Indore, April 29: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has expressed firm resolve to rescue the Samadhi of the great Maratha general and statesman Bajirao Peshwa who was laid to rest on the banks of Narmada at Raver Khed in Madhya Pradesh.
The Samadhi of this expert swordsman, outstanding rider, master strategist and a leader by example, is situated on the bank of Narmada at Raver Khed in Khargoan district of Madhya Pradesh. This Samadhi is in danger of getting submerged with the increase in water level of the under-construction Maheshwar dam.
Suresh Soni, Sah-Sarkaryawah of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who came to Raver Khed on Sunday to participate in a program to mark the death anniversary of the great Maratha general, expressed firm resolve that the RSS would not allow this Samadhi of Bajirao Peshwa to get submerged. “All efforts will be taken to preserve the historical monument,” the RSS leader assured.
Rajya Sabha member and BJP leader, Anil Dave said that a huge wall be constructed around the Samadhi to protect it in case of increase in water level.
Collector of Khargone, Navneet Mohan said that a wall will be constructed around the tomb at the cost of Rs 5 crore and process is under way to issue tender for the work.
Bajirao died on April 28, 1740, of a sudden fever, possibly a heat stroke, in Khargaon. He was en route to Delhi with one lakh troops under his command at his camp in the district near Indore. Bajirao’s mortal remains were consigned to flames on 28 April 1740, at Raver Khed on the banks of the Narmada River.
Bajirao succeeded his father Balaji Vishwanath as Peshwa when he was only twenty years of age. Soon after his appointment as Peshwa, he launched an illustrious military career that earned him a special place in the history of India.
This great Maratha general and statesman changed the map of India in the mid-eighteenth century. His military campaigns were classic examples of his genius. In the havoc of the religious intolerance continued by the tottering Mughals after Aurangzeb, Bajirao stood out as the champion of Hinduism as he protected Hindu Dharma from the onslaught of Islamic rulers.
It was Bajirao who expanded the Hindu Kingdom beyond Maharashtra across the Vindhyas and got it recognized in Delhi, the capital of the Mughals, who kept India under their rule for many hundred years. The Hindu Kingdom created by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and later expanded by Bajirao reached its peak during his son’s reign twenty years after his death. After driving the Afghans out of the Punjab, they raised the saffron flag of Hindus not just on the walls of Attock, but even beyond.
Bajirao is thus acknowledged as one of the greatest warriors of Hindu Dharma and the most famous ruler in the history of India. He was a noted general who served as Peshwa (Prime Minister) to the fourth Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.