FAMOUS GANESH TEMPLES IN MAHARASHTRA
1) GANPATI PULE :
This is very famous awakened and swayambhu place near sea shore.
It is said that Sage Parashuram had omen and he consecrated Ganesh idol on hill top.
The hill itself is in Ganesh form.
As such if you have to take holy rounds (pradakshina) of the temple,
you have to go round the hill itself.
2) DASHABHUJA LAXMI GANESH :
Hedvi, Tal. Guhagar, Dist. Ratnagiri. It is near to Chiplun and Guhagar.
Magh Ganesh Jayanti celebrated on grand scale.
3) SHREE SIDDHIVINAYAK :
Nandgaon Dist. Raigad. Mumbai-Murud and Murud - Nandgaon S.T. buses are available.
4) SHREE GANPATI DEVASTHAN - SANGLI :
Situated on banks of river Krishna. This is most awakened and beautiful temple in Sangli.
It is a tutelar diety of Sangli. Thorle (elder) Chintamanrao Patwardhan consecrated the idol in 1843.
5) DIGAMBAR SIDDHIVINAYAK OF KADAV :
It is situated in Taluka Karjat of Raigad district. Sage Kanva consecrated this idol.
Since the idol is without cloths it is called a Digambar Ganesh. It is at a distance of 9 kms from Karjat.
6) KASBA GANPATI - PUNE :
It is tutelar God of Pune. Rajmata Jijabai consecrated the idol.
In wedding ceremonies, first invitation is given to this Ganesh.
7) MANGALMURTI CHINCHWAD - DIST.PUNE :
Great hermit Moraya Gosavi found Ganesh idol in Morgaon and consecrated the same at Chinchwad.
The place is spiritually awakened. Regular P.M.T. buses are available from Pune.
8) RAJUR GANPATI OF RAJUR :
After killing demon king Sindurasur, Vinayak told Ganesh Geeta to King Varenya at Rajur.
It is treated as one peetha out of three and half Ganesh Peethas.
Regular state transport buses are available from Aurangabad.
Idol is swayambhu.
9) SHREE MODAKESHWAR - NASHIK :
Blasted by a curse of Lord Shiva, Kamdeva attained his previous form by worshipping Shree Ganesh.
It is also popular by name Kamvarad Mahotkat. Idol is in the form of Modak.
Moda means happiness, one who gives happiness is Modakeshwar.
10) EKCHAKRA GANESH OF KELZAR :
Before killing demon Bakasur, Pandav prince Bhima had worshipped Shree Ganesh in city Ekchakra.
Ekchakra is presently called as Kelzar and it us at a distance of 24 kms. from Vardha.
11) SHREE VIDNYAN GANESH RAKSHAS BHUVAN (MARATHWADA) :
Situated on the banks of river Godavari, Rakshas Bhuvan is at a distance of 36 miles from Jalana.
Shree Dattatreya propitated Vidnyan Ganesh and consecrated the idol.
12) LAKE GANPATI - PUNE :
This temple is in the middle of lake situated in a garden Saras of Pune.
Idol with trunk turned to its right was consecrated in 1774 by Shreemant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwe.
Siddhivinayak fulfills the vows.
13) SHREE GANPATI - SITABARDI (NAGPUR) :
Idol with trunk turned to its right is very very strict and spiritually awakened.
It has been consecrated by Bhosale Sardar of Nagar.
14) VERUL (ELLORA) LAKSHVINAYAKA KSHETRA :
The ancient name of the place of the is Ellapur.
Kumar Kartikeya consecrated Vinayak here, before starting war with demon King Tarkasura.
15) SHREE VAKRATUND -PAAWAS :
It is at a distance of 12 kms. from Alibaug. King Abhijeet and his queen performed strong penance of Lord Kanakeshwar.
They learnt Vakratund Mantra and on chanting the same for years they got a son. On their request Shree Ganesh had stayed there forever.
