Portrait of Damaji Rao Gaekwad
Damajino Dero, a memorial dedicated to him located at Savli, Gujarat
A 20th century of depiction of Tarabai by artist Baburao Painter. She unsuccessfully rebelled against the Peshwa in 1751.
Baroda state in 1909
Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Maratha Confederacy at its zenith in 1760 (yellow areas)
Laxmi Vilas Palace of the Gaekwad dynasty.
A c. 1770 drawing of the Third battle of Panipat
A print of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad
Sayajirao with Richard Temple, the Governor of Bombay and other members of the court. Circa 1880
Pilaji Rao, the founder of the dynasty

Damaji Rao Gaekwad was the second Maharaja of Baroda reigning from 1732 to 1768 until his death.

- Damaji Rao Gaekwad

When Umabai Dabhade joined Tarabai's side against Balaji Baji Rao, Pilaji's son Damaji Rao Gaekwad commanded the Dabhade force.

- Gaekwad dynasty

After Bajirao's death, she pleaded with the new Peshwa Balaji Rao, to release the Dabhades from the revenue-sharing covenant.

- Damaji Rao Gaekwad

Umabai dispatched 15,000 troops led by her lieutenant Damaji Rao Gaekwad in support of Tarabai's rebellion.

- Balaji Baji Rao

This force was supplemented by the contingents of Holkar, Scindia, Gaikwad and Govind Pant Bundele.

- Balaji Baji Rao
Portrait of Damaji Rao Gaekwad

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Maratha clan found largely in Maharashtra, India.

Maratha clan found largely in Maharashtra, India.

When Shahu's Peshwa (prime minister) Baji Rao I decided to take over the tax collection in Gujarat, the Dabhades and other Maratha clans that had traditionally controlled Gujarat (Gaekwad and Kadam Bande) rebelled against Shahu and Baji Rao.

Even as he grew up, he was addicted to alcohol and opium, and the Dabhades' lieutenant Damaji Rao Gaekwad gradually increased his power during this time.

However, after Shahu's death in 1749, Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao, who was facing an empty treasury, sought a share of revenues from the Dabhades.