Untold History – EP 20 – The story of the undefeated protector of Indian’s waters

Untold History – EP 20 – The story of the undefeated protector of Indian’s waters


One of the oldest books are the Vedas and the oldest among them is Rig Veda. The name of a deity is continuously mentioned, and that is Varun Dev. He is considered to be the great feeder of moral strength, which means that he is the source of Rit i.e. truth. Varun Dev is not only not the Lokpal [Guardian] of the western direction, but also he is known for being the Master of the Seas. The motto of Indian Navy is ‘Sham no Varuna’ , which means that let the blessings of Bhagwan Varun be on us. It is said he who controls the waters can rule over the entire world. India is encircled by water from three sides, which is why India has fought a lot of wars in order to control their share of waters. There have been many bravehearts who took the task of protecting India’s waters in their own hands and fought for the defence of India’s coastal borders till their last breath. Namaskar, I’m Atul Mishra and in this special episode of Untold History I have brought to you the tale of a warrior, who was an invincible guardian of India’s coastal borders British, Dutch or even Portuguese, none could defeat him ever. He was the living embodiment of the age old Indian phrase ‘Fear makes everything work’ because his fear was such that every European power had declared him as one of the fiercest pirates to have ever been born. This is the tale of the Maratha braveheart Kanhoji Angre, who was nothing less than Yama for the European imperialists. In order to defend the freedom of Akhand Bharat, especially the Maratha Empire, he chose the ocean as his battlefield and soon emerged as the first Sarkhel i.e. Admiral of the Fleet of Maratha Navy. Kanhoji Angre was born in the Vikram Samvat year of 1726, i.e. he took birth in 1669 in Angarwadi village. His surname Angre traces its origin to the Angarwadi village. Before Kanhoji, his family surname was Sankpal. When Chhatrapati Shivaji had won 200 naval posts in the region of Konkan, he deputed Tukoji Sankpal as the Naik [Supervisor] of these 200 posts at Suvarnadurg fort. It was here that Kanhoji spent most of his childhood, along with his father Tukoji Sankpal and mother Ambabai. He even befriended the people from the Koli community of fishermen, and learnt the basics of seamanship from them. From the beginning, Kanhoji used to consider Shivaji as his ideal and was extremely influenced by his warfare techniques. He was also not unaware of the increasing influence of the European imperialism, and therefore he decided to uplift the Maratha Navy. Kanhoji was appointed as the Sarkhel or Darya Sarang of the Maratha Navy by the then chief of Satara in 1698 where he was allotted the right to administer the coasts from Mumbai to Vengurla, i.e. most of the Konkani coasts of the then India. This was the same time when Aurangzeb was trying to extend his dominance in the southern India post the deaths of Chhatrapati Shivaji ‘s son Sambhaji and Rajaram Bhonsle, the younger son of Veer Shivaji, along with his wife Tarabai Mohite was providing stiff resistance to the Mughal forces. At the same time, the European invaders turned their eye towards the huge coastal borders of India. Until now, the Indian rulers looked towards the sea as a trade route only. However, under the rule of Shivaji Maharaj, an effective Navy was established, which not only protected the trading vessels, but also defeated the invaders who attacked from the sea. When Kanhoji was appointed as the Sarkhel, he was handed only ten vessels. However, the way he created a huge navy from those ten vessels, it gave the Maratha Empire a whole new identity. With the increasing invasions from the Portuguese, Kanhoji, well aware of the Ganimi Kava policy of Shivaji, i.e. guerilla warfare, used this policy to his own advantage as the Sarkhel of the Maratha Navy. When his Navy was empowered, he introduced a registration process named Dastak. Kanhoji would confiscate any trading vessel entering the Konkan coast without the relevant documents. Kanhoji would never stay far from the coasts, and when he attacked the European vessels, he would run away after defeating them through routes only he knew better. This was why the European powers could never defeat them. But Kanhoji also faced internal opposition as well. He was loyal to the deceased Rajaram Bhonsle and his wife Tarabai, while Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj was the new ruler of the Maratha Empire. But Shahu Maharaj did not ignore Kanhoji’s abilities, and under a treaty with him he retained Kanhoji as the Sarkhel of the Maratha Navy, and chose his confidant, Balaji Vishwanath Bhat, as his Peshwa [Prime Minister]. Kanhoji continued his attacks on the British and the Portuguese. In 1713 he attacked the armed warship ‘Elgarine’ of the East India Company, owned by the then president of the company, William Aislabie. Kanhoji not only captured the warship, but held several members of the warship hostage until the treaty with Aislabie including the wife of Thomas Chown, then head of the Karwad factory of the East India Company. But this treaty ended with the return of Aislabie to England in 1715. He was replaced by Charles Boone, who, like other imperialists, wanted to assert his dominance over the Marathas. He demanded that all the ships carrying the company goods should be allowed to go unchecked. But he forgot whom he was messing with, and Kanhoji again started his maritime campaign against the British. In 1721, the British and the Portuguese attacked Kanhoji Angre. The invasion was well planned and used many modern weapons. But in front of Kanhoji’s forces, the European skills and maritime knowledge were of no use and they had to face defeat. Boone accepted defeat after many more humiliating losses and went back to England in 1723. It is said that the East India Company suffered a lot due to Kanhoji’s attacks or they had to bear 50000 pounds every year for the safety of their ships”. Kanhoji Angre not only attacked European ships, but also created a state-of-the-art coastal protection system to protect the Maratha Empire. He built the country’s first naval bases. Apart from this, Kanhoji also used the services of Europeans for their campaigns. He primarily employed Dutch navies for running his best warships. Kanhoji also included Manuel de Castro in his naval fleet, which the British declared traitor for failing to obtain the dominance over the island of Khanderi. This is a great example of his vision and practical thought. Kanhoji Angre had acquired the ownership of the Arabian Sea by the time Bajirao Ballal became the Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. His sphere of influence extended from Surat to South Konkan. But with his untimely death on 4 July 1729, the naval sun of the Maratha Empire set soon. His son Sekhoji tried to take over his naval empire, but he could not succeed as much. It is the irony of our nation that Kanhoji Angre, whose name should have been memorized by the children of the country, will be known to very few people except our Indian Navy. n Western history, he is seen as a sea bandit, while he made the sea his battlefield only to protect his motherland. How many such heroes exist, who sacrificed themselves to maintain the pride of Bharat, but even today limited knowledge is available about them. This is the story of the rise of the Indian Navy, this is the story of the valor of the Maratha Empire, and this is the story of the heroics of Kanhoji Angre. I shall keep coming up with other stories like this in the upcoming episodes of Untold History.

