Yesaji Kank

Yesaji Kank ( Sardar ) 

This brave maratha from village called Bhutonde near Rajgad was with Shivaji from very early days. When Shivaji took oath of Independence in Rohideshwar, Yesaji was with him. He witnessed entire period of Shivaji's 35 year war against mughal & Adilshahi invaders.

Yesaji was involved in the  battle of Torna & Rajgad.

After Shivaji's death, Yesaji even guided Sambhaji & even participated in Sambhaji attacked Fonda. He recieved award of 2000 huns in his bravery in this battle.

When Shivaji went on deccan expedition, Yesaji accompanied him. In meeting with Tanashah, Tanashah asked Shivaji why maratha army has no elephants. On this Shivaji replied my each man can overpower an elephant. To prove words of his king, Yesaji jumped into the field and took on an elephant. He fought with elephant alone and made him run away from ground.

Tanaji Malusure

Tanaji Malusure ( Subhedar )   

Tanaji was gallant officer of maratha infantry. This brave maratha from umarthe village was childhood friend of Shivaji maharaj. Tanaji accompanied Shivaji maharaj since very early missions of Swarajya. Be it conquest of northern Konkan or kondhana. He also played important role in war against Shirke when Shirke tried to attack maratha garrison in the night. After Shivaji maharaj's great escape from Agra, when he decided to take all the surrender forts back from Mughal. Maharaj decided to start the mission with conquest of Kondhana which is a strong hill fort near Pune. Tanaji visited Shivaji maharaj to invite him for his son's marriage but when he heard that Shivaji maharaj himself plans to go on kondhana mission, he said let me first complete this sacred work for kingdom then only I will do my family functions. In the dark night Tanaji with his handful troops climbed rock patch of Kondhana without mughal garrison noticing it. He & his troops surprised mughals & opened main door of Kondhana for remaining troops who were ready to attack. While fighting with Udebhan, the killedar of Kondhana, Tanaji had to sacrifice his life, but he proved the real inspiration to his troops & even after his death, under leadership of his younger brother Suryaji maratha troops conquered the fort successfully.

Sonopant Dabir

Sonopant Dabir ( Diplomat )  

One of the very important diplomat of Shivaji, was serving Bhosle family from the times of Shahaji. When Shahaji was sent to Karnataka, by Ahemad Adilshah, Shahaji sent Sonopant to help Jijabai & Shivaji in administrative work of Pune & Supe region.

He provided great guidance to Shivaji in early days of swarajya. In 1658, when Afzalkhan arrested Shahaji & was planning to kill him, Sonopant travelled to delhi & convince Shahjahan about Adilshah's wrong intensions. As a result of his great diplomatic tactics, Shahjahan put pressure on Adil shah to release Shahaji immedietly.

In 1660, Sonopant was selected as envoy to open discussions with Shaistakhan, who was new mughal subhedar of deccan then.

Shivaji honoured sonopant by weighing him with silver as appreciation of his hardwork & honesty.

Sidoji Nimbalkar

Sidoji Nimbalkar

Sidoji fought very bravely in the battle of Umrani. According to Parnavpallam - Grahanakhyanam this brave maratha warrior caught the enemy elephant single handedly.


Siddi Ibraham

Siddi Ibraham

This brave warrior had accompanied Shivaji maharaj at the time of his meeting with Afzalkhan near Pratapgad. 

He was among the ten bodyguard Shivaji maharaj had taken when meeting Afzalkhan.

Shiva Kashid

Shiva Kashid (Shiva Nhavi) 

Shiva Kashid better known as Shiva Nhavi. He was barber by profession, & look alike of Shivaji.
When Shivaji was besieged in Panhala & he made a plan to escape from the fort, Shiva happily accepted the job of pretending that he is Shivaji.

He along with few men descended down the fort & tried to escape from seige in such a manner that he will get noticed.

He was well aware that Bijapuri troops on seige would caught him & kill him, still he did this to save his king.
Bijapuri troops caught him & they felt they have caught Shivaji. They took Shiva to Siddi & whole camp was happy that Shivaji was arrested so easily.

The siege got relaxed & real Shivaji could escape without knowing in which direction he had gone.
When Siddi realised that the person caught is not Shivaji but his look alike he stabbed Shiva with anger.
This great sacrifies of Shiva saved the maratha king. 

One can see Shiva Kashid's statue on Panhalgad as memory of his bravery.

