Blue Salute to the Brave and Courageous Scheduled Caste Mahar Regiment on this Illustrious renowned Bhima-Koregoan 204th Victory Day
JAI BHIM 🙏
Today, 1, January 2022, the 204th Victory Day of Bhima-Koregoan armed battle by the heroic Mahar regiment of Bombay native infantry against numerous savagely cruel uncivilized Hindu Sastras based Brahmin Peshwa’s rule.
203 years ago, on January 1, 1818, 500 hundred Mahar soldiers of British East India Company, with 334 other battalions defeated the massive Peshwa’s Army in Bhima-Koregoan.
The Battle of Koregoan held on the river of Bhima with Peshwa’s faction of Maratha confederacy, is the glorious memories of our courageous ancestors of mahar community.
Only 500 Brave Warriors of scheduled caste Mahar regiment of Bombay native infantry were the main reason for the defeat of communal based Peshwa’s soldiers.
The Battle of Koregoan took place on 1 January 1818 between the Army of Peshwa and British East India Company. The East India Company had 38,000 force including 500 strong mahars. But they deployed only 834 Soldiers including 500 mahars for this war. The Peshwa had 28,835 force, dispatched 2000 of the soldiers to attack 834 Company force. Because of Courageous fight of mahars, the company troops successfully defended themselves against the attack and the Peshwa’s force suddenly withdrew at night fearing the imminent arrival of a larger British force. After the British victory in the war, in memory of Battle, the British built squared pillar to pay homage to the martyr soldiers. 22 of the 49 names of the slain soldiers on the pillar are that of mahars.
According to British estimate, out of 834 company troops, 275 were killed, wounded or missing. Around 500 to 600 of Peshwa’s Soldiers were killed or wounded in the battle. The battle resulted losses to the maratha empire under Peshwa’s rule.
The mahars were considered as untouchables in the contemporary caste based society. The Peshwas who were the so-called high-caste Brahmins, were notorious for their mistreatment and persecution of the untouchables. Due to the cruel inhumane Manu sastras of Caste minded Peshwas, the mahars had to bind a broom in their waist so that their polluted and profane footprints could be removed from the broom by wandering behind them. They had to hang a vessel in their neck so that they could spit in it and their spit should not be polluted. They could not even think of extracting water from wells or puddles. Because of this, the affected mahars say the Bhima-Koregoan obelisk as a symbol of their victory over the high-caste oppression.
Our Saviour Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, visited the Bhima-Koregoan War memorial on the 109th anniversary of the Battle on 1 January 1927 to pay tribute to the Martyrs of mahar community. Again he visited the Bhima-Koregoan Victory Pillar on December 28, 1927 after successfully burnt Manusmriti at mahad. From 1927, Mahars community, to commemorate Babasaheb’s visit to the site, started visiting the place and celebrating the victory as their victory against Peswas. Now lacs of Babasaheb’s followers visit the victory pillar of Bhima-Koregoan every New Year’s day from all corners of the country.
SEWA Salute the Great Soldiers of Mahar Regiment of Bombay native infantry who won the Communal forces in Bhima-Koregoan on 1 January, 1818.
It is our duty to Pay Homage to the Martyrs of Scheduled Caste Mahar Regiment who died in the War to redeem Our Self-respect from religious and communal based fanatics .