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Shrimant Malojiraje I Bhosle (Baba Saheb), Rajasaheb, Akkalkot

Ruled: 1823-1828
Present -
Ascended the Gadi in 2018
Maharaj Malojiraje l Raje Bhosle was born on 8th January 1803. He had three wives, namely Maharani Laxmibai, daughter of Rambhaji Ghatge of Malvadi, his second wife Maharani Mhalsabai, daughter of Fakirji Raje Nimbalkar and the third wife Maharani Tuljabai, daughter of Sayajirao Ghatge of Budh. He has two sons named Shahaji and Fatehsinh.
Born: 8th January 1803
Adoption and ascension to the Gadi

After the death of Maharaj Fatehsinhraje Bhosle in 1823, Malojiraje I became the Raja of Akkalkot. He was mature and experienced. Certain things were favourable for Malojiraje I. The State was free from debt. The Company’s rule had come to stay. The British rulers had been successful in establishing peace and order both in their own territory and the Indian States under their control. The menace caused by the Thugs and rioters had been put down. So there was little chance of any invasion.

Maharaj Malojiraje l Raje Bhosle was invited to Satara by the Chhatrapati to receive the Royal Costume. He received the charge of the State from Chhatrapati Pratapsinh. Resident Briggs was also present on the occasion. Before leaving for Akkalkot the Chhatrapati gave him a Royal Feast. The Chhatrapati agreed to visit Akkalkot and honour the Royal servants and Jahagirdars of Akkalkot State.

Meanwhile, a complaint was lodged against Maharaj Malojiraje l Raje Bhosle that certain bands of robbers repeatedly entered the territories of the neighbouring States of Hyderabad and Kurundwad and plundered the villages and then took shelter in the Akkalkot State. Another complaint was that the State Government instead of dealing with the robbers seriously, received large amounts from them and set them free. The Resident of Satara took serious notice of this and ordered Maharaj Malojiraje l Raje Bhosleto take serious steps against them. After returning to Akkalkot Maharaj Malojiraje l Raje Bhosle Investigated the situation and successfully controlled it.

Thereafter enjoying peace for some years the Sardeshmukh of Borgaon made many complaints against Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle but he faced all of them very cleverly. Later on, Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle began to submit budget estimates and statements of income and expenditure of previous years to the Chhatrapati Pratapsinhraje Bhosle of Satara. During those days, this practice of submitting the financial accounts through the Chhatrapati of Satara for the Company’s approval was prevalent. This caused an effective check on the administration of the Akkalkot State.

Chhatrapati Pratapsinhraje was against giving approval to the budget without analyzing it. So he personally went to Akkalkot to check the accounts. He outlined the procedure in detail about the method of collection of revenue with fixation of the instalments and carrying on the expenditure keeping a rigorous check at certain stages. He also ordered him to follow the procedures correctly. This supervision mainly snatched away the power on the treasury from the hands of the Rajas of the States. This procedure was brought into effect from 1826.In 1826, Chhatrapati Pratapsihnraje Bhosle of Satara decided to go on a pilgrimage to Nasik and ordered Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle and other kings under him to come with him. One day while still in Nasik, Chhatrapati’s guards quarreled with Malojiraje I Bhosle’s sepoys. Exchange of hot words took to blows. Chhatrapati’s men took Malojiraje’s sepoys as captives. Those who went to release them were beaten badly and they returned. When Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle heard of this, he became angry and made preparations to attack the Chhatrapati’s camp to rescue his men. However, Chhatrapati Pratapsinhraje himself went to Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle and calmed him down. He took Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle to his camp, honoured him with royal clothes and set his men free.

Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle took the incident to his heart. He became anxious about the prospects of the Akkalkot State. He fell ill. He thought that he would not recover and started making future arrangements. He wrote a letter to Sir Malcolm, the Governor of Bombay, requesting him to act as a father to his Sons, Shahaji and Fatehsinh after his death. “It is in your hands to see that everything is carried on as before.”
Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle was only 25 years old when he died. During his last days, he was worried for the future life of his wife Tuljabai as she was only sixteen, and his two sons were six and four years old only. On 19th August 1828 Maharaj Malojiraje l Bhosle passed away.