Madari Mehtar is a fictional character.

Thanks to @padmadurg for Marathi original, posting English translation for everyone's benefit

With all due respect to Guruji Golwalkar , he was no authority on history.
There is no mention of Madari Mehtar till some document found in 1917, which refers to him. There is no indication when or who or what purpose this doc was created.

It has fantastic passages - each more impossible than the other.
There is no mention of Madari Mehtar till some document found in 1917, which refers to him. There is no indication when or who or what purpose this doc was created.

It has fantastic passages - each more impossible than the other.
Chhatrapati Shivaji supposedly asks - who is ready to sacrifice his life for him and Hiroji + Madari step up. (Leave aside the fact that Chhatrapati Shivaji had already sent his other soldiers and servants ahead)
Then Aurangzeb catches hold of Hiroji (after Maharaj escapes) and threatens to cut his head off (but not Mehtar's). Then..gasp.. in light of his bravery he is spared. 😳😳
Best part is Hiroji was never caught , even later on !
None of the contemporary sources mention Madari Mehtar.

Our singular source takes Madari Mehtar to RAIGAD (while Maharaj himself heads to Rajgad and proceeds to Raigad 6 years later)
To buttress this false claim, Madari Mehtar's kabar is shown on Raigad as " Masjid Morcha ".

Good then. When did he die ? How did he die ? What of his descendants ?Inam patra ? Anything...

If he was so important as to have a grave in Maratha capital, what post did he serve ?
I mean there is no kabar. Just a place called Masjid Morcha.

Chhatrapati Shivaji never built a single mosque anywhere , leave alone Raigad.

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