Bharat and culture of Hindu tradition in last 5000 years of history has seen many brave kings that had Godlike virtues. These virtues include pride for Sanatan Dharma, integrity, fortitude, restraint, decency, and purposefulness. With these decisive traits they were able to crush enemies and protect their territories. These traits were imbibed in them by parents and Acharyas (Brahmin Gurus). Shivaji showed all the traits of a great king and sowed the seeds of pan Bharat Hindu Maratha Empire killing and defeating scores of muslim scavengers and islamic terrorists (so-called rulers as taught by corrupt islamised and abrahamicised education system of Bharat). Education system of India is a brainwashing mechanism to make Hindus gullible, mentally weak, amenable and low confident political slaves. History of over 30 Hindu Empires and their kings are never taught by educators on the contrary they bury islamic terrorism and all atrocities of mughal terror killing millions of Hindus. Instead they glorify those tent dwelling scavenger tribes of cursed middle east states.
Knowing youthful years of Shivaji are truly inspiring that motivates young children to become like him. Some of the impeccable traits that Shivaji showed since his formative years are given below.
Integrity: Shivaji Maharaj was trustworthy. The integrity of his rule was never compromised, nor was that of territories which he regained from islamic terrorists of his time.
Caring: Though no muslim kid or woman of his time deserved this but still Shivaji never killed them unlike islamic terrorists who raped and killed millions of innocent Hindu kids and woman. Most of the muslims in India today are byproduce of rape wombs of mughal terrorism.
When Shivaji pardoned mlecchas and future terrorists (muslim kids), imagine the magnitude of his love towards his own Hindu people. He cared a lot for the praja of his kingdom like a true Hindu king, lead corruption free administration and developed finest of the naval systems in western part of Bharat for their protection.
Honest: Shivaji never tricked or lied to any of his Mavales and citizens. State secrets and funds were amicably protected. The trait that is lacked by modern kings (politicians, presidents and prime ministers of all nations, including Bharat, who are actually puppet kings of global elites and shadow syndicate). Polls and democracy is a big hoax. Farce opposition parties is created globally. Not a single party is FREE, each major political party is controlled and funded by the shadow syndicate – whoever wins – policy and status of the people remains same to serve agendas of this shadow elites. Only slogans and face changes.
Dharmic: Great Hindu kings had immense sense of pride for Dharma, temples, culture and Sanatan traditions. Shivaji Maharaj was one such king and his becoming of a Dharmic Hindu king had mentoring given in his youthful years, how it was done, you will learn further. Unlike political parties of India wherein all are working towards islamisation of Bharat through their policies and schemes, making the country devoid of Hindus and native culture. All political parties use Hindu sentiments during polls to fool gullible Hindus for votes. For coward adharmic politicians of India, islamic-terrorist sympathising non-tax paying muslims are masters and Hindus scapegoats. Not a single politician is truly Dharmic and a devoted Hindu in any political party.
Brave: Great Hindu kings monarchs were all very brave men. They never feared foraying into battles. They believed in Mahadev, Bhagwan Krishna and Shree Ram. And followed traits of Bhagwan while fighting enemies. Either kill the enemy or attain veergati – never show back in the war.
Leadership: Shivaji Maharaj was an excellent leader who knew how to guide others. One of his great skills was planning attacks, communication with his supporters and listening to apathy of his people. Unlike todays politicians who use Hindus as fodders and their own supporters dead bodies’ and blood as fertiliser to crop votes. Shivaji had feelings for his people since his juvenile years. And how it was slowly developed is a big lesson for Hindus of India so that we nurture our children bravely, with the intent of making future politicians that do not lack Dharmic pravriti, dedication to dharma, Hindu protection and courage.
Initial Years of Youthful Shivaji: A Big Lesson for Hindus
- 1 Initial Years of Youthful Shivaji: A Big Lesson for Hindus
- 1.1 Shivaji Acknowledging Weakness and Learning
- 1.2 Youth Shivaji’s Manners Even Impressed Mlecchas
- 1.3 Shahaji’s Muslim Appeasement and Shivaji’s Objection
- 1.4 Young Shivaji Visited Mleccha Darbar and Opposed Cow Slaughter
- 1.5 Dirty Mleccha Muslims Developed Ill-Feelings About Shivaji
- 1.6 First Attempt to Control Dharmic Stubbornness of Shivaji
- 1.7 Shivaji’s Love for Hindu Dharma and Cow (Gau Mata) Made Parents Understand Him
- 1.8 Formative Years of Young Shivaji
- 1.9 Shivaji Learned People Management and Warrior Tactics
- 1.10 Dadaji and Shivaji Had Clashing Views
- 1.11 Young Shivaji and His Vision of Muslim Free Hindu Nation
- 1.12 Teenager Shivaji Building His Own Power Centers
Shivaji Acknowledging Weakness and Learning
Shahaji wrote to Dadaji Kondadev after his victorious battle in the Karnatic, stating his intention to invite Shivaji to Bijapur and hold his wedding there. Shivaji responded that since Bijapur was solely a Mahomedan (islamic/muslim/mleccha) environment under mughal terrorism, he would have chosen to celebrate his marriage at Poona, where Hindu Dharmic rituals could be carried out without interference and with the appropriate pomp and seriousness. At accordance with Shivaji’s desires, Dadaji Kondadev took Shahaji’s approval to have the wedding celebrated in Poona. As a result of this agreement, Shivaji’s marriage was celebrated lavishly and pompously in 1640 in Poona. Sayibai, a member of the illustrious Nimbalkar family, was the bride-elect.
