Q Answers: Har Har Mahadev! Did Bajirao use that kind of sword?

By Sunil Kumar

One of my most-viewed answers on the site; here’s a brief foray into Ranvir Singh..ahem..Bajirao TERRITORY.

हिन्दी: थोरले बाजीराव

Visit sunil-kumar.co.in: The Real Bajirao हिन्दी: थोरले बाजीराव (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Question:

Did Bajirao use that kind of sword as shown in movie Bajirao Mastani? It is also shown that he used to sleep sitting? Is this historically correct?

My Answer:

The sword used by the Marathas was the dandapatta. Traditionally, Maratha warriors were trained to fight with dual pata by bearing one in each hand. Alternatively, a single pata was used in addition to a belt, javelin, or axe in the other hand. The sword was also used by cavalry soldiers for its thrusting ability and was found more effective when two soldiers fought together as pairs.

Mastani popularly known as Bajirao Mastani (di...

Visit sunil-kumar.co.in Mastani popularly known as Bajirao Mastani (died 1740) was the mistress of Baji Rao Peshwa (Baji Rao I) (1699-1740), an Indian general and prime minister to the fourth Maratha Chhatrapati (Emperor) Shahuji. She is said to have been one of the most beautiful women in the history of India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The movie Bajirao Mastani has tried to remain faithful to actual history while the actual love story has its basis in fact; and a lot of it has been dramatized for obvious cinematic purposes. Mastani; the daughter of Raja Chattrasal and Ruhani Bai is believed to have riled the orthodox Brahmins of Pune; and later something was constructed for her in Kothrud. Her son KrishnaRao aka Shamsher Bahadur was given a jagir; which is present-day Banda in the state of U.P.

As for the fact that Bajirao I used to sleep sitting; this is even more in the realm of speculation. He was certainly one of the greatest warriors; and is reputed to have won all of his battles. Also; he eschewed traditional Indian warrior wisdom; when he told his brother that night is one of the best friends of the warrior. I am referring here to traditional Kshatriya ethics from the times of the Mahabharata due to which the Hindus did not attack after sunset. What is shown in the movie is definitely a mix of fact and fiction.

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