Tanaji Malusare : Battle of Sinhagad

Tanaji Malusare, was a Maratha warrior who was military leader in Chhatrapati Shivaji’s army. He is in news nowadays as a biographical movie is to be released on him in bollywood. Ajay Devgn is playing the role of this famous Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare in upcoming movie Tanhaji : The Unsung Warrior.

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The Maratha kingdom rose under Chhatrapati Shivaji’s era and it’s due to his brilliance and his army men dedication. This was a time when Aurangzeb was ruling as the Mughal emperor. He also wanted to conquer the South India and thus the fight arose between Mughals and Marathas.

In 1665, the Treaty of Purandar required Shivaji Maharaj to give up fort Kondhana to the Mughals.

Although Mughal’s had larger army and more resources still they were unable to conquer the Maratha Empire. Tanaji Malusare is known for his bravery in fight of Sinhagad that was fought in 1670 to take back the control of Kondhana fort.

Story of Tanaji Malusare and Fight of Sinhagad

Kondhana fort was captured by Mughals and a Rajput warrior Udaybhan was defending the fort. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj wanted to recapture the fort and hence he appointed Tanaji Malusare for the same. Tanaji Malusare and his 300 troops started for the Fort but it was nit easy for them to climb the fort walls. As per the stories it is said that they used Ghorpad (Bengal monitor lizard) to tie ropes and they threw it on the wall and used it as claws. Upon being thrown Ghorpad caught the wall tightly and they climbed the wall. Upon reaching inside the wall a big fight started between Mughal and maratha army men. Tanaji and Udaybhan went into duel and both were brave and proficient warriors. They fought and during fight the shield of Tanaji was broken but he kept fighting by tying his clothes on hand to defend the attacks of Udaybhan. Tanaji was martyred fighting Udaybhan and Udaybhan was gravely injured in the process. Udaybhan was later killed by Shelar Mama. The Kondhana fort was captured by Marathas and this was decisive victory for Marathas. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj renamed the fort as Sinhagad fort in a tribute to Tanaji Malusare as he fought like a Singh(Lion). When Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj listened the news of Tanaji’s martyrdom he said

“Gad ala, pan sinha gela” (“Got the fort but lost the lion.”

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