7G, Rainbow Colony,
21st February 2014
I received your letter last week, but we were very busy with Shivaji Jayanti celebrations, and so I could not reply immediately. Shivaji Maharaj was a famous and popular king of India. Even today he is worshipped all over the country. Hence his birthday (jayanti) is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The square (chowk) in our town was turned into a fort that resembled Shivaji Maharaj’s fort at Raigad. A life-size portrait of Shivaji Maharaj on horseback was placed on one of the walls.
It was a day packed with varied programmes. Classical music resounded all around the area. The Municipal Commissioner garlanded the portrait of Shivaji Maharaj at 9 a.m. the entire town turned out during the day to homage to this great king. There was a prayer ceremony (pooja) in the afternoon in which many leading personalities of the town participated. This was followed in the evening by songs and the narration of unforgettable incidents in the life of Shivaji Maharaj (Shiva-kirtan). In many parts of the town there were songs (powadas) sung in praise of this great son of India.
It was a day of rejoicing and celebration, one that this town will always remember!
With warmest regards,