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12.1.17

Jijabai






Jijabai (Jijamata)(1594-1674) was the mother of  the great Maratha leader, Chhatrapati Shivaji. 
His strong character was built under Jijabai's guidance and care.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has commented:

So we must understand: “Are we allowing our children to grow big? Are they generous? Are they saints? Are they beautiful? How do they talk to others? Are they confident?”  Tomorrow they are going to be the leaders of Sahaja Yogis. Like Shivaji’s mother, like Jija Mata. How she made the son great. It’s the mother who makes the children great. (1990-1020)

… you must have heard about Shivaji, and his mother was Jijabai, a very powerful woman. (1982-1026)


Bibliography
Kamalabai Deshpande, 'Great Hindu women in Maharashtra', in Great women of India, edited by Swami Madhavananda and Ramesh Chandra Majumdar (Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1954):343-361, esp.356-358
Kalyani Devaki Menon, ‘"We Will Become Jijabai": historical tales of Hindu nationalist women in India’ Journal of Asian Studies 64(1), 2005:103-126