The Bhosale Scions and Cooper

Shrimant Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of “Hindavi Swaraj“ is the deity figure of all Maharashtrians and Indians. Sir Dhanjisha Cooper had long family association with the Bhonsale family that continued for generations.

The 'Rangamahal', the building in Satara where Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj used to meet his council, is well-known in history. Peshwa Bajirao-I, a General and a statesman of Maratha Empire, was appointed as Peshwa of the Ashta-Pradhan (eight-minister council) of Shahu, the Chhatrapati (ruler) of the empire, in these premises in 1719.

On 17th April 1960, Sam N Cooper started Satara Industrial Work in the same premises. The twentieth century continued the close relationship between the Bhonsale scions, and the Cooper family and the Ajinkyatara Fort is witness to that. After the death of Chhatrapati Pratapsingh Maharaj in 1925, the adoption for the throne of Satara was delayed by British on various grounds. Sir Dhanjisha Cooper proved with lot of historical evidences and persuasions to the British Governor, that Shahu Maharaj was indeed the descendant of Shivaji Maharaj family, and it was then that the British awarded the succession. Sir Dhanjisha Cooper was instrumental in deciding the marriage of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The marriage witnessed the royal presence of princely state-heads from Bikaner, Gwalior, Indore, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

The 50-years strong friendship of Rajmata Sumitra Raje and Homai Cooper - the daughter-in-law of Sir Dhanjisha Cooper, is still remembered in Satara. At the inauguration of Satara industrial works, Rajmata Sumitraraje Bhonsale, Chhatrapati Pratapsingh Maharaj and Seth Lalchand were guests of honour. The relations between Cooper family and Bhonsale family has reached new heights in the fourth generation with Shrimnat Chhatrapati Udayraje Maharaj and Shrimant Chattrapati Shivendraraje.

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