A report on Peshwa and Ashta Pradhan

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.

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In the later era of the Maratha Empire, these deputies and their staff constituted the core of the Peshwa's bureaucracy.

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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).