A person who leads a country works proactively with limited resources and courageously taking decisive steps towards development of his people. That person is truly a leader and a King who can change history even under grips of foreign ruler. The decision making process should also invoke sense of pride, confidence and urgency in the minds of countrymen. Such rare and great personality was Hindu Maratha King Shivaji Maharaj.
Shivaji (also Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Shivaji Raje Bhosale), an ardent devotee of Bhagwan Shiv and Maa Bhavani was the founder of Hindu Maratha Empire in India. He was born in 1627 A.D. at Shivneri, a hill fort near Pune. His father Shahaji Raje Bhosale was employed as an officer in the army of the Sultan of Bijapur, mohammed ali shah. Shivaji was brought up under the astute care of his mother Jijabai and guardian Dadaji Kondadev.
History, Biography and Inspiring Events of Shivaji Maharaj
Shivaji Maharaj and His Brave Encounters
Shivaji’s mother Jijabai and his guru Ramdas inspired him with the noble and patriotic ideas and infused in him love for the Hinduism and the motherland. At young age, Jijabai repeatedly told him stories of Hindu kings, of saints and sages who appear in the Ramayan, the Mahabharat and the Purans. As Shivaji listened to these tales of heroism and Dharmic deeds, he grew more and more eager to follow divine steps of Bhagwan Ram and Bhagwan Krishna He was also inspired by the memories of the glorious empire of the Vijayanagar Kings in Karnataka. Later, Shivaji got military training and learnt the art of government from Kondadev. Teachings of Jijabai and Dadaji made Shivaji a brave and courageous young man. He invoked determination among local people and converted them into a massive fighting force and began to raid neighboring territories freeing them from terrorist muslims, mughals.
Courage of Young Shivaji
On a certain occasion, father Shahaji took his son Shivaji to the court of the Sultan of Bijapur.
Shivaji was then not even twelve years of age. Shahaji touched the ground thrice and saluted the Sultan. He asked his son to do the same thing. Shivaji was sporting a tilak and wearing saffron cloth. Shivaji only retreated a few steps. He stood erect with his head unbent. His dazzling eyes seemed to carry with them his determination that he would not bow down to a foreign ruler who invaded Bharat and killed innocent Hindus. He walked back from the court with a lion-like gait and bearing.
Till then no one had dared to behave in that manner at the court of the Sultan of Bijapur. All were wonder-struck at the boldness of the young boy.
Shivaji respected women, cow and Bharat since childhood. At young age, he cut off hand of a muslim cow butcher when he was dragging the cow to kill her. The same legacy to protect Vedic Hindu culture was passed on to his eldest son Sambhaji Raje, who executed a muslim for having killed a cow in 1683.
Shivaji’s Leadership Skills and Commander Selection was Impeccable
Right Beginning Had Key to Successful Inception of Hindu Kingdom
Shivaji knew that right beginning of harnessing power is the key to re-establish Hindu Kingdom.
Chhatrapati Shivaji began his early career of conquests at the age of nineteen by capturing the fort of Torna, about twenty miles from Pune. After this he conquered other forts like Chakan, Singhagarh and Purandar, situated within the perimeter of the terrorism grip of Bijapur Sultan. In order to put pressure on Shivaji the Sultan of Bijapur imprisoned Shahaji Raje Bhosale, Shivaji’s father. Shivaji thought any harm done to the father would lower down confidence of his fighters. After that Shivaji kept quiet for a few years but kept building strength of his army. Shahaji Raje Bhosale was released by the Sultan. Shivaji again started his activities of conquest. By 1655 Shivaji had occupied the northern part of Konkan and the fort of Javali.
