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Had Tarabai not taken charge, Aurangzeb would have snuffed out Maratha rule & the history of India would have been very different

Rani Tarabai, the daughter-in-law of #shivajimaharaj & an indomitable & shrewd queen

One of the grittiest characters in history
Rani Tarabai was also called the ‘rainha dos Marathas’ or the ‘Queen of the Marathas’ by the Portuguese

She was the daughter of Hambir Rao Mohite, Shivaji’s commander-in-chief, and she was married to Shivaji’s younger son Rajaram at the age of eight
After Shivaji’s death, his first son Sambhaji took over the throne. As he was killed,

Rajaram was brought into power. He died an untimely death, leaving behind an heir, Shivaji II, who was only four years old at the time

In his name, Tarabai at the age 25 became the ruler
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Since today is the day of #ShivajiMaharaj's coronation and becoming #ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj, tempted to do a thread on his Madras/Chennai connection.
So, as we know #ShivajiMaharaj's coronation was held in a glorious ceremony on 6 June 1674. This was important as without the ceremony, Shivaji did not hold any "kingly" title.
After his coronation, Shivaji became #ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj. He also was given the titles of Shakakarta (Creator of an era) and Haindhava Dharmoddhaaraka (Protector of the Hindu Dharma).
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On the Jayanti of #ShivajiMaharaj I take a look at an often overlooked aspect of his life, his administration. While a lot is known about Shivaji Maharaj’s military conquests and battles, I feel not much focus has been laid on his administration
For some one who spent the better time of his life, fighting to build and preserve his empire, and who really had not much formal education, Shivaji built in quite a robust administration and taxation system.
Like nearly all great warriors-Napoleon is a consipcuous example-Shivaji was also a great administrator, for the qualities which go to make a capable general are those which are required by the successful organiser and statesman- Rawlinson
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