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Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2024: A Legacy


Indian Independence  •  19 Feb, 2024  •  51,461 Views  •  ⭐ 1.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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India stands united in commemorating the 394th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on February 19, a date that marks the birth of a figure whose valour, leadership, and vision have carved a significant chapter in the annals of Indian history. Known as Shiv Jayanti, this day echoes the legacy of the founder of the Maratha Empire, celebrated with immense pride and reverence, especially across Maharashtra.

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The Historical and Cultural Significance of Shiv Jayanti

Things we should Learn from Hindu King Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
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Shiv Jayanti not only honours the birth of Shivaji Maharaj, born Shivaji Bhosale but also celebrates the establishment of the Maratha Empire—a testament to the resilience and courage of the Marathi people. Born at Shivneri Fort in 1630, according to the Hindu calendar's Falgun Krishna paksha, Shivaji Maharaj emerged as one of the greatest Maratha rulers. His audacious capture of the Torna fort at the tender age of 16, followed by the strategic acquisitions of Raigad and Kondana forts, laid the foundation for what would become a formidable Maratha stronghold.

The Dawn of Hindavi Swarajya

The Military Tactics and Strategies of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
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Shivaji Maharaj is revered not only for his military acumen but also for his foresight in re-establishing Hindavi Swarajya—a self-governed nation free from foreign domination. His vision of an inclusive and just society has inspired generations, making Shiv Jayanti a day of reflection on the values of freedom, justice, and self-reliance.

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The First Celebrations and Legacy

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2024: Date, History, Significance,  Quotes, Wishes, Messages, and More
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The first official celebrations of Shiv Jayanti trace back to 1870 in Pune, initiated by the Maratha ruler Mahatma Phule. However, it was the freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak who played a pivotal role in bringing the contributions of Shivaji Maharaj to the forefront. Tilak's efforts to highlight the Maratha king's legacy were instrumental in awakening a sense of national pride and unity among the Indian populace.

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