Shivaji Jayanti 2021
Shivaji Jayanti, celebrated on February 19th every year, is a grand event across the state of Maharashtra. Ask any Indian school kid about the great warriors of the nation, and the name of Shivaji is sure to crop up in the top bracket. Shivaji Bhonsle was born in Shivneri Fort in Maharashtra on February 19th in the year 1630 in the Maratha Bhonsle clan. He showed his fearless warrior traits at a very tender age. He started winning many forts at the age of 17 after fighting several tactical battles against the Bijapur Sultan to carve out his budding empire. He was instrumental in establishing the foundations of the great Maratha Empire in India, which primarily led to the decline of the Mughal Empire in the country.
The stories of his bravery and innovative guerilla tactics to fight and win against an enemy vastly superior to him in resources are part of legends. They form part of school textbooks for decades. He succeeded in establishing a Hindu Empire winning territories from the declining Bijapur Sultanate in the South and the powerful Moguls in the north during the reign of Aurangzeb. His actual accession to the throne was in 1674, which ended with his death in 1680. During this period, the British were also trying to increase their footprint in India by deceit. The Maratha Empire continued to expand and flourish even after his death. It ruled huge parts of the Indian subcontinent in the 18th century and was in power till the year 1818 when the then king was defeated.
The Shivaji Jayanti celebrations started in the year 1870 in Pune when Shivaji’s tomb was discovered. Since then, the birthday of the great king who took on many titles during his lifetime is celebrated with great pomp and splendor as Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti, mainly in Maharashtra, apart from Goa, Gujarat, and Karnataka to a lesser extent. While the tradition will continue in 2021, the celebration is going to be a simple one and face masks and other safety measures will be observed amid the Covid-19 crisis.
February 19th, Shivaji Jayanti, is a public holiday in Maharashtra. It is a day of Maratha pride, and several processions are taken out across the state with people dressed as Shivaji and his foot soldiers. In many places, many plays on Shivaji are enacted to bring out various facets of his life during Shivaji Jayanthi. It is celebrated in all the major cities of Maharashtra like Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Nashik, and Aurangabad. However, Shiv Sena celebrates Shivaji Maharaj Jayanthi on ‘tithi’ as per the Hindu calendar.
In Mumbai, Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated with great vigor in the famous Shivaji stadium. The State Government organizes the event in the park where there is a lovely statue of Chatrapati Shivaji in full battle fatigue on horseback installed on a high pedestal. The whole stadium is decorated with beautiful garlands made of colorful flowers and leaders shower petals on the statue from a helicopter to a deafening roar of the assembled crowd. Large contingents of drum beaters from various bands gather at the park to entertain the crowd.
Various cultural activities, like plays based on multiple incidents of the warrior’s life, dance, and music, are arranged in the stadium to entertain the crowd. On the whole, this is a festival organized to remember the exploits of the great king, which united the state and bonds the people together.
The stadium is highly charged and is a sea of color, with the participants wearing attractive saffron head turbans. Bunches of balloons in shades of all hues don the sky to the joy of the assembled young kids, giving it a fantastic festival atmosphere. Colorful lighting makes it even more attractive at night time.
Nagpur, Aurangabad, Pune, and other cities also arrange Shivaji Jayanti celebrations on a lower local scale at the local level. There are a number of MSRTC buses that are available to Shivaji Jayanti venues in Maharashtra. The dignitaries participate in the events organized by the local municipalities in which a large number of people take part. The purpose of this is to remember the king, recall his heroic deeds, to enjoy the day, and spread the message of patriotism, valor, courage, and sacrifice for the motherland. Local school children take part in a display of their drumming skills much to the joy of parents and spectators.
Apart from the government-organized festivities, many local organizations will also celebrate the Shiv Jayanti 2021 to commemorate the birthday. Shiv Sena, the major regional party in Maharashtra and a partner in the present coalition government, usually celebrates the Shivaji Jayanti according to the Hindu almanac based on the birth star of the emperor. The Shiv Jayanti 2021 is on March 12th of this year as per the tithi calculations, and you can look forward to grand celebrations on this day also in Shivaji Park in Mumbai and other cities across Maharashtra.
Overall, you can have a thrilling and exhilarating time by taking a vacation to Maharashtra to participate in the exciting Shiv Jayanthi 2021 festive celebrations that beacon you during the third week of February. However, you have to make sure that you follow all the Covid-19 precautionary measures while participating in any of the events. You can get the best out of the vacation by reposing trust and building a partnership with www.redbus.in and ensure convenient travel and hotel bookings for smart savings and memorable experience.