History of Maharashtra

May 2013
The abode of the lord of the north
According to the recorded History, the first Hindu King ruled the state during 6th century, based in Badami. Shivaji Bhosle, the founder of the Maratha Empire
Erm, no. Maratha empire was founded by Shivaji during late 17th century.
Chalukya dynasty of Badami was the one founded in 6th century BC. But not by any Shivaji, by Pulikeshin.
BUt even they weren't the first dynasty to build an empire in Maharashtra. Vakatakas existed before them.


Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
New Delhi, India
And before the Vakatakas, there were Satavahanas, and before that Western Satraps (Sakas, Scythians), and before that Indo-Parthians, and before that Indo-Greeks. That is as far back that I can see. :)
Of course, long before that Maharashtra may have been ruled by Vanara kings (mistakenly termed as Monkey kings, with their capital at Kishkindha, Karnataka) of whom we know three names courtesy Ramayana - Vali, Sugrieva and Angad. Lord Rama stayed in Panchavati (near Nashik) for some time. Sugrieva hid in the forests of Dandakaranya (Karnataka) to escape the wrath of his elder brother Vali. Vali had a boon that in any fight, half his opponent's strength would attach to him. Vali was so powerful and even Ravana was afraid of him. Here is the story about Ravana and Vali. :D
Stories from Hindu Mythology: Ravana and Vali
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Ad Honorem
Apr 2015
According to the recorded History, the first Hindu King ruled the state during 6th century, based in Badami. Shivaji Bhosle, the founder of the Maratha Empire
Asmaka kingdom that existed in Maharashtra is first mentioned as 16 great Mahajanapadas of India in 600BC as per Buddhist texts. Badami is the part of Karnataka. Shivaji Bhosle was in 17th century, he re established a native Hindu dynasty after centuries of Mughal rule in India.
Sep 2012
@Cobra Arbok
Great photographs, thanks a lot!

@Megan Bartlett
, Shivaji Maharaj---as we people of Maharashtra State of India call him--- meaning Shivaji the Great King, lived from 1630 to 1680. after establishing his kingdom over parts of Maharashtra, by overthrowing the rule of both the Vijapur Adilshahi Dynasty of Vijapur and the rule of Emperor Aurangzeb of Delhi , he ascended the throne in a great ceremony around 1674. He started a dynasty which lasted till 1818 when it was squarely defeated in the battle of Ashti ( commonly misspelt in British sources as Assaye) by Sir Arthur Wellesley.
The coronation ceremony was witnessed by George Oxenden and others of the English East India Company at Raigad. A portrait in colour done by Oxenden is the only source of how Shivaji looked at his coronation. The original painting is in the British Museum.
Shivaji was a consummate ruler even by modern standards. He established a system of governance, a Navy for the first time in medieval India, An Army comprising of cavalrymen and foot soldiers paid on a regular monthly basis, constructed many forts not only on hills but in the sea across trade routes, ensured that his officials and soldiers were honest and disciplined. He died rather too early at the age of 50, probably by a cancer of the knee. He was brave in battle, clever at negotiations and was very courageous.
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