Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Punyadin is the death anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who established the Maratha Empire during the 17th century and kindled the spirit of self rule among Hindus who were being governed by foreign rulers. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Punyadin is annually observed on April 3. In 2017, it is the 337th death anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj.
From childhood, Shivaji Maharaj showed exemplary courage and was troubled by the lack of unity and helplessness among his community.
In the second half of the 17th century, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj rose from a minor chieftain to an independent king, founding the Maratha kingdom. With this, he brought back the lost self respect of Hindus and showed the world that Hindus can be united and they can challenge any force that tries to unsettle the Hindu world.
He died at Raigad Fort in Maharashtra at the age of 52.