Maharashtra is all geared up to celebrate the 390th birth anniversary of great Maratha warrior Shivaji Maharaj today.
ShivJayanti, which is a festival and public holiday of the Maharashtra state, sees citizens celebrating the birth of the warrior king through various social and cultural programmes as well as through the organisation of processions in his honour.
Shiv Jayanti was started by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule in 1870 with the first-ever event being held in Pune. Later Bal Gangadhar Tilak revived the image of Shivaji and worked to unite people against the British Raj through Shiv Jayanti.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born February 19, 1630, at Shivneri Fort. Considered as the greatest Maratha ruler, Shivaji was known for establishing a competent and liberal civil rule with well-structured administrative organisations.
SHRI Sadguru Siddharudh Adhyatma Samiti
The Samiti has organised various religious programmes on the occasion of Mahashivratri on February 21 at the premises of Shri Siddharudh Shiv Mandir, Bajiprabhu Square, Ram Nagar.
The programmes will start with Laghurudra from 4 am followed by a day-long programme of Rudrabhishek. Jaap of Panchakshari Mantra, Bhajan, Stotra Pathan etc will be held on this occasion. Shri Siddharudh Shiv Mandir has a unique and natural Chandramauleshwar Shiv Lingam installed in its premises.
DURGADEVI Sarvajanik Devasthan, Pratap Nagar
It will celebrate Mahashivratri Mahotsav from February 19 to 21 at Mandir Premises in Pratap Nagar. The temple will remain open for devotees from 6 am to 11 pm during the celebration.
Sarveshwara Devalayam, Ramnagar
Various religious programmes will be held on February 21 and 22 at Sarveshwara Devalayam, Ramnagar. The programmes will start with Sankalpam on February 21 at 8.00 pm and Rudrabhishekam to Lord Shiva from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm and from 10.30 pm on to 12.30 am followed by Mahanyasa Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam and Rudra Trusadi.
Koradi Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Mandir
Mahashivratri will be celebrated at Koradi Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Mandir on February 21. Laghu Rudra Abhishek will be performed on the day. Former guardian minister of Nagpur Chandrashekhar Bawankule will be the chief guest of the programme.