Origin of “Ganapati Bappa Morya”

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Morya Gosavi or Moraya Gosavi (Morayā Gosāvi) or Moroba Gosavi was a prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect, which considers the elephant-faced god Ganesha as the Supreme Being. Morya Gosavi is considered the chief spiritual progenitor of the Ganapatyas and has been described as the “most famous devotee” of Ganesha.
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Morya Gosavi is considered the chief spiritual progenitor and the most important saint of the Ganapatya – the Hindu sect centred on Ganesha worship – tradition and has been described as the “most famous devotee” of Ganesha.

Morya Gosavi the famous devotee of Lord Ganesh of the 14th century who lived in Chincwad, Pune.
He was a crazy devotee of Lord Ganesh. Pleased with his (bhakti) devotion, oneday Lord asked him, what vardan (blessing) he would wish from him.
All, Morya said that, he would want his name to be always associated with HIM.

Ganesha says Tathastu to his wish and declares that every time we call out for Lord Ganesh.
We should say post it with Morya.
Hence the praising “Ganapati Bappa Morya (not Maurya)” गणपती बाप्पा मोरया

“Ganpati Bappa Morya” – What it means?

I heard this chanting many a times, wonder what it means? Is this a Hindi word or a Sanskrit word or a Marathi word? Asked many friends, also called up my Marathi friends in Mumbai but alas, no one actually knew the meaning. So I started googling !!!  🙂

Ganapati (Sanskrit: gaṇapati), a synonym for Ganesha, is a compound composed of gaṇa, meaning “group”, and pati, meaning “ruler” or “lord”.”

Bappa: father / Lord

“All join in this final procession shouting “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukar ya” (O father Ganesha, come again speedily next year). ”

ganpati-bappa-morya-happy-ganesh-chaturthi“Morya Gosavi was a 14th century saint of the Ganapatya sect. He was a great devotee of Ganesha. He was originally from a village called Shaligram in Karnataka. He built the Mayureshwar temple at Morgaon, near Pune. The starting of the Ashtavinayak pilgrimage is attributed to him. The words Ganapati Bappa Morya are attributed to him. He was a contemporary of Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj and Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath Bhatt. He took sanjeevan samadhi at Chinchwad, Pune.”

“Mangalmurti : ‘Man’ means complete and glu-gayate means the one endowing Serenity or purity. That which purifies both internally as well as externally is auspicious (mangal). An image bringing auspiciousness is thus Mangalmurti. In Maharashtra ‘Mangalmurti morya’ is used to proclaim Ganapati’s glory. The word morya in it refers to a famous devotee of Lord Ganesh in the fourteenth century called Morya Gosavi, from Chinchvad, near Pune. This depicts the inseparable relationship between God and a devotee.”

Moreshwara – or Morya Gosain – was a devotee of the Lord (from Pune), who, it is said, was blessed with the divine appearance one Ganesha one night. When the Lord offered to give him a boon, he declined to have anything of material nature as his wants were very limited – and he did not even have a family. Upon being pressed, he said that all he wanted was to have his name associated with his his Lord’s. “So be it”, said Ganesha! Hence – Ganapati Bappa – Morya!!!

“What is the significance of the term “Ganapati Bappa Morya”?

Devotees chant Ganapati Bappa Morya all the time to sing the praises of Lord Ganesh. But how many of them know what the word Morya signify? The word Morya refers to a famous devotee of Lord Ganesh in the fourteenth century called Morya Gosavi, from Chinchvad, near Pune who invoked the Lord with severe penance.

He attained siddhi (special powers and blessings) at Shree Chintamani and his son built the temple to commemorate the event.It is said that Moryaji also performed penances at Siddhi Vinayak in Ahmedabad and in Moreshwar/Mayureshwar at Moregoan where he also built the temple. Thus this depicts the inseparable relationship between God and his devotee.”

“Many sages like tukaram maharaj and others have endorsed Moraya Gosavi as one who merged with Ganapati.

For rationalists, it will be hard to believe but for devotees, praying to Moraya Gosavi means praying to Lord Ganesh!”

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all !!!

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