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“AGE OF ‘315’-RENOWNED AS GREAT PESHWA”

Theerdha Reddy
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AFTER COMPLETING 315 YEARS,PEOPLE RECOGNISE HIM AND TALK ABOUT HIM…

Even the  “EPITOME FILMMAKER” is making a film which tends to be his dream project on this warrior.

WANT TO KNOW WHO HE IS?

SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI IS MAKING HIS DREAM PROJECT “BAJIRAO MASTANI” BASED ON THE EVER GREAT WARRIOR LIFE-“Shreemant Peshwa Bajirao” AND RELEASES THE FIRST LOOK OF RANVEER SINGH AS “PESHWA BAJIRAO” IN HIS GLORY ON THE 315TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY(18-08-1700) OF HIS.

 

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WHAT MAKES BAJIRAO A GREAT WORRIOR THAT MAKES PEOPLE STILL REMEMBER HIM?

The Maratha Emperor who is known for his records and havent  broken by any.Bajirao fought over 41 battles and is reputed to have never lost one. Peshwa resounded for twenty years for his victories and has conqured most of the country from the mugals. Bajirao is often compared with Napoleon Bonaparte by many great historians.

Bajirao was an exceptionable expert swordsman, master strategist and suitable leader, with a skill in horseriding and hand-to-hand combat. At the young age of 20, Bajirao Peshwa succeeded his father, an able figurehead in his own right, and took over the reins of a burgeoning empire of more than 150 million people.

 

BIRTH AND LIFE OF BAJIRAO:Bajirao was born on August 18, 1700, as the eldest son of Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath Rao who had taken the ‘Peshwaship’  to a new height. He belonged to the reputed, traditional Chit-Pawan Brahmin family of Konkan. Balaji Vishwanath (Father of Bajirao), though third among the Peshwas, had overtaken his predecessors as far as his achievements were concerned.

Thus, Bajirao was an infant with a silver spoon in his mouth. For the young Bajirao, in the absence of his mother, his close association with his father was a mobile school of politics. This provided maturity to Bajirao, in practical military science. Father Balaji’s role in Bajirao’s life was similar to that played by Mother Jijabai in Chatrapati Shivaji’s life.

 

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LIFE AFTER BAJIRAO FATHER’S DEATH:At the age of 20, he was appointed by Shahu as Peshwa(prime minster) upon the death of his father, keeping aside all other claimants. It is quite clear from this appointment that Shahu recognized his talent even as a boy and positioned him as Peshwa. Bajirao was popular with his soldiers and even today his name is an honorable one.

He is credited with expanding the Maratha Empire, especially in the north, which contributed to its reaching a zenith during his son’s reign twenty years after Bajirao’s death. Bajirao is acknowledged as the most influential of the nine Peshwas. He is said to have fought for the establishment of “Hindu Pad Padshahi”(Hindu Empire).[3]

 

TURNING POINT:When all Leaders of Maratha Confederacy were assembled together on an special occasion under the presidency of Chhatrapati Shahu to decide the momentum question of the future policy of Marathas, Bajirao rose up and gave expression to this, the deepest conviction and aspiration of his people when he, conscious of his own power and enthusiasm and the sublimity of his theme, explained: ‘Towards Delhi! Towards Delhi! We will press and strike straight at the root of this growth of Muslim Swaraj. Why westand hesitating and faltering here?Press on, we Hindu Warriors ahead; the hour of Hindu Pad-Padashahi has come! Impossible? Oh, no, I have measured my sword against theirs and I know their Mettle. I ask for nothing more neither men nor money from the, Chhatrapati. Only sanction this and bless me, Oh! King and I shall go straight and strike and bring down this obnoxious growth from root and branch.’
Shahu Chhatrapati, thrilling with the emotion, felt the blood of Shivaji Maharaj rise in him and replied; “Go, hero of my people. Go and lead my armies from victory to victory whatever direction you choose. What of Delhi! Take this sacred Bhagwa banner, and plant it triumphantly on the summits of Himalayas and further even in the ‘Kinnar Khand!’

The Maratha armies followed this Bhagwa banner throughout the phase. Bhavani was their Sword, Bhagwa was their banner; Shahaji Maharaj raised it, Shivaji Maharaj fought under it, and planted it on the summits of Sahyadri, and now Chhatrapati Shahu and his generation had resolved to carry it aloft to the very confines of ‘Kinnar Khand.’

The Assembly broke up and the History of Maratha Confederacy became the History of Hindustan.

 

 

1336124948_Bajirao-Peshve-Header                                                    Bajirao Peshwa I and the extent of the Maratha kingdom under his military conquests.

 

For twenty long years, Bajirao’s forces moved through the Hindi-speaking heartlands of the subcontinent and was said to caused a major headache for the Mughal incumbents in their fabulous capital of Delhi. As his soldiers took town after town, village after village, the courtiers and ministers of Emperor Aurangzeb were united somewhat in their fear of the Peshwa to the point where their ambassadors refused any meeting with him. The advancing Marathas closed in on Delhi and safeguarded the Hindu pilgrimage routes to Varanasi and Somnath.

Bajirao’s subsequent achievements include:

  • A victory in the Battle of Malwa against the Mughals.
  • The conquering of Gujarat and much of the territories of central India.
  • Overran many Mughal provinces
  • United the armies and nations of the Marathas and Rajputs, another famed group of warriors.
  • Launched an attack on the imperial capital of Delhi, therefore bringing the fight right up to the doorstep of Aurangzeb.

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