"I bow to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his Jayanti. A warrior for truth and justice, he is revered as an ideal ruler, devout patriot and is particularly respected by the poor and downtrodden. Jai Shivaji," the Prime Minister said in a tweet. Shivaji, known as the creator of the Maratha empire, was born on this day in 1630 at Shivneri Fort in Pune as per the Maharashtra government.
(With inputs from agencies.)