Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2021: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah hail Maratha king's courage, patriotism

Maratha king Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, was born in the year 1630 at Shivneri Fort near Pune

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Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti 2021: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah hail Maratha king's courage, patriotism

File photo of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. News18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects to Maratha king Shivaji on his birth anniversary on Friday.

Modi shared a video on Twitter which highlighted the influence of Shivaji on Indians, stating that the "Maratha king's courage will light the way for generations of Indians to come". In his tweet, Modi wrote that he is paying his respects to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the immortal son of Mother Bharati, on his birth anniversary.

Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is celebrated annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maratha king Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. He was born in the year 1630 at Shivneri Fort near Pune.

Among others who paid tributes to the warrior king were Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Naidu called Shivaji a "devout patriot, outstanding administrator, exceptional strategist and a benevolent ruler". Meanwhile, Amit Shah thanked him for introducing "the culture of public welfare services in the nation". Pawar remembered the ruler as one who "awakened the self-esteem in the minds of the people".

Minister of State (Home) G Kishan Reddy, BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje and former cricketer Virendra Sehwag also paid tributes on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti.

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