On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti this February, a farm painting made to celebrate the great warrior’s birth anniversary has recently been creating quite a buzz on the internet after it was seen on google maps.
Mangesh Nipankar, the man behind this innovative artwork planted over 2,500 kg of seeds a week before Shivaji Jayanti so when it grows green it creates the face of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He also made a frame around the artwork. The enormous artwork was made over 2.4 lakh sq. feet spread over six acres at a farm in Nilanga a village in Latur district. Nipanikar is a popular Rangoli artist and has made similar Rangolis in the past.
As this magnificent artwork of the great Maratha king went viral online, people over the internet are in awe of the artwork and have filled Twitter with praises of the genius artist.
Amazing..It must be seen by all the citizens of our country. https://t.co/QaUzI94Vbd
— Rishabh Malhotra (@RishabhMtweets) June 19, 2019
— Hrucha Mehta Jossan (@hrucha) June 19, 2019
— Rasika Athawale (@GoRasika) June 19, 2019
Satellite images show that the artwork of Chhatrapati Shivaji was made on a field in the village of Nilanga in Latur district.
“Last year we made a world record-breaking Rangoli of Shivaji. This year we had a different concept. Marathwada is the drought-hit region, so it was decided to make a green image of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The objective was to celebrate a green Shivaji Jayanti,” said Nipanikar as quoted by The Indian Express.
If you want to check out the artwork yourself, turn on the satellite view on Google Maps and search for ‘Chhatrapati Shree Shivaji Maharaj Farm Painting Art’ or ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj grass photo farm.’