100 Comments on "Untold History – EP 20 – The story of the undefeated protector of Indian’s waters"


  1. Nice video. Sir aap garhwali yoodha madho Singh bhandari ji k upr vedio banaya, inhone Tibet ki sena ko yudh me haraya tha

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  2. App kyu every week kyu nhi upload karte untold history ka episode.
    Aur apko dhanywad hamare bharat ke asli veero ki unsuni kahani pesh karne ke liye.

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  3. Dhanywad maratho ka itihas batane ke liye yese bhahut yodha he bhahut se yudh he. Ek majedar ganemikawa ka udaran he pedhgaw ka jisase logoko pata chalega ke kese maratha kam se kam sainikoke saatha mugal ko murkh banate the. Abhi aajay devagan ki move aarahi he tanaji karake jo orr ek warrior tanaji malusare ke baare mey he unake baare mey bhi batana please.

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  4. Marthand Varma of Travancore took on the mighty naval force of Dutch East Company in 1740. After that Dutch were routed in Indian Ocean and Arabian sea

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  5. Pls do a story about RAJENDRA CHOLA THE GREAT and MADE INDIAN OCEAN IT'S LAKE with india's 1st blue water navy. Also made overseas expedition and destroyed the srivajaya empire.the only king to do it. I am waiting.Jai Hind

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  6. Really it is very unfortunate for us. Our whole history doesn't recognise such brave hearts, because of historians like Romila Thapar and her liberal gangsters

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  7. अद्भुत वागचातुर्य !! साक्षात माँ सरस्वती का वास है आपके वाणीपे |

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  8. Mere vichaar se aapka show Indian youtube ka sasbe shaandaar show hai. West kya sochta hai usse humein kya lena wo to batayenge hi ool julool

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  9. Dava drmdand par,cheeta mragjhund par,bhushanvitund par jaise mragraj hai

    Tej tam ans par, kanha jimi kans par, tyu malecch vans par sher shivraaj hai

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  10. आप सर सेनापती हंबीराव मोहिते इनकी हिस्टरी सुनाए आपका आवाज जबरदस्त हे अयसे लगता हे साक्षात ओ काल सामने खडा हे आज के वक्त सुनना जरुरी हे सही राह देश के लीये दिखाना ,जय हिंद

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  11. हमारा नाम संकपाळ , है ।।
    हमे ये इतिहास मालूम है ।।
    आप की बजेसे दुनिया को पता चलेगा ।।
    Good…. Man. ..

