Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

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A great king was born on 19th February, 1630, on Falgun Vadya Tritya 1551 according to Shaka calendar. Today, the great Maratha warrior Shivaji Maharaj celebrates his birthday according to the western calender, according to the tithi his birthday falls on 30th March this year. The great king is an inspiration to every Marathi manus since generations and it is his vision of Swarajya that gave birth to the creation of an army dedicated to fight for the soil of Maharashtra. Though Marashtra Day is celebrated on 1st May, for on this date in 1960 the state was formed, it was Shivaji Maharaj who is truly credited for instilling in us the pride of being Marathi.

A great king was born on 19th February, 1630, on Falgun Vadya Tritya 1551 according to Shaka calendar. The great king is an inspiration to every Marathi manus since generations and it is his vision of Swarajya that gave birth to the creation of an army dedicated to fight for the soil of Maharashtra.

So how is his birthday celebrated? With loudspeakers playing Bollywood songs, huge processions and politicians giving speeches using the great kings name to ensure a vote? How do we really honour the memory of our great king? What would he feel when he decides to take a tour of Maharashtra? Would he be proud or would he be sad?

Out of our love and affection for him, we plan to make a huge statue, bigger than the statue of Liberty. This is our way of showing love for our king? Making a huge stone statue of him? Building monuments for him when the people he loves so dearly are mostly poor and facing hardships? How do we even believe our king who fought valiantly for the motherland would be happy seeing the state of the forts he and his people built? Imagine the hard work it takes to just walk up a fort and then imagine doing that with huge rocks on your shoulders. His victories at all these strategically located forts lie forgotten. The walls have become nothing more than a place where lovers engrave their names and vandals write other nonsense.

Very few know that the British systematically desecrated the forts, to ensure that the people do not get inspired by the monuments. This policy worked up to such a huge extent that by the late 19th century, Marathi people had forgotten even the Peshwas. It was through the efforts of Lokmanya Tilak that Marathi Asmita was re-awakened.

Very few know that the British systematically desecrated the forts, to ensure that the people do not get inspired by the monuments. This policy worked up to such a huge extent that by the late 19th century, Marathi people had forgotten even the Peshwas. It was through the efforts of Lokmanya Tilak that Marathi Asmita was re-awakened. Today the state of the forts is ignored by our Government and all we do is feel sad about it and forget it the next day. Are we forgetting our valiant leaders once again, this time out of ignorance?

I believe Shivaji Maharaj never died, his soul never left us. To him, Maharashtra is and always will be his home and it is our duty as his subjects to give him a gift befitting his stature, by transforming Maharashtra into a heaven on earth.

I don’t think we need a 46 meter high statue of Shivaji Maharaj (Liberty stands 46 meters tall so that’s the minimum height) to ensure his legacy stays alive. He is alive in every Marathi who loves his land and is ready to fight for it. He is saddened by the state of the forts and of his subjects who he loves dearly. The suicides in Vidharbha, the poverty in the state, the hardships of his people, the corruption in the Government and its functioning, the frequent famines and rising prices of foods and other commodities, the list is endless. How can Maharaj be happy watching this state of Maharashtra? He is here not only for a day and wont be deceived by the processions and the monuments. I believe Shivaji Maharaj never died, his soul never left us. To him, Maharashtra is and always will be his home and it is our duty as his subjects to give him a gift befitting his stature, by transforming Maharashtra into a heaven on earth.

Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji!
Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!

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