Shivaji Maharaj

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Shivaji MaharajAanni Santanchi Shikvan… : 

Shivaji MaharajAanni Santanchi Shikvan… Group No. 4 Group Members: Aditya Desai Snehank Bhatkar Shreeya Changle

Shivaji Maharaj… : 

Shivaji Maharaj… The history of India is incomplete without the history of Marathas and Shivaji is the nucleus of Maratha history. He founded the Hindu kingdom in the Deccan against all odds , fighting against the mighty Mughal. He inspired and united the common man to fight against the tyranny of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, by inculcating a sense of pride and nationality in them..

Personality... : 

Personality... During his long military career and various campaigns his strong religious and warrior code of ethics, exemplary character and deep seated and uncompromising spiritual values directed him to offer protection to houses of worship, non-combatants, women and children. He always showed respect, defended and protected places of worship of all denominations and religions.

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Religion… Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was a devout Hindu and he respected all religions within the region. Shivaji Maharaj had great respect for Warkari saints like Tukaram and Sufi Muslim pir Shaikh Yacub Baba Avaliya of Konkan. Shivaji Maharaj allowed his subjects freedom of religion and opposed forced conversion. The first thing Shivaji did after a conquest of Muslim territory, was to promulgate protection of their Mosques and Muslim tombs Shivaji Maharaj, requested Samarth Ramdas Swami to stay at Parali Fort which was subsequently renamed as "Sajjangad" (Fort of the Decent/Holy ones). It is said that Shivaji Maharaj and Sant Ramdas first met in 1674. There are many credible historical references that Samarth Ramdas Swami was the spiritual guru of Shivaji.

Saints… : 

Saints… Many saints like Chakradhar, Namdev, Eknath lived in Maharashtra before Shivaji was born. They preached the virtue of kindness, generosity, equality, brotherhood. They created in the minds of people the feeling that everybody are equal. Ramdas Swami and Tukaram Maharaj had a great effect on Chhatrapati’s Shivaji Maharaj.

Swami Ramdas… : 

Swami Ramdas… Since his childhood, Ramdas had an inclination toward metaphysical contemplation and religiosity. Chhatrapati Shivaji and Ramdas swami are said to have first met in 1674. Shivaji said to have requested Ramdas swami to shift his residence to a fort named Parali & establish his permanent monastery there. The fort was subsequently renamed as “Sajjangad” (सज्जनगड). Shivaji though considered Samarth Ramdas Swami as his spiritual guru.

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In the formation of Janakalyankari Shivaji , Ramdas Swami had a lion’s share. Shivaji was the ideal disciple of Ramdas Swami. Chafal and SajjanGad are two important locations in the life of Samarth Ramdas. Samarth Ramdas had a vision of Shri Ram who guided him towards an idol of himself that was immersed in the river bed at Angapur. It is said that Shivaji Maharaj and Samarth Ramdas met in the premises of the Chafal temple.

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Swami Ramdas …

Tukaram Maharaj… : 

Tukaram Maharaj… Tukaram was a devotee of Lord Vittala or Vithobā. Tukaram is considered as the climactic point of the Bhāgawat Hindu tradition, which is thought to have begun in Maharashtra with Namdev. Dnyāneshwar, Namdev, Janabai, Eknath, and Tukaram are revered especially in the warakari (वारकरी) sect in Maharashtra carnation of Lord Krishna.

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Tukaram worked for his society's enlightenment in the "warakari" tradition, which emphasizes community service and musical group worship. Chhatrapati Shivaji on hearing about the rendering of Tukaram sent a huge retinue of gifts to Tukaram's home. An ascetic by nature Tukaram turned down the royal retinue and sent to the king. Shivaji overjoyed by the devotional compositions visited Tukaram and extended a load of regal riches. Tukaram's denial of the offer kindled the sparks of renunciation in Shivaji that he came forward to renounce his kingdom. Tukaram explained to Shivaji the importance of their duties. Some say that he entered the Indrayani river after which his cymbals, tamboora and rug fell from the skies indicating that he had reached heaven with his songs.

References… : 

References… The references were taken from: Britannica Encyclopedia. Raja ShivChhatrapati - Babasaheb Purandare Std 4th : History Textbook. Bhartiya Sanskruti Khand.

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