Why is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?

“Ganapati bappa moriya…ganapati bappa moriya..”

These are indeed resounding sounds especially in the region of Maharashtra around the time of Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival that honours Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles. Ganesh Chaturti is celebrated with  equal vigour  in the south and eastern parts of India too. There is a beiled that Ganesha is the one who removes all obstacles and helps us achieve what we set out to do with strength and intelligence.

According to historian Shri Rajwade, the earliest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations can be traced back to dynasties such as Satavahana, Rashtrakuta and Chalukya. Historical records reveal that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were initiated in Maharashtra by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism. And it has continued ever since. There are also references in history to similar celebrations during Peshwa times. It is believed that Lord Ganapati was the family deity of the Peshwas. After the end of Peshwa rule, Ganesh Chaturthi remained a family affair in Maharashtra from the period of 1818 to 1892.

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