CHATRAPATI SHIVAJIRAJE BHOSALE
If there are few personalities in this world that do not
need introduction, then Chhatrapati Shivaji would certainly
count among them. Today, we stand proud as Maharashtrians
only because of this great son of the land.
Born to Shahajiraje Bhonsale and Jijabai, Shivaji was nursed
the idea of Swaraj right since his childhood by his mother.
Since his father worked as a military chief for the Sultan
of Bijapur, Jijabai made a valiant attempt to raise her son
with ideals of being true to his soil and identity. Hindavi
Swaraj in Bharat and nothing less was her vision. She instilled
in him great courage through stories from Ramayan & Mahabharat
and shared her dream of a land independent of any foreign
rule or influence.
At a very tender age, Shivaji Maharaj showed the greatness
of character and leadership qualities needed for such a gigantic
task. under him, in the face of stiff resistance from Sultans
and the Moguls, Maharashtra became unified and consolidated
as a Hindu state.
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Poets of the time are so greatly impressed by the magnanimity
and character of this great king, that poems and literature
about his golden rule abound.
This stunning, almost life-like portrait painting of this
great man shows unflinching courage as it does astounding
character. Look into his eyes and feel mesmered as the people
of his time did.