Shivaji and Jijabai were welcomed to Bijapur by Shahaji in 1641, and it appears that he held them there for a period of two to three years. The Hindu boy’s desire to destroy Islam’s illicit authority developed as he observed the persecution and sectarian hatred in this Mahomedan metropolis. During this time, the foundations of the political sagacity and wisdom that would later inspire the unwavering admiration of the whole Indian continent were also ingrained in his mind. Even though he was only fourteen, he was already quite skilled in all the skills of battle. Since initial years, he started identifying his weaknesses and slowly overcoming them one by one. He was quite agile in his movements and handsome, with strong muscles. He blended distinct talents of observation with this. From an early age, he enjoyed studying the characteristics of horses and elephants, as well as going to military stores and depots. He showed extraordinary civility to those who were renowned for their knowledge, wisdom, or experience, and he made an effort to learn from them and win their favour by politely and respectfully asking them about the many areas or studies they had mastered. He detested sin and opulence. He regarded expertise and age with the respect they merited. These traits quickly earned him the respect of the local aristocracy and nobility.
Youth Shivaji’s Manners Even Impressed Mlecchas
The young Shivaji’s manners so enthralled the nobility that they once talked about him in front of the sultan with great fervour. The sultan immediately expressed his wish to see a young person of such potential. Therefore, it was decided to present Shivaji to the court. The idea of seeing the sultan, however, did not exactly excite Shivaji. He addressed with great modesty and submission that, given how cruel and arrogant the Muslims were in their customs, he was not inclined to flatter or prostrate himself before them or their ruler. He reasoned that he could not put up with the lack of respect that Muslim courts customarily showed to his Hindu Dharma and the Brahman expounders of his faith. Even in the glory years of Sultan Mahomed Adul Shaha, the Adilshahi sultans had a harsh stance towards Hindus, which is described in detail in the Baaatin-i-Saiatin.
As he moved back and forth through the streets, he frequently witnessed the abhorrent act of cow slaughter, which made his blood boil and made it difficult for him to control the need to kill the killer of the kine (cow/Gau Mata). But he had controlled his desires out of respect for the seniors’ feelings. He said, however, that he was unable to calmly consider the idea of going to see Mahomedan nobles or princes, paying them court visit, or in any other way making touch with them. When such a meeting occurred, he was unable to breathe normally until he had at the very least changed his clothing.
Shahaji’s Muslim Appeasement and Shivaji’s Objection
These are strange preferences for a fourteen-year-old! The officers working for Shahaji made it clear to him that his ancestors had risen to prominence by providing service to Mahomedan princes, that in the circumstances, it was uncharacteristic of Shivaji to hate the Muslims, and that by doing so, he had not exhibited the proper respect for his elders. He was likewise the target of this kind of persuasion through the intermediary of his age-related peers. Jijabai herself tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to alter his obstinate attitude for pretensions. Finally, Shahaji summoned him and spoke to him in the following manner, He said “the Mahomedans are the land’s rulers. What is the harm in helping them while maintaining one’s own practises? It is a divine commandment that we eke out a living by providing for the Mahomedans during these trying times. Why should the might of the Hindus have decreased and the might of Islam increase if God had not predetermined this? It is only reasonable that you try to earn the sultan’s favour in order to retain and continue what I have achieved since I rose to my current position and authority by manoeuvring my bark in accordance with the times.”
Shivaji responded to all of these apprehensions with the utmost respect towards his father and submission, saying, “I bow down to the word of command, yet I protest, I cannot stand on as a passive witness of the brutality towards kine and the ruin and degradation of our temples, shrines, and priests!”
It is obvious that no one could have regretted anti-Muslim attitudes more than Shahaji at this point, when they had already begun to fester in Shivaji’s mind and threatened to override all other factors. But he didn’t think it was wise to severely reprimand or stifle under the weight of authority the instincts of such a bright young man. He wasn’t a blind fan of Mahomedan excesses, but it had always been a part of his strategy to appease Muslims in order to achieve his own goals. He did not appear to have taken Shivaji’s stubbornness too personally. But by persistently broaching the matter and deftly invoking Shivaji’s parental duties, he was able to persuade his resistant son to agree to go with him to the durbar.
Young Shivaji Visited Mleccha Darbar and Opposed Cow Slaughter
Shahaji had taught his son that the proper way to greet the sultan upon entering his presence was to bend to the ground. Shivaji, though, only offered a fleeting “salaam” and took a seat next to his father. When the Sultan noticed that Shahaji was accompanied by a little boy, he asked whether the youngster was Shahaji’s son. The Sultan was informed that he was, and that this was the young Shivaji’s first visit to the durbar. This response was delivered to avoid upsetting the sultan with Shivaji’s brief salaam, which was done without the proper courtly prostration. As a sign of his favour, the sultan gave the young jahgirdar jewellery and robes of honour. But as soon as Shivaji got home, he took off the formal attire and took an atoning bath as if it had contaminated him.
After that, Shivaji frequently went to the durbar with his father, but each time, he only said a cursory salaam before settling into a seat. The sultan was understandably suspicious of this behaviour, and he once summoned Shivaji aside and asked him directly about it after questioning whether it had been done on intentionally to offend him. Shivaji, however, retorted with remarkable foresight that despite being repeatedly instructed to give his salute in accordance with the protocol of prostration, at the crucial moment he disregarded it and performed the standard salaam. He could only apologise and ask that the salaam be understood to mean standing for a prostration. In addition, he did not distinguish between the sultan and his father, and until he did, he would still say “salaam.” The amusing response made sultan grin.
