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Telangana’s Kubheer - Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi since 1905
"My brother Nagnath informed me that Yashwanth Rao Deshmukh, a local landowner, and other people started the celebrations in Sri Vittaleshwara Swamy temple in Kubheer mandal headquarters after being inspired to do so 119 years prior by freedom hero Bal Gangadhar Tilak. According to Bodke Vaijyanath, a 90-year-old trader from Kubheer, a clay Ganesh idol was placed and the statue was originally submerged in a local stream.
"Yashwanth Rao and others started worshipping Lord Ganesh after being inspired by Tilak's views. There were several limits placed on the festivities by british and Nizam government authorities at the time. The procession of the idol's immersion was being impeded by them. They were refusing to provide authorization to erect the idol. The community saw vibrant celebrations despite the constraints," he said.
Vaijyanath said he still possessed many monochrome photos of the first immersion with the date and year printed on them to back up his assertion. He said that although Nagnath passed away in 2018, Yashwanth Rao moved to the Maharashtrian city of Aurangabad. According to the locals, they continued to worship wooden Ganesh idols and transport them for immersion while dancing to drum beats until 1988. For the last 35 years, they have been carrying out the immersion procession on automobiles, but they have switched to idols made of plaster of Paris.