Sarjerao Jedhe

Sarjerao Jedhe ( Warrior in Cavalary ) 

Sarjerao was a brave warrior in Shivaji's cavalary.
Sarjerao displayed great courage in battle of Pratapgad, when Maratha army thrashed Bijapuri troops after Afzal Khan was killed.

Sarjerao was part of great mission 'night attack on Shaista Khan',  Sarjerao was present on the other bank of river with his contingent to provide reinforcement to Shivaji in case of failure of original plan.

Around october 1664, Bijaouri vassal Khawas Khan attacked kudal in kokan region. Shivaji himself lead the mission of attacking Khawas Khan. Again in this battle, Sarjerao played important role & recieved admiration from his master for his great deeds.

Sarjerao had gone to Agra with Shivaji & Sambhaji. After the failure of attack on Fonda in 1674, Shivaji himself lead a mission of conquering Fonda in 1675. Sarjerao yet again played crucial role in seige of Fonda.
This mission was great success & maratha troops captured the fort. Sarjerao was chosen for Shivaji expedition to Bhaganagar.

Sambhaji Kavaji

Sambhaji Kavaji  ( Mahaldar )

Full name Sambhaji Kavaji. Sambhaji was very brave warrior of Maratha infantry.  Sambhaji played very important role in conquest of Javali. Shivaji maharaj new well that without finishing Hanumant More, Javali's victory wont be complete, so Sambhaji was sent to talk to Hanumant More. Sambhaji pretended that he wants to marry Hanumant's daughter & arranged secret meeting with him. In this meeting he killed Hanumant More & marathas claimed complete right over Javali.

Sambhaji accompanied Shivaji maharaj at the time of meeting with Afzalkhan. Shivaji maharaj attacked Afzalkhan with tiger claw, but he escaped & his bodyguard Sayyed Banda provided him time to do so. Afzalkhan was trying to sit in his palaquin & run away but before his men could lift him up, Sambhaji thrashed the carrier men & then separated Afzal's head from his body.. 

Sambhaji then carried this head to Pratapgad as symbol of Maratha gallantry.


Ramaji Pangera

Ramaji Pangera ( Officer Infantry )  

One can find Ramaji Pangera's mention in Sabhasad bakhar as well as Shiv bharat. 

Ramaji was officer in Infantry with 1000 troops under him. He played very important role in attack on Adilshahi forces after Afzalkhan's slaying.

Prataprao Gujar

Prataprao Gujar ( Sarnaubat )    

Prataprao Bargujar (actual name Kudtoji Bargujar) was the third royal Sarnaubat (Commander-in-chief) of Shivaji's army, which was probably the most successful guerilla force in 17th century India. He was given the pseudonym of Prataprao (The brave) by Shivaji in acknowledgement of his bravery in the war against Mirza Raje Jaisingh.

He was a highly gifted aristocratic general, who enjoyed the trust of his king and the loyalty of his troops. He defeated mughals in a famous battle of Salher. This was a major battle between mughals and marathas. His major drawback was his impulsive emotional nature.

A few months before Shivaji's coronation in 1674, Prataprao Bargujar was sent to deal with the invading force led by the Adilshahi general, Bahalol Khan. The Maratha army surrounded the camp of Bahalol Khan at the place of Naesari. Prataprao's forces defeated and captured the opposing general in the battle. In spite of specific warnings against doing so by Shivaji, Prataprao released Bahalol Khan along troops and the seized war material, when Bahalol Khan promised not to invade Shivaji's territories again. Days after his release Bahalol Khan started preparing for a fresh invasion.

When Shivaji heard of about Prataprao decision, he was incensed and wrote an angry letter to Prataprao refusing him permission to see him till such time, Bahlol Khan was re-captured. Prataprao Gujar was very unhappy.One day he learnt of Bahlol Khan camping nearby. Prataprao attacked Bahalol's camp near Nesari but unfortunately was killed by Adilshahi Army. Maratha army took revenge of Prataprao's death under the leadership of Anaji and Hambirao Mohite.

Shivaji was deeply greived on hearing of Pratprao's death. He married his second son, Rajaram, to the daughter of Prataprao Bargujar, who was later to be the Queen of the Maratha Empire, Maharani Tarabai.

Nurkhan Beg

Nurkhan Beg ( Sarnaubat Infantry)

Nurkhan Beg, was key associate of Shivaji maharaj since very early days. This deccan Musalman officer never ditched Shivaji maharaj & served to his best capabilities. 

