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snap took during prince Tulajendra rajah bhosle visit to THANJAVUR ART GALLERY
LAST KING OF THANJAVUR, MAHARAJAH SHIVAJI ll:

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maharajah shivaji ll son of the great scholar king of thanjavur maharajah serfoji ll, ruled thanjavur from 1832-1855 A.D. shivaji ll was a scholar and a linguist.he know marathi, sanskrit and tamil. he wrote several padas (devotional songs) in marathi under the pen name "dhakte diwan". it was in his time tamil was greatly encouraged and several dramas and kavyas were produced by eminent tamil scholars.it was also in his period, the integrations of the marathi culture and literature, with that of tamil and to a certain extent telugu took place. shivaji ll authored a marathi drama called "natesa vilasa" and the drama is hailed as an excellent piece of marathi literature based on an ancient sanskrit type of dramas or natakas.his court was also adorned with notable scholars and pandits. music and bharatanatyam gained further popularity. venkoba kavi author of bhanesecha varhard, kale rao appa author of nikha…
MAHARAJAH SERFOJI ll:

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8th king of thanjavur, Maharajah serfoji ll, A scholar king who ruled thanjavur from 1798-1832 A,D a handsome and well built figure maharajah serfoji ll was a popular king.

rajah serfoji's reign witnessed revival on literature,education, music, dance, medicine, and infact his period was the golden era in the history of thanjavur.he loved foreign languages.at the same time he did not neglect his native languages and received the best hindu education under eminents pandits of the orthodox hindu school. this kind of education made him strive for the harmonious blending of both eastern and western cultures and this effort of his manifested in his various activities in the field of music, medicines etc.

he was a scholar of english, french, german, sanskrit, tamil and marathi. his several works in indian languages such as sanskrit, tamil, and marathi reveal that he was a great scholar. he wrote hundreds of songs in sanskrit and all are set to music an…
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chinese punishment.
this was taken from an interesting book illustrated by twenty one engravings with foot notes both in english and french painted in 1804 in london. the punishments are gruesome and vigorous. ingenious methods appear to have been devised to torture the victims who had committed various offences according to the prevailing law of the lands.

Maharajah Serfoji 2 memorial hall museum, sadar mahal palace Thanjavur
procession of tulaja rajah ll,.

maharajah tulaja ll son of maharajah pratap singh ruled tanjore from 1763-1787 A.D, ruled for a quarter of a century during a very disturbed period in the history of the coramandal; paved the way for the fall of the dynasty. his reignal period began when the seven years war had just ended and hyder ali's cavalry attacks on the carnatic had just started.the nawab of carnatic would not be content with anything less than the annexation of thanjavur to the history. the influence of british in thanjavur also become more pronounced.the combined forces of the east india company and the nawab attacked and took thanjavur in 1773 and thanjavur was under muslim rule till 1776.the court of directors in english questioned the conduct of east india company at madras in acting against tulaja 2, their friend and ally, and finally restored the maratha king to the throne. after this restoration thanjavur fell very much under the power of the english.his last days were…
at sadar mahal palace thanjavur
prince shivaji rajah bhosle with actor Sayaji Shinde during his visit to thanjavur sadar mahal palace
prince pratap simha rajah bhosle with vinoba bhave (social reformist)
painting of chatrapathi shivaji maharajah at sadar mahal palace.

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maharajah serfoji  ll memorial hall  museum, sadar mahal palace thanjavur
present thanjavur collector N.Subbaiyan with prince shivaji rajah bhosle. snap took during the royal marriage reception ceremony of yuvraj H.H Amarjeet rajebhosle (son of H.H Sree shivaji rajah bhosle) at thanjavur
opening inauguration of maharajah serfoji ll memorial hall museum
maharajah serfoji ll memorial hall museum in sadar mahal palace was founded by prince Tulajendra rajah P.Bhosle and was inaugurated by tanjore district collector V.S jaikodi in 1997.


  snap took during prince Tulajendra rajah P.bhosle giving a momento to  collector V.S Jaikodi at sadar mahal palace






report in hindu newspaper on 11-3-1997
painting of 6th king of thanjavur maharajah pratap singh, ruled thanjavur from 1740-1763 A.D and his son tulaja ll ruled thanjavur from 1763- 1787 A.D.
painting of sujan bai at tanjore big temple.  MAharani SUJAN BAI  ruled thanjavur from 1737 A.D to 1738 A.D was the wife of Ekoji (alies baba sahib) the fifth ruler of Tanjavur and the son of TUkkoji 1. 

