Family: Bhosale, Chhatrapati Shivaji / Bhosale, Saibai (F5)  [1

m. 16 May 1640

Family Information

  • Father | Male
    Bhosale, Chhatrapati Shivaji

    Born  19 Feb 1627  Shivneri Fort, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  3 Apr 1680  Raigad Fort, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  16 May 1640   
    Other Spouse  Bhosale, Soyarabai | F6 
    Other Spouse  Bhosale, Putalabai | F7 
    Other Spouse  Bhosale, Sakvarbai | F8 
    Other Spouse  Bhosale, Kashibai | F9 
    Father  Bhosale, Shahaji | F1 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Bhosale, Jijabai | F1 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Bhosale, Saibai

    Born  1633  Phaltan, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  5 Sept 1659  Rajgad Fort, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Nimbalkar Naik, Mudhojirao II | F10 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Nimbalkar Naik, Reubai | F10 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    Nimbalkar Naik, Sakhubai

    Born  7 Sep 1651  Rajgad Fort, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Nimbalkar Naik, Mahadaji | F12 

    Child 2 | Female
    Jadhav, Ranubai

    Born  1653   

    Child 3 | Female
    Mahadik, Ambikabai

    Born  1655   

    Child 4 | Male
    + Bhosale, Sambhaji

    Born  14 May 1657  Purandar Fort, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  11 Mar 1689  Tulapur - Vadhu, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Bhosale, Sueebai | F129 
    Spouse  Bhosale, Yesubai | F17 

  • Sources 
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      WIKI.Sai_Bhonsale, Wikipedia, (Wikipedia).

      Saibai Bhosale
      Maharani of the Maratha Empire
      Rajmata Shrimant Chatrapati Saibai Shivajiraje Bhosale
      A 2012 artist's rendition of Saibai[1]
      Born Saibai Nimbalkar
      c. 29 October 1633
      Phaltan, Ahmadnagar Sultanate (present-day Maharashtra, India)
      Died September 5, 1659 (aged 26)
      Rajgad Fort, Pune, Maratha Empire (present-day Maharastra, India)
      (m. 1640)
      Issue Sakhubai Nimbalkar
      Ranubai Jadhav
      Ambikabai Mahadik
      House Nimbalkar (by birth)
      Bhosale (by marriage)
      Father Mudhoji Rao Naik Nimbalkar
      Mother Reubai
      Religion Hinduism

      Saibai Bhonsale (née Nimbalkar) (c. 1633[1] – 5 September 1659) was the first wife and chief consort of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. She was the mother of her husband's successor Sambhaji.


      Saibai was a member of the prominent Nimbalkar family, whose members were the rulers of Phaltan from the era of the Pawar dynasty[citation needed] and served the Deccan sultanates and the Mughal Empire. She was a daughter of the fifteenth Raja of Phaltan, Mudhojirao Naik Nimbalkar and a sister of sixteenth Raja, Bajaji Rao Naik Nimbalkar.[2] Saibai's mother Reubai was from the Shirke family. Ravali from Andhra Pradesh being the current last grand daughter of Shivaji and Saibai.


      Saibai and Shivaji were married while still in their childhood on 16 May 1640 at Lal Mahal, Pune.[3][4] The marriage was arranged by his mother, Jijabai; but was evidently not attended by his father, Shahaji nor his brothers, Sambhaji and Ekoji. Thus, Shahaji soon summoned his new daughter-in-law, son and his mother, Jijabai, to Bangalore, where he lived with his second wife, Tukabai.[5] Shahaji held a grand wedding ceremony at Bangalore.[6]

      Saibai and Shivaji shared a close relationship with each other. She is said to have been a wise woman and a loyal consort to him.[7] By all accounts, Saibai was a beautiful, good-natured and an affectionate woman. She is described as having been a "gentle and selfless person."[8]

      All of her endearing personal qualities, however, were a sharp contrast to Shivaji‘s second wife, Soyarabai, who was an intriguing lady.[9][10] She also had significant influence over her husband and the royal family as well. Saibai is reported to have acted as a counsel to Shivaji when he was invited by Mohammed Adil Shah, the king of Bijapur, for a personal interview.[11] During Saibai's life time, the entire household of Shivaji bore a homogeneous atmosphere despite the fact that most of his marriages were performed due to political considerations.[10]

