Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji: The Real Story Behind The Decline Of The Maratha Kingdom

Ahead of the show's end, here's a look at all that happened, which led to the downfall of Sambhaji and his kingdom.

Amol Kolhe As Sambhaji In ZEE Marathi Show Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji

Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji’s journey on Zee Marathi is about to end. The show which is loved by the audience is coming to the final part of its story. Sambhaji’s history is well-known and everyone is aware that the young King sacrificed his life for Swarajya at the hands of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Sambhaji was captured and he was held captive for a long time. He was also tortured endlessly before finally being murdered.

As the historical saga, Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji draws to an end, we look at the real events that took place, resulting in the decline of the Maratha empire. Let’s begin by pointing out some facts about the Marathas. They were brought to the forefront by Chhatrapati Shivaji, who was also known as the king of kings, as his alliances had signed a treaty favouring him as their protector. The great king’s son Sambhaji, walked in the footsteps of his father. He fought for Swarajya and followed his father’s policies pertaining to the kingdom, its lands and levies. In the show, Sambhaji is seen bring supported by his wife Yesubai, who is also a mighty warrior queen and fights fearlessly against the enemies. But Sambhaji’s downfall began when his own relatives and army men started backstabbing him.

Currently, on the show, we can see how Yesubai’s brother Ganoji Rao and uncle Kanhoji are engulfed with greed and seek the enemy’s shelter for fulfilling their desires of owning land. But Mughal emperor Aurangzeb has clearly asked for Sambhaji’s head and wants him to be killed or brought in chains, to him. Muqqarab Khan, who is Aurangzeb’s relative, wants to get into the good books of the emperor and promises him that he will kill Sambhaji anyhow. Muqqarab Khan can be seen taking Ganoji’s help for locating Sambhaji.

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Will Sambhaji fall prey to the backstabber’s plan? That’s waiting to be seen on the show. Till then, let us take you back in time and tell you what actually happened. The events were exactly as portrayed on the show. Muqqarab Khan tried to kill Sambhaji at Sangameshwar. The Mughal army had already weakened the Maratha army by killing the key commanders at the ‘Battle of Wai’. The Maratha king was planning on strengthening his army and attacking the Mughal forces but he was attacked by Muqqarab Khan in a surprise move and when he tried to escape, he was held captive. Aurangzeb then offered Sambhaji a deal- he was asked to accept the Mughals’ religion of Islam!

Sambhaji promptly refused and was with his closest aide Kaviraj in Aurangzeb’s camp. They even planned to run away like the other times but to no avail. Yesubai also tried her best to save Raje, but Sambhaji’s patriotism and his love for the Maratha reign filled him with pride. He insulted the Mughal emperor and Aurangzeb showed him his wrath by torturing him. The Mughals killed Sambhaji slowly and steadily. They also chipped his nails, skinned him and plucked his eyes out. But the warrior king didn’t relent and yelled out his warcry, ‘Har Har Mahadev.’ What a brave king and human being! Then, he was pulled apart from the midsection, starting with his torso, and lower body, and ultimately beheaded, for the Mughal emperor’s assurance.

Even though Aurangzeb’s men brutally murdered the Maratha King, they couldn’t kill his spirit which is alive till date! What do you think? Comment below.

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