Hatred of Common Muslims For Cows to Mock Hindu Culture
There were butcher shops on the route to the court where meat and heads of butchered cattle animals were displayed for sale. Similar to this, vendors selling grilled meat sat in booths outside the palace gates. Shivaji was deeply insulted by the repulsive show and found it difficult to contain his outrage. But he had to hold down his rage for a long time. Shivaji once came across a butcher who was in the middle of butchering a cow when he was travelling to the palace. In a second, Shivaji attacked the rebellious butcher, pummelling him with blows, and saved the cow from the axe. The sultan was even made aware of this episode, which was widely discussed in the bazaars, but due to Shahaji’s considerable power, no investigation was conducted. Shivaji had grown pretty upset with the ongoing cow-slaughter scenes. He considered leaving the Adilshahi capital permanently and never again going to the state durbar because he could take it no longer.
With this decision made, he pleaded with his father to stop pressuring him to go with him to the durbar because he could not bear to see the booths selling cow-flesh on the way. He also said that if Shahaji was required to assist in these activities as a servant of the state, he was not under the same obligation and that he could not contemplate going to court until the barbaric slaughter and trade in cow-flesh was stopped. Shahaji was really confused. Because the sultan was certain to notice his son’s disappearance, what response was he to provide? Shahaji sought the advice of Mir Jumla, a seasoned friend at the court, in this difficulty. After some thought, it was agreed that Shivaji may spend the day at home and that, if they encountered the sultan in amicable mood, they should bring up the topic.
As a result, the two nobles—one a Hindu and the other a Mahomedan—went to the durbar and, upon observing the sultan’s excellent sense of humour, voiced their opinions in the audience hall. Mir Jumla reminded the sultan that both Mahomedans and Hindus considered him to be their father. All of his subjects shared equally in the royal favour. The fact that the state let its servants to practise their own religions brought the state tremendous honour because it employed both Hindu and Mahomedan officers. Killing animals and dealing in cow’s flesh were considered to be grave sins in Hindu Dharma. However, there were publicly slaughtered cows in the area around the royal palace, and there were meat stands all along the palace route.
Shahaji, one of the sultan’s most seasoned and esteemed subordinates, was especially offended by this grave insult to the Hindu attendants of the realm. Mir Jumla said that he did not have the courage to bring the issue before the monarch. Because he could no longer tolerate the horror of cow-slaughter, his son skipped the court that day and argued with his father about it. The sultan was in charge of controlling this permission. The sultan carefully listened to Mir Jumla’s appeal and determined that a strong case had been presented for his urgent action. He immediately ordered a ban on cow slaughter near the palace and prohibited the selling of cow meat inside the main city limits. No one who disobeyed these directives would be compensated for any punishment or revenge he might have received from the Hindus. The slaughterhouses were relocated to a remote location to the south after a decree to this effect. The butchers were instructed to move to that relocated place. When these directives were carried out, Shivaji started going to the durbar with his father again. His noble attitude and approach impressed the sultan, who periodically expressed his favour by giving him gifts of robes and other symbols of honour.
Muslims are habitual offenders they never follow any law, only death punishment keeps them under control, Shivaji was riding out on horseback with a group of his chosen comrades when a butcher with a basket full of cow-flesh decided to set up shop at the city gate. It took him only a second to gaze at the butcher, draw his sword, and righteously kill him. The butcher’s wife wept loudly in the public, went to court to file a complaint, and called the gatekeepers to attest that her allegation was true. However, the sultan justified the deceased as a dignified penalty for disobeying his directive on the matter. He set up a little maintenance payment and gave her a small cash to cover her husband’s burial costs.
Dirty Mleccha Muslims Developed Ill-Feelings About Shivaji
Naturally, a lot was said about this occurrence. There were rumblings that the Muslims lacked an honour in the Mahomedan capital. The Mahomedan beset had already been rendered obsolete. It’s odd that a smitten king would sanction such behaviour in broad daylight! And who is it? by a person who resisted bowing down before his ruler as a vassal and making homage. To further amuse this arrogant subject, the same figurehead ruler expelled the honourable butchers from the town borders, much to the annoyance of the faithful Mahomedans. What a level of insanity! This Shahaji son had lost all composure and equilibrium. He was misbehaving amid defenceless Mahomedans.
Something was wrong with the state of Bijapur. Without any pretence or restraint, such mutterings could be heard throughout the streets, and there was no question that the confused stream of impotent wrath and hatred had some kernels of truth. As soon as Shahaji heard these whispers, he became horrified. Being a skilled man of action, he could not help but contrast his son’s lofty qualities and abilities with these unpredictable and errant acts of violence. Was the honourable life, to which Shivaji’s early brilliance had given such earnestness, ultimately to be wrecked by the brutality of his intolerance and race-hatred? Had he not made such a big deal out of his dazzling qualities and set him on the path to fame and favour, what chance did he have that such a childish transgression would not only damage his own career but also bring his father’s accomplishments over a lifetime to ruin? Shahaji was shocked when these ideas suddenly sprang to mind because of his Muslim conciliatory approach. His extensive knowledge of men gave him advice on how to approach this situation. A mentality as stubborn and impulsive as Shivaji’s would be adversely affected by simple reprimands or punishment, he realised.
First Attempt to Control Dharmic Stubbornness of Shivaji
His great characteristics must be acknowledged, and a persuasive appeal to his loyal impulses must be made, to make the advise more effective. He addressed Shivaji in Jijabai’s presence, saying the following: “Young man, you are still in your teens and have no life experience. To lose control of your emotions and behave excessively without being provoked does not speak well of your understanding.”
