A report on Ashta Pradhan

System of ministerial delegation in Maratha empire.

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Peshwa

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The appointed (later becoming 'hereditary') prime minister of the Maratha Empire of the Indian subcontinent.

The appointed (later becoming 'hereditary') prime minister of the Maratha Empire of the Indian subcontinent.

Extent of the Maratha Confederacy, 1795
Statue of Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa from the Bhat family, at Shrivardhan, Raigad district, Maharashtra, India.
Statue of Bajirao I, the second Peshwa from the Bhat family, outside Shaniwar Wada, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Shaniwar Wada's Delhi Gate. It was the seat of the Peshwas at Pune, Maharashtra, India.
His Highness Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa or Madhav Rao II Narayan and his Prime minister Nana Phadnavis, with two attendants at Pune.

The first Peshwa was Moropant Pingle, who was appointed as the head of the Ashta Pradhan (council of eight ministers) by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire.

Moropant Trimbak Pingle

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Moropant Trimbak Pingle (1620–1683), was the peshwa of the Maratha Empire, serving on Shivaji's Ashta Pradhan (Council of Eight Ministers).

Bust of Ramchandra Pant Amatya

Ramchandra Pant Amatya

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Bust of Ramchandra Pant Amatya
Coat of Arms of Pant Amatya Gaganbavada
Pant Amatya Wada at Gaganbavada

Ramchandra Neelkanth Bawadekar (1650–1716), also known as Ramchandra Pant Amatya, served on the Council of 8 (Ashta Pradhan) as the Finance Minister (Amatya) to Emperor (Chhatrapati) Shivaji, dating from 1674 to 1680.

Annaji Datto Sachiv

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Annaji Datto Sachiv was the Sachiv (Chief Secretary) in the Ashta Pradhan (Council of 8) mandal of the Maratha Empire during the rule of Shivaji.

Pinedjem II as High Priest of Amun in Thebes. From his Book of the Dead.

High priest

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Individual who holds the office of ruler-priest, or to one who is the head of a religious caste.

Individual who holds the office of ruler-priest, or to one who is the head of a religious caste.

Pinedjem II as High Priest of Amun in Thebes. From his Book of the Dead.
Depiction of a high priest in biblical costume, end of the 17th century, orientalising representation with turban, in the collection of the Jewish Museum of Switzerland.

Panditrao was a title of the appointed high priest that sat on the Council of 8 (Ashta Pradhan) in the early Maratha Empire.

Pralhad Niraji

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The Pant Pratinidhi of the Maratha Empire during the reign of Chatrapathi Rajaram I.

The Pant Pratinidhi of the Maratha Empire during the reign of Chatrapathi Rajaram I.

After the death of the Chatrapathi Sambhaji the Ashta Pradhan mandal fell to pieces.

Birbal

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Term applied to a group of nine extraordinary people in an emperor's court in India.

Term applied to a group of nine extraordinary people in an emperor's court in India.

Birbal

Ashtapradhan mandal was the title given to the council of Shivaji.