Mumbai, Jun 6 (PTI) The 336th anniversary of the coronation ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was today celebrated at the Raigad Fort in the presence of thousands of his followers. Waving saffron flags, they took out a procession in a tribute to the Maratha warrior this morning.
Water brought from all the rivers of the state was poured on the main idol of Shivaji at the fort along with 108 golden coins, replicating the original coronation which took place on June 6, 1674. Shivaji”s descendant Sambhajiraje, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare and Transport Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil were present for the ceremony.
Sambhajiraje demanded that the state government declare the day as a national festival. The coronation ceremony was entangled in a controversy as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declined permission to hold any function at the fort citing provisions of Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act 2010.
Following this, Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray had said that his party would celebrate the anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj”s coronation at the fort, irrespective of the ASI banning any such function. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan then intervened and spoke to the Centre.
The permission was granted then to celebrate the coronation ceremony ending all controversies. Uddhav said they don”t need permission from the Centre to mark the coronation ceremony and, henceforth, would not seek any nod.