Jaanta Raja (Mega-Play) | Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Era Relics and Memorabilia To Be Collated: Maha Chief Minister Eknath Shinde

Proposed Slew of Programs Across Maharashtra To Rekindle Youth Using Inspirational Acts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; The Jaanta Raja (mega-play) will commence the 350th year celebrations across the state to include an exhibition of arms and ammunitions used during the Maharaj’s era

Mumbai, June 1, 2023: Jaanta Raja (Mega-Play) | Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri. Eknath Shinde formally announced the commencement of the 350th year celebrations of the national icon and Maratha King here today and said, “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s kingdom was the ideal state. Shiv Chhatrapati took decisions in the interest of the common people. The Cultural Affairs Department of Maharashtra was tasked with the project to collect and collate Shivaji era period literature and relics and other objects from across the world to re-awaken his thoughts and preserve the historical heritage of the life and times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”

Various programs will be organized to mark the occasion of the 350th year of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Coronation Day celebrations by the Cultural Affairs Department of the State Government. The formal commencement of the anniversary was witnessed at a function held at the Gateway of India and inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri. Shinde.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated a Shivaji era Weapons Exhibition during the function that was also attended by State Minister for Forests, Cultural Affairs and Fisheries Sudhir Mungantiwar, Mrs. Sapna Mungantiwar, Director of Cultural Affairs Department Vibhishan Chavare, Director of Archeology Department Tejas Garge, Deputy Secretary Vilas Thorat, Srinivas Veerkar and Vineet Kuber.

The celebrations were marked by the enactment of the Mahanatya: ‘Janata Raja’ that was presented live through an on-stage performance on the occasion. Chief Minister Shri. Shinde and Minister Shri. Mungantiwar inspected the weapons display and were provided nuanced details and information related to the armaments from the Shiv Chhatrapati era. A martial arts demonstration of the hand-to-hand combat skills used in the era gone by was also performed by the artists that made an impression on Shr. Shinde.

On this occasion Chief minister Shri. Shinde noted that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was a very skilled organizer and administrator. “This can be physically witnessed by visiting the forts built by Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaji Maharaj took care of the common people. 350 years have passed since his coronation day. Another grand function will be held at Raigad fort on Friday, June 2. This is a moment of immense pride for Maharashtra,” Shri. Shinde said,

He further noted that various programs will be organized throughout the year to mark the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s coronation. He also talked about innovative activities being carried out by the Cultural Affairs Department while sharing his appreciation to the minister of the concerned state department, Shri. Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Minister Shri. Mungantiwar said that the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Rajyabhishek ceremony will be held on June 2 at Raigad fort. “In this ceremony, water from 1,108 rivers and reservoirs of the state will be used for the anointment ceremony. Efforts are on to bring back from England the tiger claw and Ma Jagdamba sword personally used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The British government has conceded to allow Indian visitors to view the tiger claw and sword. Apart from this, there is an effort to publish postage stamps based on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his trusted generals during the ongoing celebrations. Apart from this, the mega play ‘Janata Raja’ will be exhibited across the state. A festival of the best ten films on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj will be held. Through various means, the thoughts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj will be conveyed to the common people,” Shri. Mungantiwar said.

He appealed to the citizens to take the initiative as the Cultural Affairs Department is trying to make this proud and glorious history of Maharashtra known to the world. Director of Cultural Affairs Department Mr. Chawre proposed a vote of thanks.

Display of weapons of Shivaji period

On the occasion of the 350th year of the coronation ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj the State Government Directorate of Archaeology and Museums has organized an exhibition of Shivaji era weapons at the Gateway of India. It was also inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri. Shinde. The exhibition features more than four hundred weapons from the three-and-a-half century old era and includes swords, belts, daggers, spears, body armour and guns that will be on public view for citizens. From June 2 to 6, 2023, an exhibition of weapons of the Shivaji era with live demonstrations of weapon use will be on display at the Gateway of India. Apart from this, martial arts presentations and weapons information will be provided to visitors (four times a day). Also, Rajasthani folk art will be presented on June 2nd, Maharashtra folk art on Saturday 3rd and on Sunday 4th June, folk art of Goa and Gujarat states will be presented from Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th June 2023.


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