Portrait of Damaji Rao Gaekwad
Baroda state in 1909
Damajino Dero, a memorial dedicated to him located at Savli, Gujarat
Laxmi Vilas Palace of the Gaekwad dynasty.
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.

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

- Gaekwad dynasty

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Balaji Baji Rao

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The 8th Peshwa of the Maratha Empire in India.

The 8th Peshwa of the Maratha Empire in India.

A 20th century of depiction of Tarabai by artist Baburao Painter. She unsuccessfully rebelled against the Peshwa in 1751.
Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Maratha Confederacy at its zenith in 1760 (yellow areas)
A c. 1770 drawing of the Third battle of Panipat

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

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

Dabhade

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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.

Pilaji Rao Gaekwad

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Maratha general.

Maratha general.

He is considered to be the founder of the Gaekwad dynasty of the Maratha Empire, who became Maharaja of Baroda.

He was succeeded by his son Damaji Rao Gaekwad (also known as Damaji II).