Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's sword will be brought back from Britain. For this, the Government of Maharashtra has started efforts. Maharashtra Culture Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the state has approached the Centre for this. He said the Maharashtra government will also try to contact UK PM Rishi Sunak in this regard.
Sudhir Mungantiwar said that in 2024, the 350th anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj will be celebrated. In such a situation, we wanted to bring back Chhatrapati Shivaji's 'Jagdamba Talwar' from Britain. He said that Shivaji Maharaj used it, so it is very important for us. Mungantiwar said that we have discussed with the central government to bring back the sword from Britain. He said that Indian-origin leader Rishi Sunak has now become the Prime Minister of Britain. According to the Culture Minister, we will try to have a conversation with the UK PM Rishi Sunak. If Britain hands over the sword to us, it will be of great help to us as we will have a number of celebrations in 2024. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "Obviously we want the sword back as it is a matter of pride for us."
According to the historian, 'Chhatrapati Shivaji's Jagdamba Talwar' was gifted to the Prince of Wales by his descendants who were then on the throne in 1875. This sword was later kept in the Royal Museum in Britain. However, after it went to Britain, efforts were made to bring it back. But it could not be brought back.