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Jijamata Jayanti – Mata Jijabai Jayanthi

Jijamata Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Jijabai, the mother of Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj. In 2018, Jijamata Jayanti date is January 2. As per Gregorian or English calendar her birthday is on January 12. Her Jayanthi is observed on the Paush Purnima day, or full moon day in Poush month, as per traditional Marathi calendar.

It was Jijamata's courage, strong sense of duty, self respect and resilience that inspired Shivaji Maharaj to become the greatest Maratha ruler and warrior.

Jijabhai was the daughter of Lakhuji Jadhavrao of Ahmednagar. She was married to Shahji of Pune.

She had to undergo numerous hardships even when she was pregnant with Shivaji Maharaj. It was such hardships that strengthened her resolve that a protector of the Hindus was must and the result of it was Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj, the greatest Maratha warrior.