Shiv Jayanti or Shivaji Jayanti is a big festival in India, especially in Maharashtra to celebrate the birth anniversary of the warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The founder of the Maratha Empire, Shivaji Maharaj, is admired by individuals across the world and his birth anniversary is grandly celebrated. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is observed on two different dates.
As per the Hindu Lunar calendar, Shivaji Jayanti 2020 will be celebrated tomorrow, March 12 to commemorate his birth anniversary.
Shivaji Jayanti 2020 date
Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is marked on two different dates. One as per the English calendar on February 19 and the other according to the Hindu Lunar calendar on March 12, which is tomorrow.
According to Drikpanchang, the auspicious tithi for Shivaji Jayanti 2020 begins at 3:30 pm on March 11 and ends at 11:58 am on March 12, 2020. Shiv Jayanti 2020 is the 390th birth anniversary of the great Maratha King.
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.