He continued destroying the tyrant kingdoms even after his death (Part-I)He was born on 14th May, 1657. His father was Great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His mother was Saibai. He was named after the elder brother of Chhatrapati Shivaji, who had laid down his life fighting against the invaders.
The little boy lost his mother at the tender age of two. He was brought up by Rajmata Jijabai, who had also brought up his illustrious father. Rajmata gave her an excellent value education. And, unlike his father (who couldn't read or write properly), this young boy proved to be a great scholar. He wrote commentaries on Sanskrit treatises and kavyas. Before he reached the age of sixteen, this young boy wrote 'Budhbhushan', a treatise on political affairs, which many modern day scholars are comparing with 'Arthashastra' of great Chanakya. This boy mastered many Indian and foreign languages.
The boy studied the art of warfare in great details. He was physically active and possessed excellent stamina. He was an expert in using various weapons. He was a devout follower of Lord Shiva.
Once in the royal court of Mirza Raja Jai Singh, who was a trusted commander of Emperor Aurangzeb, this fearless boy fiercely protested against a Mughal general who was boasting how Ghori had tortured Prithviraj Chauhan. This young boy told the general point blank that Prithviraj defeated Ghori on sixteen occasions. He had been defeated by Ghori only because of the treachery of Jaichand. The teenager also said the General that blinding Prithviraj in captivity is an act of cowardice by Ghori. The Rajputs present in the court were very happy with this young boy. The Mughals were very angry.
The teenager was preparing himself for a much bigger role in Indian political scene of near future.
(.....To be continued at Part-II)