11 Facts About Nana Fadnavis


Nana Fadnavis, born Balaji Janardan Bhanu, was an influential minister and statesman of the Maratha Empire during the Peshwa administration in Pune, India.


Nana Fadnavis was the grandson of Balaji Mahadji Bhanu and had inherited his grandfather's name, keeping up with the tradition.


Nana Fadnavis continued to be the Phadnavis, or the finance minister, for the Peshwa.


In 1761, Nana Fadnavis escaped to Pune from the Third Battle of Panipat and rose to great heights, becoming a leading personage directing the affairs of the Maratha Confederacy, although he was never a soldier himself.


Nana Fadnavis Phadnavis played a pivotal role in holding the Maratha Confederacy together in the midst of internal dissension and the growing power of the British East India Company.


Nana Fadnavis displayed his best warfare skills in various battles won by Maratha forces against the Nizam of Hyderabad, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore, and the English Army.


On hearing of the death of Tipu, Nana Fadnavis remarked that the Marathas had only now realized that they were next, and there was "no escape from [this] destiny".

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The council was Nana Fadnavis's mastermind plan to protect Madhavrao II, son of Narayanrao, born posthumously to Gangabai, the widow of Narayanrao, from the Peshwa family's internal conflicts.


Nana Fadnavis Phadnavis settled the village and built a Wada, a Ghat leading from the mansion to the Krishna river, and two temples, one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and another to Meneshwar Lord Shiva.


The Nana Fadnavis Phadnavis wada is a large structure with six quadrangles, or courtyards, and a perimeter-protection wall.


Nana Fadnavis, being the Peshwas' "Phadnavis", transcribed and maintained their documents of accounts and administrative letters in the ancient "Modi" script.