VALENTINE SPECIAL ~ PESHWA BAJI RAO JI AND MASTANI !!
Peshwa Baji Rao (A.D.1720-1740) who popularized the concept of Hindu Pad Padshahi had married Mastani, the daughter of Raja Chhatrasal by a Muslim mistress. Her beauty and charm captivated the Peshwa so much that he always wanted to keep her by his side, whether in the war or at home. In 1734 she had borne him a son who was named Shamsher Bahadur.
But the Peshwa’s first wife, her sons, the Peshwa’s mother did not take allthis kindly, partly because of jealousy and partly on grounds of orthodoxy. It is said that Baji Rao took to drinking and consuming meat under her influence. The priests refused to invest Shamsher with a sacred thread and the Peshwa’s relatives succeeded in their contrivance to separate him from Mastani. The agony of separation had its effect on the Peshwa’s health, who died due to a virulent fever.
It is said that Mastani died soon thereafter with grief, while some say she committed sati on her husband’s funeral pyre. The Peshwa had assigned his Bundelkhand jagirs to Shamsher Bahadur who died fighting at Panipet in 1761.