Shivaji Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was celebrated with traditional fervour in Maharashtra. In Mumbai, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao paid floral tributes to the Maratha warrior king at the Shivaji Park.
The programme was organised by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Commemoration Committee. The Governor garlanded the statue of Shivaji and also visited the memorial of late Bal Thackeray. Mumbai’s Guardian Minister Subhash Desai, Minister for Transport Diwakar Raote, Mayor Snehal Ambekar, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte and office-bearers of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Commemoration Committee were present on the occasion.
The Governor later participated in the Shivaji Jayanti celebrations organised by the BMC at Mayor’s Bungalow and listened to the patriotic songs presented by the teachers of Sangeet Kala Academy of Municipal Corporation. The state government’s official ‘Shiv Jayanti’ celebrations are held on February 19 each year, while the Shiv Sena celebrates ‘Shiv Jayanti’ as per the “tithi.”
Sena leader Desai, who is the Industry Minister, said that his party wants the government to celebrate the event as per the “tithi,” which falls on March 8 this year. “We have sent a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde in this regard,” Desai said. “We pointed out that a committee appointed by the previous government had suggested that the Shiv Jayanti be celebrated as per the tithi – on Falgun Vadya Tritiya,” the minister said.