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|Chhatrapati of Maratha Empire|
|Born||9 June 1696
|Died||14 March 1726
Shivaji II (9 June 1696 – 4 March 1726) became the Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire with his mother Tarabai as the regent in 1700. His cousin, Shahu upon his release from the Mughals successfully challenged Tarabai to become the next Chhatrapati. Tarabai then set up a rival court in Kolhapur. Shivaji ii served as Raja of Kolhapur from 1710 to 1714. At that time, he was once again deposed by his step-mother Rajasbai who installed her own son, Sambhaji II on the Kolhapur throne. Shivaji II posthumously became father of a son, later called Ramraja who was brought up in obscurity for his own protection. Tarabai disclosed this in 1740s when Shahu wanted to adopt a son. Shahu adopted Ramraja who succeeded Shahu as the Chhatrapati on Shahu's death.