Chhatrapati Shivaji- An ever flowing spring of inspiration

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झनझविला भगव्याच्या समान तुम्ही,
जागविले मरगळलेले मर्द मावळे तुम्ही,
घडविले श्रीं चे स्वराज्य तुम्ही,
ऐसे श्रीमंत योगी अखंड महाराष्ट्राचे कुलदैवत,
श्री राजा शिवछञपती तुम्ही… !!

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, one who is respected by entire cross section of Indians, the individual whose struggle against an imperial power beacame an icon of freedom fighters in the Indian independence struggle. He’s a source of inspiration and pride to the past geneartions and will continue to inpire future generations. Remembered as adjust and wise king and his rule as one of the six golden ages in Indian history.

Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan, carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. At a tender age of 14, Shivaji Maharaj started his journey of creating his own kingdom. Mughals were probably the second most powerful empire in the world at that time. The odds were stacked against young Shivaji. But by bravery and hard work, Shivaji Maharaj outwitted the Mughals time and again. He not only brought a glimmer of hope but values like independence, freedom of religion, social justice to a barren land.

Pikapost pays a tribute heroic, exemplary, outstanding and inspiring legend, who made a difference. Let us awaken his spirit of Chatrapati. Here are a few quotes on chhatrapati Shivaji.

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“Is there a greater hero, a greater saint, a greater bhakta and a greater king than Shivaji? Shivaji was the very embodiment of a born ruler of men as typified in our great Epics. He was the type of the real son of India representing the true consciousness of the nation. It was he who showed what the future of India is going to be sooner or later, a group of independent units under one umbrella as it were, under one supreme imperial suzerainty.” – Swami Vivekananda

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“काशी की कला जाती, मथुरा की मसजीद बनती, अगर शिवाजी ना होते तो सबकी सुन्नत होती.”
(Kashi would have lost its splendour, Mathura would have become a mosque; if it had not been for Shivaji, all would have been circumcised)
– Kavi Bhushana

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यशवंत कीर्तिवंत । सामर्थ्यवंत वरदवंत ।
पुण्यवंत नीतिवंत । जाणता राजा ॥
या भूमंडळाचे ठायी । धर्मरक्षी ऐसा नाही ।
महाराष्ट्र धर्म राहिला काही । तुम्हा कारणे ॥
(He can be glorified as successful, famous, blessed, valorous, meritorious and an icon of morality. There has been none like him, a knower of Dharma, who has protected Hindu Dharma in Maharashtra)
– Samarth Ramdas Swami

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In what far-off country, upon what obscure day I know not now, Seated in the gloom of some
Mahratta mountain-woodO King Shivaji, Lighting thy brow, like a lightning flash,This thought descended,”Into one virtuous rule, this divided broken distracted India,I shall bind.”

-Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore

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छ :- छत्तीस हत्तीचे बळ असणारे,
त्र :- त्रस्त मोगलांना करणारे,
प :- परत न फिरणारे,
ति :- तिन्ही जगात जाणणारे,
शि :- शिस्तप्रिय,
वा :- वाणिज तेज,
जी :- जीजाऊचे पुत्र,
म :- महाराष्ट्राची शान,
हा :- हार न मानणारे,
रा :- राज्याचे हितचिंतक,
ज :- जनतेचा राजा

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People who sing and dance in a procession organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj will never understand his importance. However the one who puts in efforts like him will be able perceive his greatness and surrender at his feet!

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