Maratha titles

The following list includes a brief about the titles of nobility or orders of chivalry used by the Marathas of India and by the Marathis/Konkanis in general.

Titles used by the Maratha RoyalsEdit

  • Chhatrapati: Chhatrapati is an Indian royal title most equivalent to a King. It means the 'Lord of the Parasol'[1] and is a title conferred upon the founder of Maratha Empire, Shivaji. The title is also used by Shivaji's descendants.
  • Maharaj: The English equivalent of Maharaj is great king. It is a title first conferred upon Shivaji's father Shahaji Raje Bhosale by Adilshah.
  • Maharani: The English equivalent of Maharani is great queen. It is a title first used by Tarabai, as regent of marathas empire .
  • Raje: The English equivalent of Raje is Your Majesty. It is a title first conferred upon Shivaji's grandfather Maloji Raje Bhosale
  • Kshatriya Kulavantas: It means 'The Head of the Kshatriya caste' and was a title first given to Shivaji at the time of his coronation[2]
  • Sinhasanadheeshwar: It means 'the enthroned King' and was a title first given to Shivaji at the time of his coronation[2]
  • Peshwa: It is a word of Persian origin and means 'Foremost' or 'the first minister'[3] or 'Premier' (or Prime Minister). It was a title given to the prime ministers of the Maratha Empire or sometimes to a male member of the Peshwa's family (as a suffix for a member of the Peshwa family and as a prefix for the Peshwa himself.) For example:
    ->Peshwa:Shrimant Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao Bhat.
    ->Member:Shrimant Vishwasrao Bhat, Peshwa.
  • Peshwin: The wife of a Peshwa[4] or a female member of the Peshwa's family.
  • Daria Sarang: It means the Chief or Admiral of the Maratha Navy[5]
  • Senakhaskhel: It means the Commander of the armies of the state. It is a designation created by Rajaram I.
  • Shamsher Bahadur: It is a title conferred upon the Mohhameden Branch of Peshava at Banda . After 1857 , The Maharajas of Baroda (the Gaekwads) were title holders , which means a distinguished swordsman[6]

Titles given by the BritishEdit

Other titlesEdit

  • Rao: It is an honorary title used by men as a suffix to their first name, example Malhar Rao Holkar, the prince of Indore
  • Sinh: It is a word derived from the Sanskrit word siḿha, meaning 'lion'.[23] It is used as a suffix to the first name, example Maharaja Pratapsinh Gaekwad[24] or H.H. Meherban Shrimant Raja Vijaysinhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan, Raja of Sangli[citation needed]
  • Shett/Sheth: Shett/Sheth is a name given to the Daivajnas of Konkani origin residing on the west coast of India. For example, the Saldanha-Shet family is one of the well known Konkani Catholic families from Mangalore.[25]

See alsoEdit


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  17. ^ Gokhale, Balkrishna Govind (1988). "Poona in the eighteenth century".
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  19. ^ "No. 22523". The London Gazette. 25 June 1861. p. 2622.
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  21. ^ a b Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati papers. 1997.
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    • Saheb: It is an honorary title used by men as a suffix to their first name, example AnnaSaheb Magar, a politician in Maharashtra
    • Bai: It is an honorary title used by women as a suffix to their first name, example Rani Laxmibai, the Queen of Jhansi
    • Devi: It is an honorary title used by women as a suffix to their first name.
  24. ^ Sawhney, Clifford (2004-12-01). Strange But True Facts. Pustak Mahal. ISBN 9788122308396.
  25. ^ Farias, Kranti (1999), The Christian impact in South Kanara, Church History Association of India, p. 279