He continued destroying the tyrant kingdoms even after his death (Part-II)(Continued from Part-I)
The teenager accompanied his father, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, on his trip to Agra to meet Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Thereafter, the flight of the duo from the jail of Aurangzeb in July 1666 is well-known in Indian history.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj left this world in 1680 and the young man ascended the throne of Hindavi Swarajya. He was encircled by Mughals, Portuguese, Siddis, Golkonda and Bijapur Sultanates. Aurangzeb, with his half a million army, artillery, horses, elephants and royal treasury, thought to finish the war against the inexperienced young man in less than thirty days. He was already camping in the Deccan plateau.
Although Aurangzeb had been thinking to finish his campaign in southern India within 30 days, it took him 7 years to win the first fort under Maratha rule and that too after suffering tremendous loss. The new Maratha ruler, with an army whose numerical strength was less than 1/8th of the Mughal army with all mighty generals, started teaching the Mughal emperor a lesson or two about warfare.
(.....To be continued)