These acquisitions provoked terrorist Ali Adil Shah II to send a cunning general Afzal Khan with a large army against Shivaji in 1659, with instructions to bring Shivaji to the court dead or alive by any means. As prescribed in evil Koran for muslims, when you cannot fight courageously against the brave Idol Worshipper, use deceit and befriend him only later to betray and kill him. Afzal Khan tried to kill Shivaji by treachery. But Shivaji was taught about the wicked skills of terrorist mughals by Jijabai and Dadaji Kondadev, the knowledge that trusting a muslim enemy would mean path to submission and slavery – they are in our native territory to kill, loot fellow people and spread their anti-Vedic islam – true to the atrocities faced by Hindu Marathis under muslim rule. The internalization of this truth made Shivaji beware of any move of Afzal Khan so when Afzal Khan went ahead to hug Shivaji and kill him with a hidden dagger, Shivaji bravely pierced the baaghnak in the stomach of terrorist and gave him a deserving painful death. The army of Shivaji defeated the Bijapur Sultanate in the Battle of Pratapgarh. Huge quantity of weapons and war-materials were collected, which further strengthened the Hindu Maratha army.
The outwitting of Shivaji while killing Afzal Khan was never learnt by coward nehru and gandhi – failed leaders who were later extremely glorified to fool Indians by crook historians. And they agreed that partitioning India and gifting a free territory to terrorist muslims as pakistan would buy them peace. Only to result in killings of millions of innocent Hindus in the hands of muslims in 1947 to 1950, continued to this day when 23% Hindu population is reduced to mere 1% now.
This stupidity and foolish approach of nehru and congress to milk muslims for votebank proved a curse on the fate of India and continues to cast dark shadow on our country in the form of terrorism sponsored by the islamic state of pakistan with support from some neighbourhood muslims who act as sleeper cells. Not shocking that cowards gandhi and nehru believed that Shivaji Maharaj, Maharana Pratap, Subhash Chandra Bose and Balidaani Bhagat Singh led their lives on wrong ideology. And the real heroes of Bharat were never given due importance. Today’s Hindu leaders of India should internalize life histories of Shivaji Maharaj and Maharana Pratap and lead from front.
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The Sultan of Bijapur again sent a large army, under the leadership of Rustam Zaman, which also failed to curb the power of Shivaji. The battle took place on December 28, 1659. The Maratha army of Shivaji defeated the Bijapuri army in the Battle of Kolhapur.
Shivaji Maharaj Reader FAQs
With the blessings of Maa Bhavani, Shivaji was born on 19 February 1630 in Shivneri fort, near the city of Junnar (Pune).
Terrorist Aurangzeb wanted to kill Shivaji but without facing any retaliation from Maratha forces. So he hatched a slow death plan of Shivaji. Cunning Aurangzeb signed a peace treaty with Shivaji Maharaj.
Shivaji was invited to celebrate the treaty so he reached Agra on June 11, 1666, accompanied by his son and a small force. When he reached the Mughal durbar, Aurangzeb ignored him. He was made to stand in courtiers’ row and this angered Shivaji and when he made his move he realised he was under house arrest. On Shivaji’s request, few of his companions were left. Though Shivaji was never kept in prison he was not allowed to leave Agra for three months.
In August, Shivaji alleged to have suffered from stomach ache and for his treatment doctors were called. After a three-day treatment, he was declared fit. Shivaji asked for sweets and money to distribute among doctors, Brahmins, and poor people. And hence sweets were made in huge quantities and were transported in large bamboo baskets. A strict inspection was carried and after few days the security persons passed the basket without inspection.
Shivaji realised that this was the right moment for escape and on August 19, he along with his son broke out hiding inside huge baskets of sweets. On moving out of the durbar instead of moving towards Maharashtra, the two moved towards Mathura. Before moving, Shivaji dressed up two of his courtiers like himself and his son. And so when an informer informed in the durbar of seeing Shivaji and his son, the emperor replied no such getaway was made.
After reaching Mathura, the father-son and their followers shaved off their usual beard and mustache and applied ash on their face, posing like beggars. From Mathura, they proceeded to Prayag (Allahabad) and then to Bundelkhand (Madhya Pradesh) and then to Golconda (Andhra Pradesh) and with a journey of 60 days reached Raigarh in October 1666.
