Nod for Shivaji coronation ceremony at Raigad Fort

The Central Government has given nod to Maharashtra to celebrate the 336th coronation ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Raigad Fort, officials said Wednesday.

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 12:46 PM IST

Mumbai: The Central Government has given nod
to Maharashtra to celebrate the 336th coronation ceremony of
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Raigad Fort, officials said
Wednesday.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had discussions
with a senior PMO official in this regard, Mantralaya sources
said.

Accordingly, Central Cultural Secretary held a high-level
meeting with concerned officers and gave the go ahead for
celebrating the anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj coronation
atop the Fort, they said.

Yesterday, Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray had said his
party will celebrate the coronation anniversary at the Fort,
irrespective of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) banning
any such function.

Thackeray had said that despite being surrounded by
Mughals from all corners, the coronation ceremony was held at
Raigad Fort on June 6, 1674.

"No Mughal emperor could stop it. Then who are the
present day ASI officials," he had asked.

The ASI has declined permission to hold a function at
Raigad Fort citing provisions of Archaeological sites and
Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act 2010.

PTI