Two years after Covid, as Mumbai celebrates Janeshutsav with enthusiasm, learn about the historical past and the importance of competition | Photo: Bhushan Koyande
Ganesha, as most of us know, is lovingly worshiped and revered by thousands upon thousands of individuals all over the world. He is perhaps one of the crucial great deities within the Hindu pantheon. “The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesh, is the god of luck and goodness, he dispels problems and obstacles -Vignahartha,” says an ardent devotee of Ganesha, Dr. Suhasini Arya, Principal of Mittal School.
Although it is not known when (or how) Ganesh Utsav was first observed, the contest was celebrated as a one-day celebration due to that period of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj (1630–1680, founding father of the Maratha Empire), based on the stage Primary. Historical report on Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. “Lord Ganesha was believed to be Kuladevata or their home deity, and the Peshwa in the eighteenth century were followers of Ganesh. This competition begins on the fourth day just after the new moon during the Hindu month of Bhadrapada which often occurs between late August and early September, depending on the
In the context of the British Raj, the Ganesh competition in Maharashtra noted a new revival by the Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak who started the grand public celebration of Ganesh Utsav for 10 days within the state.
Regarding Of the importance of Ganesh Utsav in the freedom movement, Arya added, the competition had grown into a gathering ground for people of all castes and societies at a time when the British were discouraging social and political gatherings to organize exuberance.The competition facilitated neighborhood participation and engagement in kinds of mental discourse, poetic poems, live performances, and folk dances. Ganesh contest was used to exchange information and spare the message of the fight for independence Many freedom fighters who were influenced by Tilak gave lectures on such platforms and supported Wa promoting Swadeshi items.
Over time, one has witnessed the rise of countless Ganesha Mandals who held massive public festivities for ten days. They compete fiercely to introduce choice and modernity in their offerings and the Ganesha statues they place. Usually, along with a historically decorated idol, it is common to search for themes selected from events that are popular or vital nowadays in our nation. “This year too, especially after two years of pandemic restrictions, the nation is once again witnessing the marvel of Ganesh Utsav,” she added.