Battle of Bhopal
|Battle of Bhopal|
|Part of Imperial Maratha Conquests|
|Commanders and leaders|
Yar Muhammad Khan Bahadur|
Asaf Jah I
Saadat Ali Khan I
Sultan Muhammad Khan Bahadur
Diwan Raja Ayamal
As the Mughal empire continued to weaken after Aurangzeb's death, the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I invaded Mughal territories such as Malwa and Gujarat. The Mughal emperor was alarmed by Maratha conquests. In 1737, the Marathas invaded Delhi, defeated the Mughals, and then marched back to their capital Pune.
The Mughal emperor asked for support from their vassals, Rajputs and the Nizam. The Nizam intercepted the Marathas during the latter's return journey, with support from the Rajput subordinates of the Mughals. Their combined armies clashed with Marathas near Bhopal.
The battle was fought between the Maratha Empire and Mughal forces led by Nizam of Hyderabad near Bhopal in India in December 1737, and was arguably the largest pitched battle fought in India in the 18th century. The battle resulted in decisive Maratha victory mainly through the swift tactics of Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao.
The Marathas poisoned the water and the replenishment supplies of the besieged Mughal forces.
The Rajputs made many attempts to relieve the besieged forces.
The Mughal Empire was left in a wrecked position and was unable to face the later invasion of Nadir Shah.