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I want to know : To whom was it mandatory to perform sati during shivaji's rule- only kshatriya widows? or all widows irrespective of castes?

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    I think it has always been based upon choice, instead of a rule. During Mahabharata, Satyawati, Ambika, Ambalika, Kunti did not perform Sati, but Madri did. – V.Aggarwal Jun 1 at 11:01
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    @V.Aggarwal, yes Sati is voluntary. Shastras do not mandate it. But it is not prohibited either. Great rewards are mentioned in afterlife/other-planets where wife & her husband live together happily. – ram Jun 1 at 22:31

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