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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj : Sentinel of Hindutva

By Pankaj Jagannath Jayswal
Updated: April 21, 2022 10:36 am

It’s time to remember a great warrior and a leader on his Birth Anniversary who possessed exceptional qualities that no one else could match. Powerful, Pious, Pioneer, Perseverant, Passionate, Performer, Practical, Proactive, Pure, and Patient are some of the qualities.

When Hindus had lost confidence, hope, and developed a depressed mindset, it was ShivajiRaje who resurrected the fighting spirit and raised an army to liberate the empire from mughal invasion. The rise of Hindutva was relaunched by a pious and powerful warrior who led the fight against invasion, injustice, exploitation, and the safety of women.

Jijamata raised him since childhood with a clear understanding and direction to establish “Hindavi Swarajya” to safeguard and uplift the Great Sanatan culture and restore glory. He was raised with Mahabharata and Ramayana teachings and spent a lot of time with great saints at the time, learning to fight with different weapons from great warriors like DadajiKondadev.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj carried out the first surgical strike at Lal Mahal.

Aurangzeb sent his Mamujan Shaistekhan to Deccan at the time, first capturing Lal Mahal in Pune. In the following three years, he was only able to capture Chakan fort, and that too in three years. Shaistekhan was afraid to approach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj because he feared suffering the same fate as Afzal khan.

He desired to bring RajeShivaji without any preparation and arms. Due to his Spy Network, RajeShivaji was well aware of this tactic and was well-versed in all information regarding Lal Mahal’s whereabouts. On the contrary, he was doing nothing but causing a nuisance. This compelled RajeShivaji to launch a decisive Commando-style Surgical Strike in order to throw him out from Swarajya.

Because of the following sequence of events, this incident was an epitome of bravery. First and foremost, RajeShivaji was well aware of the dimensions and dominions of Lal Mahal, having spent his early childhood days there. Still, Maharaj spent time planning and paying attention to even the smallest details, explaining each and assigning tasks to each and every one based on his skill, this shows the quality of a great and dynamic leader.


Broad vision and leading from the front

Previously, RajeShivaji had blocked Kartalab Khan’s road in the Sahyadri Ghats and obtained the wealth as well as the uniforms of their soldiers. See here is the untold vision of Maharaj and planning to perfection. He was aware that soldiers’ uniforms would be required in order to enter Lal Mahal. Second, he could choose not to physically enter the Mahal and strike. Maharaj could have delegated the task to anyone, but he set an example of leading from the front in the eyes of the people because he had complete faith in his spy network and was confident in completing the task all by himself.

Third, there was planning, execution, and bravery, but making a trademark signature fool of the enemy by diverting their attention was a trademark swag of Raje (as evident in Panhala escape, agra escape, Bahadurkhan loot etcetc). To divert attention, Maharaj had gathered a stock of bullocks with two Mashals tied to their horns, which would be lit once Maharaj had completed the task and fled.

On one occasion, Shahaji accompanied his son to the court of the Sultan of Bijapur. RajeShivaji was only twelve years old at the time. Shahaji saluted the Sultan three times by touching the ground. He instructed his son to do the same. But RajeShivaji only took a few steps back. He stood tall and straight, 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 the gait and bearing of a lion. When Shivaji was 18 years old, he took the oath at Rohedeshwar Temple to establish a nation of natives, which he claimed was the God’s will. Over the next 35 years, he lived an epic that captivated the imaginations of both friends and foes. His thrilling adventures have inspired generations of young people.

RajeShivaji possessed the magnetism of a born leader and cast a spell on all who knew him, attracting the best elements of the country to his side and commanding the most devoted service from his officers. His dazzling victories and ever-ready smile made him the soldiers’ idol. One of the main reasons for his success was a royal gift for judging character. In the age of Aurangzeb, his light cavalry, bolstered by swift-footed infantry, was unstoppable.

RajeShivaji taught the people of India to hold their heads high, to develop self-confidence, and to face foreign invasions with courage. He emphasised native talent, strict discipline, and a concern for peasants, women, men, and children. RajeShivaji’s private life was marked by a high moral standard. He was a devoted son, a caring father, and a caring husband.

When British rule began, leaders and revolutionaries such as LokmanyaTilak, Subhash Chandra Bose, Dr. KeshavHedgewar, Rabindranath Tagore, and Veer Savarkar drew inspiration from a three-hundred-year-old figure known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj… Furthermore, during World War II, when recruiting soldiers in India, the British used the image of Raje Shivaji to entice men to join the army!!

This attachment of people to their beloved king, generation after generation, is the most distinguishing factor that sets RajeShivaji apart from the rest of history’s greats.


By Pankaj Jagannath Jayswal

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