Never in the recent history of Bharat, any Hindu king daringly came alive from the evil jaws of mughal terrorists.
On June 6, 1674, Shivaji was coronated with the title ‘Chhatrapati’ in Raigarh fort. Henceforth the great Hindu king was known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
There are many incidents but this particular incident is most inspiring for Hindus (native Indians). Shivaji never trusted terrorist mughals. He was very shrewd and always performed background checks on his enemies - their behavior, attitude, likes and dislikes.
At that time. Hindu kings were not articulated when it came to planning and executing against muslim invaders.
Shivaji was very clever and always planned strategies way ahead of his enemies, even to minutest event of having a brief meeting.
This is most inspiring incident from the life of Shivaji - it teaches us how his wisdom saved his life , killing his enemy. Terrorist Afzal Khan had history of calling truce with Hindu kings and killing them in guise of friendship. When terrorist Afzal called upon Shivaji for friendship and requested to meet him. Shivaji obliged and went to meet him. Afzal hugged Shivaji Maharaj then quietly pulled off dagger to pierce his back. With lightening speed, Shivaji ferociously pierced Bagh Nakkha tearing intestine of terrorist Afzal Khan, pulling out his intestinal lines out of his body, giving him deserving death.
LESSON: NEVER TRUST INVADERS WHO ABUSE YOUR CULTURE AND COUNTRY. DEATH TO THOSE WHO ARE TRAITORS OF MOTHERLAND.
Shivaji Maharaj was food poisoned and died due to dysentery.
Shivaji Maharaj died on 3rd April 1680 at Raigad fort.
In recent history, Shivaji was the first native Indian ruler of Bharat to build his own navy from scratch. Shivaji built ships in towns such as Kalyan, Bhivandi, and Goa for trade and naval force development. He also built a number of sea forts and bases for repair, storage and shelter. He converted barren lands into ship building yards and populated the areas to protect his navy assets.
Shivaji fought many lengthy battles with Siddis of Janjira on coastline.
Shivaji had eight wives, whose names are as follows: Saeebai, Soyarabai, Putalabai, Sakvarbai, Sagunabai, Kashibai, Laxmibai and Gunwantabai. Saeebai is widely believed to have been his first wife and the one he was most attached to. She bore him a son (Sambhaji) and three daughters (Sakhubai, Ranubai, Ambikabai).
Shahajiraje Bhosale: He was an Maratha general and the father of Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire in India. He was born on 18th of March, 1594. He died on 23rd of January, 1664.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: He was the first Chhatrapati and founder of Maratha Empire. He is also known as Shivaji Bhosale. His mother was Jijabai. Shivaji Maharaj was born on 19th of February, 1627 and died on 3rd of April, 1680.
Ekoji: He was the younger brother of Shivaji Maharaj. He founded Maratha Empire in Thanjavur. He was the son of Shahajiraje Bhosale and Tukabai.
Sambhaji Shahaji Bhosale (born: 1623, died: 1648): He was the elder brother of Shivaji Maharaj. His mother was Jijabai.
Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj: He was the eldest son of Shivaji Maharaj. His mother was Saibai. He was the second Chhatrapati and ruler of Maratha Empire. He was born in 1657 and died in 1689.
Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj: He was younger brother of Sambhaji Maharaj. His mother was Soyarabai. He was the third Chhatrapati and emperor of Maratha Empire. He was born in 1670. He died in 1700.
Chhattrapati Shivaji II: He was the son of Rajaram Maharaj and Rani Tarabai. After the death of Rajaram Maharaj and Tarabai crowned her son and took control of the Maratha Empire.
Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj ( born: 1682. died: 1749): He was the son of Sambhaji Maharaj. His mother was Yesubai. He became the Fifth Chhatrapati of Maratha Empire.
