April 3 marks 341 death anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji, India’s bravest ruler. He was born on February 19, 1630, in the Shivneri fort in Pune. Born to Shahaji and Jijabai, Shivaji was a visionary, who dreamt of a wider Hindu nation that would also proclaim tolerance and comradeship in a tall manner. 

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On the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s 341 death anniversary let us take a look at some of the interesting facts about the bravest Maratha ruler:

  1. Shivaji’s name is not derived from Lord Shiva but from a regional deity whose name was Shivai. He was a legend of all time who got his God-like stature for his deeds.
  2. Shivaji was often opposed to the common belief of him being a Hindu king who fought Muslim. But the fact is he had many Muslim in his military rank, according to Scoopwhoop. He fought other rulers, who were a threat to his kingdom, not other religion.
  3. Persian was the language widely used for administrative purposes during the Mughal rule but during Shivaji’s regime, Marathi and Sanskrit language were introduced that replaced Persian. 
  4. Shivaji initially had only 2,000 soldiers in his army, which his father left for him, but he converted it into 10,000 soldiers.
  5. He stood for the honour of women, he protected them and no one under his rule was allowed to dishonour women.
  6. At the age of 52, Shivaji suffered from fever and dysentery and took his last breath on April 3, 1680