Parshuram Pant Pratinidhi

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Parshuram Trimbak Pant Pratinidhi
Pradhan Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg to the Emperor Rajaram of the Maratha Empire,
Pratinidhi Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg of the Maratha Empire,
Chief of Vishalgad & Aundh
Predecessor Bahiroji Pingale
Successor Shrimant Shriniwasrao Parusharam (Aundh State) Krishnarao Pant Pratinidhi[1] (Vishalgad estate)
Born 1660
Kinhai, Satara
(Satara District, Maharashtra)
Died 1718
Aundh, Satara
(Satara District, Maharashtra)

Parshuram Trimbak Kulkarni (1660–1718 CE), popularly known as Parshuram Pant Pratinidhi, was a Minister (Pradhan) and Count (Sardar) of the Maratha Empire. He served as Pratinidhi (Chief Delegate) during Chhatrapati Rajaram and Tarabai’s reign.[2] His contribution to the War of 27 years is considered to be of vital importance. He was also the founder of the princely states of Vishalgad and Aundh in Maharashtra.[3]

The first hereditary recipient of the title ' Pratinidhi', meaning 'the representative of the king' or viceroy, was Parshuram Trimbak Pant, who was a recorder and interpreter at the court of Shivaji.The title Pratinidhi was conferred upon him in 1698 by Rajaram, the second son of Shivaji.[4]


Early life

Pant pratinidhi was born in 1660 in kanhai villge. His father Trimbak krishna was a devotional and pious village officer of Kanhai.[2]


Parashuram started his career as a clerk, but his abilities and valour enabled him, during the reign of Rajaram, to repel the attacks of Mughal emperor in Maharashtra.[2] He succeeded in the recovery of Satara, Panhala and other fortresses and in re-establishing Maratha power. He had already been a nobleman but in view of his meritorious services, Rajaram conferred upon him the title of Pratinidhi, after the death of Pralhad Niraji, the first holder of the office. Rajaram was succeeded by his wife Tarabai who retained Parashuram Trimbak as Pratinidhi.[2]


Parshuram Trimbak Pant Pratinidhi died in Mahuli, near Satara, in 1718 and was succeeded by his third son Shripatrao Pratinidhi as Pratinidhi of Aundh State and the Vishalgad estate was succeeded by his first son Krishnajirao Pant Pratinidhi.[2][5]

See also


  1. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Sátára. Government Central Press. 1885. p. 622.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bond 2006, p. 773.
  3. ^ Pant 1990, p. 8.
  4. ^ Pant 1989, p. 12.
  5. ^ Pant 1990, p. 7.


  • Pant, Apa (1989). An Unusual Raja: Mahatma Gandhi and the Aundh Experiment. Sangam Books.
  • Bond, J.W (2006). Indian States: A Biographical, Historical, and Administrative Survey. Asian Educational Services.
  • Pant, Apa (1990). An Extended Family Or Fellow Pilgrims. Sangam Books.

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