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The Nimbalkar is a Maratha clan, which derives its surname from the forest of Nimbalak in Phaltan taluka, Satara district, Maharashtra, India.[1]

Some Nimbalkars served as head of the deshmukhs (sardeshmukhs or sardars) during the period of the Deccan Sultanates[2] and Mughal empire.[3]


The main ancestral city of the Nimbalkar is Phaltan, though they are also found in other regions Marathas inhabit.[4] The clan is linked to other clans prominent in Maratha history: Emperor Shivaji's first wife Saibai was from the Nimbalkar dynasty. Deepaabai, the paternal grandmother of Shivaji) was from the Nimbalkar family.[5]


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  1. ^ Shivaram Shankar Apte (1965). Samarth Ramdas, life & mission. Vora. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Kulkarni, G.T. (1992). "DECCAN (MAHARASHTRA) UNDER THE MUSLIM RULERS FROM KHALJIS TO SHIVAJI : A STUDY IN INTERACTION,PROFESSOR S.M KATRE Felicitation". Bulletin of the Deccan College Research Institute. 51/52,: 501–510. JSTOR 42930434. 
  3. ^ Eaton, Richard M. (2005). The New Cambridge History of India: The Social History of Decca. 1. Cambridge University Press. p. 188. ISBN 9780521254847. 
  4. ^ The golden book of India: a genealogical and biographical dictionary. Sir Roper Lethbridge
  5. ^ V. D. Katamble (2003). Shivaji the great. Balwant Printers Pvt. Ltd. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-81-902000-0-4. Retrieved 29 June 2011.