The History of Ganeshotsav in Maharashtra

Ganesh Chaturthi, a cultural phenomenon in Maharashtra, originated with traditional private celebrations and was revived into a well-organized public event.

Deep Historical Roots

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Ganeshotsav, has deep historical roots in Maharashtra. Lets know where it all began!

Back in the Peshwa time

It was traditionally observed in Pune during the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, as Lord Ganesh was the Kuldevata of the Peshwas.

Became a private celebration

After the fall of the Peshwas, the festival became a private family celebration in Maharashtra.

Then came Tilak

Lokmanya Tilak, an Indian freedom fighter and social reformer, played a pivotal role in reviving Ganesh Chaturthi.

The idea of a public celebration

In 1892, Krishnajipant Khasgiwale brought the idea of a public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi from Maratha-ruled Gwalior to Pune.

The first public idol

Bhau Rangari (Bhausaheb Laxman Javale) installed the first public Ganesha idol, with Tilak praising his efforts in 1893.

Tilak transformed it

Tilak transformed the festival into a large, well-organized public event, introducing large public Ganesha idols & the practice of idol immersion.

Ganesh Chaturthi, today

Ganesh Chaturthi became a platform for social & political gatherings, fostering community participation through various cultural activities.

Invoked nationalistic fervor

Tilak promoted Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival to unite people of different castes & oppose British colonial rule.

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