Hambirrao Mohite(Sarnobat) "Hambirrao" was a title. His name was Hansaji Mohite. He was Sarnobat of Maratha Army after Prataprao.
In the battle of Nesari, the Maratha army was shattered & their morale was down as they had lost their great leader Prataprao.
Bahlol Khan was overpowering Maratha contingent & was pushing them to a major defeat. That's when Hambirrao took charge, With his own contingent he attacked Bahalol.
Hambirrao boosted the morale of Maratha army & with his bravery as well as great understanding of warfare, he converted the defeat into glorious victory. This victory helped the Maratha army gain their confidence.
On 18 April 1674, when Shivaji went to Chiplun, to meet his contingent in Konkan region, He awarded Hansaji Mohite with the Honour "Hambirrao", & also promoted him as new Sarnobat(Chief of Army). In 1677, Hambirrao lead the attack on Gadag, He defeated Adilshahi officer of Koppal district Husenkhan. He accompanied Shivaji in his Deccan expedition. Hambirrao also guided Chhatrapati Sambhaji during his rule.
Hambirrao Mohite, actually named Hansajirao Mohite, was Conferred title of Hambirrao by Chhatrapati Shivaji. While his ancestors conferred title Baji rights by Deccan Sultanates. He was succeeded by four sons and a daughter namely Santaji, Ranasing, Rangoji, Chandoji and Tarabai(later became Queen of the Maratha empire, marrying Chhatrapati Rajaram Bhosale). As Kincaid the British commentator states, had the brave Hambirrao lived he had all the skill and resources to repulse the Mogol offensive. But with his death the Maharatta army in Maharashtra became rudderless. This was followed soon after by Sambhaji’s capture and execution by the Mogols.
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