Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was famously called as Shivaji was the founder and warrior of the Maratha Kingdom. Born in 1627 AD at Shivneri near Pune, Shivaji turned out to become an Indian hero who gave a tough fight to Mughal invaders who were working on vanishing Hindu Followers of India.
His father Shahaji Raje Bhosale was in the army of Bijapur Sultan, that was the reason he used to respect Mughal Emporer up to a the time they Mughals started ruining the lifestyle of people of Medieval India. Here are some of the Personality traits of Shivaji Maharaj that made him a unique ruler of Medieval India.
1. A Secular King
Shivaji is one of the examples India have seen in the history, who was extremely secular and opposed to religion conversion practices. The fact that proves his love for all religions is he included many Muslims in his military and their position was strong.
2. A Perfect military Strategist
Shivaji who started off his military with 2,000 soldiers and raised it to 10,000 and established first Indian King to realise the need of navy army to protect the coastline of Konkan Region and Goa, naval forts were built in Vijaydurg, Sindhudurg and Jaigad while docks for repair in Ratnagiri.
3. A Great Warrior
Shivaji took advantage of his knowledge of the landscape to fight off invaders, by using the Guerilla warfare.
4. A strong follower of Hindu Values
He was always in favour of promoting Sanskrit and Hindu political traditions, Though, the use of the Persian language of political working language he replaced it with Marathi is the example that he always wanted to unify all the religion who followed Hindu Lifestyle.
5. A Friend to Mughals
Shivaji maintained peaceful relations with the Mughal Empire until 1657 and even offered his assistance to Aurangzeb in conquering Bijapur until the Bijapuri Forts and villages were under his possession.
6. Enemy To The Mughals
the confrontations between the two sides that began in March 1657 resulted in several inconclusive battles fought.
7. A Merciful King
Shivaji made sure that the captured soldiers were treated humanely, and were given the option to join his ranks.
8. A Sensible Fighter
He never led his army in any sense that will lead to death. He did know the importance of each member of his army and never forced them in any situation which only lead to death.
9. A Respectful Ruler
He always made sure that no women of the enemy side would be taken as slaves.
10. His beliefs are still followed in Modern India
Nineteenth century Hindu revivalist Swami Vivekananda considered Shivaji a hero and paid glowing tributes to his wisdom. He wrote about Shivaji “Shivaji is one of the greatest national saviours who emancipated our society and our Hindu dharma when they were faced with the threat of total destruction.“