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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?