Social media users have been full of praise for a work of art on a field in Maharashtra after a video of it being discovered on Google maps went viral. Satellite images from Google Maps show that the artwork of Chhatrapati Shivaji was made on a field in the village of Nilanga in Latur district.
The enormous artwork was made over 2.4 lakh sq feet spread over six acres at a farm by popular rangoli artist Mangesh Nipanikar, who has made similar rangolis in the past.
This is an incredible Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj crop art from the Farmers of small village in Nilanga, Latur, Maharashtra. (WA) pic.twitter.com/QG3sSJqed0
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) June 18, 2019
As the tribute to the great king went viral online, including on mediums like WhatsApp, people praised the effort. Although the tribute was made on the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti this year in February, it wasn’t until recently that the video went viral.
— Sambhaji Chhatrapati (@YuvrajSambhaji) June 19, 2019
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
Superb. Incredible farmers. https://t.co/mkuypDc7vM
— Ash (@ashishsecc) June 18, 2019
This is masterpiece. One of the greatest KING ever. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj🤩🤩 https://t.co/QmobsTgPcW
— Mallikarjun D. Luffy (@CRonaldofied) June 18, 2019
— Kartik Malviya (@kartikmalviya81) June 18, 2019
This art is priceless
— Tzar Khatri (@tzarkhatri) June 18, 2019
Tribute to great warrior 🙏
— Sarang Khadake (@sarangkhadake) June 19, 2019
WOW!! ♥️ https://t.co/g4qOeuhU1o
— ʏυѵrαj (@Yuvraaaj_) June 18, 2019
Amazing art, chatrapati shivaji maharaj https://t.co/KqTxpyJCca
— దీపాల యజ్ఞేశ్వర మణికంఠ సాయి (@manikantadepala) June 18, 2019
In case 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 ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj grass photo farm’.
Speaking to local media outlet Pratham Post, Nipanikar said, “Last year we made a world record-breaking rangoli of Shivaji. This year we had a different concept. Marathwada is drought-hit region so it was decided to make a green image of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The objective was to celebrate a green Shivaji Jayanti.”
The artwork had been open to the public in February and visitors were also to be given seeds of tulsi plants.