Monday, September 12, 2016

Origin of Ganesh Utsav!

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभः।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देवः सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा।।
According to Hindu Mythology Lord Ganesha is the destroyer of obstacles and considered as the God of power and wisdom. This festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with extreme vigour and enthusiasm especially in western India, specifically in Maharastra. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj started celebrating it but during his time it was a non-community affair.
But are you aware that Shri Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, A Great Freedom-Fighter made use of this vibrant festival as a tool to spread important messages and to gather public support for various social causes. Shri Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak amazingly explored ways to technically utilize Ganesh-Utsav to unite all sections of Society and beautifully transformed annual domestic festival into large public event flawlessly.
Following the footsteps of Shri Bal Gangadhar Tilak now celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi is considered as community event. Several Social Organizations using it as a platform to organize Blood Camps and Free Medical Check Up Camps and other community welfare activities.
Its really amazing to see, how our festivals unite the community and our great leaders successfully established a platform for community welfare. Happy Ganesh-Utsav. May we all prosper together in all aspects of life. 
~ Archana

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