Nurkhan played very important role in battles of Kondhana against Daulatkhan, battle against Afzalkhan's army, battle of Umbarkhind.

Netaji Palkar

Netaji Palkar ( Sarnaubat )   

Netaji Palkar was Sarnaubat (Commander-in-chief) in the army of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha empire in western India.

Netaji's father who was from the Kayastha community was in the services of Shivaji's father Shahaji. Shivaji's 3rd queen Putalabai was also from Palkar's Family so it is said that he was her uncle. During the period of the rise of Shivaji from 1645 to 1665, Netaji was given charge of many expeditions which he successfully completed. His greatest success was the campaign against the Adilshah of Bijapur that followed the killing of Afzal Khan. His standing among the local population was such that he was known as Prati Shivaji (Image of Shivaji). After an agreement of Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Shivaji, Shivaji was made to give 23 forts to the Mughals and also fight against the Adilshah of Bijapur. During this period, Netali Palkar was confidentially forced by Shivaji to join the Bijapur forces and weaken the Mughals by counter-attacking using Adilshah's army. In turn, Shivaji used Mirzaraja Jai Singh's army to weaken the Adilshahi.

After Shivaji's meeting with Aurangzeb at Agra, Netaji Palkar joined the service of Mirza Raja Jaisingh. When Shivaji escaped from Agra, Mirza Raje fell out of favour of Aurangzeb. Netaji was among many people who were arrested and sent to Agra where he was tortured and forced to convert to Islam. His wives were thereafter brought to Delhi and also converted for him to remarry them in the Islamic way. Taking up the name of Muhammed Kuli Khan, Netaji Palkar was appointed as Garrison commander of the Kandahar fort. He tried to escape but was trapped at Lahore. Thereafter in the fields of Kandhar and Kabul, he fought for the Mughals against rebel Pathans. He gained the good faith of Aurangzeb and was sent to the Deccan along with Commander Diler Khan to conquer Shivaji's territory. However, after entering Maharashtra, Netaji joined Shivaji's troops and went to Raigad. Thus after a decade Netaji turned up at the court of Shivaji, asking to be taken back into the Hindu fold. Shivaji arranged for reconversion of Netaji at Raigad. This was done after acceptance of Judges and all senior members in Shivaji's court.

Netaji led battles against the Adilshah at Panhala, Shahapur, Tikoteparyant and Vijapur in 1660 and at Khatav, Mangalvedha, Phaltan, Taathvada and Vijapur in 1665.

Murarbaji Deshpande

Murarbaji Deshpande ( Killedar(Purandhar)Murarbaji Deshpande was born into the Deshastha Brahmin family and his native land was the Javali Satara District. Later, in the service of Chandrao More of Javali, he moved to Mahad. He joined the army of Shivaji Maharaj in 1656 after the fall of More Kingdom to Bhosales. He soon became known as the Loyal Sardar of Maharaj and was awarded the title of Killedari of Puranadar.

The battle for Purandhar fort was a landmark battle of symbolic importance for both the Marathas and Mughals. It was essential for the Marathas to hold off the Mughals for as long as possible, thus demonstrating the difficulty of conquering the mountainous Deccan kingdom. It was equally imperative for the Mughals to conquer Purandhar as swiftly as possible to demonstrate the futility of resistance before the mighty Mughal empire.

In the end, superior European cannons fielded by the Mughals, under the leadership of the European mercenary Mannucci, blasted away the walls of Purandhar. In spite of crumbling defenses, Murarbaji and his troops sustained a dogged defense. When the Mughals breached the outer walls, Murarbaji and his soldiers, though overwhelmingly outnumbered, mounted a fierce counterattack. Maratha folk history has it that Murarbaji showed incredible skills as a swordsman and was an aggressive and inspiring leader who pushed back and caused a retreat of a larger Mughal force.

Dilyer Khan, impressed with the bravery of Murarbaji, offered him a truce and employment in the Mughal forces with a handsome salary. Murarbaji turned down the offer due to his loyalty to the ideals of Hindavi Swaraj, he paid for this decision with his life. The remaining Marathas retreated inside the inner walls (baalekilla) of the fort, refusing to surrender and willing to fight to the last man.

The battle of Purandhar showed the Marathas the difficulty in facing the overwhelming force led by Mirza Raja, and revealed to the Mughal the indomitable spirit and tenacity of the Marathas. Thereafter Shivaji agreed to surrender to Mirza Raja rather than risk the decimation of his forces and the ruin of his homeland. As a part of the settlement the Mughals opted to leave some of the forts and surrounding lands in the control of Shivaji rather than face a protracted and expensive campaign to conquer Marathas.

