June 17, is the death anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Mother. Rajmata Jijabai, popularly known as Rajmata Jijau, was an administrator, warrior, and brave mother.

RAJMATA JIJAU WAS A COURAGEOUS WOMAN

Rajmata Jijau was born on January 12, 1598. She was born in Deulgaon near Sindkhed in Maharashtra. She was the daughter of Lakhuji Jadhavrao of Sindhkhed. He was a Mughal-aligned Sardar claiming descent from a royal family of Devagiri.

 

She was married to Shahaji Bhosale, son of Maloji Bhosale of Verul village. Post which her real journey began. She became a mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the and founder of Maratha Empire

Jijabai was an influential and determined woman. Her ways have been the perfect example of keeping self-respect and virtue in every situation.

Furthermore, her quality traits were clearly seen in Shivaji as well. She instilled a sense of duty, courage, and fortitude to overcome any hardship arising within him.

Under her guidance and care, Shivaji developed within him a human touch that saw him harbor a great respect for all women, religious tolerance, and justice, along with the love for his country, his religion and his quest for freedom of Maharashtra.  

Rajmata Jijau was a pillar of strength and embodiment of strength. Shivaji Maharaj credited Rajmata Jijau for all his achievements.  

She died on June 17, 1674, a few days before Shivaji’s coronation. 

We salute the lady for her bravery and becoming a perfect ideal not in previous times but even now for youth.

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