From the birth of Shamsher Bahadur in 1734 AD till the death of Bajirao Peshwa and Mastani in 1740, he had seen the rebellion of his mother and himself.
What happened after the death of Bajirao Mastani?
His mother Mastani was imprisoned in front of his eyes, but still he fought for the life of the Marathas and sacrificed everything to protect the empire. It is in the year 1740 AD, when Shamsher Bahadur was only 6 years old.
His father Bajirao Peshwa fell ill after being injured in the war and died due to high fever on the banks of Narmada River. Hearing this news, his mother Mastani also could not survive for long and soon after the death of Bajirao Peshwa, his mother also died.
Many times try to kill Shamsher Bahadur and started torturing him in various ways. But at such a time, considering the last sign of Bajirao Peshwa, Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai accepted Shamsher Bahadur as her son. However, Kashibai was angry with Mastani.
Who adopt Shamsher Bahadur after death of Bajirao-Mastani?
Bajirao Peshwa’s first wife Kashibai adopted Shamsher Bahadur and raised him along with her sons. Not only this, Kashibai made him proficient in the art of warfare.
Shamsher Bahadur was educated only with the sons of Kashibai. Considering Shamsher Bahadur as the son of Peshwa, Kashibai transferred the Kalpi and Banda of Bundelkhand to the Shamsher Bahadur.
Shamsher Bahadur was the only warrior who fought on the side of Marathas till the last time in 1761. In the third battle of Panipat, Shamsher kept fighting with Abdali and Shuja-ud-daula stunned till the last time.
Third battle of Panipat
About 255 years ago today was a dark day for India and the Maratha Empire. Although Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India on 14 January, but on this day Maratha played Holi of blood.
This event of the 18th century will be remembered for centuries. January 14, 1761, was a day in world history when more than 40 thousand soldiers were put to death along with many brave Marathi Sardars in a single day.
A day that shattered the arrogance of the Maratha after successive victories. Once again this proverb proved to be true that “the piercing of the house should destroy the house”.
Rohilla Afghani and the Nawabs of Awadh joined hands with Ahmad Shah Abdali. Not only this, many small Hindu kings kept themselves away from this fight or refused to support the Maratha.
Shujauddaula’s mother told that Rohilla had helped your father. You should help the Maratha’s, but he did not agree, and the Marathas did not even expect that he would not help them.
Not only this, the Maratha also did not expect that the Jat king Surajmal would not help the Maratha by getting angry with Marathi Sadashiv Rao. The effect of this has been that the nearby Jats also supported Surajmal and left the side of the Maratha.
The result of this war was that most of the Marathas were taken captive, and later they were slaughtered. Most of the Marathi soldiers and chieftains were killed in this war.
Shamsher Bahadur’s courage
Shamsher Bahadur was fighting on the side of Maratha with only a small contingent of 5000 soldiers. The blood of Peshwa Bajirao was running in his veins and this was the reason why he suffocated the opposition army in the third battle of Panipat.
Shamsher Bahadur, following his father Bajirao’s method of warfare, was attacking with a small detachment of horses. This made Abdali very upset, not only this, a large amount of his soldiers were also killed.
Bajirao Mastani’s son fought with great bravery in this war. When Krishna Rao i.e. Shamsher Bahadur was injured in the battle, he left the battlefield with some of his companions. After leaving here, Surajmal helped them and applied ointment on their wounds.
Death of Krishna Rao or Shamsher Bahadur
Surajmal took care of him for a few days after his death in the third battle of Panipat, but due to more wounds, Shamsher Bahadur gave up his life at the age of only 27.
They also had one son, whose name was Ali Bahadur. Like his father, Ali Bahadur also served the Maratha with great loyalty for many years.
Brave Shamsher Bahadur will be remembered for centuries for his valor, sacrifice and affection for the Maratha.