Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has initiated comprehensive preparations for the upcoming Navy Day celebrations on December 4, which this year coincides with the unveiling of a grand statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Malvan-Rajkot by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This year’s Navy Day holds special significance as it marks the 350th year of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s coronation, recognized as the father of Indian naval power.
In a high-level meeting, CM Shinde emphasized the need for coordinated planning among all agencies to ensure the success of these significant events. He noted that Prime Minister Modi had personally directed that Navy Day be celebrated in Sindhudurg, reflecting the monumental contribution of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the establishment and strengthening of Indian naval forces.
Sindhudurg, known for its historical significance and maritime heritage, was chosen as the venue after the Navy conducted a thorough inspection of various forts. The celebrations at Sindhudurg will not only honor the legacy of Shivaji Maharaj but also showcase the might and prowess of the Indian Navy.
During the meeting, Navy officers presented detailed plans for the Navy Day celebrations and the statue unveiling. The plans include an array of programs highlighting the naval capabilities and the historical significance of Shivaji Maharaj’s rule. A 43-feet statue of Shivaji Maharaj, erected at Rajkot on the sea coast of Sindhudurg, will stand as a testament to his remarkable life and achievements. Alongside the statue, an art gallery depicting his life and contributions has been set up, offering visitors insights into his visionary leadership.
The Navy Day program will feature various warships and fighter planes, showcasing the strength and technological advancements of the Indian Navy. Descendants of Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre and Heroji Indulkar, prominent figures in Shivaji Maharaj’s naval fleet, have been invited, adding a personal touch to the historical celebration.
In addition to the formal ceremonies, various programs and activities are planned at Tarkarli and Malvan beaches, aiming to engage the public and enhance their understanding of India’s naval heritage. These events are expected to draw senior officers from foreign navies and dignitaries from around the world, making it a global event.
Acknowledging the importance of this occasion, CM Shinde reviewed the readiness of infrastructure, including roads and various facilities, to ensure smooth and successful celebrations. The state’s efforts to prepare for this significant event highlight the importance of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Indian history and the pride of Maharashtra in its rich heritage.
The Navy Day celebrations and the unveiling of Shivaji Maharaj’s statue are not just a reflection of Maharashtra’s respect for its past but also a demonstration of India’s growing naval capabilities and its role in ensuring maritime security in the region. These events are expected to be a blend of historical reverence and a display of modern naval strength, bridging the past with the present.