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Rajaram was the second son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Kingdom. During Shivajiís reign, the Maratha Kingdom included the whole of costal Maharashtra, Karnataka, and parts of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. After Shivajiís death in 1680, he was succeeded by his son Sambhaji. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was Shivajiís sworn enemy. After Shivaji's death, Aurangzeb marched to Central India to end the Maratha Empire. After a struggle of 9 years Sambhaji was captured and killed by Aurangzeb.

Sambhaji was succeeded by his younger brother Rajaram. Sambhaji's brutal death angered Rajaram. He continued the fight against Aurangzeb. He fought for nearly 10 years, until his death. The fight against the Mughals was continued by Tarabai, Rajaramís widow.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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