Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur; the most popular Maratha King with a revolutionary vision. He was a social reformer to work for rural and low-caste indigent by providing them free education along with hostel facility in Kolhapur state. Even in today’s era, his foresight can be seen everywhere while considering development of Kolhapur, Maharashtra and India as well. This website is a small initiative to spread the greatness of the visionary king. After 100 years, when not a single thought of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj has become anachronistic, his vision & strategies are still as fresh as the blooming flower in the midst of nature. During a short life span and his tenure as a Chhatrapati, he has marked his works in the history of our nation and a mankind as welll.
Kolhapur; a branch of a royal Maratha kingdom of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; is blessed by the goddess of health, wealth, prosperity and peace Shri Mahalaxmi (Ambabai) who is also known as the mother of this universe. Kolhapur is the land where you find nature that is exquisitely beautiful, animals that are rare, and people who are proud and inviting. It is the land of the mighty river Panchaganga (Confluence of five rivers) and an Indian Gaur (Bison)whoresides in Western Ghats.Kolhapur is a beautiful and diverse region with an incredible range of cultures and landscapes located in the world famous Western Ghats of India. It shares its borders with Karnataka, Goa & Konkan. All along this region you will find many green ways passing through Western Ghats. Satara lies to Kolhapur’s North and Sangli to East. Previously Kolhapur was a separate Maratha Empire for many decades and a princely state during British government. Kolhapur became a part of Independent India and was absorbed into it during 1947 to 1949. It is known for its rich biodiversity. Kolhapur has successfully conserved its bio diversity, along with the tiger and numerous species of birds, and it provides a large number of Indian Bison in a protected sanctuary.
But apart from all other things anything about Kolhapur is shortened without mentioning Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj’s name. Truly, he was an architect of modern Kolhapur.
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Special thanks to Dr. Jaysingrao Pawar and Dr. Ramesh Jadhav; senior historians, ideal scholars of biography of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.