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Shivaji Maharaj – The Greatest Shudra Mountain Warrior


Shahaji Bhosle was a successful general who switched from Adil Shah of Bijapur to Nijam Shah of Ahmednagar to the Moghuls many times during his career in the early part of the 17th century. He kept an army of his own and at one point had declared himself to be a king. Shivaji (b. 1627 – d. 1680) was his son born by his influential wife Jijabai Nimbalkar on Feb 19, 1627 at fort Shivaneri. Shivaji had for his teacher and guides as a great man like Dadaji Kondadev.

At-mkMpjOyP1FZW6fkPL-CfEpPu5rgQeGxUe2Aczj1y0On a certain occasion Shahaji took his son to the court of the Sultan of Bijapur. Shivaji was then not even twelve years of age. Shahaji touched the ground thrice and saluted the Sultan. He asked his son to do the same thing. But Shivaji only retreated a few steps. He stood erect with his head unbent. His dazzling eyes seemed to carry with them his determination that he would not bow down to a foreign ruler. He walked back from the court with a lion-like gait and bearing. When Shivaji was 18 years old he took the oath at Rohedeshwar Temple to establish a nation of the natives which he maintained was the will of the providence . In his next 35 years he lived an epic which thrilled the imagination of his friends and foes alike. His dazzling adventures have inspired generations of young people.

Shivaji had the born leader’s magnetism and threw a spell over all who knew him, drawing the best elements of the country to his side and winning the most devoted service from his officers. His dazzling victories and ever ready smile made him the idol of his soldiers. A royal gift of judging character was one of the main causes of his success. His light cavalry, stiffened with swift-footed infantry was irresistible in the age of Aurangzeb.

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19th February in Dalit History – Birth Anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj


प्रजापालक राजा शिवाजी महाराज की जयंती 19 फरवरी की पूर्व संध्या पर आप सबको बधाई. जय भीम, जय फुले, जय शिवराय, जय जिजाऊ!

पेशवाई ने इनकी याद को मिटा डाला था, तब पहली बार ज्योतिबा फुले ने शिवाजी की स्मृतियों की खोज की और शिवाजी जयंती मनाई. शिवाजी के राजतिलक को लेकर तमाम अपमानजनक बातें प्रचलित हैं.

शिवाजी को बदनाम करने के लिए उन्हें मुसलमान विरोधी बताया गया. जबकि वे सबके हित करने की वजह से प्रजापालक माने गए. उन्हें किसी धर्म का विरोधी बताना गंदी साजिश है.

दिल्ली से कोई भी अगर उनके राज को हड़पने आता, तो वह लड़ते. जो आया उसका नाम औरंगजेब होता तो भी और जयराम राठौर या सिकंदर सिंह होता तो भी. वे किसी से भी लड़ते. इस आधार पर उन्हें मुस्लिम विरोधी कहना बदमाशी है.

यह अच्छा है कि उत्तर भारत के किसान समुदाय के लोगों ने भी शिवाजी जयंती मनाने की परंपरा शुरू कर दी है. पूरे देश को मनाना चाहिए.

संघ के त्यौहारों की लिस्ट में शिवाजी जयंती नहीं है. पिछले साल की इनकी मैगजीन देख लीजिए.

शिवाजी जयंती की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं. 1874 में आज ही के दिन राष्ट्रपिता ज्योतिबा फुले ने शिवाजी जयंती मनाने की शुरुआत की थी.

शिवाजी के वंशज कोल्हापुर नरेश छत्रपति शाहूजी महाराज ने भारतीय इतिहास में पहली बार नौकरियों में बहुजनों को आरक्षण देने की शुरुआत की. बाबा साहेब ने आरक्षण के उसी मॉडल को आगे बढ़ाया.

जय शिवराय, जय जिजाऊ, जय फुले, जय भीम!

Written by – D C Mandal

Read also – 12th January in Dalit History – Birth anniversary of Jijabai, mother of Shivaji Maharaj

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A statue of Jijabai and young Shivaji

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12th January in Dalit History – Birth anniversary of Jijabai, mother of Shivaji Maharaj


Dilip C Mandal notes –

मां जिजाऊ जन्म जयंती च्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा. शिवाजी की माता जिजाबाई जयंती की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं. ब्राह्मणवादी संगठन RSS इस महान व्यक्तित्व का जन्मदिन कभी नहीं मनाता. मैं समझने की कोशिश कर रहा हूं कि ऐसा क्यों है!

Jijabai was a very pious and intelligent woman with great vision and inspired Shivaji Maharaj.

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A statue of Jijabai and young Shivaji

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