Belawadi Mallamma

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Belawadi Mallamma
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Belawadi Mallamma
Known for brave queen ( warrior)

Belawadi Mallamma (Kannada ಬೆಳವಡಿ ಮಲ್ಲಮ್ಮ )[1] known as the brave warrior queen of Belawadi, was from Bailhongal, Belgaum District, North Karnataka, Karnataka, India. Belvadi Mallamma was the first woman to form a women's army to fight against the Marathas[2] in the 17th century.[3]


She was the daughter of Sode King Madhulinga Nayaka. Belawadi Mallamma, also known as Savitribai,She was a Queen of Lingayat community, fought with the Maratha commander Dadaji Raghunath Nedkar while defending her husband's kingdom. Her kingdom was very secure and undefeatable. In the battle Shivaji's soldier cut the leg of horse on which she was riding and she fell. When she rose and began fighting, Shivaji's troops rushed and arrested her. They took her to Shivaji. He praised her and said "I made a mistake Ma..! Kindly forgive me...I don't want your kingdom", then released her.

[4] She fought enemy troops on horseback, wearing a saree in veeragacche (soldier's tuck - a tight tucking of the front pleats in the back).

Scholar Shesho Srinivas Muthalik recorded the life in the palace of Madhulinga Nayaka in 1704-5 A.D. in the Marathi language.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Saga of a Historic Education Society, BELAWADI". Retrieved 2008-11-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Ensure Belwadi Mallamma of Belgaum district gets her place in international history". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2008-10-26. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Women of prominence in Karnataka.". Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Translation of the speech originally delivered in Kannada.". Retrieved 2008-11-17. 

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