What is Shivaji Jayanti: Date, Time, History and Celebrations of an optional holiday in India
What is Shivaji Jayanti?
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of great the Maratha emperor Shivaji Maharaj. The Jayanti is mainly observed in Maharashtra. This year’s Shivaji Jayanti marks the 390th birth anniversary of great Maratha warrior.
When is it celebrated?
Shivaji Jayanti falls on February 19 every year. The Jayanti is a public holiday in Maharashtra as it is celebrated on a grand scale in the state.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born February 19, 1630, at Shivneri Fort. Considered as the greatest Maratha ruler, Shivaji was known for establishing a competent and liberal civil rule with well-structured administrative organisations.
History & Significance of Shivaji Jayanti
There are many stories of his strength and valour. Shivaji Maharaj carved out a territory from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that led to the beginning of the Maratha Empire. The great warrior seized the Toma fort at the age of 16 and by the time he turned 17, he had taken hold of the Raigad and Kondana forts. Shivaji Maharaj’s coronation took place in 1674.
The Jayanti of the great emperor was first started in Pune in 1870 by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, who had discovered the tomb of Shivaji Maharaj on Raigad. Phule also wrote the longest and first Ballad on Shivaji Maharaj’s life.
Shivaji Jayanti had a vital role during India’s freedom struggle. Bal Gangadhar Tilak used the occasion to unite people during British oppression. Till date the Jayanti is celebrated with much fanfare, News18 reported.
Why is Shivaji Jayanti not a Public Holiday?
Shivaji Jayanti is an optional holiday. Employment and holiday laws in India allow employees to choose a limited number of holidays from a list of optional holidays. Some employees may choose to take the day off on this day, however, most offices and businesses remain open, according to Timeanddate.
Shivaji Jayanti's celebrations
|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, Redbus noted.|
4 interesting facts about Chhatrapati Shivaji
1. Shivaji Maharaj or Shivaji Bhosale is known for creating an advanced and well-structured civil administration system.
2. He carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that became the foundation stone of the Maratha Empire.
3. He was named after a regional Goddess Shivai. According to popular legend, his mother prayed to the goddess for a son and was blessed with him. Shivaji Maharaj was formally crowned as the Chhatrapati, or emperor of the Maratha Empire, in 1674. The coronation took place at the Raigad fort.
4. Shivaji promoted the use of Marathi and Sanskrit in court and administration, rather than using Persian which was the norm in those times, Hindustantimes noted.
Quotes and Messages
“If we can take inspiration from the life of Shivaji then it will be the best thing we can do for our lives…. Best wishes on Shivaji Jayanti to you.”
May you are always blessed with blessings of Shivaji to always be successful in your dreams and always be full of courage and strength…. Best wishes on Shivaji Jayanti.”
"Be strong like him, be courageous like him, be inspiring like him….. Be like Chhatrapati Shivaji.”
“Shivaji Jayanti is a special occasion because this day the most special hero of the nation was born."
Talwari Tar Saglyanchya Hatat Hotya, Takat Tar Saglyanchya Mangatat Hoti, Pan Swarajya Sthapanyachi Icchha Fakt “Marathi” Raktatach Hoti.. Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji!
Shivaji Jayanti Reminds Us of the Courageous Acts of Chatrapati Shivaji Which Will Inspire the Coming Generations Forever. Happy Shivaji Jayanti to You.
The enemy should not be considered weak nor strong. Whatever he is doing with you, he should pay attention only. Happy Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti
When the goal is to win, no matter how hard it is to achieve it and no matter what value it has to pay.
Shivaji Jayanti Reminds Us of the Courageous Acts of Chatrapati Shivaji Which Will Inspire the Coming Generations Forever. Happy Shivaji Jayanti to You, English.jagran listed.
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