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A Polish Village on an Indian Riverbank
A Polish village on an Indian Riverbank

Kolhapur in the Deccan peninsula was a part of the Bahmani kingdom, till it was wrested by Shivaji after killing Afzal Khan, one of the leading generals of Bijapur, on 10 November 1659. After the death of Shivaji in 1680, his son Sambhaji came to power. He was enticed and imprisoned by the Mughals in Delhi, as was his son, Shahu. After Aurangzeb's death, his son Azam released Shahu in 1708 with the expectation that his return to Maharashtra would cause a division amongst the Marathas, who were at that time united under the leadership of Tarabai, the widow of Rajaram, the second son of Shivaji. A war of succession ensued between Shahu and Tarabai, who was ruling on behalf ...

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