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)who resides 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.
Hope to see you supporting this endeavour.
Special thanks to Dr. Jaysingrao Pawar; a senior historian, ideal scholar of biography of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.
History is made by great men. Whenever we read the biographies of great men from ancient and medieval history such as Gautam Buddha, Bhagwan Mahaveer, Emperor Ashoka, the Mughal ruler Akbar and Chhatrapati Shivaji the great and from modern history such as raja Ram Mohan Roy, Mahatma Phule, Rajarshi Shahu, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi; we feel the truth of one of the important axioms of history that ‘Raja Kalasya Karanam’ (राजा कालस्य कारणम् - It is the king who shapes history).
Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaja’s personality was so impressive that he could have been identified in the midst of not only millions, but even crores of people. What’s more, a great humanist king like him is born once or twice, not in a century, but in a millennium. As far as Shivchhatrapati’s biography is concerned, the more you study it, the more you see diverse facets of his personality. The scholars have a similar experience about Shahu Chhatrapati’s biography.
When the time is running out very fast to convert present into past and past into history; suddenly; unknowingly this history becomes mythology. And for the most of the times mythology is a verbal spell, only the heard & the said thing. This website is an initiative to put forward the gareatness and to preserve the golden memories of His Highness Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The visionary king gifted to Kolhapur. His supremacy was a golden era; Kolhapur has ever experienced.
स्वराज्याचा खरा पाया घालणारे शाहू छत्रपती.
"सत्यशोधक समाजाच्या तत्वांप्रमाणे छत्रपती शाहू महाराज यांनी अस्पृश्यता नष्ट केली. हा त्यांनी स्वराज्याचा खरा पायाच घातला आहे याची मला पूर्ण जाणीव आहे. प्रत्येकाने त्यांचा कित्ता पुढे ठेवून वागण्याचा प्रयत्न करावा".
- महात्मा गांधी
(सत्यशोधक हिरकमहोत्सवी ग्रंथ).
The Pillar of Social Democracy
"My dear Maharajsaheb,
....We need you ever so much for you are the pillar of that great movement towards social democracy which is making its highway in India....
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
(डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर यांचे राजर्षी शाहू छत्रपतींना पत्र).