Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati

A commemorative postage stamp on Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur :

787 Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati [Block of 4]Issued by India

Issued on May 1, 1979

Description of Design : The design of the stamp is vertical and depicts the portrait of Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati.

Type : Block of 4 StampsMint Condition

Colour : Plum

Denomination : 25 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.55 X 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 X 13

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Number printed : 30,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing process : Photogravure

Designed and printed at : India Security Press

Name : Yeshwantrao Ghatge (Shahaji of Kolhapur)

Born on Jul 26, 1874

Died on May 6, 1922 at Bombay, India

About : 

  • Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati was born on 26th July 1874, as Yeshwantrao, the eldest son of Shrimant Jaysingrao alias Abasaheb Ghatge, the Ruler of Kagal (Junior). On the death of Maharaja Shivaji IV of Kolhapur in 1883, Maharani Anandibai, his widow, adopted Yeshwantrao who, later on, came to be called as Shahu Chhatrapati. He became the Ruler of Kolhapur State when he was only 20 years old.
  • A firm believer in the dictum that administration is for the welfare of the people, Shahu Chhatrapati set about his task with determination and imagination. He carried forward the social revolution triggered by Mahatma Jyotiba Phule in Maharashtra for social equality and human rights. Many eminently practical steps which he took to improve the lot of the under-privileged and the weak included, even at that distant period of time, the abolition of bonded labour and the provision of education and employment for the backward and the depressed classes.
  • He tried his best to break the shackles of caste system and open the gates of education and public offices to all. He also tried to restrict child marriage and to encourage widow re-marriage. He introduced free education in Kolhapur and set up a chain of hostels where the children of the poor would be housed free of charge.
  • By improving irrigation and establishing co-operatives he became the harbinger of the first green revolution. He was a champion of the labour and the downtrodden.
  • Shahu’s vision of a secular India which would practise social equality, liberty and fraternity is in keeping with the ideals enshrined in the present-day India‘s Constitution. This speaks for his extraordinary liberalism, modernism and foresight. A social revolutionary, a true democrat, a visionary, a patron of the theatre, music and sports and a prince of the masses, Chhatrapati Shahu was a many-splendoured personality who thought and acted far ahead of his times.
  • He died in Bombay on May 6, 1922, at the early age of 48.

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