Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2024: History, Date & Timings

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2024

Recently, the DF Government announced that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti will be celebrated on 19 February 2024 as per the English Calendar and 28th March as per the Hindu Samvat Calendar. This year marks the 394th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was one of the bravest rulers in the history of India who founded the Maratha Empire. His reign is characterised by religious tolerance and respect for all communities. Stay tuned and keep reading to learn about the history, date, and timings of Shivaji Jayanti 2024!

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti Timings

The following table consists of the timings and dates for Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti in 2024. 

Tithi  Timings  Date 
Tritiya Tithi 05:06 PM 27 March 2024
Tritiya Tithi 06:56 PM 28 March 2024

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History of Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti

Despite the massive popularity of Shivaji Maharaj, scholars around the world have different opinions on his exact birth date.

  • While one group proposes February 19, 1630, as the day Shivaji was born, other scholars propose April 6, 1627.
  • The date February 19, 1630, has been accepted as the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj by the government of Maharashtra.
  • In 1968, the Maharashtra government established a committee of historians headed by M. N. Dixit and several other prominent members.
  • They collectively agreed upon Falgun Vadya Tritiya according to the Hindu calendar and February 19 according to the English calendar.

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How is Shivaji Jayanti Celebrated?

Shivaji Jayanti
Source: Pillai College of Engineering

In India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country. 

  • In the state of Maharashtra, it is celebrated as a state-wide holiday with many schools, colleges, and offices being shut down. 
  • Additionally, numerous processions are also taken out where people participate dressed up as Shivaji and his army. 
  • Plays and dramas are also organized to depict the life of Shivaji and his glorious battles in various places. 
  • Numerous government officials give speeches to the general public.
  • People across India pay their respects to Shivaji and remember his battles against fighting Mughal forces and keeping the country safe. 
  • Apart from Maharashtra, his Jayanti is also greatly celebrated in Goa and Karnataka. 

What is the Significance of this Day?

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti holds great significance for the people of India for different reasons such as:

  • It commemorates the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj who was one of the most prominent Maratha rulers in history. 
  • This day offers a remarkable opportunity for the people of India to remember this great personality and his extraordinary achievements.
  • It also inspires young people of the country to get inspired by Shivaji’s leadership, determination, courage, and respect for the diverse religious beliefs of the country.

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FAQs

What is celebrated on 19 February in India?

Every year India observes 19 February as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti. This day commemorates the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire.

Why is Shivaji Jayanti celebrated 2 times?

Interestingly, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti also known as Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated twice a year. This is because according to the Samvat Hindu calendar, Shivaji was born on the third day of Phalgun. On the other hand, Shivaji was born on 19 February as per the Gregorian calendar.

Why is Chhatrapati Shivaji famous?

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj laid the foundations of the great Maratha empire. Along with his strong navy across the Konkan coast, a courageous army, and the fire to keep his region safe from Mughal invasions, Shivaji led and won numerous battles against several rulers. Moreover, he was also considered a master of guerrilla warfare.

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