Maharana Kumbha, one of the most notable Sisodia rulers

The Bhonsle (or Bhonsale, Bhosale, Bhosle) are a prominent group within the Maratha clan system.

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Shivaji's portrait (1680s) from the collection of British Museum
Shivneri Fort
South India at the turn of the 17th century
An early-20th-century painting by Sawlaram Haldankar of Shivaji fighting the Bijapuri general Afzal Khan
A 20th century depiction of Shivaji's surprise attack on Mughal general Shaista Khan in Pune by M.V. Dhurandhar
Raja Jai Singh of Amber receiving Shivaji a day before concluding the Treaty of Purandar
20th century depiction by M.V. Dhurandhar of Raja Shivaji at the court of Mughal Badshah, Aurangzeb.
Statue of Shivaji opposite Gateway of India in South Mumbai
20th century depiction of the Coronation Durbar with over 100 characters depicted in attendance by M.V. Dhurandhar
Sambhaji, Shivaji's elder son who succeeded him
Sajjangad, where Samarth Ramdas was invited by Shivaji to reside, is now a place of pilgrimage.
Royal seal of Shivaji
Suvela Machi, view of southern sub-plateaux, as seen from Ballekilla, Rajgad
Sindudurg Fort provided anchorages for Shivaji's Navy
Maratha Empire at its peak in 1758
An early-20th-century painting by M. V. Dhurandhar of Shivaji and Baji Prabhu at Pawan Khind
A miniature Bronze statue of Shivaji Maharaj in the collection of the Shri Bhavani Museum of Aundh
Statue of Shivaji at Raigad Fort
A replica of Raigad Fort built by children on occasion of Diwali as a tribute to Shivaji.

Shivaji Bhonsale I (c. undefined19 February 1630 – 3 April 1680 ), also referred to as, Chhatrapati Shivaji, was an Indian ruler and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.


Indian Rajput dynasty belonging to the clan ruled over the kingdom of Mewar in Rajasthan.

Maharana Kumbha, one of the most notable Sisodia rulers
The Sisodia coat of arms after Udaipur city was built

1572–97). The Bhonsle clan, to which the Maratha empire's founder Shivaji belonged, also claimed descent from a branch of the royal Sisodia family.

Thanjavur Maratha kingdom

Map of Tanjore
Map of Tanjore

The Thanjavur Maratha kingdom ruled by the Bhonsle dynasty was a principality of Tamil Nadu between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Kolhapur State

Maratha princely State of India, under the Deccan Division of the Bombay Presidency, and later the Deccan States Agency.

Kolhapur State Map, 1912
New Palace, Kolhapur
Kolhapur State Map, 1912
Maharani Tarabai. Founder of the Karvir State
Rajarshi Shahu of Kolhapur (r. 1894 – 1922)
Royal family of the erstwhile Kolhapur state in 2011

Its rulers, of the Bhonsle dynasty, were entitled to a 19-gun salute – thus Kolhapur was also known as a 19-gun state.


Generic term applied to castes of traditional farmers in Western India.

A group of Kunbis in Central India, 1916
Kunbis carrying out the dead, 1916.
A Kunbi in ceremonial attire, c. 1865-187
Photograph (1916) of boys with their toy animals crafted for the Pola festival celebrated by the Dhanoje Kunbis.
Kunbi Hindu boys on stilts during the Pola festival from early 20th century.
Goan Kunbi dancers.

The British installed Chatrapati Pratapsinh Bhonsle, a descendant of Shivaji, noted in his diary in the 1820s–1830s that the Gaekwads (another powerful Maratha dynasty) had Kunbi origins.

Nagpur kingdom

Kingdom in east-central India founded by the Gond rulers of Deogarh in the early 18th century.

An inside view of Nagardhan Fort in Nagpur district, commissioned by Raghoji Bhonsle.
Main entrance of the Nagardhan Fort, built by the Bhonsle dynasty of the Maratha Empire

It came under the rule of the Marathas of the Bhonsle dynasty in the mid-18th century and became part of the Maratha Empire.

Satara state

Short-lived Princely state in India created by the British in 1818 after the Third Anglo-Maratha War and annexed by them in 1849 using the Doctrine of lapse.

Satara State in 1832.

The state was ruled by the Bhonsle dynasty, descendants of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire.


City on the Ganges river in northern India that has a central place in pilgrimage, death, and mourning in the Hindu world, even as the traditions are transformed in the face of modernization, generational changes and emigration.

Kabir, a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint
Banarasi sari
Tourists shopping for jewellery in Varanasi
Ganges view from Bhadaini water works, Varanasi
Ramnagar Fort was built in 1750 by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh.
Alamgiri Mosque
Memorial of Sant Ravidas at Sant Ravidas Ghat
Sarnath, the suburb of Varanasi
Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Wall paintings, Varanasi, 1973
Sant Goswami Tulsidas Awadhi Hindi poet and propagator of Bhakthi music in Varanasi
Krishna standing on serpent Kaliya during Nag Nathaiya festival in Varanasi
The Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi
Indian Institute of Technology in Varanasi
The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is the main airport that serves Varanasi.
Varanasi Junction, is the main railway station which serves Varanasi.
Banaras railway station at night
Ring Road Phase I
Road in Varanasi Cantonment
BLW manufactured locomotives hauling load across the nation.
A lithograph by James Prinsep (1832) of a Brahmin placing a garland on the holiest location in the city.
A painting by Edwin Lord Weeks (1883) of Varanasi, viewed from the Ganges.
An illustration (1890) of Bathing Ghat in Varanasi.
Maharaja of Benares, 1870s.
Map of the city, c. 1914.
An 1895 photograph of the Varanasi riverfront.
The lanes of Varanasi are bathed in a plethora of colours.
Dashashwamedh Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat
The Jain Ghat/Bachraj Ghat
Kedar Ghat during Kartika Purnima
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the most important temple in Varanasi.
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The 18th century Durga Kund Temple
Parshvanath Jain temple

Many of the ghats were constructed under the patronage of the Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwas.

Sawantwadi State

Sawantwadi 1896
Savantvadi State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
Sawantwadi 1896

Savantvadi State, also spelt Sawantwadi ruled by the Sawant Bhonsale dynasty was one of the non-salute Maratha princely states during the British Raj.

Akkalkot State

Akkalkot State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
Specimen receipt stamps from Akalkot State

Akkalkot State during the British Raj, was a Maratha princely state ruled by the Bhonsle dynasty.