FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE FIERCEST MARATHA EVER

One of the most evolved and appreciable rulers in the history of our country were Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Stories of his bravery are countless and tales about his victories are innumerable. But where ever there is greatness, there are some misunderstandings. Some people think of him as a cruel dictator, while some have blamed him to be anti-secular. All this and many more things, that are plain rumors rather than fact.

Shivaji Maharaj

Shivaji Maharaj

Speaking of facts, let’s get the facts right and get to know more about the great Maratha leader in history. Here are some facts you must know about him:

  1. His name is derived from a regional deity by the name of Shivai not from Lord Shiva
  2. He was extremely secular and was surprisingly very accommodating of all religions.
  3. But he never negotiated with his own religious roots and he married his own daughter to a converted Hindu.
  4. Many Muslims had positions in his military ranks as well. Opposed to the common belief, that he was a king of Hindu origin who fought Muslims, he fought only those rulers who threatened his kingdom.
    Shivaji Maharaj

    Shivaji Maharaj

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj : A Brave Maratha

  1. It is a fact that, he even offered his support to Aurangzeb in conquering Bijapur. However, things backfired because two of his officers invaded the Mughal territory near Ahmednagar.
  1. His father left him two thousand soldiers, which he converted to ten thousand. Chhatrapati Shivaji understood the importance of a good army and improved warfare strategies. He also had an intelligence cell that helped him devise tactics like the guerrilla warfare. He was a very practical military commander and did not motivate his troops to martyred just for the sake of it. Rather, he always asked them to come back and regroup. These tactics helped him win even those battles where he was out numbered.
  2. He established a navy in order to protect the coastline from foreign invaders. Not many others had thought of this. But he formed a resolute Maratha navy.

    Shivaji Maharaj

    Shivaji Maharaj

  1. He is said to have defeated Afzal Khan, who was a veteran general and superior to Shivaji in size & strength, in a one-on-one battle. They met in a hut that only allowed them to carry a single sword, but Shivaji wore armor underneath which stopped Khan’s dagger.
  2. He took great care for the honor of women and made sure none allowed to dishonor women. Women of captured territories not even taken as prisoners.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj : A Brave Maratha

  3. Also rape or molestation considered a severe offense.
  4. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was very compassionate to those who surrendered and would even welcome them into his own army. He did not judge them on their backgrounds, but only on skills.
  5. He fought for India first, and establish Swaraj, a free kingdom and encouraged his troops to fight for India.
  6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took great care of the common people and never allowed raids on homes or religious places. His troops were not given personal weapons & horses, but were provided the same by the government so that they weren’t misused.

    Shivaji Maharaj

    Shivaji Maharaj

“A true ruler knows how to win even when he loses in the battlefield and how to live even when his life is lost.”

A ruler like Shivaji will always remain alive in our hearts and soul.

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