Remembering Great kings of history: Happy Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

On 19th February, India especially the state of Maharashtra celebrated the birthday of one of their greatest kings in history, ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Bhosle’. During the 16th century India was battling the invasion of Mughals. The Mughals were of Islamic origin who not only conquered great lands from the then Hindu Aryan kings, but also demolished places of worship and disrupted the local life.

It was King Shivaji, who played a key role in resurrecting the original kingdoms single handed, as most of the actual kings had lost their lands and accepted Ministry under the Mughals.

He was born on 19th Februray, 1627, in Shivneri Fort, of Pune. He was named after the local Goddess Shivai, to whom his mother Jijabai prayed for a son. On this day, every year several processions are taken out and people wear warrior costumes and traditional wear and perform traditional dances and songs.

Shivrajy Abhishek

His mother had a great influence on him and was his biggest mentor. She introduced him to Indian epics of Mahabharata, Ramayana and other holy books through which he learnt about great leadership, warriorship and honesty. His father’s military tactics and peacetime diplomacy , who was also a minister under the Mughals, inspired and taught him to fight some of the most challenging and legendary battles of Indian history.

He was coined as the ‘mountain rat’ by his enemies for his proficiency in trekking difficult Western Ghats and catching them by surprise. He was greatly feared for is intelligent and shrewd tactics by his opponents and betrayers. With his far sightedness, he had already predicted the interference of European traders as fatal for the future, which rightly resulted into the long British rule over India.

As a king he was very much the people’s king. His kingdom worshipped him no less than a god and stood by his every word. In spite of getting victory over Mughal captured lands, he refrained from enslaving their men and readily accepted those who asked for forgiveness.  ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Bhosle’ was certainly the key player of India’s rich history and wealth of great leaders.

GreenPro India team wishes its Indian brethren on this occasion and wishes for a great future ahead. ‘Jai Bhaiwani!! Jai Shivaji!!’

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