“Is this the kind of behaviour that will allow you to succeed in life—not to kneel before the Mahomedans or draw your sword at the killing of a cow? We must be willing to yield to the Mahomedans in these areas if we are to serve them. Where would I be now if I had followed that line of action? Young fellow, it was by serving the Mahomedans that your forefathers advanced from the lowly position of an army peon to the highest elevation! Need I go into detail about the struggles and dangers I had to overcome to get to where I am today? Consider your father’s struggles throughout the tumultuous Nizamshahi dynasty and track the measures I took to reach the pinnacle of my position in this Adilshahi state’s service after emerging from those clouds. It is only natural for me to want you to follow in my footsteps, appease the ruling class, and increase your wealth. If you follow your father’s example and act with caution and restraint while continuing with your crazy antics and fantasies, nothing will be able to compare to your delight and grandeur, and the skies themselves won’t be able to support us. We’ll be stripped of our wealth and goods and exiled in disgrace. The involvement of our powerful allies at the court has prevented such a tragedy thus far. But even if we have allies, we also have adversaries, and as soon as they have the chance to harm us, they will do everything in their power to drive us into exile and earn the wrath of the sultan. I hope you will immediately change your ways and make an appeal to your own sense of responsibility, caution, and self-interest.”
Shivaji respectfully listened without speaking out of gratitude for his father.
Shahaji did not rest here he pursued his wife to convince Shivaji. Jijabai gave the young son advice in the privacy using her own gentle and persuasive eloquence. She focused on the importance of respecting authority figures, the virtue of submission, and the appreciative cooperation with the ambitious endeavours of a parent like Shahaji out of her patidharm (wife’s obligation). She summoned him not to tarnish the magnificent escutcheon, coming from a long line of famous predecessors, by making an appeal to the high traditions of his forefathers.
Shivaji responded to these kind comments by stating that even the smallest requests from his parents were sacred orders to him and that he would always be willing to carry out their requests. “But I can’t change my nature in this case,” he objected. “I can’t bring myself to submit to Muslims or put up with things that offend my Dharmic sensibilities, like cow slaughter. Please pardon me, but when I see such horrors, my emotions rage within me, and I become powerless and unrecognisable. I can’t continue to eat the bread of a Mahomedan prince, whatever the mysterious plan of providence may be. I hope that God sends me far away from this location, beyond the borders of any Muslim state, to protect me from future wrongdoings because something inside of me tells me it is pollution and not anything that has fallen from heaven and is an impediment to my Dharmic ideals. I pray and implore you to answer my plea. If I say this honestly and wholeheartedly, it is not out of disobedience or rebellion but rather out of a full understanding of the emotions and desires in my heart.”
Shivaji’s Love for Hindu Dharma and Cow (Gau Mata) Made Parents Understand Him
Jijabai informed Shahaji about these wishes and emphasised that it would be inappropriate to penalise the youngster for this type of odd behaviour when he was generally so submissive, docile, and respectful to elders. She was persuaded that he must have received his justified hate of Muslims from a previous incarnation, it was in keeping with the sentiments of a confident and brave Hindu woman. He would obviously not enjoy serving the Mahomedans, therefore there was no use in attempting to change him. She advised that keeping him away from the Mahomedan capital was the wisest course of action given the circumstances. There was a chance that his riches and reputation might be shattered if, out of love for his kid, he kept him here any longer.
When Shahaji heard this assessment of Jijabai, he sighed. He then reached the same conclusion after speaking with a few lords who had his trust. When Dadaji Kondadev arrived in Bijapur at around the same time to deliver the jahgir accounts, he was given the task of escorting Jijabai and Shivaji back to Poona.
In Bijapur, Shivaji married his second wife before departing for Poona. It is rumoured that the sultan had a specific intention for this second marriage to occur. The sultan once inquired of Shahaji whether his son was married when Shahaji visited the durbar with his son as per his usual routine. Shivaji’s wedding was celebrated at Poona, Shahaji retorted. The marriage was mocked by the sultan for being celebrated without his father and away from the court, and he insisted on getting married again in front of the court with all the pomp and ceremony appropriate to his position.
In accordance with the sultan’s intentions, Shivaji married his second wife, a member of the exclusive Hindu Maratha aristocracy. The wedding was attended by every omrah in the court as well as the sultan himself, and there were a lot of festivities and gift-exchanging sessions. Soyarabai was the name of Shivaji’s second wife. It was subsequently said that Soyarabai poisoned Shivaji to death, which appears to be a cunning sultan’s planted mole (It is still considered rumours by many historians). Her character attributes were mostly antagonistic to Jijabai and her ideas. In the presence of Dadaji Kondadev, Shahaji had to bid farewell to his wife and son who had returned to Poona. They never again shared a roof, in Poona or Bijapur, after their last separation. The truth is that Shahaji didn’t have any time to live in Poona or Bijapur since he immediately marched to the Karnatic (Carnatic region).
A fictional account of a dispute between Shahaji and Jijabai has been developed by historians like Sardesai and Ranade on the thin foundation of this conflict, the context of differences between Shahaji and Lukhji Jadhav has been used as support to give this thesis some credence. Close examination of the events as they have so far been recorded by other historians, however, reveals the ridiculousness of such a notion. Shahaji was so preoccupied with political issues for the first ten years after Shivaji’s birth that he had little spare time to devote to family life. Additionally, Shahaji’s second marriage does not support this viewpoint. Second marriage was a tradition because of this, a small percentage of Hindu Maratha households still practise this even today. Therefore, a second marriage does not always result in a dispute from the first wife. Shahaji sought to absolve himself of any guilt by claiming that he had no link to Shivaji and Jijabai when Shivaji started his attacks on the Bijapur territory’s frontiers. But at best, this was a flimsy excuse. Shahaji would not have brought his wife and son to Bijapur as he did after his fortunes were firmly established in the service of the Bijapur state, if there had actually been a significant divide between husband and wife. Jijabai and Shivaji were once again permanently housed at Poona in 1643, under Dadaji Kondadev’s supervision, at Shahaji’s request out of concern and affection for his family.
