Procession of Unity: Pune’s Azam Campus to Lal Mahal Route Honors Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Pune Muslims celebrate Shivaji Jayanti
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Pune, 19th February 2023: A procession of 9,000 students was organized by the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society to celebrate the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti.

The procession was started by the president of the organization, Dr PA Inamdar, and the Secretary of MCE Society, Prof. Irfan Shaikh, and other dignitaries. The route of the procession was from Azam Campus in Camp to Lal Mahal via various educational institutions and significant landmarks in Pune.

This was the 22nd year of the procession, and it was the biggest Shiv Jayanti celebration in Pune, with the participation of students from minorities and the Bahujan community. Students of the Azam Campus family, principals, office bearers, staff of educational institutions, two troupes of Durbar Brass Band, a troupe of dhol-tasha, trumpets, Nagare also participated in the procession.

Muslim students Pune

The students carried a placard that read ‘Shivaji Maharaj: Symbol of Hindu Muslim Unity’ as a tribute to the legendary king. The procession is part of an annual tradition where grand processions are taken out to salute other notable figures such as Mahatma Phule, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and Prophet Muhammad.

The participation of such a large number of students in the procession highlights the significance of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s legacy and the role he played in bringing together different communities. The event was a testimony to the harmonious coexistence of various communities and a reminder of the shared history and culture of the people of India.

Overall, the procession was a fitting tribute to the great Maratha king and an excellent opportunity for students from different backgrounds to come together and celebrate their shared heritage.

PA Inamdar Shivaji Jayanti

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