Main Article Content
The principal of a good state namely freedom in the exercise of religion, was realized in the Maratha kingdom of Thanjavur. A notable feature of the Maratha period in Thanjavur was that people belonging to different religious denominations such as Hindus, Muslims and Christians were found living together in the Maratha Kingdom. The Maratha rulers of Thanjavur right from the beginning were generous in their attitude towards the followers of different faiths and were uniformly tolerant in their religious policy. They went further, and though themselves pious Hindus, they gave their State bounty to Muslim Saints Hindu Saints without destination and respected the Quran.