09 DECEMBER RANI TARABAI (1675 to 1761)
Born in 1675, Rani Tarabai was the wife of Chhatrapati Rajaram Bhosale and the daughter-in-law of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha empire. Fiercely independent as a young girl, she was well-versed in sword fighting, archery, cavalry operations, military strategy, and diplomacy. Realizing the need for stable and strategic leadership, the Rani ascended the throne a month after the death of her husband Rajaram (Shivaji’s second son) in 1700. In her seven-year reign, Rani Tarabai single-handedly commanded and led the Maratha resistance against the massive army of Aurangzeb, who was considered the mightiest ruler at the time. An indomitable warrior queen who was deeply devoted to her kingdom, she played a crucial role in the rise of the Maratha empire. One of the grittiest characters in Indian history, her resolute spirit has often been compared to that of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi. Rani Tarabai is said to have passed away on 09 December 1761.
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