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<!-- Image with questionable fair-use claim removed: -->Jijabai (Marathi: जीज़ाबाई भोसले) was the mother of Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire.

Birth date and family life

Jijabai was born on 12 January 1598 and a daughter of Lakhuji Jadhav, a prominent grandee of Sindkhed Raja in the present-day Buldhana district of Maharashtra State. As per the customs of that age, she was wed at an early age to Shahaji Bhosale, a nobleman and military commander under the Adil Shahi sultans of Bijapur in present-day Karnataka. She was his second wife.

Jijabai gave birth to eight children, six daughters and two sons. Of these only the two sons, Sambhaji and Shivaji, survived while the rest died in infancy.

On mission

She wholeheartedly supported her husband's cause.Shahaji had tried to establish a Maratha state on the ruins of the erstwhile Nizamshahi sultanate. However he was defeated by the combined forces of the Mughals and Adilshahi.Shahaji became a sardar in Adilshaha,s army.He settled in karnataka and got married again. . As per the treaty he was forced to move south.In order to continue the struggle, he deputed her as queen regent.

. The elder son Sambhaji remained with their father. Shivaji left Banglore along with his mother, a council of ministers and chosen military commanders.Jijabai appointed Dadoji Konddev as teacher to Shivaji.Jijabai was a very pious and intelligent person with great vision for independent Hindu kingdom. She...
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