celebrates the birth of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, on February 19 in order to honour his birth. 

During the third day of Falgun's Krishna Paksha in the year 1630, Shivaji was born. He was formerly known as Shivaji Bhosale. 

The beginning of the Maratha Empire may be traced back to the establishment of a province that was brought under the Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur. 

After re-establishing Hindavi Swarajya, Shivaji took control of the Torna fort when he was 16 years old, as well as the Raigad and Kondana forts a year later. 

In 1870, the Maratha emperor Mahatma Phule was the first person to celebrate the event, which took place in Pune. 

In order to commemorate the cultural history of the Marathas, they hold celebrations that include festivals and theatrical performances. 

It has been decided that on February 19, banks in the state of Maharashtra will be closed due to the celebrations that are taking place. 

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde of Maharashtra and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar paid respects at Shivneri Fort in Pune.