Learn how and why the tradition of Ganeshotsav started in Maharashtra
According to the beliefs, Lord Ganesha was born on the Chaturthi of Shukla Paksha of Bhradrapad month. In such a situation, people across the country worship Lord Ganesha in their homes, but in Maharashtra it is celebrated in a big way.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with pomp across the country, but Maharashtra's view on this festival is something else. This festival has been left for just a few days and many pandals in Mumbai are beautiful and enchanted by Ganesha idols. There is a competition among Ganesh devotees to take these idols to their home. Overall, preparations for Ganeshotsav are in full swing. But do you know why Ganesh Utsal is celebrated in Maharashtra with so much fanfare. Actually behind this is a story related to the freedom struggle of the country, which we will tell you today.
According to the beliefs, Lord Ganesha was born on the Chaturthi of Shukla Paksha of Bhradrapad month. In such a situation, people across the country worship Lord Ganesha in their homes, but in Maharashtra it is celebrated in a big way. Large pandals are made at places where people gather together to sing and dance and worship Lord Ganesha. However, there is a reason behind this.
This is how the tradition of Ganeshotsav started
Actually, the Peshwas started the tradition of celebrating Ganeshotsav. It is believed that during the rule of Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao, a grand Ganeshotsav was celebrated in the famous palace of Shaniwarwada, Pune. This is where Ganeshotsav started. After this, during the independence movement in 1890, Bal Gangadhar Tilak often wondered how to gather people. In such a situation, he got the idea that why should not Ganeshotsav be celebrated in public to bring people together. In such a situation, the celebration of Ganeshotsav in Maharashtra started on such a large scale through Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
For the first time in 1983, Bal Gangadhar Tilak publicly organized Ganeshotsav after which this tradition became popular all over Maharashtra. Later the freedom struggle was also strengthened with the help of this Ganeshotsav. Actually, on behalf of Veer Savarkar and poet Govind, an organization was formed in Nashik to celebrate Ganeshotsav, which was named Mitramela. In this institution, patriotic Marathi songs based on the Ram-Ravana story were heard in a very attractive way to awaken the patriotism in the people. Which people loved a lot. Gradually, this institution became very popular among the people, after which the freedom movement was started in many other cities through Ganeshotsav.
Let us know that this year Ganeshotsav in Maharashtra is to begin from September 2. This festival, which lasts for 9 consecutive days, covers the whole region. These magnificent and beautiful Ganesha idols will sit in big pandals and in the houses of devotees after a few days.
Materials required for worship
In addition to all the legislation and the materials needed at the time of installing the idol of Ganapati in the house, they are as follows. Pure water, milk, curd, honey, ghee, sugar, panchamrit, textiles, janeu, madhuparka, fragrance sandal, roli sindoor, akshat (rice), flower garland, belpatra dube, shamipatra, gulal, jewelery, fragrant oil, incense sticks, lamps , Prasad, fruit, gangajal, paan, betel nut, cotton, camphor.
Start worship like this
It is necessary to bring a new idol before worshiping Ganesh Chaturthi. You can place this statue in your temple or dev place, but before that it is very important to take care of many special things. If you cannot place the idol of Ganapati ji for some reason, then you can keep a whole pooja betel nut as a form of Ganesha and keep it in the house.