Ganesh Chaturthi is being celebrated today on August 25, 2017 all over the world. The joyous occasion is a festival that spans ten-days and culminates on Anant Chaturdashi when the idols of Lord Ganesh are immersed in water. This is one of the major festivals in Hindu religion and is the biggest and most important in Maharashtra. Ganesh Chaturthi signifies the birth of Lord Ganesha who is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is celebrated the next day of the Hartalika Teej festival. Lord Ganesha is a revered god who brings prosperity and happiness to life. Today when everyone was wishing each other on the auspicious occasion Congress MLA Randeep S Surjewala shared an old photo of a Ganesh utsav pandal. Ganesh Chaturthi Songs: Best Devotional Hindi Songs And Bhajans To Celebrate Ganesh Utsav 2017!

Congress MLA Randeep S Surjewala shared the photo on Twitter and wrote, “This year Ganesh Utsav is very special because it marks 125 years of this auspicious celebration started by ‘Lokmanya’ Bal Gangadhar Tilak.” Apparently, Ganesh Utsav became a major social and public event after sponsorship from Shivaji after Muslim-Hindu (Mughal-Maratha) wars, and once again in the 19th century when Bal Gangadhar Tilak championed it as a means to bind all the fragmented Hindu community and oppose the British government ban on Hindu gatherings through its 1892 anti-public assembly legislation. Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 Wishes: President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi And Bollywood Celebrities Greet The Nation

Randeep S Surjewala shared this old picture which bears testimony to the popularity of the Hindu festival. Ganesh Chaturthi was being celebrated in homes and small communities but Lokmanya Tilak made it into a big event with  public Ganesh Utsav Pandals. Bal Gangadhar Tilak made the festival a reason for a mass movement so that people from all communities can take part and the caste divide that was so prevalent in India in those times will decrease. Nevertheless, the picture is a historical one and we thank Randeep S Surjewala for sharing it today.