(Last Updated on : 12/07/2012)
Social contribution of Bal Gangadhar Tilak has been immense and helped in transforming the nation. In the year 1894, Bal Gangadhar Tilak actually worshipped Lord Ganesha
into Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav. He also popularized Shiva Jayanti (birth anniversary celebrations of Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj) as a social festival.
The first editor of Kesari (a renowned Marathi weekly) - Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, in his days, which was started by Lokmanya Tilak in 1880-81. G Lokmanya Tilak did set up the Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal along with Senapati Khanderao Dabhade II of Talegaon Dabhade, who became the Founder President of the Mandal. In 1895, Tilak founded the Shri Shivaji Fund Committee for celebration of 'Shiv Punya Tithi' and for the reconstruction of the Samadhi of Shivaji Maharaj at Fort Raigad.
Books Written by Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Books written by Bal Gangadhar Tilak
have contributed greatly to the society in general. In the year 1903, he wrote the book The Arctic Home in the Vedas. In his book, he argued that the Vedas could only have been written and composed in the Arctics and the Aryans bards brought them south after the onset of the last ice age. He also proposed the radically new way to find out the precise time of the Vedas. Tilak also tried to calculate the time of the Vedas by the use of position of various Nakshatras.
The position of Nakshtras was described in different Vedas. Tilak also authored 'Shrimadbhagwadgeetarahasya' - the analysis of 'Karmayoga' in the Bhagavad Gita
, which is known to be gift of the Vedas
and the Upanishads
He also wrote Geetha rahasya in prison.
Mark of Respect by Government of India
In 2007, the Government of India released a coin to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak
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