An Ode To Panipat 3

When India in suppliance bent was shivering at Abdali's scourge
From distant Deccan a brave and dauntless race finally did emerge

While the mighty Mughals were trembling seeing the Afghan's power
There were heroic and hardy Marhatta men who just refused to cower

From Udgir marched brave Bhau with his squad of selected Maratha men
To take on the zealot who killed - looted Indians every now and then

Joined by some Gardi brothers who were indeed true to their country's salt
Prepared to thwart on mother India looter Afghan's vicious wicked assault

Rajputs, Jats and Sikhs, sadly support Bhau found from absolutely none
Najib Rohilla, Waliullah and Shuja a traitorous net for Marathas was spun

At Kunjpura the Decannis made early gains and did beat the Afghans well
But the delay and wait cost the Indians dear and the life slowly turned to hell

Bereft of help and deprived of food the Marathas still chose to valiantly fight
For Dev Desh and Soil on a distant land they did great golden history write

At early hours on the Sankrant day the Marathas made their wild charge
Gardi's booming guns worked wonders with their thunderous canon barrage

Just when it looked the invaders were done and a glorious victory was earned
Fickle fingers of fate worked against Bharat and the winning tide was turned

Wishwasrao fell by a stray shot and commander Sadashiv Bhau lost his mind
Jumped off his howda and started hand to hand fight in a fit of rage very blind

Evil Afghan had his plan and unleashed reserves on tired Marathas brave
Tables were turned and heroes fell results for Bharat were dark and grave

Two pearls dissolved,27 gold coins lost, of silver -Copper there's no count
In this coded words sad Nanasaheb got the Panipat battle's final account

Who actually won and who lost we today can always dissect and debate
The brave men who selflessly died for Bharat we can only sit and adulate

Even Abdali sang paeans for Maratha bravery but today we've forgotten it all
Those who forget history are condemned to repeat history's every diabolical fall

by Thinker Shah

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Comments (2)

Nice one, beautiful heroic description of the Marathas
A fabulous ode. I liked the intensity of poetic expression.. thanks for sharing.... 10