The Zee Marathi historical serial Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji is nearing its end. The show highlighted Sambhaji’s journey right from his childhood, to his marriage with Yesubai, to the internal battle for the throne with Shivaji’s second wife Soyrabai, to his coronation and finally to the forts he won by massacring the Mughals at the battlefield! The Amol Kolhe and Prajakta Gaikwad starrer has made a special place in the viewers’ hearts and fans are trying to cope with the fact that the show is ending soon. Currently, on the show, Aurangzeb’s officer Muqarab Khan has managed to nab Sambhaji through a surprise attack and has presented the latter to the Mughal emperor. Sambhaji is fearless even when in the clutches of the enemies and his pride of being a Maratha has not gone down well with Aurangzeb who has decided to punish the Maratha king!
Yesubai and Rajaram are both deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded. In the recent episode, we saw that Yesubai was visited by Aaisaheb’s apparition and the latter encouraged her to keep fighting for Swarajya. But will Sambhaji’s soldiers bring him back? History says otherwise. The Shirkes and Marathas were unable to get closer to the cell in which Sambhaji was imprisoned. Aurangzeb tortured the king to his slow death and even his body was not found by his wife Yesubai or others. Later, Rajaram’s coronation took place as the throne could not remain empty for long!
Even Yesubai and Shahu Maharaj were captured by Aurangzeb and the queen died in prison while Shahu Maharaj was released much later. Post the death of Rajaram, his wife Tarabai took over and held the reins of Marathas together. Her son, Shivaji II was the king during this time. Tarabai also conquered many forts during this phase. On the other hand, post Aurangzeb’s death, his son Bahadur Shah took over and released Shahu Maharaj as he wanted to create internal unrest.
Still from Swarajyarakshak SambhajiYesubai and Sambhaji’s son challenged Tarabai’s son Shivaji II and won the throne. He then included the Peshwas in the Maratha reign and slowly, they took over the battles for Swarajya. Peshwa Bajirao is a well-known name and he was the one who handled the kingdom after Shahu Maharaj passed away. Later, Bajirao’s brother went on to take care of the Marathas but the political imbalance was strong and the British soon took over.
What do you think about this story after Sambhaji Raje’s death? It would definitely have been different had Raje lived longer. Don’t you think? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.
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