Who was Tanaji Malusare? Tanaji Malusare is most popularly remembered for the battle of Singhagad in 1670.
In 1665, the treaty of Purandar required Shivaji Maharaj to give up the Kondhana fort to the Mughals. Kondhana was one of the most heavily fortified and strategically place.
The idea of Mughals taking control of the fort was deeply disturbing and enraging to Shivaji’s mother Rajmata Jijabai. The conquest was considered virtually impossible, The fort was garrisoned with Rajput, Arab and Pathan troops guarding it. It was impenetrable.
Tanaji Malusare was commissioned by Chhatrapati Shivaji himself to reconquer to fort.
Here are Nine facts about Tanaji Malusare :
1. Subhedar Tanaji Malusare was a superior general and a man of iron will in the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji and most popularly remembered for the Battle of Singhagad in 1670.
2. Tanaji Malusare laid down his life to follow Chhtrapati Shivaji maharaj order to recapture the Kondhana fort.
3. When Tanaji was assigned the task to reclaim the fort by Chhatrapati Shivaji, he had been busy making preparations for his son’s wedding. However, upon being called by Shivaji mahraj he puts the wedding plans on hold and immediately left to serve his duty as a warrior.
4. Tanaji Malusare used his own pet monitor lizards ( ghorpad ) to scale the hill side cliff and set ropes for his troops to climb , and launched a surprise attack that led to the ultimate defeat of the Mughal army.
5. During the battle, Tanaji fought against Mughal fort keeper Udaybhan Rathore, a formidable Rajput warrior, until his last breath, which paved the way for a Maratha victory.
6. A historic swordfight took place between Rathore and Taanaji. The two bravehearts clashed for a long while and it ended with Malusare losing his life.
7. When Udaybhan knocked the shield from Tanaji’s hand, he continued fighting by tying his upper garment over his defending hand in order to ward off Udaybhan’s blows.
8. Upon hearing the demise of Tanaji, Shivaji Maharaj was struck with grief and expressed his sorrow by uttering, “Got the fort but lost the lion.”
9. The Kondhana fort was later renamed as the Sinhagad (Lion’s) Fort by Shivaji maharaj as a tribute to his general and friend Tanaji.