Shivaji swore to build his ‘Hindavi Swarajya’ here
Raireshwar, situated in Bhor, is 80-km from Pune and is easily accessible though private or public transportUpdated: Jul 28, 2017 15:06 IST
Raireshwar is not a fort, but an enormous plateau surrounded by thick woods. However, this place holds special importance for trekkers as Shivaji’s oath of ‘Swarajya’ was taken here. Situated in Bhor, the place is 80km from Pune and is easily accessible though private or public transport.
As per the historians, when Chhatrapati Shivaji, in his early 20s, realised that he must stand against the mighty Mughals in the north and Adil Shah in south. Therefore, he gathered some of his friends and visited the Raireshwar temple. During those days, the place was not easily accessible and hence provided a perfect spot to plan the rebellious movement, all the way back in 1645.
Though no written proof has been found, the local villagers still believe that Shivaji cut his little finger while taking the oath to form a kingdom and guaranteed a safe and prosperous life for its citizens. The exact words were: “Friends, now our path is clear. We shall all strive to attain our aim and work for it until it is achieved. We will have our own rule, our own kingdom. It will be yours, mine and everybody's kingdom. We refuse to live as slaves anymore. Let us take this oath with Lord Raireshwar as witness as we give ourselves completely to the great task of establishing our own Raj. God thinks that this kingdom should take shape as ‘Hindavi Swarajya’ (Hindu kingdom). We shall ensure that God's wish is fulfilled.”
Though the Raireshwar temple is a few centuries old, it’s totally different from the traditional structure as it is covered with only a metal roof. It is maintained by the ‘Jungam’ community which resides nearby. Apart from its historical significance, the plateau also offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding.
What – 400-year-old temple with a significant history
Where – On a huge plateau in Bhor, 80-km from Pune
When – 6am to 10pm
First Published: Jul 28, 2017 13:17 IST