      After Saibai's untimely death in 1659 followed by Jijabai's death in 1674, Shivaji's private life became clouded with anxiety and unhappiness.[12] Although Soyarabai had gained prominence in the royal household following their deaths, she was not an affectionate consort like Saibai, whom Shivaji had dearly loved.[13]

      Saibai remained Shivaji's favourite till he died. A great source of inspiration to him, legend has it that "Sai" was the last word he uttered on his deathbed.[1]


      During the course of their nineteen years of marriage, Saibai and Shivaji became parents of four children: Sakavarbai (nicknamed "Sakhubai"), Ranubai, Ambikabai and Sambhaji. Sakhubai was married to her first-cousin, Mahadji, the son of Saibai's brother, Bajaji Rao Naik Nimbalkar[citation needed]. Ranubai married into the Jadhav family. Ambikabai married Harji Raje Mahadik in 1668.[14] Saibai's fourth issue was her only son, Sambhaji, who was born in 1657 and was Shivaji's eldest son and thus, his heir-apparent. The birth of Sambhaji was an occasion of great joy and significance in the royal household for many different reasons.[15][better source needed]


      Saibai died in 1659 in Rajgad Fort while Shivaji Maharaj was making preparations for his meeting with Afzal Khan at Pratapgad. She was ill from the time she gave birth to Sambhaji and her illness became serious preceding her death. Sambhaji was taken care by her trustworthy Dhaarau. Sambhaji was two years old at the time of his mother's death and was brought up by his paternal grandmother, Jijabai.[16] Saibai's samadhi is situated at Rajgad Fort.


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      2. Katamble, V.D. (2003). Shivaji the Great. Pune: Dattatraya Madhukar Mujumdar, Balwant Printers. p. 36. ISBN 9788190200004.
      3. Balkrishna Deopujari, Murlidhar (1973). Shivaji and the Maratha Art of War. Vidarbha Maharashtra Samshodhan Mandal. p. 35.
      4. Gordon, Stewart (1993). The Marathas 1600-1818. Cambridge University. p. 60. ISBN 9780521268837.
      5. Rana, Bhawan Singh (2004). Chhatrapati Shivaji (1st ed.). New Delhi: Diamond Pocket Books. p. 19. ISBN 9788128808265.
      6. B. Muddachari (1966). "Maratha Court in the Karnatak". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. Indian History Congress. 28: 177–179. JSTOR 44140420.
      7. Sen, Surendra Nath (1930). Foreign Biographies of Shivaji Volume 2 of Extracts and Documents relating to Maratha History. K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Company Limited. p. 165.
      8. Kincaid, Dennis (1987). The History of Chh.Shivaji Maharaj: The Grand Rebel. Karan Publications. p. 78.
      9. Sardesai, H. S. (2002). Chh.Shivaji Maharaj, the Great Maratha (1. publ. ed.). Cosmo Publ. p. 1011. ISBN 9788177552881.
      10. 1 2 Vaidya, Sushila (2000). Role of Women in Maratha politics : 1620-1752 A.D. (1. publ. ed.). Sharada Publ. House. p. 77. ISBN 9788185616674.
      11. Kulkarni, A. R. (1996). Medieval Maratha country (1. publ. ed.). [New Delhi: Books & Books]. p. 20. ISBN 9788185016498.
      12. Sardesai, Govind Sakharam (1957). New History of the Marathas: Chh.Shivaji Maharaj and his line (1600-1707). Phoenix Publications. p. 263.
      13. Kincaid, Dennis (1937). The Grand Rebel: An Impression of Chh.Shivaji Maharaj, Founder of the Maratha Empire. Collins. pp. 162, 176.
      14. Charles Augustus Kincaid, Dattātraya Baḷavanta Pārasanīsa (1922). A History of the Maratha People: From the death of Chh.Shivaji Maharaj to the death of Shahu. S. Chand. p. 44.
      15. Joshi, P.S. (1980). Chhatrapati Sambhaji, 1657-1689 A.D. S. Chand. pp. 3, 4.
      16. Mehta, J. L. (2005). Advanced study in the history of modern India, 1707-1813. Slough: New Dawn Press, Inc. pp. 45, 47. ISBN 9781932705546.
      17. "Shivpatni Saibai, Sadashiv Sivade". Retrieved 30 May 2013.
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