The Shivdurg Samvardhan Andolan Samiti has taken a stand that the England cricket team will not be allowed to play cricket on Maharashtra soil if it does not return Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Jagdamba sword to India. The Shivdurg Conservation Movement Committee in Kolhapur has called on the Government of India, the Government of England and the Queen of England to agitate for the return of the Jagdamba sword of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This information was given in a press conference held in Kolhapur today.
One of the many swords of Shivchhatrapati, the Jagdamba Nawachi sword belonging to the Karveer Chhatrapati dynasty is kept in St. James’s Palace in the Royal Collection Trust, which is in the personal collection of the Queen of England today. This sword was forcibly given to the then Prince of Wales (Edward VII) of England in 1875-76 when Chhatrapati Maharaj (IV) was a minor (11 years old) on the throne of Kolhapur Chhatrapati. It is the sentiment of all Shiva devotees that this Jagdamba sword in England should be returned to India, said the Shivdurg Conservation Movement Committee in Kolhapur.
These Shivpremis have also reminded that many leaders have commented earlier regarding the return of this sword. Prior to this, Yashwantrao Chavan, Barrister A. R. From Antulay to Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati of Kolhapur and most importantly the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had also announced that we would bring this sword back to India. But so far no positive decision has been taken in this regard. The sentiments of all Shiva devotees are related to this sword. No effort has been made to bring back the sword taken by the Prince of England in 1875-76 to India, lamented the devotees.
We will oppose the England cricket team coming to India to play cricket in Maharashtra to draw the attention of the Queen of England and the government to return the Jagdamba sword to India. It is said that we will take different ways to show this opposition.