prince shivaji rajah T. bhosle, current senior head of thanjavur maratha royal family with congress minister G.K vasan during his visit to sadar mahal palace.
Falcon One of the birds of Rajah Serfoji II. The Nawab of Udayagiri presented it for the King to Bhujanga Rao and Hari Rao when they were sent to Hyderabad. Rajah Serfoji II had a real judge of a horse, a cool head and a deadly shot of the tiger. Serfoji had the Urdu book on Falconry "Bajinamah" which deals with the treatment of diseases of birds translated into Marathi.
prince pratap sinha rajebhosle (Rana) [creator and admin of  maharajah serfoji ll memorial hall museum, facebook page and blogger]
FORMER MAHARASHTRA C.M SHARAD PAWAR VISIT TO SADAR MAHAL PALACE
former chief minister of maharashtra, sharad pawar visited thanjavur sadar mahal palace for first time in 1989 in the presence of prince Tulajendra rajah P.bhosle







fifth king of thanjavur, Maharajah Ekoji (baba sahib) ruled thanjavur from 1736-1737 A.D. eldest son of tukkoji maharajah, forth king of thanjavur. Baba sahib like his talented father was a sanskrit scholar. a wonderful encyclopaedia called prapanchamruta sara rajaranjini, rajanidhi (state law), pathivruta upakhyana, samashepa ramayana, pathivrutha dharma, and enakula thejonithy on an astrology are some of his works. even before he came to the throne he wrote two dramas in telugu are Ramayanam and vigneswara kalyanam. he ruled for only one year. after the death of ekoji, his brave and heroic queen, sujan bai sahib took over the control of the kingdom and placed herself on the throne of her husband and ruled over thanjavur territory as a sole and independent ruling queen since ekoji left no male heir to succeed him.the rule of sujan bai lasted for a couple of years and after her death, the people unanimously choose maharajah pratap singh, the second son of maharajah tukkoji in prefere…

A brief explanation on thanjavur and contributions of maratha scholar king 'maharajah serfoji ll' for our new pageviewer's :)

thanjavur is called the eden of the south. it deserves that name. its fertility is unbounded. it is the land in which hindu culture has made great centres of social and cultural life. great river flew through it, great cities adorn it. its temples are amongst the sacred and architecturally superb ones. it was the seat of the cholas,nayakas, and ultimately the maratha dynasties. Rajah serfoji ll of the maratha dynasty ascended the throne in the year 1798 A.D and ruled until 1832 A.D.

serfoji rajah invited learned scholars and distinguished poets from different parts of india to adorn his court. saraswathi mahal library is the living monuments for the glory of serfoji. he dedicated his life to make the library a treasure house of ancient manuscripts on all aspects of literature and art. many manuscripts are still being added. the library possesses about 4000 volumes of old books in english, greek, french, and italian printed in 18th century and acquired by raja serfoji ll. the books bear…
prince of thanjavur, shrimant Tulajendra rajah bhosle (1916 A.D-1999 A.D) son of shrimant pratap simha rajah bhosle chatrapathi born on 30th september 1916 and he had his early education in the maratha school and kalyanasundaram high school at thanjavur. he was scholar in english and french and was well versed in tamil, english, marathi, and hindi languages. as a descendent of maharajah serfoji ll, he had a strong knowledge of the history of marathas of maharashtra and thanjavur. he was the senior most member in the royal family. he was holding the position of board of governor (life) of the saraswathi mahal library and member (treasurer) of the art gallery, thanjavur. he was also an lover of tanjore art and he himself worked on many royal potraits. he was interested in collecting coins and playing games particularly tennis and badminton.

he was holding many positions in various fields.
1) thanjavur district court receiver as per O.S no.3/1919 for kottur thottam estate (royal family est…
prince shrimanth raja sree pratap simha rajah bhosle (1889 A.D- 1969 A.D) great grandson of maharajah serfoji ll.
FORTH KING OF THANJAVUR, maharajah tukkoji alias tulaja rajah 1:@rights reserved 

maharajah tukkoji (alias tulaja rajah 1) ruled thanjavur from 1728-1736 A.D. tukkoji was the 3rd son of venkoji succeeded to the throne of his father as his two elder brothers shahaji 1 and serfoji 1 had no issue. he was a pious man when he ascended the throne he was fairly aged and ruled for about seven or eight years. he was a scholar and wrote several works in marathi and sanskrit. his outstanding marathi work is bhahwlakatha choornika, natyavedhagama, dhanavantri vilasa, vyakhyanive mantra jothisa, dhanvantri sara nidhi, and sangeetha saramrutha on music. his work sangeetha saramtha is considered to be a standard work on the theory and practice of classical carnatic music even today. he patronised a large number of poets and musicians. some of his marathi scholars are mallari doss, author of pavanavijayam, kesavaraj author of bodhpar slokas, ghana shyama, author of shanmuga leela. some of his sanskrit…