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Bhonsle Dynasty, Maratha Empire
Bhonsle dynasty was a prominent clan within the Maratha clan system who ruled several states of India.
 
 Bhonsle dynasty witnessed Shivaji as its most prominent member of clan. Other than the Bhonsle Maharajas of Satara, rulers of Bhonsle dynasty established themselves and Nagpur and Kolhapur in 18thcentury. The Bhonsle kings who ruled Thanjavur were descendants of Shivaji`s stepbrother Venkoji. The Bhonsle of Satara and Kolhapur were descendants of Shivaji`s sons, Shambhuji and Rajaram.

Post defeat of the Marathas in the hands of the British, they were forced to accept British rule. The Bhonsle dynasties continued as rulers of their princely states thereby accepting the suzerainty of British. Bhonsle dynasty was founded by Raghuji Bhonsle of Berar in 1730.

Maloji Bhonsle, Shivaji`s grandfather claimed descent from the Sisodia clan of Rajputs. The lineage follows: Rana Ajay Singh of Mewar, Rana Sujjan Singh (Sajjan Singh), Dilapee Singh, Sidhoji, Bahiroji or Bhosaji, Devaravji, Ugrasen, Shubhrakrushna, Roopsinhji, Bhoomindraji, Dhapaji, Barahatji, Kheloji, Parasoji, Babaji, Maloji Bhosle, Vithoji, Shahuji, Shivaji, Sambhaji and Rajaram.

Kings of Satara
The kings of Bhonsle dynasty who ruled Satara are: Babaji Bhonsle, Maloji Raje Bhonsle, Shahaji Raje Bhonsle, Chatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhonsle (the Maratha King), Sambhajiraje Shahu I (Son of Sambhaji I), Ramaraja (adopted son of Shahu I), Shahu II of Satara (Son of Ramaraja), Pratapsinh, Shahaji III, Pratapsinh I, Rajaram III, Pratapsinh II, Raja Shahu III, Pratapsinhraje and Chatrapati Udayanraje Bhonsle.

Kings of Kolhapur
The kings of Bhonsle dynasty who ruled Kolhapur are: Shivaji II, Shambhuji I, Shivaji III, Shambhuji II, Shahoji I, Shivaji IV, Rajaram I, Shivaji V, Shahu IV, Rajaram II, Shivaji VI, Shahoji II and Shahu II as titular Maharaja.

Kings of Nagpur
The kings of Bhonsle dynasty who ruled Nagpur are: Raghoji I, Janoji, Sabaji, Mudhoji I, Raghoji II, Parsoji Bhonsle, Mudhoji II, Raghoji III, Janoji II and Raghujideo.

Kings of Thanjavur Maratha kingdom
The kings who ruled Thanjavur belonged to the Bhonsle dynasty. They are: Shahajiraje, Venkoji, Shahaji I, Sharfoji, Tukoji, Venkoji II, Pratapsinh, Tuloji, Amarsingh, Sarfoji, Shivaji, Sarfoji III, Shivaji III, Pratapsinh III, Rajaram and Babajiraje

(Last Updated on : 23/09/2011)
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