In Chhatrapati Shivaji's 'Hindu Raj,' Muslims were also honoured
In Chhatrapati Shivaji's 'Hindu Raj,' Muslims were also honoured

On this day, in 1630, Chhatrapati Shivaji, one of the great rulers of the country and the great Hindu warrior who shook the roots of the Mughals, was born. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was crowned on June 6, 1674. It was on this day that Chhatrapati Shivaji established the Hindu state in Maharashtra. After his coronation, he was given the title of Chhatrapati. He was also a well-known diplomat along with a good general. 

Shivaji was a dedicated Hindu as well as religiously extremely tolerant. In his empire, Muslims had complete religious freedom. Shivaji gave grants for the construction of many mosques. In his Hindu rule, like Hindu pandits, Muslim saints and fakirs were also given full respect. Shivaji's army had 1,50,000 warriors, of whom about 66,000 were Muslims.  In Shivji's rule, like the Mughals, people of other religions were not charged jaziya (a type of tax).  Shivaji was the first Hindustani king who recognized the importance of the Navy and built his own strong navy. He established several forts on the coast to protect the Konkan region of Maharashtra, of which the forts built at Jaigarh, Vijaydurg, Sindhudurg and other places were important.

Shivaji is also known as Mountain Rat because he knew his area well and used to come out of nowhere and suddenly attack and then disappear into the mountains. He is also known as the father of guerrilla warfare. He used to secretly attack the enemy's huge army. The guerrilla war was another important reason for the strategic success of the Marathas. In it, they would hide in small detachments and suddenly attack the enemies and hide in the forests and mountains at the same speed. In the year 1659, Adil Shah sent Afzal Khan, a veteran and legendary general, to imprison Shivaji. The two met in a hut at the foothills of the Pratapgarh fort. There was an agreement between the two that both of them would bring only one sword. Shivaji knew that Afzal Khan had come with the intention of attacking him. Shivaji also came to meet him with full preparation. As soon as Afzal Khan pulled out the dagger to attack him, Chhatrapati put his armour forward. Before Afzal Khan could understand anything else, Shivaji attacked and dumped him there.

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