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The Pratinidhi (the Viceroy) was an important member of the ministry in the Maratha Empire.[1] The title of Pratinidhi means the representative of the King, and such officials were entitled to sign and seal papers and to issue orders in the absence of the Ruler. Shivaji's ministry of the eight - the Ashta Pradhan did not include a Pratinidhi.[1] Later the post of Pant Pratinidhi was created during the Rajaram I reign and a person holding this office exercised powers over all ministers of the Maratha court including the Peshwas. Above the Ashta pradhan Rajaram I appointed Pralhad Niraji to the high post of Prathinidhi. The office of Pratinidhi was created and the office of Peshwa was made next to it in hierarchy. The first occupant of the position under Rajaram was Pralhad Niraji, who was appointed in 1689.[2]

The offices of the Pratinidhi, the Sacheev and the Mantri, became hereditary after passing through three different families.[3]

In 1698, Parshuram Pant Pratinidhi was appointed as Pratinidhi by Rajaram I,[4] but by the end of 1713 the family had become hereditary holders of the title Pant Pratinidhi [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Udgaonkar 1986, p. 94.
  2. Bond 2006, p. 773.
  3. Bhatia 1986, p. 70.
  4. Pant 1989, p. 12.
  5. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bombay. Asiatic Society of Bombay. 1908. p. 142.