Shivaji and Mother; Meera at the Zoo

Photos from Jijabai and shivaji at Jijamata zoo Ranibaug in Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag
Mother Jijabai grooming Shivaji; at Jijamata Zoo Ranibaug

Just in time for Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti.

In Mumbai, we had visited the Jijamata Gardens and Zoo (Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udhyan – PraNisangrahalay) named after Shivaji’s mother who had a positive and lasting influence on a young Shivaji. Mumbai’s premier Museum and International Airport are also named after Shivaji. We have all seen many statues of Shivaji, but this one was unique. The mother grooming and sending her son away, as if to go play, but fight for our beliefs and way of life.

I wish it was placed on a lower pedestal, so we could enjoy it better and it would appear that the young Shivaji was going to join other kids in the garden.

Meera loved the animals in the zoo. She seems mesmerized by the variety of birds. Even at home, every time she spies one in the distance, she points to it.

Photos of Meera at the Jijamata Zoo Ranibaug in Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag
Drawn by the birds

Before leaving, I had taken a pic of the plaque below the statue. In preparing this post, I noticed that the sculptor was a Vithal Shanbhag Whoa! Shanbhag’s are generationally book worms. Atmost lift a pen, peck at a keyboard or squeeze a camera trigger. Sculpting? He definitely got those genes from his mother. Great job Vithal, you make us proud.

Photos from Jijabai and shivaji at Jijamata zoo Ranibaug in Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag
Jijabai Bhosle and Shivaji statue sculpted by Vithal Shanbhag

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