Shivaji upheld the highest respect for women throughout his life. During his military campaigns, not just the common soldiers but even the officers were forbidden to take their women along, which is in stark contrast to the imperial armies of his time, which moved with their zenanas. His men were strictly forbidden from womanising of any sort, paid or otherwise. They were also under strict orders not to molest women and would be severely punished, even with death, if they did. He never allowed the taking of women captives. He himself, led by example and never kept any (unwedded) concubines and never filled his harem with captured women.
Victory of a battle never resulted in r@ping women or killing innocent locals unlike muslim invaders whose only modus operandi, out of quranic hatred, was to kill innocent Hindu locals and r@pe their women, treating women as commodities.
Unlike terrorist mughals who dismantled more than 60,000 major Hindu temples across India and constructed mosques over them, Shivaji Maharaj gave complete freedom to followers of cult islam. No mosques was ever touched.
Muslims practiced their festivals, prayers and tradition in complete freedom. No muslim was ever asked to pay extra tax like Hindus were forced by muslim invaders to pay jaziya tax even under so called moderate and secular Akbar.
Terrorist Muslims Deserve to be Killed Mercilessly
Kill The Mlecchas (Muslims) Using Their Own Demonic Tools
Fighting only during day time and not attacking women, child and non-military common people is a Vedic way of resistance, practiced by brave Hindus fighting front to front war. No one attacked at night instead after sunset the time was used to cure injured soldiers of war.
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Terrorist mughals being coward always followed anti-Vedic islam way of attacking on nights when the enemy was taking rest and informal ceasefire is invoked after sunset, to assess the damage of war. The followers of death cult islam also killed innocent peasants, workers, children and r@ped women to include them in their harem.
Emboldened by his success Chhatrapati Shivaji began attacking Mughal territories in 1657. Aurangzeb felt the necessity of chastising him and sent a big army under Shaista Khan. He occupied Pune and encamped there. One night Shivaji made a surprise attack on Pune, giving them taste of their own medicine. A large number of Mughal soldiers were slayed and Shaista Khan had a narrow escape. Muslim women and children were respected and not even touched, only terrorists were killed. After this incident in 1664, Shivaji attacked Surat and carried off a huge booty, as those belonged to original natives, Hindus, which were looted by foreigner mughals.
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Treaty of Purandar and Shivaji Maharaj’s Great Escape from Agra
Terrorist aurangzeb then sent Raja Jai Singh of Amber and Dilir Khan to subdue Shivaji. Jai Singh had huge army so was able to capture number of forts held by Shivaji and compelled Shivaji to conclude the treaty of Purandar (1665 A.D.). As per the terms of the treaty, Shivaji had to cede 23 forts to the Mughals, acknowledge the supremacy of the Mughal emperor and agree to assist the Mughals in their fight against Bijapur. Jai Singh also persuaded Shivaji to pay a visit to the imperial court at Agra.
Shivaji saw the truce as an opportunity for respite and to consolidate his strength. Despite misgivings about the Agra trip, his astrologers assured him he would return alive. Further, terrorist aurangzeb sent a letter to Shivaji on 5.4.1666 with an assurance that he would be accorded a reception and treatment befitting his royal status (another lie and deceit as taught in koran that mlecchas follow). Accompanied by his son Sambhaji and a small contingent of his forces Shivaji reached Agra on 11th June, 1666. Though he was received cordially by Jai Singh’s son, Ram Singh, when he was taken to the Mughal durbar, Aurangzeb did not even look at him. He was made to stand in the third row of the courtiers. Angered by this humiliation, Shivaji left the durbar in a huff. A point worth noting is that Shivaji was never in an actual prison but was residing in a royal guesthouse. He soon realized that he was heavily guarded and was effectively under house arrest. Neither did Aurangzeb grant him a discussion, nor was he allowed to leave Agra. After three months of this impasse, in August, Shivaji planned his great escape. Shivaji claimed to have an acute stomach ache, which was treated by a procession of doctors for three days. Once he pronounced himself fit, he requested Ram Singh for sweets and money to pay obeisance to the goddess Bhavani, and to distribute them to his doctors, Brahmins and poor Muslims. Sweets were prepared in huge quantities and carried out of the guesthouse in two large bamboo baskets, each carried on a pole by two persons. For the first three or four days, the sentries checked the sweet baskets leaving the guesthouse. Afterwards they let the baskets pass without checking.
Moral: Never trust a slave of a muslim even if he is a dhimmi, coward Hindu here Jai Singh was slave of terrorist aurangzeb
Shivaji, realizing his moment had arrived, escaped with his son Sambhaji in the sweet baskets on August 19. A horse was waiting for them. Instead of proceeding south east towards Maharashtra, he moved north towards Mathura. Within a few hours of Shivaji’s escape, an informer reported to the kotwal that he saw Shivaji and his son escaping on a horse.
When the kotwal sent a messenger to the guesthouse to check, he was told no such escape had taken place! That is because Shivaji had dressed up two of his courtiers like himself and his son.
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Within a few hours a second informer came and reported to the kotwal that he saw Shivaji and his son riding a horse in the city. Again the kotwal could not believe the news. Yet he sent a messenger to the guesthouse who brought the news that Shivaji and Sambhaji were taking rest in the guesthouse.
Meanwhile, Shivaji and his son reached Mathura where he shaved off his famous beard and mustache, applied ash to his body and darkened his face. From Mathura, he and his followers, dressed like mendicants, proceeded towards Prayag (renamed as Allah-abad by terrorist muslims) in the south east direction. There they prayed to Bhagwan and took blessings. Then they turned south and traveled towards Bundelkhand (now part of Madhya Pradesh) and Golconda (now in Telangana). They reached their safe fortress of Raigarh after a journey of 60 days.
Meanwhile, the Mughal army, police and informers searched for Shivaji in Agra and all over the empire. According to some historians, Ram Singh might have helped him in his escapade. Aurangzeb also suspected Ram Singh of his complicity and demoted his position in the royal court. Aurangzeb never got over Shivaji’s escape. It was tight slap in the face of aurangzeb as the ferocious enemy wittingly escaped unhurt from his grip without waging war.
Shivaji, who reached Raigarh in October 1666, resumed his adventures. Eight years later, on June 6, 1674, Shivaji was coronated with the title, *Chhatrapati (holder of an umbrella) in Raigarh fort. Shivaji, who did not inherit his kingdom from his father or forefathers, created his Maratha Empire by his own effort. And will always be respected and remembered for it.
Chhatrapati (छत्रपती) is the royal title of Bharat equivalent to an Emperor. The word ‘Chhatrapati’ is from Sanskrit chatra (roof or umbrella) and pati (master/Owner/ruler); Chhatrapati thus indicates a person who gives shade to his followers , secures their well-being and protects their success.
Reaching home Shivaji started war against the Mughals with renewed vigor. At last Aurangzeb was obliged to recognize him as a Raja (king). In 1674 Shivaji declared himself an independent ruler of Maharashtra and amid great pomp and grandeur celebrated his Rajyabhishek. He continued with the title of Chhatrapati. Then he conquered Jinji, Vellore and a large part of Tanjore. Shivaji died in 1680 A.D.
Brave Shivaji Never Sent His Generals But Lead War from the Front
Shivaji was a born leader and a great administrator. His charisma drew people around him. In him they found the leader who never hesitated to risk his own life in times of danger. Shivaji was warrior of a high order. The army of Shivaji was well organized. The most significant achievement of Shivaji was the welding of the Hindu Marathas into a nation. He infused a new spirit of unity and dignity into the Maratha people unifying 96 Hindu clans.
In recruitment to services Shivaji showed no partiality to any community. There was no discrimination, no casteism, and no communalism. He, however, laid emphasis on the recruitment of the son of the soil and only Hindus should be trusted for important and security tasks. Though a champion of Hinduism, he extended his liberality to the people professing other religions.
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Vedic Art and Hindu Culture In Shivaji’s Regime
Shivaji was a patron of art and culture, piety and letters. The singers and poets praised Hindu gods and heritage of Bharat in their poems. Prominent among the saintly persons whom Shivaji admired were Ramdas, Tukaram, Baba Yakub, Mauni Baba, etc. Sanskrit poets like Jairam, Paramananda, Gaga Bhatt, and some Hindi poets received his patronage.
Administrative System of Shivaji
The administrative system of Shivaji was largely borrowed from the administrative practices of the Deccan states. It was also influenced by the principles laid down in Kautilya’s Arthasastra and the Dharmasastras. In the discharge of his duties he was assisted by a council of ministers.
Strengthening of Provincial Administration
Shivaji divided the territory under his direct rule (which he called the Swaraj territory) into a number of provinces. The ancient institution of the Panchyat was preserved in the rural areas. The head of the village, administered the village with the help of the panchyat.
People Friendly Revenue System of Shivaji Maharaj
Shivaji laid down an excellent revenue system based on the principles adopted by Todar Mal and Malik Ambar. His officers made an elaborate survey of the land and fixed the rent at 33 per cent of the gross produce. It was simple and easily followed by all. Shivaji afterwards demanded a consolidated rent of 40 per cent. It is however, wrong to assume that Shivaji abolished the jagirdari system to earn money from rich landlords, it was tweaked to make it more favorable to citizens.
There was less tax burden on citizens but more on residents of nearby enemy states.
Chauth and Sardeshmukhi were also the main sources of income of the regime from enemy states. These security money were paid by the people who were citizens of the enemy states. So they were levied on the territories which were not under the direct control of Shivaji. The inhabitants of these enemy states paid the Chauth or one fourth of the standard revenue as protection money against the plundering raids of dacoits and assurance of no attack from Marathas. The territories and principalities which paid chauth were also required to pay an additional tax called Sardeshmukhi. This was one tenth of the revenue of those areas. Those who paid Sardeshmukhi received protection against other invaders including muslims. Both the taxes together made a sizeable income for the Hindu Maratha kings.
Development of Jal, Thal and Akash Military system
Shivaji created and maintained an organized and disciplined army consisting of infantry, cavalry and navy. Shivaji recruited only able persons in his army. He had the skills to manage a huge army. His army mostly composed of light infantry and light cavalry was admirably well-adapted to guerilla warfare and hill campaign. The army movements were extremely quick.
Shivaji never shied away in availing services of even foreigners to learn new military tactics from them.
Forts played an important role in Shivaji’s military system. Every fort was kept under three officers of equal status. They acted together but served as a check on one another.
Shivaji recognized the necessity of a strong navy. He had a navy of about 200 warships. The creation of a navy shows the foresight of Shivaji. A number of coastal fortresses kept guard over the sea. Mlecchas like the Portuguese, the British, the Siddis and the Mughals were thus effectively kept in check.
Shivaji’s intelligence service were given importance. The espionage system formed a well-paid and efficient wing of the Hindu Maratha army.
Death of Shivaji Maharaj
Many historians believe it was again treachery of a Dhimmi Hindu, out of greed and lust for power and wealth, that caused harm to the Hindu king – it did not happen for first time in the history of Bharat.
Soyarabai was very ambitious and wicked. She wanted her son Rajaram to succeed Shivaji Maharaj instead of the capable elder son Sambhaji. It is chronicled by contemporary historians that Soyarabai organized a feast and poisoned Shivaji Maharaj, he fell ill after the feast and suffered heavy fever, dysentery and vomits. Brave Hindu king was unable to consume food. After some days the Hindu Rashtra visionary king died.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj died on April 3, 1680. But the Hindu Marathas continued their struggle against the Mughals under his successors. The great leadership of Hindu King Shivaji continue to inspire natives of Bharat, Hindus, even today.
After Sambhaji seized power from Soyrabai, she tried every means to dethrone him. Soyarabai’s henchmen tried to poison Sambhaji in August 1681, but he survived. When he learnt about the plot from them, he had Soyarabai poisoned to death.
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