Expo of Shivaji Maharaj era’s weapons to be held in city

ST Correspondent
Monday, 16 October 2017

Along with the weapons exhibition, a replica of Shivneri fort was also made by Suresh Taralgatti and was inaugurated by Pandurang Balkavde, historian and chief guest of the event. Mayor Mukta Tilak was the guest of honor at the event.

Pune: To nurture today’s generation and keep the yesteryears alive, Lions Club of Pune Prabhat, Krida Bharati Pune and Adarsha Vidyalaya Majhi Viddhyarthi Sanghatana have organised an exhibition of weapons, which belonged to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s era at Adarsh Vidyalaya, Shukrawar Peth.

Along with the weapons exhibition, a replica of Shivneri fort was also made by Suresh Taralgatti and was inaugurated by Pandurang Balkavde, historian and chief guest of the event. Mayor Mukta Tilak was the guest of honor at the event.

The exhibition will be held from October 16 to 31 at Adarsh Vidyalaya, Shukrawar Peth. Students from 22 schools from nearby areas will be visiting the exhibition, including Gopal High School, Saraswati Mandir and Dhyan Prabhodini amongst others.

The weapons in the exhibition are the private collection of Abhijeet Dhotre, including Rajput Talvar, Ankush (bullhook), Bhala, Patta, Mughal Katar (dagger), Cannon balls and many others.

Balkavde said, “When Rajmata Jijau, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s mother, came to Pune with her son, she taught Shivaji Maharaj the legend of his father Shahji Raje Bhosle, by making the models of the forts. It was the time of Diwali when Jijau started the process of teaching Shivaji. From this time onwards, the practice of preparing replica or models of forts started in Pune.”

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