Kiladar was a title for the governor of a fort or large town in medieval India, particularly in the Mughal Empire and also in Maratha Empire. In Maratha Empire, the title was commonly pronounced as 'Killedar' (Marathi: किल्लेदार).The office of Kiladar had the same functions as that of Castellan.
The title is composed of the Persian word for fort "Kila", and the suffix "Dar", signifying an occupation. The military historian R.H.R. Smythies originally translated the term as "Custodian of the Fort".
A Kiladar was the official commander of a fort usually chosen by the Mughal Emperor, after a successful siege. Kiladars were particularly honored by Akbar during his campaigns and later by Muhammad Shah.
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