The Double Sworded Hero

Leader of the '300' Brave Kshatriya

Warrior Stats


Full Name: Baji Prabhu Deshpande

Born/Died: 1615 - 1660

Weapon Speciality: Danda Patta

Notable Battles: Pavan Khind 1660


Origin Story

Baji Prabhu Deshpande was a commander in the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji under the Marathas.  Although he was born into a Brahmin CKP (Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu) family the Marathas tended to promote on the basis of merit, rather than birth.  He rose to become a great Kshatriya and mastered the art of the Danda Patta (Gauntlet Sword in English).  The Danda Patta was a sword that integrated a gauntlet and a hand guard and  Baji Prabhu was accomplished enough to wield two of these at the same time.  It was a great hand to hand, combat weapon against heavily armed Cavalry and was popular amongst Maratha warriors.  


His Bravery Left a Lasting Legacy

Baji Prabhu Deshpande bravely gave up his life ensuring his King Chhatrapati Shivaji could make an escape and to take command of Vishalgad Fort.  He held the narrow Ghodkhind (Horse's Pass) for hours with just 300 brave men against the Adilshah forces of 10,000 men until Chhatrapati Shivaji had reached his destination.  


Read more about Pavan Khind - 1660 real life battle of the brave '300' Marathas.  

Danda Patta (Gauntlet Sword) was the weapon that Baji Prabhu Deshpande specialised in.

Danda Patta (Gauntlet Sword) was the weapon that Baji Prabhu Deshpande specialised in.  

Tributes To DESHPANDE

'Ghodkhind' pass renamed to 'Pavan Khind'

Shivaji renamed the narrow pass 'Pavan Khind' meaning 'Holy Pass' in recognition of Dhespande and his 300 troops loyal bravery.  

Veer Savarkar Composes a Ballad

Originally banned by the British as it made Hindu's proud of their Kshatriya heritage, ban lifted just before independence.

Sri Aurobindo creates Poem

Aurobindo famously made a poem called 'Baji Prabhu' in 1909, describing his heroic sacrifice

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Hem Chandra

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Hindu King for less than one month

Shivaji Bhosale 1

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Reviver of the Great Maratha Empire

Skandagupta

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Reviver of the Great Gupta Empire