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Shivaji - San Jose, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 37° 20.687 W 121° 54.342
10S E 596926 N 4133682
Quick Description: Shivaji was an Indian warrior and king.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2015 9:50:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMNDZ6
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 1

Long Description:
This small statue of Shivaji is about 3 or 4 feet tall. It seems to be gilded bronze and depicts the king as a young man on a horse raising his right arm in apparent victory. He stares straight ahead with a determined look. The artist is B.R. Khedar. The work is a gift from the city of Pune as part of the Sister City Program.

Wikipedia (visit link) add:

"Shivaji Bhonsle ... c. 1627/1630 – 3 April 1680) was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan. Shivaji carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was formally crowned as the Chhatrapati ( Monarch) of his realm at Raigad.

Shivaji established a competent and progressive civil rule with the help of a disciplined military and well-structured administrative organisations. He innovated military tactics, pioneering the guerrilla warfare methods (Shiva sutra or ganimi kava), which leveraged strategic factors like geography, speed, and surprise and focused pinpoint attacks to defeat his larger and more powerful enemies. From a small contingent of 2,000 soldiers inherited from his father, Shivaji created a force of 100,000 soldiers; he built and restored strategically located forts both inland and coastal to safeguard his territory. He revived ancient Hindu political traditions and court conventions and promoted the usage of Marathi and Sanskrit, rather than Persian, in court and administration.

Shivaji's legacy was to vary by observer and time but began to take on increased importance with the emergence of the Indian independence movement, as many elevated him as a proto-nationalist and hero of the Hindus. Particularly in Maharashtra, debates over his history and role have engendered great passion and sometimes even violence as disparate groups have sought to characterise him and his legacy."
Identity of Rider: Shivaji

Identity of Horse: unknown

Name of artist: B.R. Khedar

Material: Bronze

Position: One Hoof Raised

Date of Dedication: Not listed

Unusual Features: Not listed

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