Rajaram II of Satara

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Rajaram II Bhonsle
Chhatrapati of Maratha Empire
Reign 1749 - 1777
Born June 1726
Died 11th December 1777
House Bhonsle
Father Shivaji II
Religion Hinduism

Rajaram II Bhonsle was the 6th monarch of the Maratha Empire. He was the adoptive son of Chhatrapati Shahuji Bhonsle, and the putative grandson of Chhatrapati Rajaram Bhonsle. The early years of his reign were marked by controversy over his succession, as the dowager queen Tarabai disowned him alleging that he was not the grandson of Rajaram and herself. During Ramaraja's reign, the power of the Chhatrapati based in Satara was almost totally overshadowed by his hereditary Peshwas (Prime Ministers) belonging to the Bhat family in Pune and other commanders of the empire such as the Holkars, Gaikwad, Scindia and Bhonsale (Nagpur). During this period, the Marathas were engaged in a continual conflict with the Durranis based in Afghanistan.


  • V.S. Kadam, 1993. Maratha Confederacy: A Study in its Origin and Development. Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi.
Preceded by
Chhatrapati of the
Maratha Empire

Succeeded by
Shahu II