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In the book Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India by James Laine, has the author provided any evidence for the assertion that Dadoji Kondadev was father of Shiavaji.

I heard somewhere that some record exists in Bakhars(written by people in the Moghal Empire) that when Shivaji was born, his father Shahaji Bhosale was in South India for a long time. Is there anything behind this, or is it just a myth?

Could this be the reason there are 2-3 Birth dates of Shivaji Bhosale? To hide the exact date when he was born, because in that period of time Shahaji Bhosale was not present near Shivaji's mother Jijabai?

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I've looked more into this, and I now wonder exactly where James Laine asserts this? Can you quote it? –  Lennart Regebro Nov 19 '13 at 9:48
Related: mombu.com/culture/canada/… –  Ali Nov 20 '13 at 6:04
@Ali is it a trust-able site or just a random opinion of someone? –  Khris Howard Nov 20 '13 at 18:34
In history we can only get claims , it is very difficult to verify them –  Ali Nov 21 '13 at 7:23
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From Wikipedia:

The earliest detailed descriptions of Shivaji's birth and boyhood are found in the works composed 150 years after his death. By this time, Shivaji had become a semi-legendary figure, and several stories had developed around his legend. Historian Jadunath Sarkar notes: "The stories told in the later Marathi bakhars about the history of his parents during the year preceding his birth and the events of his own life up to the age of twenty, are in many points contrary to authentic history, and in others improbable, or, at all events, unsupported by any evidence."

The exact birth date is unknown for the same reason. Any claims about his fathers whereabouts 9 months before his birth are likely to be grabbed out of thin air. You shouldn't listen so much to gossip. ;-)

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thanks for your answer. But can you please tell or suggest me some material where i can try to find out anything regarding this. Any kind of help will be highly appreciated :) –  Khris Howard Nov 18 '13 at 8:49
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