A report on Peshwa

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

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Shivaji's portrait (1680s) from the collection of British Museum

Shivaji

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Indian ruler and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.

Indian ruler and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.

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
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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.

Early in his reign, he appointed Balaji Vishwanath and later his descendants, as Peshwas (prime ministers) of the Maratha Empire.

Portrait of Pradhanpant Shreemant Madhavrao Ballal Peshwa at the Yale Center for British Art

Madhavrao I

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Portrait of Pradhanpant Shreemant Madhavrao Ballal Peshwa at the Yale Center for British Art
A memorial commemorating "The Great Peshwa Madhavrao" at Peshwe Park in Pune, India
A memorial marking the death place of Madhavrao Ballal Peshwa and where his wife committed Sati. The memorial is located in the town of Theur, Maharashtra
The cremation of Madhavrao and the sati of his wife Ramabai
An information plaque commemorating Shrimant Madhavrao I and describing his greatness on display at Peshwe Park in Pune, India

Peshwa Madhavrao Bhat I (February 15, 1745 – November 18, 1772) was the 9th Peshwa of the Maratha Empire.

Indian camp scene

Third Anglo-Maratha War

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The final and decisive conflict between the English East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India.

The final and decisive conflict between the English East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India.

Indian camp scene
Map of India after the Second Anglo-Maratha War, 1805
Mountstuart Elphinstone
Ruins of the old palace at Raigad fort
The Marquess of Hastings
Battle of Khadki, 1817
Bajirao II
Location of Malwa in an 1823 depiction of India. Malwa was the headquarters of some of the Pindaris in the early 19th century
Sitabuldi Fort today
Map of India after the Third Anglo-Maratha War, 1819
Asirgarh Fort
The Nassak Diamond was seized from the Peshwa by the British and sent to London

Peshwa Baji Rao II's forces, supported by those of Mudhoji II Bhonsle of Nagpur and Malharrao Holkar III of Indore, rose against the East India Company.

Ashta Pradhan

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System of ministerial delegation in Maratha empire.

System of ministerial delegation in Maratha empire.

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

Maratha Sardar Ranoji Scindia

Scindia

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Hindu Maratha dynasty of Kunbi origin that ruled the erstwhile State of Gwalior.

Hindu Maratha dynasty of Kunbi origin that ruled the erstwhile State of Gwalior.

Maratha Sardar Ranoji Scindia
The Maharaja of Gwalior Before His Palace
Shinde Chhatri, Wanawdi, Pune: A memorial dedicated to Mahadji Shinde
Mahadaji Shinde was instrumental in resurrecting Maratha power in North India after the Battle of Panipat in 1761

Peshwa Baji Rao's career saw the strengthening of the Maratha Empire.

Baji Rao II

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Bajirao II
Bajirao II signs the Treaty of Bassein in 1802.
Surrender of Bajirao II after the Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818.

Shrimant Peshwa Baji Rao II (10 January 1775 – 28 January 1851) was the 13th and the last Peshwa of the Maratha Empire.

Malhar Rao Holkar, Contemporary Painting c. 1770 from Bundi, Rajasthan

Malhar Rao Holkar

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Noble subedar of the Maratha Empire, in present-day India.

Noble subedar of the Maratha Empire, in present-day India.

Malhar Rao Holkar, Contemporary Painting c. 1770 from Bundi, Rajasthan
Maratha Empire at its peak in 1758
Chhatri of Malhar Rao Holkar, built by his daughter-in-law Ahilya Bai Holkar, at Alampur, Madhya Pradesh.
Back view of Malhar Rao Holkar's Chhatrisamadhi at Alampur, Madhya Pradesh.

He was one of the early officers along with Ranoji Scindia to help spread the Maratha rule to northern states and was given the estate of Indore to rule by the Peshwas, during the reign of the Maratha emperor Shahu I.

Sadashivrao Bhau

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Son of Chimaji Appa (younger brother of Bajirao I) and Rakhmabai (Pethe family) and the nephew of Baji Rao I.

Son of Chimaji Appa (younger brother of Bajirao I) and Rakhmabai (Pethe family) and the nephew of Baji Rao I.

Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Maratha Confederacy at its zenith in 1760 (yellow areas)
A portrait of Sadashivrao Bhau Peshwa, a part of Peshwa Memorial in Pune, India
An information plaque describing Sadashivrao Bhau. It is a part of The Peshwa Memorial atop Parvati Hill in Pune, India
Ahmad Shah Durrani and his coalition decisively defeat the Maratha Confederacy, during the Third Battle of Panipat.

He was the son of Peshwa Baji Rao's brother Chimaji Appa.

Mahadaji Shinde by James Wales

Mahadaji Shinde

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Mahadaji Shinde (b.

Mahadaji Shinde (b.

Mahadaji Shinde by James Wales
Mahadaji Scindia entertaining British officers with a nautch
Shinde Chhatri, Wanawdi, Pune: A memorial dedicated to Mahadji Shinde

Mahadaji was instrumental in resurrecting Maratha power in North India after the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761, and rose to become a trusted lieutenant of the Peshwa, leader of the Maratha Empire.

Moreshvar Pingale

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Nilakanth Moreshvar Pingale was the second Peshwa of the Maratha Empire.