Rajaram II of Satara

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Rajaram II
Chhattapati of Maratha Empire
Reign 1749 - 1777
Born June 1726
Birthplace Kolhapur
Died 11th December 1777
Place of death Satara
Royal house Bhonsle
Father Shivaji II
Religious beliefs Hinduism

Rajaram II was the 6th monarch of the Maratha Empire. He was the adoptive son of Chhatrapati Shahuji, and the putative grandson of Chhatrapati Rajaram. The early years of his reign were marked by controversy over his succession, as the dowager queen Tarabai disowned him alleging that he was not in fact the grandson of Rajaram and herself. During Ramaraja's reign, the power of the Chhatrapati based in Satara was almost totally overshadowed his hereditary Peshwas (Prime Ministers) belonging to the Bhat family in Pune and other rulers of the empire such as the Holkars, Gaikwad and Shinde. During this period, the Marathas were engaged in a continual conflict with the Durranis based in Afghanistan.

References[edit]

  • V.S. Kadam, 1993. Maratha Confederacy: A Study in its Origin and Development. Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi.
Preceded by
Shahuji
Chhatrapati of the
Maratha Empire

1749–1777
Succeeded by
Shahu II