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Shivaji I (Shivaji Shahaji Bhonsale; Marathi pronunciation: [ʃiʋaːd͡ʒiˑ bʱoˑs(ə)leˑ]; c. 19 February 1630 – 3 April 1680) was an Indian ruler and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan. Shivaji carved out his own independent kingdom from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur which formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was formally crowned the Chhatrapati of his realm at Raigad Fort.Over the course of his life, Shivaji engaged in both alliances and hostilities with the Mughal Empire, the Sultanate of Golkonda, Sultanate of Bijapur and the European colonial powers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shivaji has received more than 15,273,052 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Shivaji is the 429th most popular politician (up from 463rd in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from India (down from 16th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Indian Politician.

Shivaji is most famous for his role in uniting the Maratha people and fighting against the Mughal Empire.

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Among politicians, Shivaji ranks 429 out of 15,577Before him are Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Jeongjo of Joseon, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Rurik, Goliath, and Eduard Shevardnadze. After him are Sigismund III Vasa, Idi Amin, Sitting Bull, Menes, Menkaure, and Horemheb.

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Among people born in 1627, Shivaji ranks 3Before him are Robert Boyle and Turhan Hatice Sultan. After him are Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Aşub Sultan, Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier, John Ray, Willem van Aelst, Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten, Countess Louise Henriette of Nassau, Petro Doroshenko, and Mohammad-Baqer Majlesi. Among people deceased in 1680, Shivaji ranks 2Before him is Gian Lorenzo Bernini. After him are François de La Rochefoucauld, Athanasius Kircher, Nicolas Fouquet, Jan Swammerdam, Raimondo Montecuccoli, La Voisin, Willem Claesz. Heda, Ivan Sirko, Ferdinand Bol, and Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine.

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In India

Among people born in India, Shivaji ranks 19 out of 1,493Before him are B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Nagarjuna (150), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Indira Gandhi (1917), and Kālidāsa (400). After him are Ānanda (-600), Bodhidharma (483), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Shah Rukh Khan (1965), and Subhas Chandra Bose (1897).


Among politicians born in India, Shivaji ranks 8Before him are Ashoka (-304), Narendra Modi (1950), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), and Indira Gandhi (1917). After him are Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Aurangzeb (1618), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), Rani of Jhansi (1828), and Jahangir (1569).