Dadoji Kondev was a 16th-century revenue worker of Shivaji from India, particularly known for his loyalty towards Shahji. He was also a “Subhedar” of Kondana Fort, and thus the Pune region. Wikipedia
Dadoji Kondev (Marathi: दादोजी कोंडदेव) (also known as Dadaji Konddeo and Dadoji Kondadev) was a 16th-century revenue worker of Shivaji from India, particularly known for his loyalty towards Shahji. He was also a “Subhedar” (Administrative head) of Kondana Fort (now known as Sinhagad), and thus the Pune region.
Dadoji Kondev Gochivade was from a Marathi Deshastha Brahmin of the Kulkarni family from the Daund area in Maharashtra. He hailed from Malthan, in the present day Shirur Tahsil in the Pune District.
Early career under Shahaji
Dadoji Kondev was in the service of Shahaji Raje Bhonslé, a nobleman and a commander in the Nizamshahi military of Ahmednagar. Shahaji proved himself as a brilliant commander was given a Jagir in area that roughly corresponds to present day Pune district.
During his career, Shahaji Raje Bhosale became a prominent warlord of the region and at different times served three powers. His last employer was the Adilshahi of Bijapur. As part of his service he was sent to Bangalore to defend Adilshah’s possesions in that region. At that time Shahaji appointed Dadoji as the Administrator or Subahdar of his Pune Jagir (Fiefdom) and also to take care of his wife Jijabai and infant son, Shivaji.
Administrator of Pune Jagir and Caretaker of Shahaji’s Family
After Shahaji sent him to look after Jijabai and baby Shivaji, Dadoji Konddeo ran the administration of the small jaagir of Shahaji, while Shahji himself was in Bangalore as the commander of Adilshah. He established complete control over the Maval region, winning over or subduing most of the local Maval deshpandes (chiefs). He is also credited with overseeing Shivaji’s training.
- “He developed city Shivapur as per order by Shahajiraje in 1636 and Lal Mahal in Pune in next year.”
- A Note on the ‘Twelve Mavals’ of Poona District – Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3 (1978), pp. 393–417