Lokmanya Tilak's visit to our Ganesh festival
on 16th September, 1901
of Ganapati Festival started this year on 16th September. The very
first day of the festival here has become a grand scenario. Mr.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak and others have come to Bombay for provincial
conference. Taking advantage of Mr. Tilak's visit to Bombay; organisers
of some festivals had invited Mr. Tilak to deliver lecture. The
first such lecture was organised in Keshavji Naik Chawls. Anticipating
Mr. Tilak's lecture during Ganesh Festival thousands of people had
gathered in Keshavji Naik Chawls to attend the same. Naraharshastri
Godse delivered the lecture on "Gruhsthashram". Mr. Tilak elaborated
the importance of the topic covered by Godeshastri.
item published in Marathi Daily "Kesari".
Tilak's Visit to Ganesh Festivals in Mumbai in 1901
"A correspondent of the "Kal" gives a glowing account
of the enthusiastic ovation that Mr. Tilak is said to have received
at the hands of the Deccanis in Bombay during short stay in the
city after the work of provincial conference was over. He writes
:- Mr. Tilak was entertained on the 16th September at pan supari
parties in several Chawls where Ganapati Idols were installed that
day being the first of the annual Ganapati Festival. The same day
he was asked to preside at two public lectures on religious subjects,
in connection with the same festival. At all these places immense
crowds of people had assembled to have a look at Mr. Tilak and to
do honour to him. Flowers were showered up on him and flags and
buntings with words of welcome written up on them were hung in the
premises of some chawls. In one chawl he was made to walk upon white
cloth spread all along the path leading to the place of his reception.
At one place Mr. Tilak declared his intention of continuing to do
service to the public if they approved and accepted it. The correspondent
thanks Mr. Tilak for giving the Bombay public an opportunity of
repaying in some small way the deep debt of obligation which he
says it owes to him. He says that the first day of the Ganapati
Festival in Bombay may be regarded rather as 'the day of welcoming
Mr. Tilak. In conclusion he says that his object of giving a detailed
description of the reception accorded to Mr. Tilak is to undeceive
those who still hate Mr. Tilak in vain.