Today marks the 394th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was the first Chhatrapati and founder of Maratha Empire. Shivaji Jayanti or Shiv Jayanti is mainly a Maharashtrian holiday and people of Maharashtra celebrate it as festival.
Let’s know about the life of Shivaji Maharaj and also the lessons we could learn from his life!
Life of Shivaji Maharaj!
Shivaji Bhonsale was born on 19 February 1930 to Jijabai and Shahaji. He was member of Bhonsale Maratha Clan. In his earlier life, he learnt Ramayana, Mahabharata which influenced him with Hindu values. Shivaji was very close to his mother and she taught him religious values.
At the young age of 15, Shivaji took control of Torna fort. Throughout his life, he battled many wars, had alliances and hostilities with Mughal Empire, Sultanate of Golkonda and Sultanate of Bijapur. He also promoted Marathi and Sanskrit during his rule. Shivaji is credited for building and empowering Navy at that time.
In 1674, he was formally crowned Chhatrapati at his realm at Raigad. Due to illness and dysentery, he died at the age of 52 on 3-5 April, 1980.
Lessons and teachings from life of Shivaji Maharaj!
1- Knowledge is Everywhere – Shivaji grew up in Pune alongside his mother, who taught him values and knowledge. He grew up learning lessons from Ramayana and Mahabharata. From these legends, he learnt about Team Building.
This led to passing down the dream of Swarajya to others and creating an loyal army. Through this, at the young age of 30, he conquered 300 forts. This was possible due to his loyal & small army in the region of Maval. He showed true leadership to his fellows which in return made him Chhatrapati!
2- Learn to Leave your comfort zone – After 13 Century A.D. Indian Naval strength was decreasing and French & Portuguese pose threat to India. Also, India had to depend on Arabs for business. Chhatrapati Shivaji know about this during his rule and it led to creating Navy.
According to Historians, Shivaji’s navy had 20 huge warships. With the help of these, he drive out Britishers from Konkan coast. He knew about the true intentions of Britishers. Also, He is known as father of Indian Navy.
3-The power of One – You surely heard about the Britishers ‘Divide and Rule’ but do you know about the rule of ‘Power of One’. Shivaji made his army as one strong powerful army whose sole purpose was just ‘ Swarajya’. This idea help Shivaji to maintain and expand his empire.
The idea of ‘One’ helped the modern Indian independence movement to drive out Britishers. From Lokmanya Tilak to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, believed in this idea.
These are just 3 lessons from the life of Shivaji, their are many more teachings from his life to learn. These lessons help us either for our business, job, personal life or to teach our children. Not just from life of Shivaji, we could learn from life of normal persons also. In short, observe more and whenever you learn something good, teach others about it too!
Thank you for reading!