Sunday, July 04, 2004

Ashta Pradhan

Also spelled �Asta Pradhad� (Marathi: �Council of Eight�), administrative and advisory council set up by the Indian Hindu Maratha leader Sivaji (d. 1680), which contributed to his successful military attacks on the Muslim Mughal Empire and to the good government of the territory over which he established his rule. The council's senior member, the peshwa, or mukhya pradhan, was in charge of general administration


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