Sunday, October 10, 2010
The Raigad Fort is a good example of architectural brilliance. The Mahadarwaja (Main Door) of Raigad Fort is built in such a way that the fort will stay protected from enemy's attack with the help of elephant. A curvy and narrow way prevents elephant to get inside the fort.
"Meghdambari" is the holy place where "Shivrajyabhishek" (Coronation Ceremony) was held. At the time of Shivaji Maharaj's coronation twenty-thousand Brahmans were present at Raigad. Gaga Bhatt, an authority of Vedas officially presided over the ceremony, and had a gold vessel filled with the seven sacred waters of the rivers Yamuna, Sindhu, Ganges, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri. He held the vessel over King Shivaji's head and chanted the coronation mantras, as the water kept dripping from the several tiny holes in the vessel. After the abulation, King Shivaji bowed before Jijamata and touched her feet. Nearly fifty thousand people gathered at Raigad for the ceremonies. Shivaji Maharaj was bestowed with the sacred thread jaanva, with the Vedas and was bathed in an abhisheka. Shivaji then had the title of "Shakakarta" conferred upon him.
Shivsamadhi was reconstructed by 'Shri Shivaji Fund Committee' founded by Lokmanya Tilak in 1895. Lokmanya Tilak (Bal Gangadhar Tilak) is one who struggles for freedom from British rule. In 1894, Lokmanya Tilak initiated to celebrate Ganeshotsav and Shiv Jayanti Utsav publically for national awakening against British rule. The main objective of this large-scale public celebration was to pay obeisance to the sacred Samadhi and awaken the patriotic spirit by eulogizing Shiv Chhatrapati.