It is obvious that Shahaji believed Bijapur was an unsuitable place for a young man who was consumed by a passionate and moral hate of Islam. Sambhaji, Jijabai’s older son, stayed with Shahaji as a collaborator in his labours and an advocate for his goals. However, this does not imply that Shahaji’s love and devotion for Shivaji were any less.
Formative Years of Young Shivaji
Favourable conditions for the great king’s development determine a brilliant career. It is also greatly influenced by receiving a quality education. Both of these factors significantly influenced Shivaji’s character and thought process. He spent the first 10 years of his life with his mother, who has a profound impact on this heroic man’s character. At this age, the mind is most malleable and fragile, and the impressions that are created are the essential building blocks of existence. These early impressions only get more profound and vivid as the months and years progress in their path; for them to fully materialise, only a series of favourable situations and experiences are necessary. The character of the mother and father, and primarily the latter, determines whether these early effects will produce good or bad. The mother’s qualities and temperament are strained and filtered into her child’s character, and the goodness or evil of one relies on the other.
The circumstances of Shivaji’s birth form the basis of his grandeur. If parents raise their children properly, daring heroes are born as the odds against them increase. Jijabai experienced a period of intense stress and upheaval in the state when the future hero was still in the womb. She and her husband played a prominent role in this revolution. Her own scorn and disdain of the weak Mahomedan powers, her contempt of their pusillanimity and grovelling incapacity, and her indignation at their impotent cruelty and barbarities were at that most delicate period of psychical excitement reflected and expressed, as she lived in the midst of constant alarms, with her husband serving as the mainstay of the terrorist Nizamshahi state, in flight and exile, and the unthankful Nizamshah.
The first 10 years of Shivaji’s existence were spent in a state of perpetual worry and suspicion of betrayal, which naturally stoked a never-ending anger for those—the Mahomedan powers—who were responsible for these crimes against humanity for Quran. Add to this Jijabai’s self-assured and independent nature, her personal drive and valiance, and her sharp mind and perceptiveness. Is it any surprise that the smouldering unhappiness in Shivaji’s breast erupted into a flame in the form of an unwavering and rightful anti-Muslim fervour with such potent predisposing factors and forces continually at work? Therefore, Jijabai was Shivaji’s most significant influence as a young fighter.
Shivaji Learned People Management and Warrior Tactics
Jijabai was born into a family that previously held the sceptre at Devgiri, the same place that took the name Dowlatabad after the Jadhav (Yadav) monarchs fell from power. The once-dominant family had fallen victim to the dark times. In those exact situations that had seen its might and splendour, it was required to serve its anti-Hindu Mahomedan rulers. The Jadhav family’s male descendants, least of all Jijabai, a woman of proud and tenacious spirit, were not the kind of men to forget their glorious traditions and great history. Her hatred of Mahomedan power was stoked by the dastardly murders of her father and brother by the vengeful Nizamshahi terror regime. She was also unlikely to forget that the Muslims were responsible for extinguishing the Sesodia Bhonsle family’s flame. Her husband Shahaji attempted to rebuild a Hindu state from the ruins of the Mahomedan state of Ahmednagar for a time with the help of his own brilliant intellect and valour. Despite his best efforts, however, he was ultimately forced to give in to overwhelming odds and settle for the position of a respected vassal and feudatory of the Bijapur state. And how close was he to success! Shahaji demolished one Mogul palace after another while controlling the puppet of a Nizamshahi ruler, stirring in his devoted wife’s heart the live memories of a long-forgotten past. The displeasure and despair brought on by the failure was the cherry on top of all her miseries since inexorable fortune had prevented his final achievement.
Shivaji was a great man of high intelligence and attentiveness by temperament. He had exceptional comprehension and memory skills. Jijabai was a courageous and sincere lady, and the main driving factor behind all she did was her desire for respect and honour. Shivaji had absorbed these great traits in all their purity through his mother’s everyday interaction and discussion. She maintained a close eye on him with all of her maternal concern, taking care to make sure he set a good example, hung around with like-minded people, and avoided the traps and enticements of vice in all of its forms. She started planning for his military training when he was still a young lad. Shivaji’s personal relationship with this great mother, his fearlessness, initiative, courage, love of truth, and his Dharmic fervour all contributed to the development of the noblest impulses of life and human character in his heart. But more significant than all the others was one instinct he inherited from his mother, an impulse that served as the cornerstone of his brilliance and would always earn him a spot on history’s grand roll of heroes thanks to his unquenchable yearning for liberty of Hindus. He never wavered in his belief that servile allegiance to a Mahomedan prince was fundamentally unworthy of the highest glory and honour that it could bestow on a man, that even the most devoted and dedicated service to the sultan would always be met with indifference and ingratitude, and that an alien despotism like that of the Muslim states represented everything that was cruel, vindictive, and tyrannical.
The years of his own childhood had provided him with enough evidence of this. His thirst for independence was stoked by a combination of personal experience and mother advice. He had already decided as a young lad that he would challenge foreign muslim dominance, even if it meant losing his life. This very fact supports the idea that Jijabai herself played a major role in motivating Shivaji to rebel against the rule of invading Islam and raise the Hindu Maratha liberty standard. Jijabai is thought to have been primary inspiration. This conclusion is in no way diminished by Jijabai’s attempt to convince Shivaji to repress his anti-Muslim feelings at Bijapur, nor does her behaviour on that occasion need to be interpreted as a reflection of her true beliefs on the matter. Regardless of her opinions on the matter, she had to follow her husband’s instructions and serve as his spokesperson since, to a Hindu wife, loyalty and obedience to her husband is the highest dower. In other words, the record of a career that allowed the Hindu population of peninsular India to be freed from the control of Islam was made possible by the rare combination of a mother who, with her noble convictions and ideals, could inspire and dominate her son’s future, and of a son who, while allowing himself to be stirred to the noblest moods and passions, could lead and impress the world with the resources of his mastermind.
Dadaji and Shivaji Had Clashing Views
Even though Dadaji served as Shivaji’s tutor and mentored him in administrative skills, there was one area where their opinions diverged the most, and that was Shivaji’s stance toward the Muslim terrorists who were posing as rulers. Dadaji never agreed with his lofty intentions to restore Hindu sovereignty or his righteous hate of Islam, which he had essentially ingested with his mother’s milk.
Dadaji was not the type of man to even conceive of the lofty goals of his ward. He never had that broad a perspective. His worldview was one of uncomplicated contentment. He believed, and from a normal human prudence standpoint, he was correct to believe, that his duty was to first act in a submissive and humble manner toward the authority due to whose favour and benevolence his master enjoyed his jahgir, and then to second protect and manage the jahgir to his master’s greatest benefit. The idea of expanding the jahgir and risking the anger of the Mahomedan emperors was too bold for Dadaji to consider. Shivaji informed Dadaji Kondadev, his father’s trusted confidante, of his ambitious ambitions not long after he and Jijabai returned from Bijapur in the presence of his father.
Shivaji declared, “I do not think it right to live as a slave of the Mahomedans on the wealth my father has acquired through their service. I’m determined to use my right hand to chisel out my riches. If I don’t add any new honours to the family escutcheon, what good is it for me to have been born into the Bhonsle family? What else does a masculine life have worth for, if not a life of labour? Not necessarily in good luck’s smiles? Do you not notice how Hindu society and culture have been completely destroyed by Muslim dominance? No champion has emerged from the groaning earth, which has been contaminated and desecrated by insulting kine (cow), Bhagwan, deities and shrines. After much thought, I have decided to dedicate the rest of my life to the cause of resurrecting both our independence and our Hindu Dharma. The future is in my hands, but I can’t remember the past.
The plan astounded Dadaji, who attempted to take his attention away from the undertaking. He cried, “How horrible and hard the work you speak of is. The persecution of Islam is felt throughout the entire country. They command all forts and places with strategic importance. Garrisons are manned by their armies. Enough is to save the items your father has taken from the overall wreck. If you try to imagine enhancing your success, you will be labelled a public adversary and you will include your father in your downfall. Just recall your father’s fierce courage! Even he was forced to submit to the Mahomedans.”
Later, when Shivaji started to carry out his aspirations to establish an independent Hindu kingdom and launched expeditions against the Bijapur region as a result, Dadaji was alarmed. He called Shivaji and started arguing vehemently with him. “You have started on a very dangerous venture, Shivaji, and it will eventually ruin you and your jahgir. The great Mahomedan sovereignties are firmly in control on all four corners of the continent, each at the height of their strength and glory. In the face of their strength, what are you and your meagre resources? Don’t you see that such actions merely endanger your father’s authority? He is there, surrounded by the enemy, under the sultan’s authority. The sultan will undoubtedly punish your father for your reckless actions. You will be kicked out of your jahgir and become despised across the nation. If you truly cherish your properties, it is in your best advantage to retain close ties with the Adilshahi family.”
This terrifying instruction was occasionally repeated. To the perpetual good fortune of all Hindus in Maharashtra, Shivaji always listened quietly as was his habit, yet he never once allowed himself to be sidetracked from his illustrious endeavour. It is reported that Dadaji was stricken with dismay and unsure of what to do when he realised how ineffectual all of his advice to Shivaji on this particular issue had been. His heart was preyed upon by Shivaji’s actions, and the decent man could only dread at the prospect of the consequences. To raise the kid as a young man of integrity and magnificent promise, the youngster had been entrusted to his care. But he had created this irrational enthusiasm and given legitimacy to adventurous behaviour. The son’s excesses had to turn back on the father’s innocent head. And didn’t Shahaji have the right to question him how he, from whom he had so much anticipated, had let his kid to run amok while being driven by an obsessive need for freedom? Yes, he would be held accountable and his prior contributions wouldn’t be enough to make up for it. The sober man became ill and grew sorry as he did so. The only thing Dadaji could have done under the circumstances to absolve himself of responsibility was to alert Shahaji about Shivaji’s weird newfound zeal for liberty and advise him to act promptly to stifle it. Shahaji gave us instructions to modify anything about Shivaji’s discipline or way of life without paying much attention to the warning. The reality is that Shahaji was the only person of his time who truly understood the situation in Bijapur, and he was also quietly preparing for the establishment of an independent state. The inevitable conclusion that follows is that Dadaji Kondadev did not instil the glorious ideas of starting a new Hindu Empire in Shivaji’s mind; on the contrary, he worked tirelessly to combat them. Had Dadaji dealt with a common man without insight, the current of those ideas would have been stopped for good.
