What are patils?

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Patil
... Patil (Marathi पाटील) (meaning "head" or "chief") is an Indian title or lastname ... The Mughals, Aadils and in the time of Shivaji Maharaj, Patil was the title given to a person who was granted a territory of land ... The Patil was in effect the ruler of the territory, as he was entitled to the collected revenues ...