Not many people know this.
One of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s personal Idols was Maharana Pratap .
Shivaji Maharaj also told this to Mirza Raja Jai Singh .
“What is this Mirza Nonsense. We are poor people and make our bread by kneading it with our own sweat but you are a Rajput, …a hindu… You come from the lineage of the Incomparable Maharana …… then why do you serve these mlecchas?
Mirza Raja Jai Singh did not answer Maharaj.
More than a Hundred years later after the death of Maharaj, Peshwa Bajirao-I offered the then Maharana of Udaipur , the entire Maratha territories (half of Modern India) saying :
Please be the emperor of United rashtra
The Maharana refused, because he considered the Marathas to be shudras.
Courtesy Shonan Talpade