Kiladar was a title for the governor of a fort or large town in medieval India. During the Maratha Empire, the title was commonly pronounced 'Killedar' (Marathi: किल्लेदार).The office of Kiladar had the same functions as that of Castellan.
The title is composed of the Hindi word for fort "Kila", and the suffix "Dar", signifying an occupation. The military historian R.H.R. Smythies originally translated the term as "Custodian of the Fort".
The position of Kiladar was used in the Maratha Empire as well as northern India. Most large settlements or strategic forts in the Maratha Empire had a Kiladar. However, while in northern India the position of Kiladar implied sovereignty, in the Maratha Empire the position was subordinate to the civil administration of a town.
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