Chitnis Bakhar


Shakakarte Chhatrapati Shri Shivaji Maharaj yanche Saptaprakaranatmak Charitra, better known as Chitnis Bakhar, is a Marathi language biography of Shivaji Maharaj he founder of the Hindvi swarjya It was written by Malhar Ram Rao Chitnis, whose great-grandfather Balaji Avaji held the position of Chitnis (head clerk) under Shivaji Maharaj. Chitnis had been ordered to write the text by king Shahu Maharaj II of Satara (died 1808), but the work was completed after his death, during 1810–1811. The author wrote seven bakhars (chronicles) in total, including six biographies of the Maratha kings (chhatrapatis), and a treatise on political diplomacy.Chitnis Bakhar is not arranged chronologically, and does not cite any sources. The text glorifies Shivaji Maharaj with narratives of his early life, but these narratives are not substantiated by other sources. Historian Jadunath Sarkar dismissed it as unreliable for the purposes of history, stating that "the book is incorrect, rambling or pure guess work in many places, with not even the idea of correct chronology."
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