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SAMBAR, THE GREAT TAMIL DISH OF MAHARASHTRIANS:

"chatrapathi shivaji's son sambhaji added a little tamarind to his dhal and none in the royal kitchen corrected him. of course,he loved his concoction and sambhar got its name."

the story goes that the original recipe for sambar- a dish which is so intrinsic to tamil nadu cuisine- can actually be traced to maratha ruler chatrapathi shivaji's son. legend has it that shivaji's son Sambhaji, who was one of the maratha rulers,attempted to make dal for himself when his head chef was away. "he added a little tamarind to the dhal that he made and no one in the royal kitchen dared to correct him on the fact that tamrind was not used in dhal. sambaji loved his own concoction,which was then referred to as sambar. the other culinary contribution of the marathas, now popular in tamil nadu is "poli" (sweet roti).
although sambhaji's sambar is more lore than recipe, and there are more than 50 varieties of sambhar …
glass painting of maharajah serfoji ll :

today is the 237th birth anniversary of maharajah serfoji ll. he was born on 24th september 1777. and became the rajah of thanjavur on 30th june 1798. his reign witnessed revival on literature, education, music,dance, medicine, and infact his period was the golden era in the history of thanjavur. serfoji ll therefore devoted his life,interest, and wealth for the cultural uplift in spheres of literature,medicine, music,dance, drama and other fine arts, which paved the way for an upheaval in art,literary and cultural fields.

it is recorded that serfoji built boats or doughs fit for coastal ships. the doughs are of no ordinary means but sufficiently big and powerfull. the one such he built at thiruvaiyaru on the banks of cauvery. sadar mahal palace and sarjah mahal was built by him in 1824.

serfoji ll was more than a bibliophile. he also built dhavantari mahal where physicians of allopathy,ayurveda, unani and siddha researched their systems of medici…
interior view of thanjavur maratha palace, 18th century

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Maharajah Serfoji 2 memorial hall museum, sadar mahal palace Thanjavur
statue and wall paintings of thanjavur maratha maharajah serfoji 1 in tirukkadaiyur Abirami temple.

Tirukkadaiyur has one of elegant Brahmin quarters near the temple called as agraharams established by the Maratha ruler Serfoji I,a great admirer of Brahmin poets and bards, in the early part of the 18th century.

One day, Raja Serfoji 1 (1712-1728 A.D), the Maratha Raja of Thanjavur who ruled over the land, visited the temple to pay homage to Lord Shiva. On noticing the peculiar behavior of Subramaniya Iyer who was a temple priest, he inquired the other priests about the individual. One of them remarked that he was a madman while another rejected this categorization explaining to the king that Subramaniya Iyer was only an ardent devotee of Goddess Abhirami. Seeking to know the truth himself, Serfoji approached the priest and asked him what day of the month it was i.e. whether it was a full-moon day or a new-moon day. Subramaniya Iyer answered mistakenly that it was a Pournami (full moon …
prince pratap sinha rajebhosle receiving a certificate of completing course on marathi and modi script conducted by thanjavur maharajah serfoji's saraswati mahal library (TMSSML) from the honourable vice chancellor of thanjavur tamil university, Mr M.thirumalai.

Admin's short biography:

prince Pratap Sinha Raje Bhosle alias Rana son of Serfoji Rajah Bhosle (elder son of Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle) of Sadar Mahal Palace born on 19TH November 1993. He is presently studying B.Tech in Chennai. He is like his grandfather and father, has interest in doing research on Thanjavur Maratha dynasty and also to collect rare antiques like coins, photographs etc. He has flair knowledge of history of Marathas of Thanjavur. Recently he has completed a course on Conservation of Museum at Egmore Museum, Chennai and a short term course on marathi and Modi Script at Thanjavur Maharajah Serfoji’s Saraswathi Mahal Library, Thanjavur. He is enthusiastic in learning new things. Further, in Chennai he is…
photo took during the inauguration of maharashtra samaj (maharashtra association) by prince Tulajendra rajah bhosle at thanjavur on 7th febuary 1990. the funds for installing a maharashtra samaj in thanjavur was also provided by hon. ex chief minister of maharashtra, sharad pawar in 1990 and was received by prince Tulajendra rajah bhosle, who was the chairman and president of the thanjavur maratha samaj.

Maharajah Serfoji 2 memorial hall museum, sadar mahal palace Thanjavur
sarjah mahal, thanjavur. 
sarjah mahal was constructed in the year 1824 A.D under western engineering talent. by rajah serfoji ll.
a rare written palm leaf manuscript (oolaichuvadi) bounded in the form of shiva linga at one of the university in chennai, tamil nadu. 

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Maharajah Serfoji 2 memorial hall museum, sadar mahal palace Thanjavur