Welcome to Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi

భాగ్యనగర్ గణేష్ ఉత్ససమితి కార్యాలయం ఓపెనింగ్ ఆన్ 23.07.2019

Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi is working since the last 32 years to facilitate the smooth conduct of the 10 days of Ganesh festival in Bhagyanagar (Hyderabad). The number of people organizing public celebration of Ganesh festival has gone up significantly over the last 32 years. Starting with just 1500 pandals in 1980 there are close to 50,000 pandals dotting the city during Ganesh Utsav during 2011

Ganesh Utsav Samithi has been playing an anchor role in Organising the smooth conduct of the festival through helping the organizers leverage the support provided by the government by co-ordinating the work of 17 different government departments. The organization also plays the most important role in facilitating the immersion of the Ganesha idols on the final day across multiple places in the city.  It is estimated that more than 3 million people participate in the immersion procession on the 10th day of the festival.

The organization and its leadership over the last three decades has been trying to promote the nationalistic fervor coupled with spiritual awakening among Indians as envisaged by the great patriot Shri Balagangadhar Tilak. The vibrancy of Indian culture is also displayed in the multiple hues of Ganesha during these 10 days. As a part of continuing tradition, Bhagyanagar Ganesh utsav Samithi encourages discussion on a topic of national relevance during this festival period.

History of Samoohik (Public) Ganesh festivals:

It is not known when and how Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated. Ganesh Chaturthi was being celebrated as a public event in Pune since the times of Shivaji (1630-80), the founder of the Maratha Empire. The Peshwas, the de facto hereditary administrators of the Empire from 1749 till its end in 1818, encouraged the celebrations in their administrative seat Pune as Ganesha was their family deity (Kuladevata). With the fall of the Peshwas, Ganesh Chaturthi lost state patronage and became a private family celebration again till its revivial by Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak.

In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organized public event. Tilak recognized the wide appeal of the deity Ganesha as “the god for everybody”, and popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival to find a context in which to build a new grassroots unity between them”, and generate nationalistic fervour among people in Maharashtra against the British colonial rule. Tilak was the first to install large public images of Ganesh in pavilions, and also established the practice of submerging in rivers, sea, or other pools of water all public images of the deity on the tenth day after Ganesh Chaturthi

Under Tilak’s encouragement, the festival facilitated community participation and involvement in the form of intellectual discourses, poetry recitals, performances of plays, musical concerts, and folk dances. It served as a meeting ground for people of all castes and communities in times when, in order to exercise control over the population, the British discouraged social and political gatherings.