A commemorative postage stamp on the 300th Death Anniversary of the Maratha Emperor, Chhatrapati Shri Sivaji Maharaj :
Issued by India
Issued on Apr 21, 1980
Issued for : The Indian P & T Department joins the nation in paying homage to the memory of this great son of India by issuing a commemorative postage stamp.
Description of Design : The stamp shows Shivaji against the background of Raigad Fort.
The First Day Cover depicts an artist’s impression of coronation of Shivaji.
Cancellation shows a shield used in India during 17th century.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 30 Paise
Printed at : India Security Press
Name : Shivaji Bhonsle
Born on Feb 19, 1630 at Shivneri Fort [now in Pune district, Maharashtra, India]
Died on Apr 3, 1680 at Raigad Fort, Raigad, Maratha Empire [now in Maharashtra, India]
- Three hundred years ago a meteor illumined the firmament over the Sahayadris in Maharashtra. Shivaji, who shook the very foundations of the Moghul Empire of Aurangzeb, was born in 1630 at Shivneri, a hill fortress in the Pune district of Maharashtra. According to some historians the year of birth is 1627. His father Shahji Bhonsle was a doughty warrior. Jijabai, his mother was a person of austere and spiritual temperament. Throughout Shivaji’s life, his mother was the guiding spirit. She instilled in him a passionate attachment to what is right and just, a burning pride in the glorious past of the country and an abiding faith in his life’s mission to carve out an independent kingdom.
- His career of daring military exploits started at the age of 19 when he occupied Torana.