Tanaji was a friend of Shivaji from his early childhood days and was steadfast in his devotion to the cause. He stood by Shivaji in all the perilous adventures undertaken by him in the early years. The task of climbing Kondana was not an easy one. It was a well-guarded fort and the only access was from the side of a precipice, which was considered insurmountable. The great historian, Sir H. G. Rawlinson, says, "It was a task, which the Mawlas alone, perhaps of any troops in the world, could hope to cope with successfully."
Simhagad, near Poona, is a living monument to the memory of this great soldier.
'The present work is mainly based on 'Shivaji, the Maratha, his life and times-H. G. Rawlinson' and 'Shivasamsmriti -G. S. Sardesai.
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