all the enemies of Maratha Empire, ranging from Duke of Wellington to Ahmad Shah Abdali. After the Third Battle of Panipat, Abdali was relieved as Maratha army in the initial stages were almost in the position of destroying the Afghan armies and their Indian Allies Nawab of Oudh and Rohillas. The grand wazir of Durrani Empire, Sardar Shah Wali Khan was shocked when Maratha commander-in-chief Sadashivrao Bhau launched a fierce assault on the centre of Afghan Army, over 3,000 Durrani soldiers were killed alongside Haji Atai Khan, one of the chief commander of Afghan army and nephew of wazir Shah Wali Khan. Such was the fierce assault of Maratha infantry in hand-to-hand combat that Afghan armies started to flee and the wazir in desperation and rage shouted, "Comrades Whither do you fly, our country is far off".[71] Post battle, Ahmad Shah Abdali in a letter to one Indian ruler claimed that Afghans were able to defeat the Marathas only because of the blessings of almighty and any other army would have been destroyed by the Maratha army on that particular day even though Maratha army was numerically inferior to Afghan army and its Indian allies.[72][full citation needed] Though Abdali won the battle, he also had heavy casualties on his side. So, he sought immediate peace with the Marathas. Abdali wrote in his letter to Peshwa on February 10, 1761: There is no reason to have animosity amongst us. Your son Vishwasrao and your brother Sadashivrao died in battle, was unfortunate. Bhau started the battle, so I had to fight back unwillingly. Yet I feel sorry for his death. Please continue your guardianship of Delhi as before, to that I have no opposition. Only let Punjab until Sutlaj remain with us. Reinstate Shah Alam on Delhi's throne as you did before and let there be peace and friendship between us, this is my ardent desire. Grant me that desire.[73] Arms of Maratha Similarly, the Duke of Wellington, after defeating Marathas, noted that Marathas, though poorly led by their Generals, had regular infantry and artillery that matched the level of that of the Europeans and warned other British officers from underestimating the Marathas on the battlefield. He cautioned one British general that: "You must never allow Maratha infantry to attack head on or in close hand to hand combat as in that your army will cover itself with utter disgrace".[74] Even when Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, became the Prime Minister of Britain, he held Maratha infantry in utmost respect, claiming it to be one of the best in world. However, at the same time he noted the poor leadership of Maratha Generals, who were often responsible for their defeats.[74] Charles Metcalfe, one of the ablest of the British Officials in India and later acting Governor-General, wrote in 1806: India contains no more than two great powers, British and Mahratta, and every other state acknowledges the influence of one or the other. Every inch that we recede will be occupied by them.[75][76] Norman Gash says that the Maratha infantry was equal to that of British infantry. After the Third Anglo-Maratha war in 1818, Britain listed the Marathas as one of the Martial Races to serve in British Indian Army.[77] Notable generals and administrators Sadashivrao Bhau (centre) Ramchandra Pant Amatya Bawdekar Ramchandra Pant Amatya Bawdekar was a court administrator who rose from the ranks of a local Kulkarni to the ranks of Ashtapradhan under guidance and support of Shivaji. He was one of the prominent Peshwas from the time of Shivaji, prior to the rise of the later Peshwas who controlled the empire after Shahuji.[60] When Rajaram fled to Jinji in 1689 leaving Maratha Empire, he gave a Hukumat Panha (King Status) to Pant before leaving. Ramchandra Pant managed the entire state under many challenges like influx of Mughals, betrayal from Vatandars (local satraps under the Maratha state) and social challenges like scarcity of food. With the help of Pantpratinidhi, Sachiv, he kept the economic condition of Maratha Empire in an appropriate state. He received military help from the Maratha commanders – Santaji Ghorpade and Dhanaji Jadhav. On many occasions he himself participated in battles against Mughals.