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The Marathas (Mahratta, Marhatta or मराठा) are a royal Hindu Kshatriya (Warrior) caste from Maharashtra, and are credited for re-establishing Hindu rule in India, by ending the Mughal rule.
The Maratha Empire was founded by 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhonsle' and at its peak, the empire covered much of India, encompassing a territory of over 2.8 million km²
The Royal 'Marathas' (Mahratta or Marhatta) are a dominant warrior/ruling class of India who rose to prominence under the Great Warrior 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhonsle', the founder of The Maratha Empire.
by Bhonsle January 25, 2013
Kshatriya, from (holder of) Kshatra (rule or authority), is one of the four varnas (social orders) in Hinduism.

Traditionally, Kshatriya constitute the ruling & military elite of the Vedic-Hindu social system outlined by the Vedas and the Laws of Manu. They were in charge of the protection of the Hindu society by fighting in wartime and governing in peacetime.

The Kshatriya caste members have held power for centuries in India. Kshatriyas are responsible for upholding justice and social harmony.
The Marathas and Rajputs are Kshatriyas.
by Bhonsle January 25, 2013
The Bhonsle (or Bhonsale, Bhosale, Bhosle) are a prominent warrior clan within the Maratha clan system who served as rulers of several states in India. Bhonsles claim their origin from Suryavanshi Sisodia Rajputs.
The most prominent member of the royal clan was Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. His successors ruled as maharajas from their capital at Satara, although de facto rule of the empire passed to the Peshwas, the Maratha hereditary chief ministers, during the reign of Shahu I. In addition to the Bhonsle Maharajas of Satara, rulers of the Bhonsle clan established themselves at Nagpur and Kolhapur in modern-day Maharashtra in the 18th century. The Bhonsle of Thanjavur were descendants of Shivaji's stepbrother Venkoji, while the Bhonsle of Satara and Kolhapur were descended from Shivaji's sons, Sambhaji and Rajaram.
The title 'Chattrapati' (equivalent to emperor) is exclusively used for the rulers of the Bhonsle dynasties of Satara & Kolhapur, as they are the descendents of Shivaji.
The Bhonsle's ruled several Indian princely states namely Satara, Kolhapur, Thanjavur, Nagpur, Sawantwadi and Akkalkot etc.
by Bhonsle January 25, 2013
Pawar (or Puar) are a royal Hindu Maratha clan.
The princely states of Dewas Jr, Dewas Sr and Dhar were ruled by the Maharajas of this clan.
They claim descent from the Rajput clan 'Parmara'
Q. Which dynasty do the rulers of Dewas belong to?
A. Pawar.
by Bhonsle January 25, 2013
Scindia (anglicized from Shinde and also spelled as Scindhia, Sindhia, Sindia) are a royal Maratha clan in India. This clan included rulers of the Gwalior State in the 18th and 19th centuries, collaborators of the colonial British government during the 19th and the 20th centuries until India became independent, as well as politicians in independent India.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, the current Maharaja of Gwalior, belongs to the Scindia dynasty of the Marathas.
by Bhonsle January 25, 2013

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