The childhood of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire in the Indian subcontinent, is a topic of great interest in the popular culture of India, especially in Maharashtra. The earliest detailed descriptions of Shivaji’s birth and boyhood are found in the works composed 150 years after his death. By this time, Shivaji had become a semi-legendary figure, and several stories had developed around his legend. Historian Jadunath Sarkar notes: “The stories told in the later Marathi bakhars about the history of his parents during shivaji and his times pdf year preceding his birth and the events of his own life up to the age of twenty, are in many points contrary to authentic history, and in others improbable, or, at all events, unsupported by any evidence.
Shivaji was born in the hill-fort of Shivneri near the city of Junnar. Shivai” for the good of her expected child. Shivaji was named after this local deity. The exact birthdate of Shivaji has been a matter of dispute among the historians.
This date is supported by several other historians including Dr. A horoscope of Shivaji found in the possession of Pandit Mithalal Vyas of Jodhpur also supports this birthdate.