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Many a times I hear statements like “#Shivaji has nothing to do with Mumbai”... so is he really from a far away place? @mumbaiheritage #ShivajiMaharaj #ShivJayanti 1/n
#BelieveItOrNot #Shivneri Fort, his birthplace is less than 100 kms from #Mumbai as the crow flies! 2/n
Raigad, his capital and the site of his cremation, is also less than 100kms from #Mumbai!
The creek between #Kalyan and #Bhiwandi is where he established the #Maratha Armar (Navy) in 1654, is less that 20kms from #Mumbai! 4/n #ShivajiMaharaj #ShivajiJayanti
Mandwa, which is just 12km from #Mumbai was part of his kingdom! 5/n
In fact, Jairaj Salgaonkar of @Kalnirnay and father of @shaaqT says that had it not been for Ch Shivaji, #Mumbai would not have been born as a modern city! 6/n and don’t miss my quote right at the end!
As per legend, the only place that Ch Shivaji visited in the ‘7 islands of #Bombay’ was Shrigundi, a cleft in the rock that symbolized divine Yoni, which was located @ Walkeshwar. Pilgrims believed that if you could pass through it you are born again & your sins are absolved!
Interestingly, the proposed gigantic statue of Ch Shivaji is just a kilometer away from the original location of Shrigundi! #ShivajiMaharaj #ShivajiJayanti
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