Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chhatrapati Shivaji

Shivaji was born in the hill-fort of Shivneri, near the city of Junnar in Pune district on 19 February 1630. As per legend, his mother Jijabai named him Shivaji in honor of the goddess Shivai, to whom she had prayed for a healthy child. His father Shahaji Bhosale was Maratha general who served the Deccan Sultanates.



Shivaji Maharajah was a brave and fearless military leader as well as a responsible administrator. Shivaji along with his friends took a blood oath to fight against the Mughal empire. And young age of 17 he carried out his first military action by attacking and capturing Torna Fort of the Bijapur kingdom. Through out his life he waged many wars against the Mughals, Sultans and annexed several forts and established Maratha Empire. 



Not only brave, he was known for his good will towards his subjects. He encouraged all socio-economic groups to participate in the ongoing political/military struggle. He brought revolutionary changes in military, fort architecture, society and politics. Even today one can get to see several of his hill forts and most of them can only reached by trekking. 

This statue of the Shivaji Maharajah is near Gateway of India in Mumbai.

30 comments:

Pallavi Puri said...

Such a great man in India's history.

Sandy Carlson said...

He just made my day. Thanks for this great post.

Jeevan said...

Great shots on this brave heart! Nice narrate about him

OurJaipur oCOM said...

Very Nice and Informative Post with nice Pic. . . . A G+ for ur post and Have a Nice Day. . . :)

Sridharan Srinivasan said...

I like the majestic statue..Who doesn't like Shivaji?.

Lowell said...

I was struck by the thought that these statues are in reality the "photographs" you have of people born so long ago before photography was born. Very cool!

George said...

Thanks for a very interesting article and wonderful photos. The statue is very impressive.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like how you've photographed this statue so it looks like the rider and horse are out on a campaign of some sort.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Belas fotografias de importante Estátua....
Cumprimentos

Photo Cache said...

i like the change of pace from temples to statues here.

ladyfi said...

Impressive statue!

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powerful :)

Thomas Lee said...

He must be a very important man in Indian history.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thanks for this little biographical sketch--just another bit of history from your beautiful country!

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Al said...

A leader that cares about his subjects - that's a man worthy of being remembered.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Majestic

Carver said...

Fascinating post about a great man.

HansHB said...

Lovely statue, perfect using B&W!
Very interesting reading too!

paul said...

Very interesting post.

RuneE said...

Nice photo of a statue of a man who must have been very interesting.

Birgitta said...

So interesting! Thanks for sharing!

LonettA said...

Wonderful shot of this impressive statue! Very interesting your post about this important man. Thank you for sharing!

P.N. Subramanian said...

Well remembered. For most of the Maharashtrians Shivaji is "GOD" incarnate!

robin. said...

nice shot.

Ruth Kelly said...

What a beautiful horse he had.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Nice clicks...

Chubby Chieque said...

I appreciate everytime, I visit you. The educational & informative posts, Love it.

Happy day.
/CC girl

AmitAag said...

A great post!

Dragonstar said...

A fine statue, with so much character.

Jarek said...

Nice photo :-)