Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is one of the bravest rulers of India who stood up against Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor and founded the Maratha kingdom. Every year, the Jayanti is celebrated with much pomp and vigour on 19th February, especially in the state of Maharashtra.
How is Jayanti celebrated?
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj calls for much celebration as it’s a state-wide holiday in Maharashtra with almost all school, colleges and offices closed to celebrate the Jayanti i.e. Shivaji’s birthday. On this day, people are seen dressed up like Shivaji and his subordinates in the memory of Shivaji. The day is considered as the day of pride and honour for the people of Maharashtra. Other than Maharashtra state, the Jayanti is also celebrated in states like Karnataka and Goa. To celebrate the Jayanti, people also perform plays and dramas depicting the life of Shivaji. Additionally, speeches are also given by the government officials on Shivaji’s life and his great contribution in modern India.