One of the most sensible and progressive rulers in the history of our nation was Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Stories of his bravery are innumerable, and tales of his victories are countless.
Nevertheless, we know that where there is greatness, there are misconceptions. Many people often think he was an un-secular man who always promoted Hinduism, and some said he was a cruel king who acted like a dictator.
Talking about facts and busting myths about him, let us straight talk about his greatness as a Maratha ruler in India’s history. Here are some of the facts that you must know about the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
- His Name Is Shivaji But Is Not Derived From Lord Shiva But A Regional Deity By The Name Of Shivai
God-like figures made with his face are not because of his name but because of the deeds he practiced.
- He Was A Secular Ruler.
When all the kingdoms in India were strictly sticking to their particular religious beliefs, Chhatrapati Shivaji was surprisingly very accommodating for distinguished religions.
- He Had Many Muslims In His Military Ranks As Well.
Busting the common myth that he was a king of the Hindu religion who fought Muslims, he actually fought other rulers who threatened his kingdoms and not religion.
- He Was Very Merciful Towards Those Who Surrendered And Would Welcome Them Into His Army.
He judged the people not on their backgrounds but on what skill they own.
- He Was Intelligent Enough To Establish A Navy To Protect The Coastline.
He knew that to protect the coastline from invaders; he needed an army to safeguard his kingdom. Hence, he formed a Maratha Army.
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