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JIJABAI

The King’s Mother

Jijabai who had pledged her son Shivaji to the protection of the country and the Hindu religion had to suffer sorrow after sorrow. Her affectionate son Shivaji was always in the jaws of danger. He was compelled by circumstances to go to Agra in order to meet the Moghul King, Aurangazeb. It was very difficult to foretell what would befall Shivaji who was at Aurangzeb ‘s mercy. Shivaji, too, had realized that he was entering a dreadfully dangerous den. Who was to look after the state till his return from Agra? Who would be able to think calmly in the face of difficulties and take wise decisions? Jijabai also knew that her son was walking into the jaws of death. In such circumstances Shivaji placed the reins of the state in the hands of his mother, Jijabai.

Both Shivaji and his son

Sambhaji were thrown into prison at Agra by the Mogul ruler. What anguish must Jijabai have suffered! And yet the administration of the state went on smoothly till Shivaji returned from Agra. Jijabai suffered silently all the sadness of her long separation from her husband and offered her life itself at the altar of the country for her son Shivaji.

In January 1664 Shahaji fell from his horse when he was hunting and died. The news of Shahahi’s death was a bolt from the blue to Shivaji and his mother Jija. She was so overcome by sorrow that she decided to perform ‘sati’, burning herself on the pyre. But Shivaji begged of her to give up the decision and finally she agreed. A free state was about to be born; what would its fate be if this great mother, the source of inspiration, was to perform ‘sati’?

The day dawned when sacrifice was to flower into fulfillment. On that auspicious day Jijabai witnessed the coronation of her son. On the thirteenth day in the month of Jyestha of the Hindu year Ananda (1674) Shivaji bowed to his noble mother at Raigadh, received her blessings and ascended the golden throne.

Even in the midst of such rejoicing there was peircing pain and sorrow in a corner of Jija Matha’s heart. She remembered Thanaji, Baji Prabhu, Suryaji and a host of other heroes who had sacrificed there all for the establishment of ‘Swaraj’.

Jija Matha became Rajjmatha, the King’s Mother. But fate was cruel. On the twelth day after the coronation of Shivaji this great and noble mother passed away. The light was extinguished. Shivaprabhu wept like an orphaned child.

To this day Raigadh has remained a holy place. Splendid statues of Mother Jija and the boy Shivaji have been installed there. The young men and the children of our land should climb up to the fort of Raigadh. They should draw inspiration from these magnificent figures.


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Jijabai - Mother Of Shivaji who was the protector of the country
About Jijabai
Introduction
One Ranga- panchami Day
Why This Bitterness
Maloji Is Worried
Devi's Blessings
Jijabai Becomes Maloji's Daughter-In -Law
A Burning Heart
Her Father's Prisioner
'I Must See An Independent Emperor'
Pining For A Heroic Son
Her Parent's House Reduced To Ashes
Shivaji On His Mother's Lap
The Architect Of Liberty
Like Seetha And Shakunthala
Treachery
Farsightedness
An Inspiration
You are Here! The King's Mother
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