Shriman Yogi by Mr. Ranjeet Desai - Issue 7, Page 2

come back, then who will? We will all go down and farm ourselves!”

Everybody got excited. Mountain top fort was emptied. Available livestock, men were rounded up. Blacksmith which was making weapons till now, started making farming equipment. Rain filled the river Kukdi. And then one auspicious day tilling started, soil was being turned over. Seed was sawn.  Land started looking green.

Countrymen who had left their villages because of the draught were returning, and after seeing luscious green farms they too were participating in the effort.

Shivaji had become Vishwasrao’s shadow. He was following him everywhere, may it be rain or hot sun! Jijabai said,” seeing him like that I sometimes fear that he is going turn out to be a farmer.” To this Vishwasrao replied, “nothing wrong with that. Leaders like me are common, farmer leaders are  rare.”

After seeing that things were settling down, Umabai got ready to leave. She urged Jijabai to go with her, but she declined, she said,  “I am not happy here either, but how can I leave without Shivaji”s father’s consent?” Umabai exhaled, blessed Jijabai and Shivaji and left for Verul.

By the end of the year Jijabai went back up on the fort again. Shahajiraje had left Mogul employ and had joined Nizam. But king of Vijapur joined the Moguls. It was difficult to and stand against two of them together, Nizam lost. Then Shahajiraje raised his own army and stood against the Moguls, which was very rare. Unfortunately, within next two years Shahajiraje and his army was defeated, and Shahajiraje was forced to accept an employment again. This time it was king of Vijapur.  

And he did that for next six years. In the mean while, Shivaji was growing up. He was riding his pony. He was getting to knowthe surrounding countryside. Shastriji was teaching him how to read and write. Thus another year passed. And then one day a package came for Jijabai. Shahajiraje was given governorship of Pune province,



 and he had sent horses and some trusted men to take Jijabai and Shivaji to Pune. One of them was – Dadoji Konddev!

Jijabai asked Dadoji to appear before her. Dadoji came and bowed to Jijabai. Dadoji was middle aged, fair skinned person. He was wearing a head gear and dhoti -kurta. He had a broad head, and very sharp eyes. Jijabai touched his feet in respect and asked Shivaji to do the same. Dadoji said, “no madam, I should bow to you, not the other way round.”

“I know your importance Dadoji. Shivaji’s father would not have sent you here to take care of me and his son Shivaji unless he trusted you”

“When should we leave for Pune?”

“Whenever you say. Where is Shivaji’s father now a days?”

“He is currently busy with a war against Karnataka. He would have come himself he had time”

“After all he went through; he had to accept somebody else’s employment again!”

“Madam politics is not easy. It is very complicated. Politics changes according to the situation. It was this politics that turned Murar Jagdev into Shahajiraje’s friend, who had earlier destroyed Pune. His golden statue was constructed under Shahajiraje’s leadership in a town called Nangergaon. And because of that now Nangergaon is called ‘Tulapoor’. But wind of politics changed again and Murar Jagdev was viciously killed by Adilshah.”

“And Shahajiraje?”

“He is very  worthy, strong and important man. He earns 12,000 coins. He is called ‘Raje’. He is healthy, wealthy and lives in Bangalore.”

Within two days Jijabai was ready to leave. During last six years everybody in the fort had become like a family member for Jijabai. It was heart wrenching to take leave of these family members. Jijabai gave small gifts to everybody, prayed to Goddess Jijai, and left the fort with a very heavy heart.

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