The genuine motivation then originated with Jijabai. How true it is that a mother’s lovely, nurturing words leave a greater imprint on the heart than 10,000 talks! Shivaji did not heed Dadaji’s instructions because he was driven by the desire to perform heroic exploits. But only his master’s passion was harmed by this disobedience. Other than that, no one could be more submissive. Shivaji treated him with respect, carried out his instructions, and never forgot that Dadaji was Shahaji’s reliable friend. Dadaji tried to divert Shivaji’s attention away from his aggressive activities by giving him something to think about. He showed him the several Jahgir communities and explained the income. According to the Bakhar of the Marathi Swarajya (Chronicle of the Maratha Empire), Dadaji used poison to end his life because he couldn’t endure the overwhelming tension. The similar narrative about he posioning himself after guiding on systems and administrative structures can be found in the Tarikh-i-Shivaji. He gave Shivaji many of his responsibilities, and Shivaji carried them out with great skill and zeal. This did not, however, take his thoughts away from his beloved plans. It only increased his sense of confidence for administrative job and put him in direct touch with the revenue officials, administrators, and other people of status inside the jahgir’s boundaries.
In other historical accounts, when Dadaji saw that nothing would be able to curtail Shivaji’s fierce desire, his spirit wailed. He was anxious and irritated, and this soon had an impact on his health. He was diligently looked to by Jijabai and Shivaji. Shivaji was constantly by his side in bed. They attempted all of the recommended treatments, but Dadaji’s condition worsened despite the use of medication and increased attendance. When Shivaji’s time to die drew near, Dadaji gave him the treasury’s keys and explained how to run the hill forts, the districts, and the army while urging him to be courteous to the commanders and elaborating on each person’s virtues. Additionally, he ordered the officers and clerks to be brought into his presence where, with his last breath, he urged them to look up to him as their ruler and had them grip young Shivaji’s hand. After completing these official duties, he is reported to have urged Shivaji to take care of his family and dependents and to have sent him warm wishes for happiness and glory as well as the fulfilment of his noble vow to found a new state, for the protection of cows and Brahmans, and for the higher glory of his religion. The devoted Dadaji Kondadev passed away as soon as he said these words. When he passed away, he was 70 years old. Whatever Dadaji did for Shivaji in pursuance to stopping him from fighting against islamic terrorists was coming from his immense loving and caring for Shivaji and his family. Shivaji was sonlike, he saw him growing up and mentored him all along.
Young Shivaji and His Vision of Muslim Free Hindu Nation
Shivaji had several opportunity during his brief stay in Bijapur to observe how the different bureaus of the Bijapur administration operated, as well as the procedures of governance, court etiquette, and the social mores of the aristocracy. Shivaji, unlike the other sons of the other lords, took advantage of the fact that Shahaji had considerable clout in the Bijapur court and was friendly with many of the most important Mahomedan and Maratha nobles. He routinely visited and kept watch over the batteries, artillery paiks, cantonments, and war horses. By asking knowledgeable officers questions on a regular basis, he was able to clear up any confusion and record any pertinent information on his memory. Shahaji encouraged his kid in his educational endeavours since he was pleased with his passion to study. Shahaji frequently debated delicate military or diplomatic issues with his son at his side. When he attended the durbar, where his extraordinary capabilities of comprehension and observation found vigorous exercise, he had him in his company.
In essence, Shivaji envisioned Hindu Rashtra’s goal was to free his people from an intolerable Muslim dictatorship, strengthen the foundation of an independent national government, and drive islamic intolerance out of the country. After leaving for Poona, Shivaji pretended to check his jahgir by going on a number of reconnaissance missions over the nearby mountain ranges. He surveyed all those inaccessible regions with a close eye on the mountain fortresses and strategic locations while being accompanied by people who had grown up knowing the geographical features of the upland regions of the Western Ghats and making friends with the chiefs and men of position in every town and village. He investigated the communication routes, side roads, mountain ravines, glens, and valleys. His buddies were impressed by the fervent devotion he shown in becoming knowledgeable about the topography of these mountains. It was only reasonable for them to be shocked that this young jahgirdar heir would subject himself to rain and sun, climb mountains and precipices, avoid assaults from wild animals, and brave a hundred other perils, seemingly for no other reason than an insatiable quest for geographic knowledge. With the swiftness of foot and gliding motion unique to the native tribes of these highlands, young Shivaji spent entire days and nights roaming from different forests to climbing life-threatening mountains.
The importance of these inspection excursions to the profession to which the young chief thought he was being called, as it were, by the voice of duty, was difficult for his friends to comprehend. While conducting these investigations, he was covertly fulfilling another goal that was equally important: creating a devoted group of friends and followers. Young Shivaji has a certain type of personal attraction that drew people to him. Even the richest and lowest people in the kingdom might be enticed by a short chat to follow his least inclinations. Every man promptly put aside all inhibitions of decorum when speaking with young Shivaji, revealing to him his deepest secrets and life’s most primal urges. All men felt at ease around Shivaji because of his magical tact and civility, which gave them the impression that he was on an equal footing with them. After hearing about their suffering, He drew them into his heart with the strongest ties of friendship, appreciation, and love. His wealth was always available when these childhood friends called. This extravagant charity required a significant outlay that much surpassed his little stipend. Dadaji berated him for this loss of income for the Jahgir. “Of course, you are the decision maker, and I am obligated to pay whomever you want on your behalf,” Dadaji said. “However, if you go over your budget, it must be paid for out of the Shahaji’s yearly remittance, and I will be held responsible for the shortfall. I won’t object to your luxury, therefore you must request a raise in your allowance.” Shivaji said that Dadaji need not worry about his prodigality and that he would get his father’s approval for any spending over his set amount. Dadaji was perplexed by this response. He failed to find any logic or purpose in Shivaji’s insane spending on charity of people. He lacked a broad perspective or variety of ideas. His pragmatic wisdom and philosophical outlook were focused on the one engrossing goal of generating the most money for Shahaji each year. As a result, Shivaji continued to amass a sizable group of customers and dependents, each of whom was endowed with a deep confidence in his master’s noble character. Their enthusiasm for Shivaji’s persona ignited into a passionate loyalty and selfless devotion. They felt an odd sort of attraction to him.
