Dadoji Konddeo

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Dadoji Konddeo
दादोजी कोंडदेव
Born 1577
Died 1649

Dadoji Konddeo was a 17th-century administrator or havildar for the Pune region and the nearby Kondana fort appointed by Shahaji raje Bhosale, a nobleman and general for the Bijapur based Adilshahi sultanate.[1] He is known in history for overseeing the training of Young Shivaji, the future founder of the Maratha empire.

Shahaji appointed Dadoji as administrator of the Pune jaagir restored to him (Shahaji) after he joined the service of Adilshahi in 1637.Shahaji himself was based in Bangalore as the commander of Adilshah during this period.As the administrator, Dadoji established complete control over the Maval region, winning over or subduing most of the local Maval Deshpandes (chiefs).[2] Dadaji also rebuilt the settlement of Pune and got back the prominent families who had left the town during the destruction by another Adilshahi general Murar Jaggdeo in 1631.[3] Shahaji also selected Pune for the residence of his wife, Jijabai and son, Shivaji, the future founder of the Maratha empire. Dadoji also oversaw the construction of a palace in Pune, called Lal Mahal, for Jijabai and Shivaji. Dadoji is well known for overseeing young Shivaji's training.[4] Per Jadunath Sarkar, young Shivaji and Dadoji did not always see eye to eye. Dadoji wanted Shivaji to aspire to be a loyal chieftain of the Adilshahi Sultan but Shivaji with daring efforts to capture forts in the Sahyadri mountains had other goals in mind.Dadoji, an old man at that time wrote to Shahaji about his son without any response from the father[5]

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  1. ^ Gordon, Stewart (1993). The Marathas 1600-1818 (1. publ. ed.). New York: Cambridge University. pp. 51–56. ISBN 978-0521-26883-7. 
  2. ^ Jadunath Sarkar (1919). Shivaji and His Times (Second ed.). London: Longmans, Green and Co. 
  3. ^ Gadgil, D.R., 1945. Poona a socio-economic survey part I. Economics.
  4. ^ Haig, Wolseley (June 27, 1930). "The Maratha Nation". Journal of Royal Society of Arts. 78 (4049): 873. 
  5. ^ Sarkar, Jadunath (1920). History of Aurangzib based on original sources. London :: Longmans, Green. pp. 22–24. ISBN 9781152297449. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 

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