Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti, also popularly known as Shiv Jayanti, is observed as an annual festival in Maharashtra and several other parts of India as well. The celebrations are grand and the day is declared as a public holiday in the state.
The official name of the occasion can be also termed as Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti. The Shivaji Jayanti festival is generally commemorated as the birthday of the great Maratha emperor Shivaji Maharaj.
Shivaji Jayanti 2020 will celebrate the 390th birth anniversary of the great Maratha king.
Shivaji Jayanti 2020 Date:
February 19 every marks the prosperous celebration of Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti, It is the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the great Maratha King. The festival falls on Wednesday this year. Shiv Jayanti is also an official public holiday in the state of Maharashtra. A lot of people are known to celebrate Shivaji Jayanti based on Hindu Samwat calendar.
Shivaji Bhosle I, a.k.a. Chhatrapati Shivaji was born on February 19, 1630, at Shivneri Fort in Ahmadnagar Sultanate, i.e. present-day Maharashtra. It will be his 390th birth anniversary of the great man this year.
Shivaji Jayanti 2020 History and Significance:
In the year 1869 when Mahatma Jyotirao Phule discovered the tomb of Shivaji Maharaj the festival of Shivaji Jayanti came into being. The first such observance happened in 1870, and since then the celebrations have been observed on a grand scale.
The event/tradition was also later followed by Bal Gangadhar Tilak who united people across classes and communities through Shivaji Jayanti. In Independent India too, it was the epitome Babasaheb Ambedkar who observed the occasion with much fanfare.
Shivaji Maharaj was a known warrior having impeccable skills in wars and machinery, but given how he revived the ancient Hindu culture and political traditions during his reign is second to none.
Shivaji Jayanti is known to have great historical significance. Its celebrations generally peak off on Shivaji’s birthday. The occasion also celebrates the rich culture and heritage of the Maratha community, which flourished during that period.
It also celebrates Shivaji’s valour, bravery, and the sharp intellect that he portrayed while engaging with his opponents.