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The Hindu Hero: Shivaji and the Saints, 1780–1810

James W. Laine

in Shivaji

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195141269
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141269.003.0004
The Hindu Hero: Shivaji and the Saints, 1780–1810

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In spite of the fact that Shivaji is remembered as the father of Maharashtra and that a notion exists that his reign could be considered a period of Maratha glory, Maratha was only able to recognize its peak during the mid-18th century as Brahmin prime ministers, peshwas, and Shivaji's descendants received power. Despite the rise of peshwa power, Shivaji's legend continued to be retold and this received more attention to the history of peshwa reign. This chapter identifies the cultural context that is required to be able to reflect on Shivaji during this time of Maratha authority and the decline of Mughal power experienced before the British colonization emerged. The chapter does this by examining primary resources such as bakhars and other authentic historical chronicles from the 18th century.

Keywords: Maharashtra; Maratha glory; peshwa reign; Mughal power; bakhars; historical chronicles

Chapter.  7695 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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