I never had a special month in the year other than October which is the month of my birth.
From past few years, June has become my favorite month in the year. I mark the sixth day of June in my phone's calendar (Gregorian) and try every trick to get a leave on this particular date.
As per Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of June, however the day keeps changing.
The committee responsible for organizing this celebration, first celebrates on a common date as per Gregorian calendar. And that is 06 of June. The second one is celebrated in the second or third week of June, as per the Hindu calendar. However, the one celebrated on 06th June draws a huge crowd. Also the celebration is on a grand scale.
If you truly are a follower of Shivaji Maharaj, no matter which state you belong to, which religion you belong to, which race / case/creed you belong to, which country you belong to, this ceremony you should not miss.
Shivaji Maharaj and his legacy of Hindavi Swaraj still binds us.
Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj never discriminated based on religion, caste, language etc etc. So every true believer of freedom, liberty, self governance, should at least visit during this celebration once during their lifetime.
First, I'd like to give some gist and information related to this festival.
The Coronation Ceremony of Shivaji Maharaj took place some 345 years ago on top of his kingdom's capital fort - Raigad.
I prefer calling it as "Durgdeeshwar Raigad" - The fort of forts !!!
It is from here, he governed his kingdom. It is here that his Secretariat, his Generals, his Advisors, Bureaucracy administered the length of breadth of his kingdom. Swaraj as he named - The concept of Self Governance.
Therefore, the ceremony is organized on top of "Raigad" on 06th June. The second one is carried out few week later in the same month.
It is no less than a pilgrimage for me and many like me.
I've met people who are on fast and but take the difficult way to reach the fort - ie treking
I've met some amazing intellectuals during this day. Even got a change to catch a glimpse of the royal family.
The jubilation on the top of the fort is nothing less than any Indian festival. We all go there to celebrate our king and his legacy.