(Last Updated on : 29-01-2009)
Jinji , the core of Maratha power, got grappled by Zulfikar Khan in January ,1698 after stern opposition from Maratha Confederacy for about eight years. But Rajaram, readily fled to Satara
. He gathered there a formidable army to resume battle with the Mughal camp of Aurangzeb
in the Northern Deccan. The imperialists , much to the Marathas' despair, beleaguered the headquarters at Satara in 1699.The Maratha garrison committedly defended their asset, till the demise of Rajaram on March,1700. Parashuram, the Maratha minister was compelled to surrender his fort through peace-treaty admittance. However this ugly adversity was sustained through ceaseless fights launched by both the groups. The moment Mughals grabbed one fort, the very next day the Marathas would recover their lost possesions .
The Mughals were badly repelled by the outrageous antagonism cast by Rajaram's valiant widow, Tarabai who guided the nation on behalf of her minor son, Shivaji. She first organized the administrative stability of her kingdom. And consequently focused her concentration on the loathsome foe, the Mughals. She instructed her army to incur damage to the six Mughal "Subhas" or provinces including that of Malwa (1699), in the Deccan .In 1703, they stormed into the Mughal province of Berar. In 1706 , Gujarat
was attacked and the emperor's base at Ahmadnagar was menanced. Series of conquests had increased the opulence of the Marathas which cemented their newly acquired mastery over the Deccan and a few portions of Central India. The Maratha Confederacy emerged triumphant in giving the fatal -blow to the already shattered Mughal authority.