A statue of Jijabai and young Shivaji Maharaj
12 January 1598
Jijau Mahal, Sindkhed Raja, Buldhana, Maharashtra, India
|Died||17 June 1674|
|Other names||Jijamata, Rajmata, Jijau|
Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale (12 January 1598 – 17 June 1674), referred to as Rajmata Jijabai or Jijau, was the mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire. She was a daughter of Lakhujirao Jadhav of Sindhkhed.
Jijabai was born on 12 January 1598, as the daughter of Lakhuji Jadhav of Deulgaon, near Sindkhed, in present-day Buldhana district of Maharastra. Her mother's name was Mhalsabai. Lakhojiraje Jadhav was a Yadava, traditionally the rules of Devgiri.[] Jijabai was married at an early age to Shahaji Bhosle, son of Maloji Bhosle of Verul village, a military commander serving under the Nizam Shahi sultans.
Jijabai's father-in-law, Maloji Bhosle, had begun his career as a shiledar serving under the command of her father, Lakhujirao Jadhav. Her natal family the Jadhav family was of relatively high standing in the region, whereas her husband's family were just raising into importance newly.
Jijabai died on 17 June 1674.
- Today especially in Maharashtra, she is regarded as an ideal mother. Her upbringing of Shivaji is a subject of folklore.
- The 2011 film Rajmata Jijau is a biography of Jijabai.
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