Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti - Significance and Celebrations
Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti is an extremely significant festival among the Maratha Samaj. The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of greatest Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was a true leader and a great warrior who had his major role in the establishment of the Maratha Samaj.
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When is Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti?
He was born on February 19, 1630, in Shivneri Fort, Pune, Maharashtra, India. The day is celebrated as a grand occasion in the regions of Maharashtra as well as in various other parts of the country. Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated to pay tribute to the mighty King. His glory is still alive in the hearts and minds of people and thus the eve is celebrated with grand fervor.
Who was Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj?
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was one of the tremendous and powerful rulers who laid the foundation of a strong and invincible Maratha nation. The achievements of Chhatrapati Shivaji are countless. Because of his numerous victories, he is regarded as the great warrior and hero of Marathas.
About Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj - History and Information
Birth of Shivaji
Chhatrapati Shivaji was the famous Maratha King who was born to mother Jijabai and father Shahaji Raje who was a valiant Maratha regent.
Battles of Shivaji
At the age of 16, Shivaji attained his first victory by seizing the Toma fort and in continuation to this at the age of 17, he acquired Kondana forts and Raigad. Few of the most famous and major battles comprised of Battle of Pratapgarh against Afzal Khan, Battle of Pavan Khind, Battle of Kolhapur, and Battle of Vishalgad, among others. He won all these battles and warfares with his excellent generalship, speed, intelligence, and sheer planning.
Personal Life of Shivaji Chhatrapati
In respect to his personal life, Shivaji had married Saibai, Soyarabai, Kashibai, Putalabai, Sakvarbai, and Sagunabai. Among all Saibai is believed to be the first wife. In total, he had three daughters named Sakhubai, Ranubai, and Ambika Bai and a son named Sambhaji born of Saibai; a son named Rajaram and a daughter named Deepabai born of Soyarabai, a daughter named Raj Kunvarbai born of Sagunabai and another daughter named Kamlabai born of Sakvarbai.
How did Chhatrapati Shivaji die?
Chhatrapati Shivaji died on April 3, 1680, in Raigad at the age of 52 due to high fever and dysentery. The other sources say that he died due to the intake of poison under a conspiracy held against him. The actual cause of his death is still a mystery.
Celebrations of Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti
There are several customs of the festival which are observed in order to celebrate the day. This festival is celebrated in the most splendid manner in the state of Maharashtra.
- A grand and colorful procession takes place every year on this particular day where a number of artists perform a dance on traditional and cultural songs.
- A number of processions are held at various places in which artists dress up like Shivaji Maharaja and his associates. At some places, plays are also organized depicting the bravery and life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
- Hundreds of people from different corners of the nation become part of the celebrations and commemorate the victories and bravery of the King.
- In Maharashtra, the day is officially stated as a holiday to commemorate his birth and to celebrate the Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti in a splendid way.
- People pay tribute and respect to the military skills and courage of Shivaji Chhatrapati in the festive celebrations.
- The attendees offer floral tributes to the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji
- Homage is paid to the King for bravery and benevolence by hundreds of people which seem to be a spectacular scene for the attendees who witness the celebrations of Shivaji Chhatrapati Jayanti.
Wish you all a Happy Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti!
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