Kolhapur – Former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited Kolhapur on Saturday (24) He started his day by offering prayers at the famous Mahalaxmi Temple.

After seeking blessings from the goddess, Chouhan, known for his simple lifestyle, did something rather special. He headed straight to a local Kolhapuri chappal (slipper) store, accompanied by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dhananjay Mahadik.

Former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Buys Kolhapuri Chappals During Kolhapur Visit

Kolhapuri chappals are more than just footwear in Maharashtra. They are a symbol of the state’s rich culture and heritage, known for their durability, comfort, and unique craftsmanship. Chouhan, a longtime admirer of these traditional sandals, had a personal connection to them as well.

“I was in the 11th grade when I first came to Kolhapur,” Chouhan reminisced, a smile gracing his face. “I bought Kolhapuri chappals then, and it’s been almost 49-50 years since. Today, I am revisiting that memory and buying another pair.”

As he browsed the various styles and colors, Chouhan engaged with the store owner, a passionate artisan who explained the intricate process of crafting each pair by hand using vegetable dyes and locally sourced leather. He learned about the generations-old techniques passed down through families, ensuring the chappals’ unique character and eco-friendly nature.

Chouhan’s appreciation for the artistry and cultural significance of Kolhapuri chappals was evident. “These chappals are not just comfortable footwear; they are a testament to the talent and dedication of our artisans,” he remarked. “They are a symbol of Maharashtra’s rich heritage, and I am proud to wear them.”

Mahadik, known for his humor, couldn’t resist a playful jab. “Ajayji, what is your size? 12 or 15? Your feet look like big paos (buns)!” he chuckled.

Chouhan laughed along, his genuine connection with the people and the place shining through. He eventually found the perfect pair, his choice reflecting his simple yet distinguished taste.

The store owner, humbled by Chouhan’s visit, offered him a warm discount and even gifted him an additional pair as a token of appreciation. Chouhan, touched by the gesture, expressed his gratitude and promised to cherish the gift.

As Chouhan left the store, the encounter served as a reminder that even the most powerful figures hold a deep appreciation for tradition, culture, and the human connections forged along the way. His visit not only highlighted his personal connection to Kolhapuri chappals but also shed light on the significance these handcrafted treasures hold for the kolhapur and its people.

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