Mumbai: The Bhartiya Janta Party karyakartas from all across the country will come to Mumbai but not empty handed, they will get with them kalash (copper metal pot) containing the mud or water from the backyards and houses of martyred soldiers for the bhoomi pujan of the Shiv Smarak (memorial) in Arabian Sea.
The BJP leaders had appealed to all its karyakartas to go to the houses of martyred soldiers and to get the mud or water to mix with the mud on which the tallest memorial not only in the country but in the entire world would stand. The bhoomi pujan of the statue will be done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mumbai on Saturday where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would also be present. The campaign for the smarak was started a month ago where all the karyakartas were asked to personally approach the families of martyred soldiers and as a gesture of honouring them the mud of their backyard was instructed to get to Mumbai for the smarak.
“We are celebrating this as Shivsmarak Parva which is a proud day for all of us,” said Shweta Shalini, spokesperson, Maharashtra Bhartiya Janta Party said on Thursday.
The memorial which will be 210 metres tall, close to a 12-storey structure, built entirely in the sea on an islet of 15.96 hectare is a way of showing respect and love for the great leaders of all time. The BJP leaders said that Shivaji’s good governance system has always been the inspiration behind Narendra Modi’s governance which is also followed by CM of Maharashtra and the memorial is a monumental proof of that.
The memorial is estimated to cost Rs3,600 crore. Besides a statue in an equestrian pose, the state government will also build a library, an amphitheatre, an aquarium, an IMAX theatre to showcase short films on the Maratha warrior king, guest rooms, a helipad, a hospital, etc to educate citizens and tourists about Maratha history which is Maharashtra’s legacy.