after he got the huge wealth, Maloji began to think of the future. He bought one thousand
horses of the finest breed from Sheshova who was a merchant friend. He built up a powerful
army of one thousand soldiers. His influence grew in the neighboring regions. More and
more villages began to serve Maloji with great respect. Maloji, now a very rich man, could
have led a life of pleasure and ease. But he had a clear and high ideal before him. He had
to accomplish a great deed. Maloji knew that a selfish man would not be honored. Only
those who gave theyre all - body, mind and wealth - to the service of others were
honored. So he used his wealth for noble purposes. He built free lodges for travelers and
dug wells. He also renovated temples and mutts. He arranged for the poor and the needy to
be fed freely. He renovated the famous temple of Ghrishneshwara at Velur. He constructed
the large tank at Shinghanapura. And so every one was full of praise for Maloji.
Maloji's fame reached the ears of Jadhav Rao. His wife Malasabaj had a high
appreciation for his personality and valor. His acts of generosity and charity deepened
Jadhav Rao was a proud man. His pride in his rank had not
diminished. Maloji now owned a contingent of two thousand horses. His army numbered
three thousand-horses and soldiers.
He began to give Jadhav Rao pinpricks. He also made serious attacks on the Nizamshahi.
Gradually Maloji grew more and more powerful. The Nizam, too had some idea of his courage
and strength. He wanted to make Maloji somehow or the other one of his Sardars so that his
state might be secures. He conferred the title of 'Mansabdar Raje', the Commander of
twelve thousand horses, on Maloji. He made him the Sardar of the villages around Shivaneri
Fortress. Now Maloji became 'Sardar Maloji Rao Bhosle'. The Nizam also Compelled Sardar
Jadhav Rao to give his consent to the marriage of his daughter Jija with Maloji's son
Shahaji. 'No doubt Maloji had won his aim. But Sardar Jadhav Rao nursed his anger. His
hatred for Maloji increased as Maloji's strength and fame grew.
Maloji breathed his last at the age of seventy. Shahaji Raje succeeded his father as
Sardar and continued to serve the Nizam.