In which State is the religious festival ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ Celebrated with gusto ?

(1) Rajasthan
(2) Gujarat
(3) Maharashtra
(4) Madhya Pradesh

Correct Answer : In the state of Maharashtra, the religious festival ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ is celebrated with gusto.

Explanation :

‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

The Peshwa in the 18th century were devotees of Ganesh and started as a public Ganesh festival in their capital city of Pune during the month of Bhadrapad.

After the start of the British Raj, the Ganesh Chaturthi lost state patronage and became a private family celebration in Maharashtra until its revival by Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak.

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