Chhatrapati (Devanagari: छत्रपती) is the Indian royal title equivalent to an Emperor. The word ‘Chhatrapati’ is from Sanskrit chatra (roof or umbrella) and pati (master/Owner/ruler); Chhatrapati thus indicates a person who gives shade to his followers and protects their success.
Chhatrapti is the title given to Shivaji Raje Bhonsle, founder of the Maratha Empire, and his eldest son and heir Sambhaji. As described below, Shivaji's lineal successors in the royal House of Bhonsle also held the title of Chhatrapati.
Chhatrapati can belong to Gujarati community if they are Brahmin or Brahma Kshatriya origins. They are rare community in India. Basically Chhatrapati belong to Open Caste and generally are well educated people. Other surnames like Desai, Thakore, Lakhiya etc. belong to the same Brahma Kshatriya community.
The Royal House of Bhonsle
|Shivaji||c. April 1627 / 19 February 1630||1674 - 1680||3 April 1680|
|Sambhaji||14 May 1657||20 July 1680 - 11 March 1689||11 March 1689|
|Rajaram||24 February 1670||1689 – 1700||3 March 1700|
|Shivaji II||9 June 1696||1700 – 1708||14 March 1726|
|Shahu||18 May 1682||1708 – 1748||15 December 1749|
The royal Bhonsle line then splits into two, the Chhatrapatis of Satara and the Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur:
The Chhatrapatis of Satara
- Shahu (1708–1748)
- Ramraja (1749–1777)
- Shahu II of Satara (1777–1808)
- Pratapsingh (1808–1839)
- Shahaji II of Satara (1839–1848)
- 1848 to Great Britain
- Pratapsinh I (adopted)
- Rajaram III
- Pratapsinh II
- Raja Shahu III (1918–1950)
- Pratapsinhraje (1950–1978)
- Chatrapati Udayanraje Bhonsle– Maharaja (1978 till present)
The Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur
- Tarabai as a regent of Shivaji II (1700–1708)
- Shivaji II (1700–1712)
- Sambhaji II (1712–1760)
- Shivaji III (1760–1812)
- Shambhu (1812–1821)
- Shahaji (1821–1838)
- Shivaji III (1838–1866)
- Rajaram I (1866–1870)
- Shivaji IV (1871–1883)
- Shahu I (1884–1922)
- Rajaram III (1922–1940)
- Shivaji V (1941–1946)
- Shahaji II (1874–1922) (was previously the Maharaja of Dewas Senior, later adopted as Chhatrapati to the Kolhapur Gadi)
- Shahu II as titular Maharaja (1983–present) (adopted from Bhosale family of Nagpur)
- Sambhaji III as titular Prince (1971–present)
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