Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Death Anniversary-10 Interesting Facts 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Death Anniversary-10 Interesting Facts 

Shivaji was born in Junnar (Shivneri Fort) which is 100 km east of Mumbai.

Shivaji Maharaj was named after Goddess Shivaai. His mother Jijabai was a deeply religious woman and had prayed to the goddess for a son.

Shivaji was known for his secular reign and had a sizeable number of Muslims employed in his army. His main aim was to overthrow Mughal rule and create a Maratha empire in the region.

When he was only 16-years-old, Shivaji captured his first fort "Torna" (Tornagad) or "Prachandagad". This marked his first big step towards building a Maratha empire.

India's first-ever navy in the modern era was built by Shivaji to protect the coast of Maharashtra. The Maratha Navy guarded the Jaigad, Sindhudurg, Vijaydurg and other forts along the coast of Maharashtra.

Unlike many other rulers that India has seen, the Maratha warrior king never allowed anyone to dishonour women. Perpetrators of crimes against women, during his rule, were punished strictly. Also, women of captured territories were not harmed.

Shivaji's father handed over to him an army of 2,000 soldiers. Shivaji increased its strength to 10,000 soldiers.