Shivaji Jayanti is a festival and public holiday celebrated in the Indian state of Maharashtra to honor the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire. The exact date of his birth is disputed, but it generally falls between February and March. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm, including processions that depict Shivaji’s life and achievements.
On 10th March, Maharashtra celebrated Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti. Just like every year, people of Maharashtra celebrated Shivaji Jayanti with full energy and joy. Our news team came across an event organized in Magathane, Mumbai.
The event was organized by Magathane Shiv Smarak samiti in Borivali (East), Mumbai. The event began at 9 am, it was a normal and simple event. However, we noticed lots of devotion and energy in that same simple event. The event was organized by Kiran Pandhari on the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti, the event was about paying tributes to Indian ruler and leader of Maratha empire Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
In an interview Kiran Pendhari said, “We have been organizing this event for 15 years, we have been doing such things since our childhood”, pointing out his cultural pride and his devotion to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. “We have never made our event political; we don’t ask for money or donations from anyone. We will do whatever we can to organize this event”, he added.
Further in the interview, he said “Anyone can celebrate Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti, this festival is not only for Marathi people because the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj even included Muslims and other several people from different castes. Anyone who lives in Maharashtra can celebrate this event” trashing the people who politicize Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti.