Sree Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj established a competent and progressive civil rule with the help of a disciplined military and wellstructured administrative organisations. He innovated military tactics, pioneering the guerilla warfare methods (Shiva sutra or ganimi kava), which leveraged strategic factors like geography, speed, surprise and focused pinpoint attacks to defeat his larger and more powerful enemies. From a small contingent of 2,000 soldiers inherited from his father, Sree Shivaji created a force of 100,000 soldiers; he built and restored strategically located forts both inland and coastal to safeguard his territory. He revived ancient Hindu political traditions and court conventions, and promoted the usage of Marathi and Sanskrit, rather than Persian, in court and administration.

Early childhood of Sree Shivaji Maharaj was born in the hill-fort of Shivneri near Junnar in Pune on 6th His mother Quuen Jijabai preyed goddess Shivai for a son who could bring about an end to the tyranny of the then Muslim rulers. She named Sree Shivaji after goddess shiva. Sree Shivaji was extremely devoted to his mother Quuen Jijabai, who was deeply religious. This religious environment had a great impact on Sree Shivaji, and he carefully studied the two great Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata these were to influence his lifelong defense of Hindu values.Throughout his life he was deeply interested in religious teachings, and regularly sought the company of saints.

Military genius Sree Shivaji revolutionised the art of warfare in India. His policies, strategies and tactics mark a clear break from the past. His approach to the use of violence was radically different from that followed in the preceding 1,000 years.The basic Indian concept of war is Dharma Yudha (war for the righteous cause). Unfortunately, over the years, wars were ritualised and were reduced to a contest for individual glory.Indian history before Sree Shivaji's advent reads like a chronicle of military disasters, with the exception of Vijayanaga empire. For Sree Shivaji, victory was the only morality in war.

Sree Shivaji's greatest success was that while he fought the misrule of the Muslim sultans and emperors, he managed to win over sizeable numbers of Muslims to his side. His chief of artillery was Gul Khan and Daulat Khan was joint chief of his navy.

Against the fanatic Aurangzeb, he stitched an alliance with the Bahamani kingdom of Golconda. In this sense Sree Shivaji can be rightly called the founder of the modern secular state of India.

He ensured that in his domain Muslim shrines and people were well protected and treated equally. Kafi Khan, the Mughal court historian, rejoiced when Sree Shivaji died. But even he admits that Sree Shivaji treated the Quran Sharif with respect and never touched mosques. Aurangzeb had restarted the hated jizya, a tax that had to be paid by Hindus.

Sree Shivaji was also the first Indian ruler to discard war elephants. His strategic doctrine relied on swift movement and mobile defence. Above all, he believed in relentless offensive action and never permitted the enemy time to regroup. In March 1665, when a powerful Mughal army under Jaisingh of Jaipur, descended on Maharashtra , Sree Shivaji had no hesitation in giving up most of his forts as well as territory and on June 13, 1665 he signed a treaty with the Mughals.But in less than five months he ensured the defeat of the Mughal army in its battles against the Bijapur sultan.

Swami Samarth Ramdas The only person after his mother Quuen Jijabai to influence Sree Shivaji was Swami Samarth Ramdas. Swami Samarth Ramdas was born in 1608 in Jalna District of Maharashtra.Sree Shivaji took initiation or upadesh from Swami Samarth Ramdas in 1659. Swami Samarth has a profound influence on not only Sree Shivaji maharaj but across the hindu society by his Ramdasi tradition. And his fundamental teaching is to go to a vyayamshala ie.e gymnasium to build one’s physical stamina as a sound body is essential requirement of spiritual aspirant. This approach helped the common people and perhaps Sree Shivaji maharaj’s army of peasants and workers.

Coronation Sree Shivaji Maharaj was formally crowned Chatrapti on June 6,1674 at Raigad fort, and given the title Kshatriya Kulavantas Sinhasanadheeshwar Chhatrapati Sree Shivaji Maharaj. Pandit Ganga Bhatt, a renowned Brahmin from Varanasi, officially presided over the ceremony declaring that Sree Shivaji’s lineage was bonafide and recognized Kshatriya.he was given the ceremonial bath as per the vedic rites with waters from all the rivers across India.

Foundation of modern secular state Sree Shivaji treated all his subjects equally and in areas he conquered he has not destroyed any place of worship. He placed great emphasis on respecting woman: Once Sree Shivaji was offered as a war booty an extremely beautiful young lady, by an uninformed Maratha captain. She was the daughter-in-law of a defeated Muslim Amir (local ruler) of Kalyan, Maharashtra. Sree Shivaji was reported to have told the lady that her beauty was mesmerizing and that if his mother was as beautiful as her, he would have been handsome as well. He told her to go back to her family in peace, unmolested and under his protection. His behaviour was noted by those around him, to be always of the highest moral calibre. He clearly and unambiguously embodied the virtues and ideals of a true nobleman.

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History of Srisailam

The Holy Srisailam temple is the adobe of the lord Mallikarjuna Swamy, one of the 12 jyothirlingas and his consort Godess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Shakthi Peethas. As mark of respect to the Holy Srisailam Temple Shivaji Maharaj constructed the northern entrance to sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple and is known as Shivaji Gopuram.

Freedom fighter Sri Vaasudeva Balwanta Phatke came to Srisailam. Shivaji Maharaj came to Srisailam in 1677 AD There are historical proofs to prove that Hari Hara Raayulu and Sri Krishna Devaraya came to Srisailam

Four Dwaras of Srisailam
East Dwaaram: Tripurantakam (Guntur Dist)
West Dwaaram: Jogulamba Temple (Alampur Kurnool Dist)
North Dwaaram: Uma Maheshwaram (Mahboobnagar Dist)
South Dwaaram; Sidha Vatam (Kadapa Dist)

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