Who was Vishwasrao

Parvatibai - Parvatibai

Second wife of Sadashivrao Bhau
House Kolhatkar (by birth)
Bhat (by marriage)

Parvatibai (April 6, 1734 - September 23, 1763) was the second wife of Sadashivrao Bhau. She came from the Kolhatkar family in Pen and was married to Sadashivrao Bhau after the death of his first wife Umabai. Therefore, she became a member of the Peshwa family. She was also a trusted confidante of Shahuji. Her niece Radhikabai was married to Vishwasrao.

Panipat campaign

When the Marathas under Sadashivrao went to North India, she accompanied her husband. On the way to Panipat, she made a pilgrimage together with Nana Phadnavis and other women in the Maratha camp to Mathura and Vrindavan. She was present in the last battle on January 14, 1761, and was successfully led from the battlefield by some loyal men of Sadashivrao Bhau. She accidentally met Malharrao Holkar on her escape route that led her safely to the south of the Chambal River.

Death of her husband and consequences

Her husband Sadashivrao Bhau died in the third battle of Panipat. For the rest of her life she refused to be a widow (as she had promised her husband before the battle).


She saw many ups and downs in the Maratha Empire and died when Madhavrao I was in power. She died of pneumonia in Pune and was treated as a sati by Sadashivrao Bhau after her death. She was cremated in Pune, but the Marathas were unable to erect a memorial to her. Her after death rituals were performed in her hometown of Pen.

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