Shivaji established a royal name for himself in history with his administrative skills by upholding the Swarajya values and the Maratha heritage. He was known for his bravery and tactics with which he won numerous wars against the Mughals.The founder of the Maratha Kingdom, Shivaji was born to be a natural leader and fighter on 19th February, 1630.
Chhatrapati Shivaji was one of the bravest, most progressive and sensible rulers of India. The founder of the Maratha Kingdom, Shivaji was born to be a natural leader and fighter on 19th February, 1630 in the prestigious Shivneri Fort. Till date, the day is celebrated as Shiv Jayanti with great rigour and traditional style by Maharashtrians.
Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeated 30000 trained jihadis with a force of 3000, he clashed and brought to knees a man Aurangzeb with the biggest force and resources on earth that time. This was how powerful Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj was.
Battle of Umberkhind, February 1661
A jihadi called Kartalab Khan was sent with 30,000 Jihadis to attack and finish Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, by Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb and Shaista Khan
The jihadi captured some forts and murdered innocent Hindus, and Chattrapati Shivaji set out with 3000 Swarajya fighters to face the jihadi.
When the Mughals entered Umberkhind, a 15 miles passage, Chattrapati Shivaji’s men started blowing horns. The whole Mughal army got stunned.
Then Marathas attacked the Mughal army with arrows. The Kartalab khan, Rai Bagan with other mughal soldiers tried to retaliate, but the forest was so dense and Maratha army was so quick that the Mughals could not even see the enemy.
The situation was such that Mughal soldiers were getting killed without seeing where the enemy is and without knowing where to shoot
The speed with which arrows came as the soldiers changed direction while shooting arrows gave the impression that a large army of Hindus have attacked the jihadis.
At many places, platoons of Marathas charged and decimated the jihadis divisons.
Along with arrows, small gun shots and cannon shots reigned and Marathas war cry was heard.
Within hours, thousands of jihadis lay dead as the relentless Chattrapati and his men shower death.
The jihadi commander shouted for surrender and all his remaining men laid down their weapons. 3000 brave men came out and surrounded the coward jihadis. They were made to leave all the weapons, horses, elephants, clothes, ammunition, food and made to leave in bare minimum clothing by Maharaj.
Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeated 30000 trained jihadis with a force of 3000, he clashed and brought to knees a man Aurangzeb with the biggest force and resources on earth that time.
This was how powerful Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj was.
Shivaji established a royal name for himself in history with his administrative skills by upholding the Swarajya values and the Maratha heritage. He was known for his bravery and tactics with which he won numerous wars against the Mughals. Remembering the greatest Maratha ruler on his birthday, here are some interesting facts about Shivaji.
1. Known as the Father of Indian Navy, Shivaji was the first to realise the importance of having a naval force, and therefore he strategically established a navy and forts at the coastline to defend the Konkan side of Maharashtra. The Jaigad, Vijaydurg, Sindhudurg and other such forts still stand to testify his efforts and ideas.
2. Contrary to popular belief, Shivaji was not named after Lord Shiva. In fact, he was named after a regional Goddess Shivai. His mother prayed to the goddess for a son and was blessed with one. The god-like stature was given to him for his deeds, and not his name.
3. The secular ruler was very accommodating of all religions. He had numerous Muslim soldiers in his army. His only aim was to overthrow Mughal rule and establish Maratha empire. He was also very supportive of people who converted to Hinduism.
4. Shivaji was a dependable supporter of women and their honour. He opposed all kinds of violence, harassment and dishonour against women. Anyone under his rule caught violating woman’s rights was severely punished. In fact, women of captured territories were also released unharmed, and with integrity.
5. Chhatrapati Shivaji was called as the ‘Mountain Rat’ and was widely known for his guerrilla warfare tactics. He was called so because of his awareness in geography of his land, and guerrilla tactics like raiding, ambushing and surprise attacks on his enemies. He knew the importance of a good army, and with his skills, expanded his father’s 2000 soldier army to 10,000 soldiers.
That’s why Shiva ji Maharaj was a great king who called first for “Swaraj”
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