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).