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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ::
:: The great Maratha King (1630-1680) ::
Shivaji Bhonsle (1630-1680)
was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan, Shivaji, in
1674, carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur
that formed the genesis of an independent Maratha kingdom with Raigad as its
a competent and progressive civil rule with the help of a disciplined military
and well-structured administrative organisations. He innovated military tactics,
pioneering the guerilla warfare methods (Shiva sutra or ganimi kava), which
leveraged strategic factors like geography, speed, and surprise and focused
pinpoint attacks to defeat his larger and more powerful enemies. From a small
contingent of 2,000 soldiers inherited from his father, Shivaji created a force
of 100,000 soldiers; he built and restored strategically located forts both
inland and coastal to safeguard his territory. He revived ancient Hindu
political traditions and court conventions, and promoted the usage of Marathi
and Sanskrit, rather than Persian, in court and administration.
Pune is a sister city to
San Jose, CA.
This statue was given as a gift to the people of San Jose by the people of Pune.
This statue is now erected in the Guadalupe Park. This is the only statue of
Shivaji Maharaj in North America.
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