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Bust of Tanaji Malusare at Sinhagad fort

Tanaji Malusare (Marathi: तानाजी मालुसरे), also known as Simha ("lion"), was a Koli Kshatriya warrior and military leader in the army of Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India. Tanaji was one of Shivaji's closest friends hailing from the Malusare clan; the two had known each other since childhood.[citation needed]

Tanaji is famously known for the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670. At Shivaji's request, he pledged to recapture the fortress of Kondana near Pune. According to many accounts, he received the summons while at his son's wedding, and immediately left the festivities.He said,"aadhi lagin kondhanyacha". Tanaji and his troops scaled the fort with the help of domesticated monitor lizards (ghorpad in Marathi), to whom they tied ropes and sent crawling up to the top of the ramparts. (The ghorpad, or the Common Indian Monitor,grows up to 1.8m in length, and its natural habitat is rocky terrain, which it scales by gripping crevices with its strong claws: it is also hunted in villages as food.). Tanaji's pet ghorpad tried twice to scale the ramparts but failed. finally Tanaji told the ghorpad that if it failed once more, he would kill and eat it. The ghorpad successfully climbed the ramparts. Tanaji and his men than climbed the fort in pitch darkness. He and his men recaptured the fort from Udaybhan Rathod, fortkeeper of Jai Singh I.

A fierce combat took place between Tanaji and Udaybhan. Udaybhan managed to rid Tanaji of his shield, but Tanaji fought on by tying a cloth over one of his hands and using it to ward off Uday Bhan's sword attacks. Despite a lengthy fight, Tanaji was killed in battle, and Shivaji renamed the fort from Kondana to Sinhagad in his honor. Per legend, Shivaji's words after hearing about the demise of Tanaji were Gad ala pan Sinha gela("although the fort was captured a lion was lost").


Tanaji continues to be a popular figure in Maratha culture. A povada (ballad) is written after him, and there is a Marathi novel Gad ala pan sinh gela of his life, as well as a film.[citation needed]

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Daily News & Analysis
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:35:55 -0700

PUNE: The standing committee of Pune Municipal Corporation approved the proposal of Rs 3 crore for the beautification of Tanaji Malusare memorial on Sinhgad fort, however some corporators have raised objection to the standing committee's decision as ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:28:13 -0700

It was fought between Tanaji Malusare, a commander of Maratha ruler Shivaji and Udaybhan Rathod, fortkeeper under Jai Singh I. Tanaji's army won the war to hand over control of the fort to the Marathas with casualties 300 from Mughal side and 50 from ...

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Times of India
Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:47:27 -0700

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Times of India
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Phetas and pagdis are the crowning glories for people on various festive occasions. And when it comes to the Ganpati festival, not only do the elephant God's worshippers wear the special headgear, but even Bappa adorns them. And this year, it is the ...

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Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:32:28 -0700

When someone thinks about the great Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his legacy, one remembers the battles he had won against the Mughals, Adilshahi and Nizamshahi, the forts he conquered and some of his chivalrous aides Tanaji Malusare, ...

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:33:45 -0700

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Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:44:34 -0700

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Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:43:00 -0800

Observers said the budget addresses vote bank pockets with a provision of Rs 1 crore to erect a memorial of Savitribai Phule, in addition to separate provisions to develop Tanaji Malusare Samadhi area, erect a statue of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj in ...

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