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Today Chatrapati Shivaji Jayanti

Today 19 February is Large Celebration Maharashtra King Chatrapati Shivaji Jayanti.

About Chatrapati Shivaji

Today the birthday of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated on a grand scale in Maharashtra. Shivaji was born in 1630 at the Shivneri fort. He was a great leader and the creator of the Maratha nation.

He founded the Hindu kingdom in the Deccan against all odds, fighting against the mighty Mughals. He inspired and united the common man to fight against the tyranny of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, by inculcating a sense of pride and nationality in them.

The tiny kingdom established by Chhatrapati Shivaji known as "Hindavi Swaraj" (Sovereign Hindu state) grew and spread beyond Attock in Northwest India (now in Pakistan)and beyond Cuttack in East India in course of time, to become the strongest power in India.

He united the Maratha chiefs from Maval, Konkan and Desh regions the promotion of Maharashtra Dharma. He carved out a small kingdom by defeating the alien powers. He stabilised the state with effective civil and military administration. He was tolerant to all religions and sects in his state. He introduced systems in revenue collection and warned the officials against harassment of subjects. He thought ahead of times and was a true visionary.

Shivaji was not only the maker of the Maratha nation, but also the greatest constructive genius of medieval India. States fall, empires break up, dynasties become extinct, but the memory of a true King like Shivaji remains an imperishable historical legacy for an entire human race. His dazzling victories and ever-ready smile made him the idol of his soldiers. A royal gift of judging character was one of the main causes of his success.

The history of India is incomplete without the history of Marathas and Shivaji is the nucleus of Maratha history. Shivaji has been a source of inspiration and pride to the past generations and will continue to inspire generations in future.

On this day processions are taken out. People dress up like Shivaji and his associates to take part in the procession where they put up small skit, which they keep on performing all the way in the procession. A colourful procession with lezims (a traditional musical instrument) and floats is taken around the city. It terminates at Kranti Chowk where there is an impressive bronze statue of Shivaji Maharaj. Various programs are arranged on this day.

Today Celebration

In Mumbai, Governor K Sankaranarayanan paid floral tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue at Shivaji Park.The programme was organised by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Commemoration Committee.

Mayor of Mumbai Sunil Prabhu, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, office bearers of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Commemoration Committee and citizens were present on the occasion.The Governor also participated in the Shiv Jayanti celebrations organised by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at Mayor's Bungalow and listened to the patriotic songs presented by the Sangeet Kala Academy of Municipal Corporation.

The state government's official 'Shiv Jayanti' celebrations are held on February 19 each year.
The Shiv Sena celebrates 'Shiv Jayanti' on March 24, while the state government holds the official celebrations on February 19.

Today Sms

Remember, my friend Remember about
A great leader
A great freedom fighter
Honor of Maharashtra
“Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj”

Nischyacha Mahameru
Bahut Jananshi AaDharu
Akand Sthithicha Neerdaru
Sreemantha Yogi

Yashvant Keertivaant
Samartyavant Varadaavant
Punyaavant Neetivaant
Janataa Raja.

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