Chhatrapati Shivaji is Maharashtra’s most popular leader. He was born at Shivneri in 1630. His mother, Jijabai would tell him stories from the legends and holy books. These inspired him to do great deeds.
Shivaji inspired the people to fight the cruel rulers. He trained them as soldiers. Some of them became his most trusted friends and generals. He established his own kingdom. He called it ‘Hindavi Swarajya’
The people were happy under his rule. Shivaji Maharaj died in the year 1680. He has a very important place in our history.