Chhatrapati – A Royal title used for Marathas

Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Maharashtra

Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Maharashtra Image Source


The term Chhatrapati is a royal title. It was was first used by marathas which is equivalent to emperor. It is compound of 2 words Chhatra which “Umbrella” and Pati which means “ruler”.  This terms was the symbol of kingship used by monarchies outside India too. This title signifies that the person is the supreme ruler among other princes.

This title was first introduced to Shivaji Bhosale. 

List of CHHATRAPATI in the House of Bhosale

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji (Reign: 1674 – 1680)
  • Chhatrapati Sambhaji (Reign: 20th July 1680 – 11th March 1689)
  • Chhatrapati Rajaram (Reign: 1689 – 1700)
  • Chhatrapati Shahu (Reign: 1708 – 1748)

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