My Favourite Hero in History
My favourite hero in history is Chhatrapati Shivaji. He was a Maratha belonging to Maharashtra. He was born to Shahji Bhonsle and his wife Jija Bai. His year of birth was 1627. Quite early in age, he came to know that Shiah rulers of Bijapur and Golkonda were the enemies of the small state of the Marathas. Shivaji by his courage and bravery foiled (defeated) the nefarious (wicked) designs of these enemies.
When Shivaji was a child, he camp-under the influence of his mother Jija Bai and Dada Kondev. His mentor (trusted advisor) and teacher were Gum Ram Das Samartha. Jija Bai told him stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. She inculcated (impressed upon the mind) in Shivaji heroism and selfless love for his motherland Shivaji became a staunch Hindu. He was a true saviour of the Hindus.
He fought relentless wars on many fronts. He waged a war against the Mughals. Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor was his greatest rival. He wanted to establish a complete Muslim State in India. Shivaji checked him tooth and nail. Once he was taken to prison along with his son Sambha ji. Both father and son escaped from captivity. On reaching Mahal ashtra, Shivaji defeated the Mughal army many times. He recaps turned all the Mughal forts. They were forty in number. Very soon the local rulers of Bijapur and Ahmed Nagar bowed before the unchallenged might of this great Hindu ruler. He twice sacked the port city of Surat. He took away pearls, jewels and gold worth crores of rupees.
Shivaji’s coronation took place in 1674. The cruel hand of death did not spare many years for this great hero. He died as early as 1680, leaving behind a great reputation and a well-established Maratha State. Had he lived a bit longer, the great Mughal Aurangzeb would have licked the earth.
Shivaji was a man of guiltless character. He had great respect for a Muslim lady, the Quran and the mosque. Whereas his adversary Aurangzeb was bent up extinguishing Hinduism from this land. What a great comparison indeed! Shivaji is head and shoulders above the rulers of his time.