16 Facts About Bajirao I


Bajirao I, born as Visaji, was the 7th Peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy.


Bajirao I was with his father when his father was imprisoned by Damaji Thorat before being released for a ransom.


Bajirao I began the construction of Shaniwar Wada in 1730.


Bajirao I believed that the Mughal Empire was in decline, and wanted to take advantage of the situation with aggressive expansion into North India.


Bajirao I challenged Shahu Maharaj's right to collect taxes on the pretext that he did not know whether Shahu Maharaj or his cousin, Sambhaji Maharaj II of Kolhapur, was the rightful heir to the Maratha throne.


Bajirao I was made vizier of the Mughal Empire in 1721 by emperor Muhammad Shah, alarmed at his increasing power, transferred him from the Deccan to Awadh in 1723.


Bajirao I began to destroy the towns held by the Nizam; leaving Pune, he crossed the Godavari River near Puntamba and plundered Jalna and Sindkhed.


Bajirao I compared his dire situation to that of Gajendra Moksha.


Bajirao I's army was attacked by Baji Rao's forces, and he was defeated.


Bajirao I granted a large jagir to Baji Rao, and gave him his daughter Mastani.


Bajirao I was replaced by Abhay Singh, who recognized the Maratha right to collect taxes.


Bajirao I allowed the Siddis to retain control of Janjira if they accepted Abdul Rehman as the ruler; they were allowed to retain control of Anjanvel, Gowalkot and Underi.


Bajirao I's skill was in moving large numbers of cavalry at a great speed.


Bajirao I is considered to be one of the greatest military generals of his time.


Bajirao I had issued orders that, "all should obey Baji Rao faithfully and should do nothing to offend his temper".


Bajirao I was cremated the same day on the bank of Narmada River.