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He undertook the conquest of south in 1677 and carved a Maratha
empire in Southern Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This was the pinnacle of
his tactical, strategic, diplomatic and military achievements. In
doing so, he entered into a strategic alliance with Kutubshah. He
also persuaded Adilshah the importance of a United Deccan Front
against impending Mughal invasion, a vision that was long propounded
by his father, Shahaji.