Teenager Shivaji Building His Own Power Centers
The Mavale made up a sizable portion of individuals in this circle of dependents who had gained Shivaji’s complete favour and confidence. These were uncouth, barely cultured individuals who lacked any sense of opulence. However, the most devoted and ethical of Shivaji’s supporters had burned hearts underneath their obnoxious exteriors. They performed their master’s most challenging instructions with an exhibition of sagacity and agility for which no one could have given them credit since they had a great confidence in his unwavering wisdom. They were taught the values of unthinking servitude and effective submission. Once a leader, always a leader in their eyes. Being accustomed to poverty and thrifty in their living habits, the employer who provided them with the means of basic clothes and food elicited such appreciation from them that they would brave the greatest perils and give their lives for him. The first to see the noble qualities these uncouth mountaineers had, Dadaji Kondadev kept a corps of them in his service. It didn’t take Shivaji long to determine their qualities. He adopted these lowly folks by showing them love and charity. These mountaineers resided in Shivaji’s jahgir’s mountains. From the roots and plants in the mountain woods, they made a meagre livelihood. They felt well at home on the winding mountain trails that ran through these woods. These men served as Shivaji’s guides when he was on his inspection travels. They quickly began to worship him. They had searched for someone who would not be repulsed by their primitive rusticity and sylvan manners for generations, but instead would treat them with kindness and affection, and they had just discovered him. This idea gave them a strong sense of pride and excitement for their master, whose prosperity they would sacrifice their wealth, their relationships with others, and even their own lives. They were frequently tested in terms of their willingness to surrender, and no amount of hardship, no matter how severe, could keep them from the master’s feet.
These Mavales, who held the position of deshmukh within their tribes, were Shivaji’s first and closest companions. Three of them have names that are well-known in Maratha history. These three were Tanaji Malusare I, Baji Fasalkar, and Yesaji Kunk. These three individuals held a lot of sway over the Mavales. They were involved in all of Shivaji’s early aspirations, and as the demands of his statecraft developed over time, they carried out the most amazing deeds, even laying down their lives for the sake of a close friendship and devotion. Although Dadaji Kondadev offered little support for Shivaji’s grandiose plans, he was able to win over all of that devoted financier’s assistant staff. When the deshmukhs, or procurators of revenue, from the various towns travelled to Poona on business, Shivaji spent hours in private with them, outlining his plans, soliciting their opinions, and pleading for their adherence. Due to the fascination his speech and courtesies caused in their minds, the conversation always ended in a league of enduring friendship. When Shivaji personally visited his paternal lands to conduct inspections, he made sure to take advantage of every chance to speak with the various deshmukhs and earn their support. When local Maratha aristocracy and gentry had the opportunity to visit him at Poona, they were treated to such a sumptuous and exquisite style of hospitality that they always became his quick friends and sympathisers. Regardless of how people may judge his relative youth. However, Tanaji Malusare was not a true Mavala deshmakh. He was an Umrathe deshmukh in the Konkan lowland. Despite their youth and inexperience, they could not help but attest to his bravery and zeal and to the viability of the plans he provided for their approval. Their quick agreement was followed by their warm compassion and cooperation for the cause. In fact, the young hero had a particularly persuasive quality that, when combined with the kindness of his offers, his religious fervour, and the unmistakable sincerity of his hatred of islamic terrorism rule, caused even the most egotistical of them to share in his enthusiasm, return his feelings, and accept his proposals. They also had Shahaji’s tremendous victories as an example, which gave them the belief that the son of such a father would undoubtedly lead them to victory and liberate them from Islam’s tyranny. The few who resisted or hesitated quickly had cause to realise their folly, and as a result, they became willing partisans in the cause.
Young Shivaji’s initial administrative reforms had influence of his elders, the basics of which he had learned at home by listening to Dadaji Kondadev, Jijabai, and the jahgir officers converse, adequately demonstrate his capacity to manage the affairs of a new monarchy from its very inception. The knowledge he had acquired during his brief stay in Bijapur was added to this. Shivaji was able to see the handling of public business on some of the most important issues occupying the state’s attention at the time thanks to Shahaji’s dominant position at that court. As a result, Shivaji’s supporters had no reservations. On the other hand, there wasn’t much cause for concern due to the difficulty of the work and the inadequateness of the available resources to do it. Shivaji had seized upon the unusual opportunities for the undertaking of such an endeavour, which were provided by the political climate of that moment, with an instinctive judgement that fully equipped him for the responsibilities of a ruler. For a general with such inherent qualities and abilities, encouraged as his desire ever been by his mother’s passionate fervour and the honour lavished on the Bhonsle name by his father, more could not be anticipated and most definitely was not needed.
This is how Shivaji nurtured his dream for Hindu Rashtra and then eventually achieved it in 1674. Deep hatred towards adharmic evil muslims and vision for islam free society were driving motives to build world’s first Hindu Maratha Empire in 1674. There is always revenge, hatred to evility and Dharmic pride for sustenance of righteousness in humanity. Common Hindu youth must hate all slaves of Quran (terrorism manual) and muslims to follow path of Shivaji and kill enemies. It took 30 years to realise dream which he envisioned at age 14. The Hindu Maratha empire lasted for 144 years till defeat of Peshwas Bajirao II.