Feb. 19, 2021, 7:13 p.m. by Karuwaki Speaks ( 350 views)
Shivaji Jayanti is the birth anniversary of great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated every year on February 19 . The creator and founder of the Maratha Empire, Shivaji was born in 1630 at Shivneri Fort near Pune. This year marks the 391th birth anniversary of the great Maratha. Shivaji Jayanti is mainly observed in Maharashtra and is a public holiday in the state. The day is celebrated with much fanfare and people organise cultural programmes and processions in his honour.
History and significance of Shiv Jayanti
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti or Shiv Jayanti was started in 1870 by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, who had discovered the tomb of Shivaji Maharaj on Raigad, from around 100 km from Pune. The celebrations were first held in Pune.The tradition was later followed by noted freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak who popularised the image of Shivaji Maharaj by highlighting his contributions. Tilak helped bring together people during the Independence movement through Shiv Jayanti and stood up against British rule.
The day also sees the confluence of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Maratha community. People remember and praise Shivaji Maharaj’s bravery and intellect that he showcased while tackling his enemies.
Shivaji Jayanti is also celebrated in Goa and Karnataka. There are processions and dramas enacted on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and speeches made on Shivaji Jayanti by prominent government officials on this day.
Shivaji had great mind of constructive genius of medieval India. Time may change, empires may go and dynasties may become faded, but the 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.