NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi valued Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at his 350th coronation ceremony today. The Maratha warrior king was crowned at the Raigad fort on June 6, 1674, as perthe Gregorian calendar; however, the Hindu calendar places his coronation anniversary on June 2, this year.
On the 350th anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's coronation, Prime Minister Modi declared, "“Hundreds of years of slavery had taken away the self-esteem and optimism of our countrymen. It was a difficult task, at that time, to instill confidence in people." But during that time, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did more than just fight the invaders; he also gave the populace hope that self-rule was achievable. A shining example of bravery and valour is Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His principles serve as a huge inspiration, PM said.
The Prime Minister added that people are being led ahead by the values established by Shivaji Maharaj. "We must complete Amrit Kaal's 25-year journey based on these beliefs. This will be the route towards Swaraj, effective government, and independence.
PM Modi also recalled how Shivaji increased the size of the Indian Navy. "The way he expanded the Navy in recognition of India's potential continues to excite us. The royal seal of Shivaji Maharaj has taken the position of the British era.
Celebrations on the 350th anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's coronation in Maharashtra got underway at the Raigad Fort in the presence of the state's chief minister, Eknath Shinde, and deputy chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis.
The 17th-century king's idol was given a "jalabhishek" by Culture Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, which is a ritual water offering. It was drawn from rivers all over Maharashtra.
The state anthem of Maharashtra, "Jai Jai Maharashtra Majha, Garja Maharashtra Majha," was played by a state police band as a form of homage to the Maratha empire's founder. From a helicopter, flower petals were dropped on the Shivaji Maharaj statue.