The Shiv Smarak also called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial. It is a biggest monument under construction dedicated to Shivaji Maharaj. He was the great Indian warrior king of 16th century and founder of the Maratha Empire. This statue is located in the Arabian Sea, near the coast in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Height: 212 meters / 696 ft

Location Arabian Sea, Mumbai, India
Designer Ram V. Sutar
Type Statue
Material Steel framing, reinforced concrete
Height 212 metres (696 ft) Total height including pedestal
Beginning date 2021 (planned)
Opening date 24 December 2016
Dedicated to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
More Info Official Website
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Story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj - Biography

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is one such name that makes every Indian's head soar with pride. He was one of the bravest, progressive and intelligent rulers of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was such a great warrior, who used his prudent policies to fulfill his "Swarajya" cause. Shivaji Maharaj, who became the founder of the Maratha Empire, had the ability to wage war like Ashoka, and an understanding of making policies like Chanakya and that's why he did not raise the sword against many states but only by extending the hand of friendship, he won.

So this story begins on 19 February 1630, when Shivaji Maharaj was born in the fort of Shivneri near Pune. His father's name was Shahaji Bhosle and his mother's name was Jijabai. At that time, Shivaji's father used to work for the Mughal Sultanate of Bijapur as a general (Senapati). When Shivaji was born, Deccan power was divided into three Islamic sultanates - First Bijapur, second Ahmednagar and third was Golkonda.

Shivaji's mother was very religious, that is why she often told Shivaji the stories of Geeta, Ramayana and courageous people from childhood. And perhaps that is why Shivaji was a brave child since childhood. Shivaji's father, Shahaji often stayed away from home, Shahaji gave Dadoji Kondadeo the responsibility of taking care of the entire city along with Shivaji and Jija Bai and then Dadoji taught Shivaji the war policy and horse riding, fencing, and shooting. In this way, he is still remembered as Shivaji's guru. By the way, Dadoji wanted Shivaji to work in a good position in the army of Adilshah, the ruler of Bijapur like his father but Shivaji did not accept slavery at all. And at a young age, Shivaji woke up to the desire of Swarajya. And then to fulfill this dream, Shivaji formed a small army with local farmers and some friends living in Mavli. By the way, every youth living in Mavli was very courageous. But there was just a lack of proper guidance, Shivaji Maharaj gave this guidance to him. And then after forming the army, Shivaji knew very well that the forts were the most necessary to establish the empire. So he started occupying the forts in 1645 from the age of just 15.

First of all, he took possession of the forts of Torna and Chakan by bribing the commanders of Adilshah. But when Adilshah, the ruler of Bijapur came to know about this. Then he took Shahaji (Shivaji's father) captive. However, in 1649, Shahaji was released on the condition that Shivaji would leave the fort of Torna. But after 7 years in 1656, Shivaji invaded and again seized the fort. And then Adil Shah's commander Afzal Khan, upset with Shivaji, sent an invitation to meet him on 10 November 1659. Afzal Khan kept the condition that all the people would come without any weapon. But Shivaji did not trust Afzal Khan and that is why he wore an iron armor under his clothes. Along with this, he also took a small dagger in his hand, which is called tiger nail. And then Shivaji Maharaj went to meet Afzal Khan. As Shivaji thought. That is what happened. After meeting, Afzal Khan attacked Shivaji. But Shivaji survived due to iron armor and then killed Afzal Khan with his small dagger. And after this incident Shivaji's soldiers attacked Bijapur. And in the war on 10 November 1659, Shivaji's army defeated Bijapur's army.

Shivaji Maharaj's warfighting technique was similar to what happens in today's surgical strikes. And because of the technique of warfare, while hiding in the hills, they are also known as Mount Rat. And then in the same way, after occupying many states, in 1674, Shivaji's empire had expanded considerably. And then after establishing the foundation of an independent Hindu nation in western Maharashtra, Shivaji thought it right to anoint his kingdom. But here, the Brahmins opposed him because they wanted that, Shivaji Maharaj was proof of being a Kshatriya. And then a Pandit named Gaga Bhatt, who lives in Varanasi, associates Shivaji with the Sisodia dynasty of Mewar and sends them (brahmins) evidence of being a Kshatriya. Satisfied with this, the Brahmins crowned him on 6 June 1674. And since sitting on the throne, Shivaji wanted to carry forward the tradition of Sanskrit language. And that's why they named their forts in Sanskrit. Such as Sindhudurg, Prachanda Gada, and Suvarnadurga.

And then after fulfilling Swarajya's motive, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who is a defender of Hinduism at the age of 52 due to high fever on 3 April 1680, said goodbye to the world. But when his pyre was burning, then one of his wives Putla Bai, jumped into the pyre and committed sati. And now in India, Shiv Jayanti is celebrated on 19 February every year to pay tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Also Shiv Smarak Statue is being erected to honor Shivaji Maharaj, which is in Mumbai. And It is the largest statue in the world - Height: 212 meters. We hope you like this short biography story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

P.s. This info is based on my Internet Research. It might not be 100% accurate.

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