19 February-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

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Though there are dispute on the birth day of Shivaji but the Government of Maharashtra celebrates 19 February as a holiday commemorating Shivaji’s birth. Therefore, 19 February every year is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti.

Who was Shivaji?

Shivaji was born to Shahaji Bhonsle and Jijabai. His father served serving the Deccan Sultanetes as a Maratha General. Shivaji got his name after a local deity, the goddess Shivai. His maternal grand father was Lakuji Jadhavrao of Sindhkhed who was a Mughal aligned sardar.

It is said that the mother Jijabai had a great influence on Shivaji. He was a great believer of Ramayana and the Mahabharata. His father had one more wife ‘Tuka Bai’ from the Mohite family. His father left Shivaji and his mother Jijabai from Shivneri to Pune in the care of his jagir administrator ‘Dadoji Konddeo’.

It is said that the mother Jijabai had a great influence on Shivaji. He was a great believer of Ramayana and the Mahabharata. His father had one more wife ‘Tuka Bai’ from the Mohite family. His father left Shivaji and his mother Jijabai from Shivneri to Pune in the care of his jagir administrator ‘Dadoji Konddeo’.

Shivaji Contribution towards Marathi and Sanskrit

Shivaji had got education in Sanskriti and leart many books. His father also supported sanskrit scholars like Jayram Pindye. He had a great love for the language, so later he promoted the language in his court. He followed Marathi and Hindu traditions in his court. Before him Persian was the language that was followed in the court by other rulers.

His contribution and love towards the sanskrit can be understood from the fact that he even named Ashta Pradhan council of ministers as “Nyaayaadheesha” and “Senaapati”. He even appointed a Sanskri scholar “Keshav Pandi” as the Rajpurohit in his court

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