President Ramnath Kovind who is on a four-day visit to Maharashtra has visited the famous Raigad fort. Speaking after paying tributes to Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at his samadhi, President said, he considers Raigad as a place of pilgrimage. The President said that under the able leadership of Shivaji Maharaj, the glory of the entire region increased while patriotic feelings re-emerged.
He noted that the character of Shivaji Maharaj has been described very effectively in the 19th century Sanskrit work Shivraj-Vijayah. He said this book could be translated into various Indian languages so that people, especially the younger generation can get acquainted with the great personality and unique work of Shivaji Maharaj.
Mr. Kovind further said Chhatrapati Shivaji’s thinking was futuristic. He took many decisions of far-reaching effect with the help of his council of ministers known as Ashta-Pradhan. He noted that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built the first modern Navy of India.