Shiv Jayanti was celebrated with great fervor, and Belagavi is known for its unique traditions and celebrations of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Tributes were paid to the warrior king Shivaji Maharaj and huge number of people gathered to witness the grand procession. Thousands of people from all walks of life thronged the streets and all vantage points were occupied to get the perfect view. The procession reached its last point the Kapileshwar Temple in the wee hours of the morning. The decorated tableaus from different Galli’s and areas of the city, showcased posters and skits recalling the historical incidents of Shivaji and also included increased use of social media, chain snatching incidents.
Dying performing arts such as Lathi (stick) fighting skills, sword fights, fire ball string skills, Lazim dance, Karela skills, playing of Zhanz Pathak and more along the procession was the added attraction.
Photos: Arun Yallurkar