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.