Ganpati Bappa Morya is the well-known chanting heard during the Ganesha Chaturthi festivities. The slogan is thunderously heard during the immersion parade that is notable for huge and colourful processions. It arouses deific feelings in devotees during the celebration. There is an interesting story behind the origin of this illustrious motto.
The term Morya in the slogan refers to Morya Gosavi, a famous devotee of lord Ganesh of the 14th century. He hailed from a village called Shaligram in Karnataka. His devotion was of unconventional type, and people considered him as an eccentrically devout person. One day, lord Ganesha appeared before him and asked for a blessing. He expressed his desire to get his name associated with the lord always. Ganesha granted the wish and said that every time people call out for lord Ganesha, they should suffix it with Morya; and hence “Ganapati Bappa Morya”. The slogan conjures the intimate relationship between Ganesha and his beloved devotee.
Morya Gosavi is considered as the most famous devotee of Ganesha. He is also considered as the chief spiritual forerunner of the Ganapatya sect– the Hindu faction centred on Ganesha worship. The Mayureshwar temple at Morgaon (the most important Ashtavinayaka Temple) is said to be built by Morya. The starting of the Ashtavinayak temple pilgrimage is also attributed to Morya Gosavi. He is believed to enter sanjeevan samadhi at Chinchwad, Pune, and his tomb still attracts many Ganesha devotees.