You have all
heard 'of Shivaji the Great. He lived three hundred years ago in Maha - rashtra. He was
born in Shivner in Sahyadri hills.
His father was Shahaji Bhosale and his mother,
Jijabai. Bhavani was their family Goddess.
Shivaji was a great warrior. He fought many battles.
One night, Shahaji had a dream. In that dream a sanyasi gave him a mango and said:
"You and your wife should eat it. You will have a son who will become very
When Shahaji awoke, there was a real mango on his hand. He thought it was God Siva
himself who had come to him in his dream. He ate part of the mango and gave the rest to
Soon afterwards a son was born to them. Shahaji named him Shivaji, because he believed
he was given by God Siva.