Moropant Pingle

Moropant Pingle (Peshwe) 

Moropant Trimbak Pingle, also known as Moropant Peshwa was the first Peshwa (Prime Minister) in the court of Shivaji, who founded the Maratha empire in western India.

In 1647, Moropant joined the efforts of Shivaji in establishing the Maratha kingdom. He was one of the warriors who participated in the successful 1659 battle of Shivaji's forces against the forces of Vijapur's adil Shah which immediately followed the killing of Adilshah's general Afzalkhan by Shivaji during their one-on-one meeting at Jawali. He also participated in the battles at the Trimbakeshwar Fort and at Wani-Dindori against the Mughal forces. He participated in Shivaji's invasion of Surat in 1664.

Moropant introduced sound revenue administration in Shivaji's regime, and played an important role in resource planning concerning defenses and maintenance of strategic forts. He was responsible for the construction of Pratapgad. At the time of Shivaji's death, Moropant Pingle was working as a supervisor to control fort development activity in Nashik District for Salher-Mulher Forts. He also participated along with Sambhaji in the battle of Burhanpur during 1681.

Moropant died in 1683, three years after Shivaji.

Maynaak Bhandari

Maynaak Bhandari ( Officer in Navy )

Maynak Bhandari was originally from southern kokan region. He was Shivaji's one of earliest follower when Shivaji invaded kokan region for the first time.

Maynak had great knowledge of western coast & hence played very important role in many battles in Kokan. Maynak handled situation at Khanderi when British troops of Mumbai were trying to conquer the island.

Maynak played very important role in conquest of Suvarndurg. In this battle he was accompanied by hie nephew. His nephew was killed in the battle but dispite this incidence, maynak continued the fighting & finally Suvarndurg was included in Swarajya.

Maynak was given contingent of 3000 troops to control activities of siddi of Janjira.

Mankoji Dahatonde

Mankoji Dahatonde (Warfare Minister)

Manikrao was deshmukh in maval who joined Shivaji's early efforts of independence.
Manikrao was very experienced leader & had great vision of warfare. Initially Manikrao served as sarnaubat for Shivaji.

Then he was promoted as Warfare minister.

Manikrao's guidance & strategem played very important role in initial conquests of Shjivaji.


Jiva Mahala

Jiva Mahala ( Swordsman ) 

This expert swordsman played most crucial role in battle of Pratapgad. He was Shivaji's bodyguard when Shivaji went at the base of Pratapgad to meet Afzalkhan. It was Jiva's responsibility to safeguard his master from every attempt of treachery.

When Afzalkhan tried to Kill Shivaji with his khanjir, Shivaji stabbed Afzal with baghnak & dagger(Bichwa). Afzal cried Dagah (Treachery).. On hearing this, his bodyguard Sayyed banda rushed in the tent & attacked Shivaji. In his first strike he broke the helmet Shivaji was wearing underneath the Jiretope. but before Sayyed could take the next strike Jiva slashed his arm & killed Sayyed.

Jiva saved his master & then escorted him to Pratapgad safely. He also played an important role in battle of Pratapgad against Afzal's army.

Hiroji Farjand

Hiroji Farjand (Officer in Cavalary)  

Hiroji was with Shivaji since very early days. Accompanied Shivaji in his first Invasion of Kokan. Hiroji had gone to Agra as Shivaji's escort. When Shivaji was seized in Agra by Aurangzeb, he sent most of his men away but kept Hiroji along with him.

When Shivaji made a clever escape from Agra, He asked Hiroji to lay down on his bed. Hiroji was then covered with blanket, while only his hand visible.

He had wore gold bracelet of Shivaji. Mughal troops on patroling could only see the bracelet & thought that Shivaji is sleeping.  This allowed Shivaji, escape smoothly from Agra.

After a while, Hiroji went out of the room & told the doorkeeper that he is going to buy some medicins for his master & escaped. 

It was Hiroji's courage & cunning which made the operation successful.

Hambirrao Mohite

Hambirrao Mohite (Sarnaubat)  

Hambirrao real name Hansaji mohite. Sarnaubat of maratha Amry after Prataprao Gujar. 

In the battle of Nesari, maratha army was shattered & their moral was down as they had lost their great leader Prataprao gujar.

Bahlol Khan was overpowering Maratha contingent & was pushing them to big defeat. Thats when Hambirrao took charge, With his own contingent he attacked Bahalol.

Hambir-rao boosted the moral of Maratha army & with his bravery as well as great understanding of warfare, he converted the defeat into glorious victory. This victory helped maratha army gain their confidence.

On 18th April 1674, when Shivaji went to Chiplun, to meet his contingent in Kokan region, He awarded Hansaji Mohite with the Honour "Hambirrao", & also promoted him as new Sarnaubat (Cheif of Army). 

In 1677, Hambirrao lead the attack on Gadag, He defeated Adilshahi officer of koppal district "Husenkhan"
He accompanied Shivaji in his deccan expedition. Hambirrao also guided Sambhaji in his period.

Gomaji Naik

Gomaji Naik ( Great Warrior & Advisor ) 

Gomaji Naik Pansambal was a renowned warrior and military adviser in the army of Shivaji

Gomaji was deputed by Lakhuji Yadavrao to look after Jijabai. He remained with Jijabai and Shivaji throughout his life. He was a master of sword. But most important is that he advised Shivaji in making certain crucial decisions which had far reaching effects on the character of the Maratha empire as such.

When Shivaji was a novice, a troop of Pathans had come to Shivaji requesting enrollment in his service. Shivaji was a little hesitant, but Gomaji advised him to take them into the service. This resulted in the secular character of the Maratha Empire.

He also taught swordsmanship to Shivaji, especially the lance, the characteristic Maratha weapon.

Fulaji Deshpande

Fulaji Deshpande (Officer in Infantry)   

Fulaji was elder brother of Bajiprabhu Deshpande. He was with Baji Prabhu & Shivaji when they made escape from Panhala & travelled to Vishalgad. Fulaji fought bravely in the battle of Pavankhind.

He belonged to Kayasta (CKP) community. His Original Surname was Pradhan. He was born in Shind Village near Bhor.

One can visit Samadhi of Fulaji Deshpande near Panhala.

Firangoji Narsala

Firangoji Narsala  ( Killedar (Bhupalgad)

Firangoji Narsala was a renowned Maratha warrior and military leader in the army of Shivaji Chhatrapati, a Maharaja of Maharashtra, in 17th century India. He is famous for his defence of Sangram Durga, a fort, against a Mughal army led by Shaista Khan in 1660 .

Firangoji was a 'Killedar' (fortress commander) of this fort in Chakan (Pune). When Shaista Khan invaded Pune with a lakh of soldiers, he selected Sangram Durga as the first target. He attacked the fort with 10,000 soldiers.

Firangoji Narasala was prepared for this attack, however, even though he had only 200 soldiers. Just before this attack Shivaji had asked his commander to leave the fort. However, Firangoji decided not to abandon the fort and instead started a fierce guerrilla war against the Mughals and defended the fort in this way for almost two months.

The Mughals tried another way of taking the fort. They dug a tunnel up to the fort; which was a challenge because of the water around it. They filled this tunnel with explosives and blew up the wall of the fort. This was a major setback for Firangoji and his soldiers; 75 soldiers died in this attack. The Mughal army rushed into the fort; fierce fighting ensued and many Maratha soldiers were killed.

Shaista Khan was astonished by Firangoji's bravery, and offered him Mughal Sardari. But Firangoji refused to accept it; instead Shayeste Khan gave him and his soldiers safe passage. Firangoji came to meet Shivaji and apologised for surrendering the fort. But Shivaji was very happy with him as he had defended a small fort for almost 2 months. He said "if it took 60 days for Shayeste Khan to take a small fort, imagine how many days will be required to capture an entire swarajya (kingdom). Shaista Khan will be here for few days, he is not going to take Sangram Durg with him. Whatever you have done is praiseworthy". Shivaji rewarded Firangoji and made him Killedar of 'Bhopal Gad' (fort).

Daulat Khan

Daulatkhan (Naval Officer) 

Daulat Khan was expert of naval expeditions & warfare. He served Maratha navy for many years & fought many important battles for Marathas. Played important role in operation against Siddi to conquer Janjira.

Fought against British fleet in the war of Khanderi.


Baji Prabhu Deshpande

Baji Prabhu Deshpande ( Sardar)
Baji Prabhu was 15 years elder to Shivaji Maharaj, this means he was born around 1615. He belonged to Kayasta (CKP). His Original Sirname was Pradhan.He was honoured by Kulkarni Hakka as per available info from modi Scripts. He was born in Shind Village Near Bhor.