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  12. Congress is the worst nightmare of our indian society, culture. We should permenently abolish congress for the seck of our country because of this chutiya party we could not follow Or aware the true history of our motherland and our glorious past. How we fought against British muslims and many more foreigners who try to rule our country. We are ashamed of congress because for this party we did not find the true power of maratha, rajput, gorkha, punjabi who give their life for the seck of our motherland. Their victory against British and muslim and many more battle. Congress is the cancer of this country

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  13. Bhai mene hamari books me kabhi bhi inka naam nhi padha q ki yeh log bhai dusro ki hi history batate rhe or hamare yodhao ki history chupa rakhi thi kisi book me nhi btaya

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  14. Please make untold series ASAP rather than Malaysia. I recommend your series to all my highschool friends because we all are fed up of ncert lies

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  15. इतनी विश्वसनीय जानकारी शुद्धता के साथ

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  16. Thank you for bringing this glorious tale of such a brave yet unsung hero of Bharat….

    Salute to this hero 🙏🙏

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  17. Please sir tell about history of Rao raja tulla ram ahir singh
    He faught agnist British
    King of rewari haryana।

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  18. REMEMBER ENGLAND,PORTUGISE AND DUCTH ARE POWERFUL NAVYS OF WORLD AT 17TH CENRURY . THEY HAD WELL BUILT SHIPS AND ARTILLARY . DESPITE THESE THINGS KHANOGI ANGREY DEFEATED THEM AND PROTECTED WESTERN COST OF INDIA.

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  19. MODI is Funding Islamic Terrorism to KILL Hindus and get VOTES… MODI give BILLIONS to Dollars to Islamic Organizations and Others like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Balochistan, Kashmir to make Muslims STRONG.

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  20. Fantastic

    Atul ji, have you read book The Sea Hawk by Manohar Malgaonkar? It is book about Kanhojii Angre.

    Kindly note correction in pronounciation. कोकण, गनिमी कावा, कारवार

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  21. I felt so Proud while listening to you Narrate D Legend of Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre D Admiral of Maratha Armaar/Navy, as I am Myself an Armaari Maratha from Sindhudurg/ Malvan / Konkan.

    Our Great King Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was sure d Next attacks are comming from the Seas so Ordered Sarkhel to Spare No one & Kanhoji did Exactly d Same British, Portuguese, Siddhi, Mughals everyone was Busted…

    Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji Hai Hind.

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  22. I really appreciate your work..
    Ab pata chala ki hamara bharat itna samridh the aur hamare bharat mata ke itne Veer Saput the..
    Sala History me pahle interest nahi tha ab lagta hai C.A. chhod kar Historian ban jau..
    Great work bro..
    Hame jagane ke liye.. Dhanyawad..

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  24. In Maha veeron🚩 ke Aadarsh se ab hum sab ko, fir ek baar…ek hokar…in sab jihadi aur desh drohiyon ko parajeet Karna hai…tabhi ja kar…in Maha veeron ko sachhi Shradanjali hogi.. Hope sab tayyar hai✊✊.. Jay Hind🇮🇳

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  25. विशुद्ध हिंदि एक सराहनिय उपक्रम कर्णमधुर!

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  26. दुनिया भर ( सिर्फ भारत में नहीं ) में ऐसे बहुत से हिन्दू राजा, और हिन्दू शुर वीर योद्धा है जिनका इतिहास कांग्रेस/वामपंथी कुत्तों ने हमसे छुपा कर रखा है। वामपंथियों को सिर्फ बाबर, औरंगजेब का ही पता है हिन्दू धर्म से नफ़रत है। और हम मूर्ख हिन्दू बच्चो को cbse board में औरंगजेब ही पढ़ाते है।

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  27. Appreciation for this types of historical knowledge. We want more story which is not known earlier.

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  28. जय शिवराय जय शंभुराजे जय जिजामाता🚩🚩

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  29. The Maratha empire has long contributed to motherIndia and is also one of the main reason for today's Indian geographic borders
    Chatrapati SHIVAJI MAHARAJ is worshipped in Maharashtra and even in many other states
    Sir ur doing a great job and I request u to please make videos on the Maratha hindavi swarajya and it's history , their values JAI HIND🚩🚩

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  30. Agreed with you… Even I didn't know this… All we were taught in history was that Shivaji had his own navy… No more than one line…

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  31. Plz sir while saying Shivaji plz spell as Maharaj as he is ours king plz it's not a suggestion it's a request
    Jay Bhavani Jay Shivaji🚩🚩🚩🚩

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  32. Hey TFI..I have been requesting u since the beginning to create an episode of untold history of Battle Of Haldighati between Akbar and Maharana Pratap Singh
    Please

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  33. We need to tell such stories our generation and our next generations… then only we will proud of our country…
    Jai bhavani… jai shivaji… 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

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  34. Bahot hi buri baat hai ki hamare education system main hame aisa kuch padhaya hi nahi gaya… system ko change karna jaruri hai

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  35. There are lots of marathi movies releasing recent year explaining maratha history eg. Farzand, hirkani, Fatteshikast. Everyone should watch these movies.

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  36. विस्तापित पाकिस्तानी हिन्दू के बारे मे बताए

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