Birthday Of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Falls On: 19th February
About Shivaji Maharaj Jayanthi
On February 19th, the birthday of
Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated on a grand scale in Maharashtra.
Shivaji was born at the Shivneri fort on February 19th, 1630. He
was a great leader and the creator of the Maratha nation.
He united the Maratha chiefs from
Maval, Konkan and Desh regions for a higher purpose - the promotion
of Maharashtra Dharma - and carved out a small kingdom by defeating
the alien powers. He stabilised the state with effective civil and
military administration and adopted a policy of religious tolerance
to accommodate all religions and sects in his state.
Shivaji was not only the maker of
the Maratha nation, but also the greatest constructive genius of
medieval India. States fall, empires break up, dynasties become
extinct, but the memory of a true 'hero as King' like Shivaji remains
an imperishable historical legacy for an entire human race. His
dazzling victories and ever-ready smile made him the idol of his
soldiers. A royal gift of judging character was one of the main
causes of his success.