Baji Prabhu Deshpande (died 1660) was one of the lieutenants (also known as sardar) of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha empire. The legend of Baji Prabhu is intricately linked with the final battle during Shivaji's escape from Fort Panhala, where he played a key role in the final battle.

Following his shocking defeat of Afzal Khan and the rout of the Bijapuri army at Pratapgad, Shivaji maharaj continued to push deep into Bijapuri territory. Within a few days, the Marathas captured Panhala (near the city of Kolhapur). Meanwhile another Marathi force, led by Netaji Palkar, pushed straight on towards Bijapur. Bijapur repulsed this attack, however, and Shivaji maharaj and a few of his sardars retreated to Panhala.

The Bijapuri force was led by Siddhi Johar, an Abyssinian general. Discovering location of Shivaji maharaj, Johar laid siege to Panhala. Netaji Palkar made repeated attempts to break the Bijapuri siege from outside, but these failed.

Finally a very audacious and risky plan was decided: Shivaji maharaj, Baji Prabhu Deshpande and with a select band of troops would attempt to break through the siege at the night, and make for Vishalgadh. In order to deceive the Bijapuri forces, who would give a chase once they found that Shivaji maharaj had broken the siege, Shiva Nhavi, who had an uncanny physical resemblance to Shivaji maharaj, volunteered to dress like the king and let himself be captured.

On a stormy new moon's night a band of 300 select men, led by Baji Prabhu and Shivaji maharaj, broke through the siege. They were hotly pursued by the Bijapuri force. As planned, Shiva Nhavi allowed himself to be captured and taken back to the Bijapuri camp, fully comprehending that he would be put to death once the charade was discovered. This sacrifice, however gave the fleeing Maratha force some breathing space.

As soon as the Bijapuri force realized their mistake, the chase was on again, led by Siddhi Masood, the son-in-law of Siddhi Johar. Near the pass of Ghodkhind (Horse's Pass), the Marathas made a final stand. Shivaji maharaj and half of the Maratha force pushed for Vishalgadh, while Bajiprabhu and the remaining Badal Sena of about 150 men blocked the pass.
Tradition and legend describe feats of valour displayed by the Marathas during this rear guard action. Through the entire battle, Bajiparbhu, even though grievously injured, continued fighting, inspiring his men to fight on until Shivaji maharaj reach Vishalgad safely to Vishalgadh was signaled by the firing of three cannon volleys.

Anaji Raghunath Malkare

Anaji Raghunath Malkare (Diplomat)

When Shivaji aquired fort Purandar from 3 sons of Niloji Nilkanthrao, he appointed Anaji as Sabnis of the fort.

When Pantaji Gopinath informed Shivaji that Afzal Khan agreed to meet Shivaji at Pratapgad, Anaji was given very important responsibility of preparing venue at the base of Pratapgad for the meeting. It was Anaji's intelligent preparations which played important role in the strategy of war against Afzal Khan.

Anaji accompanied Shivaji in his southern expedition to Bhaganagar.

You may find his name referred as Anaji Raghunath in historical references. 

Anna Dattoji

Anaji Datto (Chief of Kokan Region)

Anaji was initially appointed as "Vaknis" in the year of 1661. Later in August 1662, he was promoted to the post of Soornis. In 1673, Anaji Datto & Kondaji Farzand conquered Panhala. This was a very famous conquered as the attack was so well planned that even before Killedar of Panhala could realize that he had been attacked, Kondaji's men had captured gates of the fort.Anaji was waiting for Kondaji's signal & immediately reached into the fort on Kondaji's signal. The Panhala was conquered successfully by this duo.

In 1674, Anaji tried to conquer fort Fonda with his 3000 men but the mission failed due to bravado of Killedar Mohammad Khan. Later on in 1675 Shivaji Maharaj himself carried out mission of Fonda with Anaji & successfully conquered the fort. In 1674, at the time of coronation of Shivaji Maharaj, 

Anaji was given responsibility of Kokan region. In 1677, Anaji accompanied shivaji in his Deccan expedition.

Shivaji the Great

Words find itself inefficient to describe the greatness of this King. A lion hearted King. A man ahead of his time. A courageous man who envisioned the rise of the English and found out ways and means to stem their growth in his Swarajya. A man who defied the traditions and founded the Swarajya for his people. Shivaji Maharaj, even after five centuries is a greatest source of inspiration to millions of Indians in general, and to Maharashtrians in particular.

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