The year 2023-24 marks the 350th year of Hindavi Swarajya. To commemorate this occasion, the “Akhil Maharashtra Giryarohan Mahasangh,” an apex organization in the field of mountaineering in Maharashtra, successfully organized an event involving the hoisting of the Indian tricolor and the saffron flag, as well as the Shiv Pratidnya. The event was held on January 26, 2024, in accordance with the significance of the Indian Republic Day.
Over ten thousand Shivpremis enthusiastically participated, including representatives from the central government’s archaeology department, the state government’s archaeology department, the local police administration, and various other government officials.
The President of the Akhil Maharashtra Giryarohan Mahasangha, Umesh Zirpe, Executive President Rishikesh Yadav, Secretary Dr Rahul Varange, Joint Secretary Rahul Meshram, Treasurer Deepali Bhosale, along with other officials and workers, contributed significantly to the success of this event.
This event, coordinated through the various district branches of the Mahasangha, climbing organizations, and Shivpremi groups, was a resounding success. It involved the responsibility of hoisting flags on forts. This event not only had an impact in Maharashtra but also opened its doors to Shivpremis from across the country and globally who registered their participation through the Mahasangha. 173 organizations from different parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka took part in this unique event, out of which Kille Mohim Vasai hosted flags in 34 forts, while YHA Kandivali hosted 16, Durg Pratishthan Sangli 11, DMA Jalgaon and YZ trekkers hosted flags in 10 forts.
Speaking on the occasion, Umesh Jhirpe, the President of the Mahasangha said, “Shri Shiv Chhatrapati is an inspiration for us all. He laid the foundation for the all-encompassing Hindavi Swarajya. Today, Indian democracy stands firmly on the shoulders of this mighty legacy. The year 2023-24 marks the 350th year of Hindavi Swarajya. In celebration, Shivpremis have taken up various new initiatives not only in Maharashtra but also globally. This event was organized by the Mahasangha, and the overwhelming response from all Shivpremis is unprecedented.”
The history of forts, bravery, and the blazing legacy of Shivaji Maharaj are always emphasized by the Akhil Maharashtra Giryaarohan Mahasangha, which consistently organizes new and innovative events. This event was one such unique initiative among them.