Dadoji Konddeo

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Dadoji Kondev (Marathi: दादोजी कोंडदेव) (also known as Dadaji Konddeo and Dadoji Kondadev) was a 16th-century revenue expert from India, particularly known for his loyalty towards Shahji. He was also a "Subhedar" (Administrative head) of Kondana Fort (now known as Sinhagad), and thus the Pune region.

Early days[edit]

Dadoji Kondev Gochivade was from a Marathi Deshastha Brahmin of the Kulkarni family from the Daund area in Maharashtra. He hailed from Malthan, in the present day Shirur Tahsil in the Pune District.[1]

Early career under Shahaji[edit]

Dadoji Kondev was in the service of Shahaji Raje Bhonslé, a nobleman and a commander in the Nizamshahi military of Ahmednagar. Shahaji proved himself as a brilliant commander. He was given independent land near the Pune region.

Soon Shahaji Raje Bhosale became a prominent warlord of the region. Due to the constant warfare between the three major powers, Mughals (from north, based in Delhi and Agra), Adilshah (in south, based in Bijapur, current Karnataka State), and Nizam, from east, Shahaji had to be constantly engage in diplomatic and political manouvres. He intended to have an independent kingdom, but couldn't defeat the combined might of the Mughal forces and Adilshah. Eventually, after the death of his father-in-law, Jadhavrao, he joined Adilshah and was sent to Bangalore as a commander of Adilshah's army.

As mentor of Shivaji[edit]

After Shahaji sent him to look after Jijabai and baby Shivaji, Dadoji Konddeo ran the administration of the small jaagir of Shahaji, while Shahji himself was in Bangalore as the commander of Adilshah. He established complete control over the Maval region, winning over or subduing most of the local Maval deshpandes (chiefs).[2] He is also credited with overseeing Shivaji's training.

In Jedhe Shakawali[edit]

Jedhe Shakawali written by Kanhoji Jedhe and his son Baji Jedhe mentions about Dadoji Konddev as:

"He developed city Shivapur as per order by Shahajiraje in 1636 and Lal Mahal in Pune in next year."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Daund - Info". Pune Diary. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  2. ^ Jadunath Sarkar (1919). Shivaji and His Times (Second ed.). London: Longmans, Green and Co. 

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