Shivaji's portrait (1680s) from the collection of British Museum

One of the eight wives of Shivaji, the founder of Maratha empire in western India.

- Soyarabai

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Rajaram I

The third Chhatrapati of Maratha Empire, who ruled from 1689 to his death in 1700.

A memorial atop Sinhgad Fort marking the place of death of Rajaram.

Rajaram was born in a family of Bhonsle clan, to Shivaji and his younger wife, Soyarabai on 24 February 1670.


The second Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire, ruling from 1681 to 1689.

A painting of Sambhaji, late 17th century
Watan Patra (grant document), by Chh. Sambhaji

At that time, Soyrabai, Shivaji's ambitious widow and Sambhaji's step-mother, along with influential courtiers such as Annaji Datto and other ministers conspired against Sambhaji, to prevent him from succeeding the throne.

Hambirrao Mohite

The chief military commander of Shivaji's army.

Shivaji's portrait (1680s) from the collection of British Museum

He grew up with 2 brothers Harifrao, Shankarji and 2 sisters Soyarabai and Annubai.


Indian ruler and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.

Shivaji's portrait (1680s) from the collection of British Museum
Shivneri Fort
South India at the turn of the 17th century
An early-20th-century painting by Sawlaram Haldankar of Shivaji fighting the Bijapuri general Afzal Khan
A 20th century depiction of Shivaji's surprise attack on Mughal general Shaista Khan in Pune by M.V. Dhurandhar
Raja Jai Singh of Amber receiving Shivaji a day before concluding the Treaty of Purandar
20th century depiction by M.V. Dhurandhar of Raja Shivaji at the court of Mughal Badshah, Aurangzeb.
Statue of Shivaji opposite Gateway of India in South Mumbai
20th century depiction of the Coronation Durbar with over 100 characters depicted in attendance by M.V. Dhurandhar
Sambhaji, Shivaji's elder son who succeeded him
Sajjangad, where Samarth Ramdas was invited by Shivaji to reside, is now a place of pilgrimage.
Royal seal of Shivaji
Suvela Machi, view of southern sub-plateaux, as seen from Ballekilla, Rajgad
Sindudurg Fort provided anchorages for Shivaji's Navy
Maratha Empire at its peak in 1758
An early-20th-century painting by M. V. Dhurandhar of Shivaji and Baji Prabhu at Pawan Khind
A miniature Bronze statue of Shivaji Maharaj in the collection of the Shri Bhavani Museum of Aundh
Statue of Shivaji at Raigad Fort
A replica of Raigad Fort built by children on occasion of Diwali as a tribute to Shivaji.

There were also allegations, though doubted by later scholars, that his second wife Soyarabai had poisoned him in order to put her 10-year-old son Rajaram on the throne.


2019 Indian Marathi language historical drama film directed by Digpal Lanjekar and produced under the banner of Almonds Creations in association with A A Films.

Theatrical release poster

Ruchi Savarn as Maharani Soyarabai

History of Satara district

The History of Satara district can be traced back to 200 BCE.

Rajaram his younger son was placed on the throne at Raygad by his mother Soyarabai, who was supported by Shivaji's confidential secretary Balaji Avji.

Raja Shivchatrapati

Marathi historical TV drama based on Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire.

Neelam Shirke as Maharani Soyrabai

Annaji Datto Sachiv

The Sachiv in the Ashta Pradhan (Council of 8) mandal of the Maratha Empire during the rule of Shivaji.

At the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s death, Annaji conspired with Chhatrapati Shivaji's widow, Soyarabai to lure the Council of ministers (ashtapradhan mandal), into electing her then ten year old younger son Rajaram to the throne of Maratha swarajya with Soyarabai as the regent.

Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji

Indian historical drama based on the life of Sambhaji.

Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji Titlecard

Corrupt ministers led by Annaji Datto (who holds a grudge against Sambhaji, who has called him out for his corruption) rekindle Rajmata Soyarabai's ambition to make her son Rajaram, the younger son of Shivaji Maharaj, the next Chatrapati.


2022 Indian Marathi-language period drama action film directed by Digpal Lanjekar and produced under the banner of Almonds Creations in association with A A Films.

Theatrical release poster

Ruchi Savarn as Matoshri Soyarabai