Battle of Sinhagad

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Battle of Sinhagad
Part of Imperial Maratha Conquests
Date February 4, 1670
Location Sinhagad, near Pune, India
Result Maratha victory
Fort Kondhana captured by Marathas and renamed Sinhagad
Maratha Empire Mughal Empire
Commanders and leaders
Tanaji Malusare  
Suryaji Malusare
Shelar Mama
Uday Bhan  

The Battle of Sinhagad took place during the night on 4 February, 1670 on the fort of Sinhagad near the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India.

The battle was fought between Tanaji Malusare, a commander of Maratha ruler Shivaji Maharaj [1] and Udaybhan Rathod, fortkeeper under Jai Singh I who was a Mughal Army Chief.

A steep cliff leading to the fort was scaled at night with the help of a tamed monitor lizard named "Yashwanti", to whom the Marathas attached a rope and sent to scale the wall with its claws.[2] Thereafter, a battle ensued between Tanaji and his men versus the Mughal army headed by Udaybhan Singh Rathod, a Rajput sardar who had control of the fort. Tanaji Malusare lost his life, but his brother Suryaji took over and captured the Kondana fort, now known as Sinhagad.[3]

A bust of Tanaji Malusare was established on the fort in the memory of his contribution to the battle.[4]

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  1. ^ Gordon, Stewart (1993). The Marathas 1600-1818. 2. Cambridge University Press. p. 79. 
  2. ^ The Dawn and Dawn Society's Magazine. 1907. pp. 1–. 
  3. ^ Sudheer Birodkar. "Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the National Revival under the Marathas". 
  4. ^ Verma, Amrit. Forts of India. New Delhi: The Director, Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. pp. 83–86. ISBN 81-230-1002-8.