First Clash of Aurangzeb and Shivaji

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First Clash of Aurangzeb and Shivaji

The clash between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Mughal emperor Aurangzeb took place in early 1657. Aurangzeb attacked Bijapur at that time.

As the Prince Aurangzeb was seducing important Bijapur nobles and officers, Shivaji also offered his services to him on the condition that:

  1. He should be recognized as the legal master of the Bijapur forts and the territory which he had conquered, and
  2. also of the fort of Dabhol and the territory appertaining to it that he had recently annexed.

Aurangzeb sent a diplomatic reply; and Shivaji feeling that his interest would be better served by creating a diversion in favour of Bijapur, attacked the south-western corner of the Mughal Dakhin while Aurangzeb was engaged in the siege of Kalyani. Shivaji led an expedition to Junnar and carried away three lakhs of hun in cash. Aurangzeb was obliged to detach a part of his army to drive away the Marathas and take steps for the defense of the south-­western frontier of the Mughal Dakhin. Shivaji submitted after Bijapur,made peace with the Mughals.

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