Dogs are known for their loyalty, but Waghya really takes the biscuit. When the founder of the Maratha Empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, died in 1680, his constant companion, Waghya, was apparently so distraught he didn’t just go to the funeral, but leapt onto the pyre as well. In 1936, a statue of the dog was installed at Shivaji’s fort in Raigad, where the ashes of the two were reportedly buried. It stayed there quite peacefully until 2011, when members of the Sambhaji Brigade, a political outfit, started gunning for its removal. As far as they were concerned, linking the great Shivaji with a dog was a sneaky plot by the Brahmin caste to assert their superiority over the Maratha community. Talk turned to action when a group of people unleashed Waghya in 2012 and chucked him into the valley below. “We are just trying to fix the errors in history long ago,” said a Sambhaji Brigade spokesperson. “Anyone who is concerned about the dog’s statue is welcome to take him home.” The statue was retrieved by police and locals, and put back on his pedestal.