BOOK TWO : 1661 – 1674.
Shivaji Raje Bhosale’s struggle against imperial powers continues, as massive Mughal armies repeatedly descend upon his tiny fiefdom. Having humiliated the much decorated ShaistaKhan in a daring night raid, Shivaji is finally subdued by Jai Singh. He faces the humiliation of receiving Aurangzeb’s firmaan to surrender a large part of his fiefdom and to serve in the Mughal army. As a final insult, Shivaji is forced to visit Agra and bow before Aurangzeb in his court. By royal order, he and his son are detained in Agra, under heavy guard. However, the ingenious Maratha foils all attempts to assassinate them and escapes, leaving the Emperor seething.
Safely home again, Shivaji embarks on the re-conquest of his lost forts and territories. Finally, in 1674, in defiance of imperial rule, he crowns himself King of the Marathas. After more than three and a half centuries of enslavement, the Marathi people have their own King.
Shivaji Raje Bhosale thus becomes Chhatrapati, Lord of the Royal Umbrella…