Category Archives: Medieval India

Balaji Vishwanath

When one looks at the history of the Maratha Empire, the Peshwa era is one of the most significant one, specifically from Balaji Vishwanath(1713-1720) to  Raghunath Rao(1773-74), before Nana Fadnavis effectively became the defacto power behind the throne. Technically speaking Peshwa … Continue reading

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Land of the Ranas- Amar Singh I

Typically when we speak of Mewar, it usually ends with Rana Pratap and the Battle of Haldighati.  Not much is really known about his succesors, nor his son Amar Singh.  While Pratap’s rivalry with Akbar is well known and chronicled, … Continue reading

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Land of the Ranas-Panna Dai

Indian history has seen stories of some great mothers who shaped their children’s character- Jijabai, Ahalyabai Holkar to name some and in our Puranas we have had Sita, Yashoda,Kunti, Kausalya, Subhadra and Draupadi. But what do you say of a … Continue reading

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Battle of Vasai

One of the more well known forts during the Maratha era, was Vasai aka Bassein located in Maharashtra’s Palghar district. Vasai was called as Bacaim during Portuguese era, belonged to what was called Provincia De Norte( Northern Province), an agriculturally … Continue reading

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Peshwa Madhav Rao

“Two pearls have been dissolved, 27 gold coins have been lost and of the silver and copper the total cannot be cast up”. This was the rather cryptic message Nana Saheb Peshwa received after the shattering loss at Panipat. The … Continue reading

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Battle of Umberkhind

Umberkhind Pass basically connects to the Konkan area, a popular trekking route in Maharashtra. One of the narrowest passes, in the Western Ghats, separating Lohghad from Visaghad running parallel to Mumbai-Pune rail route. This pass would however be remembered for … Continue reading

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Capture of Tarapur Fort-Chimaji Appa

Tarapur is a small town in Palghar district, around 45 km from the Mumbai suburb of Virar. It is known for it’s nuclear power station, and the township around it. As also the Industrial complex there.  The town also has … Continue reading

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Balaji Baji Rao

Quite often, growing up in the shadow of a banyan tree can be quite inhibiting, however much you grow, and you shall always look small against the banyan. And it has been the case in Maratha history, Sambhaji often had … Continue reading

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Mahadji Scindia-The Great Maratha

The 3rd Battle of Panipat, had dealt one of the worst blows ever to the Maratha empire, Balaji Baji Rao, the Peshwa, could not recover from the debacle and died broken hearted in the very city of Pune, that he … Continue reading

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Ahom Chronicles- The Mughal Conflicts

One of the most fascinating aspects of Ahom history, has been their long conflict with the Mughals.  While we do known about the long Maratha-Mughal war,  not much is known about  the  long history of Ahom resistance to Mughal rule … Continue reading

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