Shivaji was a fearless military leader who grew up under the trainings and supervisions from commanders like Gomaji Naik and Baji Pasalkar. He was a young and a motivated, enthusiastic and energetic personality right since his childhood. He was also successful in inspiring local youths to follow his idealistic pursuits. At the age of 17, he attacked and captured Torna Fort of Bijapur and by 1647 he took control of Kondana and Raigad Forts. By 1654, the Western Ghats along the Konkan Coast were also under his control.
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