Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Visionary Secular, Great King of India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (1630-1680) was the founder of the Maratha Empire in western India. He is considered to be one of the greatest warriors of his time and even today, stories of his exploits are narrated as a part of the folklore. With his valor and great administrative skills, Shivaji carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur.

It eventually became the genesis of the Maratha Empire. After establishing his rule, Shivaji implemented a competent and progressive administration with the help of a disciplined military and well-established administrative set-up.

Chhatrapati Shivaji was one of the bravest, most progressive and sensible rulers of India also known as the Father of Indian Navy, Shivaji was the first to realize the importance of having a naval force, and therefore he strategically established a navy and forts at the coastline to defend the Konkan side of Maharashtra.

Rajmata Jijau

The Mother of All Gurus

Jijabai (1598 – 1674) was the mother of Shivaji, one of the most famous and successful Hindu rulers of all time, the legendary Maratha king and warrior who stood strong against the rival Mughal Empire. The life story of Jijabai, is no less inspiring than that of Shivaji, and takes an equally proud place in the history of the Hindu people.

Jijabai was known to be an influential and determined woman who was an embodiment of self-respect and virtue. Famed for her fore-sight, Jijabai was herself an able warrior and administrator. She passed down her quality traits to the growing Shivaji, and instilled within him a sense of duty, courage and fortitude to overcome any hardship arising.

 Chhatrapati Shivaji owes his greatness to the inspiration of his mother who dedicated her life to bringing up her son to become one of the greatest rulers of the Maratha Empire. 

Studying History is Need of Hour

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is known as the Omniscient ruler. But, we knowingly ignored his glorious heritage and past, probably on account of this, we have failed miserably as a nation that imbibes greatest human values set before us by Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaji Maharaj’s entire life is devoted to convert India into a land of opportunity.

-Namdevrao Jadhav

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