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Tilak commenced Ganesh festival celebrations in Belagavi after Pune

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First published on  Sep 10, 2010- 
Lokmanya Tilak was fighting against the British rule and wanted something to be done publicly which would get people together which will eventually help in the freedom struggle.

In 1905, Tilak commenced the idea of celebrating the Ganesh Festival on a Public basis(Sarvajanik). Since then, the same is followed even now all over.

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After commencing the Sarvajanik mandals for Ganesh Festivities in Pune, Tilak came to Belagavi where he asked Belgaumites to come together, and in 1906, the Zenda Chowk Ganesh Utsav Mandal was formed.

ganesh utsav tilak belgaumTilak was here in Belagavi in 1905 and he himself laid the first bamboo pillar of the pandal and ever since then the the legacy has been carried on by the Zenda Chowk Ganesh Utsav Mandal.

There are 6 Mandals which are a century old and the oldest is the Zenda Chowk Ganesh Utsav Mandal.

Govindrao Yalgi and Gangadharrao Deshpande took out a procession of Tilak from Raliway station to Zenda Chowk.

Zenda Chowk Ganesh Utsav Mandal now makes a collection of over a crore of rupees and uses the collected fund for various public service activities. From the year 2005, no public donations are collected by the mandal, all the expenses are borne by the interest received on the deposit. The Mandal helps poor students and this year also organized a body building event.

The number of Sarvajani (public) Pendals has gone up to 400 in Belagavi city this year. That apart, 2850(approx) public Ganesh pendals are being set up across the district. The grand finale to be marked by a huge immersion procession in the city and other parts of the district on the eleventh day.

Ganpati Bappa Morya !!

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Bhal Patankar, request you to not spoil the cheer and brotherhood of Belgaumites by posting such messages in this site, please be aware that we all are Indians first, so don’t try to ignite the innocent minds. Live and let live.

  2. THE PERSON IN THE FOREFRONT AND IN THE MIDDLE IS MY GREAT GRAND FATHER LATE GANESH NARAYAN PARANJAPE WHO WAS THE PIONEER OF FAMOUS PARANJAPE HOTEL WHICH WAS SITUATED IN THE PRESENT NARGUNDKAR CHOWK
    BY SUHAS PARANJAPE

    • नमस्कार, तुमच्या इतक्या पिढ्या बेळगावात आहेत त्यामुळे नक्कीच बेळगावकरांच्या महाराष्ट्रात येण्याबद्दल तुम्हास जास्त भरवशाची आस्था असणार . मी मुंबईचा पण १९७० पासूनच्या घटनांचा अभ्यास करण्याच्या प्रयत्नात आहे. एकंदरीत तिथला सूर काय आहे हे तुमच्याकडून जाणून घेण्यास आवडेल. आता तुम्ही म्हणाल की हं कोण अनोळखी म्हातारा आहे त्यास उत्तर म्हणून थोडीशी माहिती पाठवत आहे. मुंबईला आलात तर जरूर भेटावे ही विनंती,
      धन्यवाद, भाल पाटणकर [email protected],
      ” कळकळीची विनंती,अर्ज, प्रार्थना,समस्त बेळगावकर मराठी बांधवानो [मा .किरण ठाकूर,मा संभाजी पाटील, मा अभय पाटील,मा घाटगे] की आपापसातील रुसवे फुगवे,मतभेद,चीड, राग, मान/अपमान जुनी दुखणीफुगणी गाडून टाकू या! हिंदवी स्वराज्य असेच बुडाले आपापसातील रुसव्यानी ज्याच्या संस्थापनेसाठी शिव छत्रपती नी काय हाल सहन केले. तुम्ही सर्वानी नक्कीच प्रचंड लढा दिला आहेत.
      आपल्या राजांच्यासारखे शिव छत्रपती महाराजांच्यासारखे व आताच्या घडीला येत असलेल्या संकटाना एकजुटीने सामना करु या. जेव्हाजेव्हा मराठी माणूस एकत्र झाला [शिव छत्रपती महाराजांच्या काळात, गोवा मुक्ती संग्रामात, संयुक्त महाराष्ट्राच्या लढ्यात] तेव्हा तेव्हा परक्या लोकांचे काही चालले नाही पण …
      आणि हा ”पणच” आपला घात करून जातो. तुम्ही तरुण मंडळी पुढे व्हा, आमच्याकडून काय मदत करता येईल निदान तुमच्या यशासाठी प्रार्थना तर करू शकतो. दुर्दैव आपले सामान्य माणसांचे की कर भरायचा पण ते पैसे चैनीच्या परदेशी मालावर उधळले जातात व आम्ही प्रक्टिकल माणसे ते बघून जास्ततजास्त फेसबुकमघ्ये आमचे रडगाणे गातो”

      • Are you trying to bring divide and rule. This is not the platform. We are better off in Karnataka than in Maharashtra. Am I a Kannadiga ? Yes by birth because of Nehru. I can speak, write and read marathi fluently. Though I can not type anything of kannada, marathi, hindi, gujarati on computer. Shivaji is a great king who tried to Unite Hindus and not Maratha, Maharashtrian nor Kannadigas. I respect him as much as you do, but I or we don’t show it off. Even if we come to Maharashtra are you going to provide priority to us in jobs ? or giving beneficial treatment in business. You do not have proper roads even in district centres.

  3. THE PERSON IN THE FOREFRONT AND EXACTLY IN THE MIDDLE APPEARS TO BE MY GREAT GRAND FATHER. WHO WAS THE PIONEER OF FAMOUS PARANJAPE HOTEL

  4. A very happy Ganesh Chaturti to all the belgaonkars.. And we'll rock this year….

    GANPATI BAPPA MORYA

    EK Don teen Chaar Ganpati chi jai jaikaar

  5. very greatful information about history of zenda chauk ganpati mandal. Mhanunach Belgaum he khup Sunder shahar aahe. Vishal, Thane – Maharashtra

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