15. A Memorable Ceremony

Question 1. Fill in the blanks:

(a) Shivaji selected Raigad as the capital of his kingdom.    (Sinhagad, Raigad, Panhalgad)

(b) Shivaji’s coronation took place in 1674.              (1674, 1675, 1647)

Question 2. Write the answer in one sentence.

(a) The water of which seven rivers was filled in the golden vessel ?

Ans. The gold vessel was filled with waters of the seven rivers, Ganga, Sindhu, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, Narmada and Kaveri.

(b) What Calendar did Shivaji Maharaj start from the year of his coronation ?

Ans. Shivaji Maharaj started a new calendar, the Coronation Calendar from 1674, the year of his coronation.

Question 3. Write the answers in two or three sentences.

(a) Why did Shivaji Maharaj have himself crowned ?

Ans. Shivaji Maharaj had himself crowned because;
(i) for everyone to know that Swaraj has been firmly established
(ii) to give newly founded swaraj a firm footing
(iii) to have his kingdom recognized by all other princes.

(b) Why did Shivaji Maharaj select Raigad as the capital of his Kingdom ?

Ans. Shivaji Maharaj selected Raigad as the capital of his kingdom because;
(i) Raigad was a strong hill fort
(ii) from Raigad it was easy to administer the kingdom and keep a watch on the enemy.

(c) Why did Jijamata’s eyes filled with tears of joy ?

Ans. Jijamata’s eyes filled with tears of joy because;
(i) her thirty years of efforts had borne fruit
(ii) The dream She nursed even before Shivaji’s birth had come true.

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