Ganesh Chaturthi, a cultural phenomenon in Maharashtra, originated with traditional private celebrations and was revived into a well-organized public event.
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Ganeshotsav, has deep historical roots in Maharashtra. Lets know where it all began!
It was traditionally observed in Pune during the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, as Lord Ganesh was the Kuldevata of the Peshwas.
After the fall of the Peshwas, the festival became a private family celebration in Maharashtra.
Lokmanya Tilak, an Indian freedom fighter and social reformer, played a pivotal role in reviving Ganesh Chaturthi.
In 1892, Krishnajipant Khasgiwale brought the idea of a public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi from Maratha-ruled Gwalior to Pune.
Bhau Rangari (Bhausaheb Laxman Javale) installed the first public Ganesha idol, with Tilak praising his efforts in 1893.
Tilak transformed the festival into a large, well-organized public event, introducing large public Ganesha idols & the practice of idol immersion.
Ganesh Chaturthi became a platform for social & political gatherings, fostering community participation through various cultural activities.
Tilak promoted Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival to unite people of different castes & oppose British colonial rule.