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Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Bhosale Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Dharmveer Sambhaji Maharaj

Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Bhosale was the eldest son of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. His mother was Saibai and he was the second Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire. He is popularly known as Dharmveer Sambhaji Maharaj as he died defending his faith – Hinduism. His Balidan din, or death anniversary, is observed annually on the no moon day in Phalgun month as per Marathi Calendar. In 2024, it is on April 8.

As per Gregorian calendar, he died fighting the Mughals on  March 11, 1689.

He had fought valiantly against the Mughals. But he was captured and humiliated and executed by Aurangzeb for not converting to Islam. This valiant act earned him the title ‘Dharmveer.’

Several meetings and programs are held on the Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje Bhosale Balidan Din.