The founder of Hyderabad was Nizam al-Mulk. He was intermittently viceroy of the Deccan under the Mughal emperors from 1713 to 1721 and who resumed the post again under the title Āṣaf Jāh in 1724.
He clashed with the Marathas following the decline of Mughal power in the Deccan. He was defeated in the Battle of Palkhed near Nashik by Bajirao I, the son of Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath Bhatt.
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