History and Significance of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti


Mumbai: The legend of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj transcends the borders of Maharashtra and caters to all of India.

His efforts and contributions in reviving the Maratha empire amid the Mughal rule in India are well documented. Tales of his greatness which include his feud with Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, his killing of Afzal Khan, general of the Bijapur Sultanate with the wagh nakh (tiger claws), and his escape from prison in a fruit basket are narrated time and again.

Shivaji Jayanti, which is the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj, is held on February 19 and is falling on Saturday this year. Shivaji Jayanti is a Maharashtrian festival commemorating Shivaji Maharaj’s birth. On this day, the state observes a public holiday. The day is usually commemorated with zeal and pride.

At a very young age of 16, Shivaji seized the Torna fort and by the age of 17, he seized the Raigad and Kondana forts. During his regime, Shivaji supported regional languages such as Marathi and Sanskrit to phase out the Persian language. Thus, his contributions to Indian history makes him a role model for generations to come.


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