About Shivaji Jayanti
Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of Shivaji Maharaj which is a grand occasion of the state of Maharashtra. Shivaji Maharaj was the greatest ruler of Maharashtra. So, Maharashtrians have a great regard for this Maratha ruler. To give a respect, the birthday of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated on huge scale. On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti several processions are taken out and people dress up like Shivaji and his associates. The birthday is celebrated on a huge scale and various programmes remembering the achievements of the great ruler are organized.
When it is celebrated
This festival is celebrated for one day on 19th February every year, the day when the leader was born in Maharashtra.
Where it is celebrated
This holiday is celebrated extensively in the regions of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. He is especially popular in Maharashtra and not only has many public buildings named after him but is also considered a demigod by many.
Shivaji was born on 19th February, 1627. His parents Jijabai and Shahaji Bhonsle named him Shivaji after local Goddess Shivai. Shivaji was the creator of the Maratha nation and was also successful in uniting the several Maratha chiefs. His military and civil administration was of greatest importance. He was successful in carving out a small kingdom by defeating the alien powers. Chatrapati Shivaji is a hero not only for the people of Maharashtra but for those of India as well. Therefore, greatness of Shivaji is alive in the minds of Maharashtrian in particular and in the minds of every India in general. His dazzling victories and ever-ready smile made him the idol of his soldiers.
In 1674, Shivaji Maharaj was crowned as a ‘Chhatrapati’ at Raigad Fort and he came to be known as “Chhatrapati Shivaji”. He was a motivated, enthusiastic and always energetic.
He died in the year 1680 after laying down the foundation for Hindu empire.He has been a source of inspiration and pride for generations for his courage and military acume.
At the age of 16, he seized the Toma fort and by the time he was 17 had seized the Rajgad and Kondana forts. His aggressive tactics continued until 1676. By this time he had significantly expanded the Maratha Empire through the use of guerrilla tactics. Today, he is regarded as both a great warrior and civil administrator.
On his birthday, the government organizes a grand occasion where several processions are held and people dress up like Shivaji and his other associates. Several programmes are organized to recognize and remember the great deeds done by this legendary ruler. Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated with many colorful parades and public shows that chronicle his life.
Floral tributes are offered to the statue of Shivaji at the Shivneri Fort. There are also many speeches on his importance given by prominent government officials on this day. This festival is a small gesture to commemorate his works.
Shivaji Park is a public park situated in Dadar, Mumbai. In 2015, MNS corporator Sandeep Despande launched Selfie Point at Shivaji Park.
The Mumbai International Airport has relocated the large Chhatrapati Shivaji statue towards the approach road to the airport on the Western Express Highway.
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