on His Mother's Lap
The festivities of Dasara, Divali and
Sankranthi were over. The day when Jijabai would become a mother was approaching.
One day Jijabai had labor pains. Worship was offered to God Vighneshwara
and Goddess Jaga dambe. On an auspicious day, Friday, the eighteenth day
in the month of Phalguna of the Hindu year Shukla, 1551 of the Shalivahana
Era, (Corresponding to the 19th February 1630 of the Christian Era) Jijabai
gave birth to a son. It was a day of festivities and great jubilation in
It was the Twelfth Day after the birth
of the baby. Mother Jija clad in a yellow, gold- bordered sari and bedecked
with ornaments, sat with the child on her lap. The child was to be given
a name. Elderly ladies joyfully performed the customary rites. Then came
the question: What name was the child to be given? All eyes turned to Jija
Matha. She prostrated before Jagadambe, and serenely said: "Shivaji." The
cradle was swung. The infant with the three-syllable name carried in it
the power to shape the history of India.