Shivaji Jayanti is the birthday of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and is celebrated on the 19th February in a grand way in the state of Maharashtra as Shivaji was born on February 19th 1627 at the Shivneri fort to Jijabai and Shahaji Bhosle.
Shivaji is revered as the creator of the Maratha nation. He was a great warrior and a hero known for his military and civil administration. He used innovative methods like guerrilla tactic in his attacks. He adopted a policy of religious tolerance among all the sects and promoted Sanskrit and Marathi during his rule. Shivaji united all the Maratha chiefs of Konkan, Desh and Mayal regions and built a strong civil and military administration. He successfully carved out small kingdoms by warring against the alien powers.
It is said that after his father was offered a jagir in present day Bangalore he left behind Shivaji and his mother in Pune to take care of the Pune holdings. Shivaji’s mother had great influence on Shivaji who instilled in him love for independence. He was also greatly influenced by Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Shivaji today is a national hero and has been a source of inspiration for many. The occasion of Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated with a lot of fanfare, and processions are carried out throughout the state and many people dress up like Shivaji. He has been the nucleus of the Maratha history and has inspired many leaders of his time. In Maharashtra he enjoys the status of a demi god where the international airport, main railway station and museums are named after him. Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated with gusto and fanfare in state of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. On this day people take out grand and colorful processions with many tableaux and people dress up as Shivaji and his associates. Skits are performed depicting various events in his life. Politicians pay their respect to him on this day by garlanding his statutes.
Shivaji Jayanti is also celebrated as per Tithi. It is believed that Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhonsle was born the third day (Tritiya tithi) during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in the lunar calendar month of Phalgun.
Tithi Based Shivaji Jayanti Date 2017 :
In 2017, the Tithi based Shivaji Jayanti will be celebrated on 15th March 2017.