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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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this is a conspiracy of bramhins to bury the history of shivaji. dadoji kondedev was not the father of shivaji maharaj..dadoji was nobody ..sant(saint tukaram was the teacher of shivaji maharaj..mother of shivaji jijabai was a clean and very very brave ..james laine's book is nothing but a fake history created by the help of brahmins to falsify the whole history of indians..bramhins have always opposed shivaji because he belonged to the lower caste..and not to forget that caste system was created by brahmins...

birth dates of shivaji are falsified by bramhins...

james laine have absolutely no evidence to show that dadoji kondedev is shivaji's father.. the person who told the info about shivaji is a bramhin and was beaten by the public when public knew that wrong info is fed by bramhins to james laine about shivaji.

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1. Bold font is not necessary. 2. Saying it is false is good enough- you do not have to qualify it as a falsification/conspiracy. That's not really keeping in synch with the tone and timbre of H:SE unless you have evidence that it is falsification rather than an error. –  Rajib Apr 21 at 14:44
1) You can't blame Brahman unless you have evidence about that 2) Tukaram was not teacher of Shivaji, Shivaji's teacher was Dadoji Kondedev, and everybody knows it. I think no other but you are creating conspiracy. –  Khris Howard 2 days ago
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