Rajmata Jijau Statue
IdentityGreat freedom fighter and mother of Chhatrapati Shivray and grandmother of Dharamveer Sambhaji Maharaj
Birth12 January 1598 at Jijau Mahal at Sindkhed Raja of Ahmadnagar Sultanate (present-day Maharashtra, India)
Reign1645 to 1674
ParentsMother: Mahalasabai Jadhav, Father: Lakhuji Jadhav
HusbandGeneral Shahaji Maharaj
ReligionHinduism
Death17 June 1674 at the age of 76 in
Pachad village, Raigad district of Maratha Empire (present-day Maharashtra, India)

On January 12, 1598, Rajmata Jijau was born at Sindkhed Raja of Buldhana district. Rajmata Jijau was the Mother of the founder of Hindavi Swarajya, Chhatrapati Shivray.

She not only cared Shivray but also give right values that made him Chhatrapati. At Raigad fort, Jijamata also nurtured his grandson Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje with same values.

Today, historical birthplace of Rajmata Jijau is developed as popular tourist place. Sindkhed Raja Lakhujirao Jadhav was Jagirdar and he lived at Bhuikot fort.

Royal Palace (Rajwada) at Bhuikot palace has a grand divine entrance, situated on the Mumbai-Nagpur highway at Sindkhed state.

Here also a beautiful Municipal garden has builded. Devotional place of Lakhuji Rao Jadhav is also situated here.

The grand architecture was several times larger than Hindu Rashtra Tomb of India. Playground of Jijamata where whole childhood aggrieved means her Royal Palace is also here to see.

Rajmata Jijau
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Nilakantheshwar Mahadev temple was the one of the oldest temple situated here. You can see the temple epigraph and understand the history of temple restoration.

There was a giant well near to the steps which located just in front of the temple. Hemadpanth Rameshwar temple was built in between 8 to 10 century.

Kalakot Fort is the best example for the building of giant forts during the reign of Rajerao Jagdevrao Jadhav. Perpetual walls of this fort was very strong and large with 20 feets of height and wide enough. Regardless of it, there was a fort named “Sacchakheda” whose height was 40 feets.

After marriage Jijabai Bhosale spend her initial years at Shivneri fort in Pune. There she gave birth to priceless gem of India. From the name of Shivai Devi at Shivneri, she kept his son name as Shivaji.

She provided precious values to his son who change the destiny of foreign invaders. After starting the Swarajya campaign Jijabai also spent some time on Rajgad. Then, after jawali campaign with Shivray she moved to Raigad.

On Raigad she spend most time of her life. In last few years, she shifted to Pachad. Pachad is the village at the foot of Raigad fort.

The Sacchakheda fort is visible from specific intersection point. Inside the fort there were also present intra roads, wells sub-basement and secret ways. The entrance gate of this architecture was beautiful and large.

“Moti lake” is a great example of water irrigation and the best source for supplying water. In front of this lake there was a fort-like area built and the excavation area is also beneficial.

Regardless of this the “Chandani lake” is also an attractive tourist place. In the middle area, there was a three floor building which was built earlier.

Here the statue was beautifully and strategically built. Whole statue was created with help of so many small idols and sculptures.

Also, here “Bhajanabai” named well is present, at that time the water was supplied to dry canals from this well. For reaching at bottom there were steps available inside around the well.

Today, the project of “Jijau Srushti” is in progress on the plateau aside from the lake. Here there were many schemes for womens have launched.

The intention behind building Jijau Srushti is to develop the place as a famous tourist place.

The main motto behind it is that the whole society should be devoted to duty, work, equality holder, bondage, ethics, and thoughtfulness about brotherhood just like Rajmata Jijau.

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