Cultural Ganesha

“Ganpati Bappa Morya” is currently trending in Mumbai rather all over Maharashtra and even some places across the borders of India. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of those festivals which depicts a long followed culture of the state of Maharashtra. So much popular now that it is celebrated across the world. This festival basically follows the concept of Idol worship wherein households or large public groups bring the Idol of Lord Ganesh to their households or areas and worship the lord for a period of time, mostly 5 days to 12 days.

The history of this festival is linked in Maharashtra’s culture since almost a century. The story behind celebrating this festival is that, on this day Lord Ganesh come to the households of the people who bring the idols home and stay at their house for a period of time as a guest. In these days he keeps joy in the family and also showers his blessings on the people. The logical reason stated by many people is that due to busy lifestyles people couldn’t meet each other and this festival connects long last people and brings Joy and happiness to the family.

This festival starts from the fourth day of the bright half of the lunar month, Bhadrapada and continues till the fourteenth day. Thousands join in for the processions that fill the streets when the time comes for the idol to be immersed in water…the sea, river or lake

This was all about household Ganpati’s the Public celebrations was started by Bal Gangadhar Lok Manya Tilak in the year 1894. The main reason of starting this festival was to unite large number of people and make them politically conscious in the disguise of a festival. The story behind this aspect is that when Lokmanya Tilak was in great distress and worried about our country’s freedom. He used to sit at bank of Girgaum chowpaty and wondered how to collect people. While sitting on the bank of seashore he used to make idols and people used to stop by to see it. Such collective movement was not restricted by British. So from there he got an idea to celebrate sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav. He started the tradition of Sarvajanik Ganesha Utsav by making clay idols. This is how Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav came in to existence and is still followed by the people.

This is the history behind the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and if you observe it closely it still serves the same purpose of uniting people and getting together to make the bonds stronger. India has a wide variety of culture and this festival is one of the famous and widely followed festival in India.

 

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