Celebrating Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti in Mumbai

It was an as usual tiring day from office and I alighted at Andheri Station in Mumbai, to walk home at around 7:30 pm. As I walked home, I see this huge procession on the road. First my cautious brain stopped me and said, is it a religious fest and am I gonna be held up in the midst of it.???

Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanthi Mumbai Maharashtra

Then the sight of what I saw, not only gave a sense of relief but also an exuberating feel that I am blessed to witness the Chatrapathi Shivaji Jayanti on Feb 19th. Chatrapathi Shivaji, the founder and first king of the legendary Maratha Empire was born in Feb 19, 1627 to Jijabai and Shahaji Bhonsle. He was named after a local Goddess Shivai. He was known for his knowledge on Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabaratha, which were constantly inculcated into him by his mother. He was known for his love towards his mother. And more than everything else, he was known for his military powers and the establishment of the Maratha Empire. Well, a little flashbacks from my History books from those lovely school days. 
Coming back to Andheri, what I witnessed first was truck, essentially a tableau of Chatrapathi Shivaji’s golden colored bust with people dressed up as soldiers guarding on either sides. This was followed by several people dressed up as Chhatrapati Shivaji riding on horses. This was followed by the traditional Powada Dance of Maharashtra which a tribute to Chatrapathi Shivaji. I personally found this Powada Dance similar to Oyilattam of Tamil Nadu, essentially a folk dance having a fabric in hand with an astonishing leg beat. I had a perfect evening listening to the unstoppable beats and energizing rhythm at the end of the day. 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanthi Mumbai Maharashtra

Birthday of Maratha Warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji

On Feb 19th every year, Chatrapathi Shivaji Jayanthi is celebrated in a grand way all over Maharashtra. In Mumbai these processions happen everywhere on roads and public and private grounds and parks. It is definitely one of the most important Mumbai festival and events that one must experience atleast once in lifetime. Another such event in Mumbai is Ganapathi Visarjan. 


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