Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency ..., Volume 17

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Printed at the Government Central Press, 1884 - Bombay (India : State)
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Page 394 - ... it was agreed that about thirty miles of territory near Ahmadnagar should be ceded to the Moghals and Rs. 50 lakhs paid into the Imperial treasury. In 1624 in the hope of gaining the management of the Deccan, Malik Ambar who was then at war with Ibrahim Adil Shah of Bijapur. sent an envoy to Mahabat Khan, the Moghal commander-inchief in the Deccan to express obedience and devotion. Ibrahim Adil Shah about the same time made similar offers and his offers were accepted. Malik Ambar, vexed and disappointed,...
Page 73 - The women tie their hair in a knot at the back of the head without decking it either with flowers or with false hair.
Page 737 - He will forgive you your sins, and will introduce you into gardens through which rivers flow, and agreeable habitations in gardens of perpetual abode. This will be great felicity. And ye shall obtain other things which ye desire, namely, assistance from God, and a speedy victory. And do thou bear good tidings to the true believers.
Page 300 - Marwari will press a debtor when pressure means ruin. The saying runs that he will attach and sell his debtor's cooking and drinking vessels even when the family are in the midst of a meal. Brahmans, whose position in society tends to make them popular, are shrewd and cautious in their dealings, and as a class avoid extreme measures for the recovery of their debts. A Gujarat Vani, a Maratha, or a Kunbi creditor will seldom ruin his debtor.
Page 402 - As they lay their swords were by their sides and their spears were generally at their horses' heads stuck in the ground. When halted on a plain groups of four or five might be seen stretched on the bare earth sound asleep, their bodies exposed to the...
Page 710 - In 1657 Shivaji, who since 1650 had greatly increased his power, marched by unfrequented roads to Ahmadnagar in the hope of surprising the town. His attempt was partially successful. But while his men were plundering he was attacked and several of his party were killed by a detachment from the fort.* In 1665 he again plundered the town.
Page 63 - Deshaaths to conduct their ceremonies, which differ little from those of Deshasths except that they worship the goddess Satvai on the sixth instead of on the fifth day after the birth of a child. They are bound together by a strong caste feeling, and settle social disputes at meetings of adult castemen. Breaches of social discipline are punished with loss of caste which the offender is seldom again allowed to join. They recognise Shankardchzirya as their high priest, but never refer social questions...
Page 392 - Aurangzeb afterwards (1658-1707) changed3 to Aurangabad, and, profiting by dissensions between Khan Khanan and the other generals, repeatedly defeated the Moghal troops, and invested the town of Ahmadnagar. Every effort was made to defend the place and Khan Khanan and the other Moghal nobles who were with Prince Parvez at Burhanpur marched to relieve it. Through the jealousies and dissensions of the leaders, and from want of supplies, the army was conducted by roads through mountains and difficult...
Page 403 - Miirad, now haunted him everywhere. How much he was influenced by remorse for his share in their fate, it is difficult to say ; but his actions sufficiently showed how much he feared that a like measure might be meted out to himself. He expired in the city of Ahmednagar, on the 21st of February, 1707, in the eighty-ninth year of his life and fiftieth of his reign.
Page 376 - ... the king but Fatteh Shah and a few domestics, opposition was vain. The prince and Mirza Khan rushed into the fort with 40,000 armed men and put to death all they found except Ferishta who as he had been the prince's school fellow was spared. The prince both in word and action treated his father the king with every possible insult. Murtaza looked on him with silent contempt, and when his son drew his sword and passed the bare blade across his breast, threatening to kill him, the king only sighed....

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