Indrajit Ghorpade


“Ghorpade is the Marathi name for the monitor lizard (varanus bengalensis). Over three centuries ago an intrepid Maratha warrior made ingenious use of the formidable powers of Ghorpades to attach themselves to vertical surfaces that provided no purchase. with ropes’ harnessed to the Ghorpades midriff he scaled sheer walls of rock, stormed and captured a proverbially impregnable fort .the grateful King bestowed upon him the title “Ghorpade”. A family name borne with pride till this day.”

GHORPADES’


Ghorpade is the Marathi name for the monitor lizard (varanus bengalensis). Over Six centuries of history are associated with this family.”

In 1323 Mohamed Bin Tughlaq was the Sultan Of Delhi. The invasion of the subcontinent had begun. Territorial battles, between clans,families for supremacy, control and power sent Sujjan Singh in 1334 to look for opportunities in the south.

A descendant of the Mewar clan of Rajputana, this family rose from the ranks in the service of the Sultan of the Bahmani Empire in the Deccan. From here this clan became Bhonsle of Shivaji fame To the Ghorpades’ who were cousins of the Bhonsles and were given a new identity, family name and title.

The history of the Maratha Empire would be incomplete without the role of the Ghorpades’ being narrated!