Namaskar Mitron, I hope you are all coping well and all are safe amidst the coronavirus fever the world is gripped with. I had decided, I would post something on अद्भुत only after Dorscon scale turns green in Singapore… It’s getting a bit weary looking at all the analysis of the situation and semi paralysis of the day to day life.
But, here I’m writing and sharing…So, what got me so excited, are these beautiful pictures shared by my dear friend Archana on WhatsApp. Now, what is it about? …Archana shared these gorgeous pictures of Shiva Jayanti celebrations at her home. I’m thrilled to bits and filled with pride, happiness to see someone celebrate Shivaji Maharaj’s Jayanti with so much love, respect, and enthusiasm…. In a world that is busy celebrating and imitating fictional characters of Superman and Harry Potter in every fancy dress competition, it is a rarity to see Hindu Vishwasamarat, my beloved Shivaba being not only lovingly remembered but passionately celebrated. Yes, Shivaba as he is lovingly called all over Maharashtra !!
|My cute little Jijaai|
Whatever little remains today, of our glorious Santana Dharma, it is only and only because of Maharaj’s timely intervention through strategic wars to abate further expansion of Mughals. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that our nation would have splintered into small states and end up as present-day Afghanistan or Cambodia. Where we can only feel proud by seeing the mutilated ruins of our glorious temples. List of such destroyed and debased temples even in present-day India is endless!
Shivaji Maharaj is credited with establishing a progressive civil rule with well-structured administrative organisations. The complexity of the forts scattered all along the Sahyandris (Western ghats) is the proof of the mindboggling engineering feats our ancestors were capable of. Maharaj was the first one to understand the importance of having a strong Naval force to provide a better security cover.
Apart from all of the professional achievements, anecdotes from his personal life enlighten us. Be it his love for his mother and motherland, how he treated women, the justice he provided to warring parties are all worthwhile to know. A role model king who ruled with utmost humility and love. We need to salute him as the first king who cut across caste barriers and brought everyone together to fight the intruder. This single factor makes him different and ahead of his time. The presence of Marathas in so many hamlets across the Indian subcontinent, (be it the Marathas of Thanjavur or the Ror Marathas of Haryana) is the testimony to the reach and spread of Hindavi Swaraj under Maharaj’s leadership.
No wonder, he is worshiped even today after 340 years. This hero worship can be found at every nook and corner of Maharashtra, every Maratha household. We have Jagdamba (another name of goddess Bhavani whom Shivaji worshiped) hooded jackets, Jai Bhawani Jai Shivaji stickers on almost every automobile in Maharashtra. But it is limited to certain sections of the society, mostly the rural areas. The city-bred millennial (the so-called Intellectuals) will scoff at this and will call it lame. So we have two sets, one who loves and worships Maharaj blindly without knowing his greatness and has no clue about his great ethical values and moral principles. And, this mere idol worship is useless and in no way helps in the betterment of the society. And the second lot, the intellectuals who seem to be too busy chasing their overseas dreams.
Every aspect of Maharaja’s life is a life lesson for us to imbibe and emulate. Then, the question that troubles me is…With so much to fall back on, why do we feel so inferior, that at the drop of a hat, we ridicule our culture, heritage, and Vedic rituals. There is this compulsive urge in all of us to show how modern we are to abandon our well-established scientific Vedic ethos and accept any imported crap. There seems to be an absolute lack of love, pride, and honor for the Sanatan Dharma.
With our textbooks(Indian) having very little reference and reverence for our real brave hearts, I think the onus of apprising our future generations rests on parents, especially mothers. Because there is no Shivaba without Jija Aai.
It is very encouraging and heartening to see these celebratory pictures at my friend’s place. This feel-good symbolic hero worship of our Maharaj is a good start. Our youth and the children need to know more about Maharaj. Not only about Shivaji Maharaj, but about many more of our gallant heroes of great Hindu dynasties and the sacrifices they have made. We hardly get to learn about these great empires in our text books.
In fact, one of the senior members of the WhatsApp group encouraged the bacche company to take Shivaji Maharaj Darshan and know more about this real Son of the soil.
These are my humble but heartfelt thoughts. My intention here is not to incite hatred for others but to ignite a flame of love and devotion for our Dharma. For, I believe “धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः” !
I started writing this on 19th Feb evening, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Jayanti, impressed and inspired by the WhatsApp pictures. And planned to share it with you all the next day. But my Washer Dryer had other plans and decided to call it quits, thus keeping me away from this for a while. Now that we have sorted and settled the WD, I’m sharing it now….In hindsight, what better day to pay homage to my beloved Shivaba, but on Shivarathri, the very lord Mahadev, whose temples protection was Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s life goal. Wishing you all A Happy Maha Shivarathri!
हर हर महादेव ! शंभो शंकरा !
जय भवानी ! जय शिवजी !
Kalyani Sreedhar Kakade