Memorial pillar for Shahu Maharaj to come up in Mumbai | Kolhapur News – Times of India


KOLHAPUR: A memorial pillar in remberance of Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj will soon be installed in Mumbai’s Girgaon area, where the legendary king and social reformer had died.
Shahu Maharaj passed away on May 6, 1922, at the Panhala Lodge palace. Several attempts were made to erect the memorial at the said place. However, the land was sold to a trust that has now built a high-rise building at the same spot.
On Wednesday, historians, led by Kolhapur guardian minister Satej Patil, met state tourism minister Aditya Thackeray, who immediately agreed to setting up of the memorial.
Historian Indrajit Sawant, who had accompanied Patil to meet Thackeray, said, “Shahu Maharaj is considered a ‘Rashtra Purush’ and it is a policy of the government to set up a memorial for them. The Panhala Lodge building does not exist anymore, but we expect a memorial pillar to be erected at that place. Shahu Maharaj breathed his last there and his last rites were performed in Mumbai in the presence of hundreds of thousands of people.”
Sawant said the duration between May 6, 2020, and May 6, 2021, is being celebrated as the death centenary of Shahu Maharaj and the memorial pillar would be a tribute to him, if built this year.
The historians also reminded Thackeray about his promise of building a Kolhapur Bhavan that will provide shelter to youths moving from Kolhapur to Mumbai for jobs.

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