[citation needed] In 1698, he stepped down from the post of Hukumat Panha when Rajaram offered this post to his wife, Tarabai. Tarabai gave an important position to Pant among senior administrators of Maratha State. He wrote Adnyapatra (मराठी: आज्ञापत्र) in which he has explained different techniques of war, maintenance of forts and administration etc. But owing to his loyalty to Tarabai against Shahuji (who was supported by more local satraps), he was sidelined after arrival of Shahuji in 1707.[citation needed] Nana Phadnavis Nana Phadnavis was an influential minister and statesman of the Maratha Empire during the Peshwa administration. Nana Phadnavis played a pivotal role in holding the Maratha Confederacy together in the midst of internal dissension and the growing power of British. Nana's administrative, diplomatic and financial skills brought prosperity to the Maratha Empire and his management of external affairs kept the Maratha Empire away from the thrust of the British East India Company. After the assassination of Peshwa Narayanrao in 1773, Nana Phadnavis managed the affairs of the state with the help of a twelve-member regency council known as the Barbhai council and he remained the chief strategist of Maratha state till his death in 1800 AD.[78] Personalities Royal houses Shivaji (1630–1680) Sambhaji (1657–1689) Rajaram Chhatrapati (1670–1700) Satara: Chhattrapati Shahu (r.1708 - 1749) (alias Shivaji II, son of Chhatrapati Sambhaji) Ramaraja II (nominally, grandson of Chhatrapati Rajaram and Queen Tarabai) (r.1749 - 1777) Shahu II (r.1777 - 1808) Pratap Singh (r.1808 - 1839) - Signed a treaty with the East India company ceding part of sovereignty to the company[79] Kolhapur: Tarabai (1675–1761) (wife of Chhatrapati Rajaram) in the name of her son Shivaji II Shivaji II (1700–1714) Shivaji III (1760–1812) (adopted from the family of Khanwilkar) Peshwas The Sati of Ramabai, wife of Peshwa Madhavrao I. Moropant Trimbak Pingle (1657–1683) Bahiroji Pingale (1708–1711) Peshwas From Bhat Family From Balaji Vishwanath onwards, actual power gradually shifted to the Bhat family Peshwas based in Pune. Balaji Vishwanath (1713–1720) Bajirao (1720–1740) Balaji Bajirao (4 Jul.1740-23 Jun.1761) (b. 8 Dec. 1721, d. 23 Jun.1761) Madhavrao Peshwa (1761–18 Nov.1772) (b. 16 Feb 1745, d. 18 Nov 1772) Narayanrao Bajirao (13 Dec. 1772–30 Aug.1773) (b. 10 Aug.1755, d. 30 Aug.1773) Raghunathrao (5 Dec. 1773–1774) (b. 18 Aug.1734, d. 11 Dec. 1783) Sawai Madhava Rao II Narayan (1774–27 Oct.1795) (b. 18 Apr.1774, d. 27 Oct.1795) Baji Rao II (6 Dec. 1796 – 3 Jun.1818) (d. 28 Jan.1851) Clans Holkars of Indore Scindias of Gwalior Gaikwads of Baroda Bhonsales of Nagpur Puarss of Dewas and Dhar Maps showing the Maratha Empire at different stages of history Maratha kingdom in 1680 (green) Maratha Empire at its peak in 1758 (orange) Maratha Empire in 1765 (yellow) Maratha Empire in 1794 (yellow) Maratha Empire in 1805 (yellow) Thanjavur Maratha Kingdom (Tamil Nadu) Thanjavur Maratha palace Main article: Thanjavur Marathas Thanjavur Marathas were the rulers of Thanjavur principality of Tamil Nadu between the 17th to the 19th century. Their native language was Thanjavur Marathi. Venkoji, Shahaji's son and Shivaji's stepbrother was the founder of the dynasty. Thanjavur Maratha dynasty : Venkoji Shahuji I of Thanjavur Serfoji I Tukkoji Pratapsingh of Thanjavur Thuljaji Serfoji II Shivaji II of Thanjavur See also Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maratha Empire. List of Maratha dynasties and states Maratha War of Independence Battles involving the Maratha Empire Maratha titles Thanjavur Maratha kingdom List of people involved in the Maratha Empire Notes ^ Many historians consider Attock to be the final frontier of the Maratha Empire.[9][page needed] [80] Citations ^ https://books.google.co.in/books?id=oUTRAAAAMAAJ ^ Majumdar, R.C. (ed.) (2007). The Mughul Empire, Mumbai: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, ISBN 81-7276-407-1, pp. 609, 634. ^ to: a b c Pearson, M. N. (February 1976). "Shivaji and the Decline of the Mughal Empire". The Journal of Asian Studies. 35 (2): 221–235. doi:10.2307/2053980. JSTOR 2053980. 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