Mountain Kankeshwar is at a distance of 5 kms. towards east.
16) SHREE CHINTAMANI (KALAMB DIST: YAVATMAL) :
It is one of the 21 famous Ganesh Kshetras. Spiritually awakened place.
17) BHALCHANDRA GANESH KSHETRA :
26 miles away from Parbhani, there is a station called Sailu.
Nearly 15 miles away from Sailu, Bhalchandra Ganesh temple is in the midst of river Godavari.
18) SHREE SIDDHIVINAYAK :
Anjarle, Tal, Dapoli, Dist. Ratnagiri: Temple is on mountain.
19) SHREE GANPATI: BALGIT MAHARAJ'S MATH, NANDED
It fulfills the vows.
FAMOUS TEMPLES IN GREATER MUMBAI
i) SHREE SIDDHIVINAYAK - PRABHADEVI :
Siddhivinayak fulfills the vows. As such devotees come in big numbers on every Tuesday and on Chaturthi.
Original small temple is now renovated and you will see a big and beautiful temple with a golden pinnacle.
ii) SHREE PHADKE GANPATI - GIRGAON :
This temple has celebrated its centenary year in 1996.
iii) UDYAN GANPATI - VAZIRA NAKA, BORIVILI :
Idol is inborn (swayambhu) spiritually awadened place. Devotees come in big numbers.
iv) SHREE MAHAGANPATI (TITWALA) :
By propitating Ganesh Idol, consecrated by sage Kanva. Devi Shakauntala and King Dushyant got married here only.
Idol from Mahabharat period was vanished, while constructing lake peshave sardar Ramchandra Mehandale got the present idol.
Then Madhavrao Peshwe consecrated this idol. If Mahaganpati is worshipped regularly marriages of desired people can be fixed easily.
If Mahaganpati is propitated properly, conflicts between husband and wife comes to end. Those who desires to have son, will get son.
In Mahaganpati's temple, there is a sanctum of Lord Shivshankar towards right.
In the right hand corner of the sanctum, padukas of great Ganesh devotees late Shreei Vengaonkar Joshi are consecrated.
Devotees should take darshan of these padukas. Since Mahaganpatis idol was worshipped properly and scientifically by sages
in ancient times, today also idol looks alive.There is a temple of Vithoba-Rukmini near Mahaganpati's temple.
One iron tube is sent out of sanctum of this temple. It is said that sound Bhajans (holy songs in praise of God) going on
in the temple of Pandharpur can be heard from this tube. You can also visit nearly places like satis, memorial, jaypal maharaj's samadhi,
Shiv temple in vasundry village. Lodging and boarding arrangements are available with ancestral poojary Shree Govindrao Joshi.
Private hotels and lodges are not available in Titwala. Titwala is a third railway station from Kalyan on Mumbai-Nashik railway line.
Titwala Asangaon, Kasara locals are available from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai.
FAMOUS GANESH TEMPLES IN INDIA
1) MADHYA PRADESH :
a) Bade Ganesh in Indoor: Ganesh idol is 12 feet.
b) Shree Chintamani of Ujjain
c) Dwibhuj Siddhivinayak of Amarkantak
2) RAJASTHAN :
a) Bali Ganpati: Consecrated by king Bali
b) On the banks of river Tapi, Lord Shriram had conecrated Ramaji Ganesh before killing demon Tratika.
3) UTTAR PRADESH :
a) Omkar Ganesh (Prayag)
b) Dhundiraj Ganesh in Kashi: This Ganesh is in the temple of Kashvishveshwar.
4) HIMACHAL PRADESH :
a) Shadbhuj Ganesh - Baijanath, Dist: Kangada: Great saint Dnyaneshwar while describing Shreei Ganesh in his book
Dnyneshwari has given names of the weopons are found in the hands of this Shadbhuj (six hands) Shree Ganesh.
b) Ice idol of Bal Ganesh in Amarnath Gumpha.
c) Shree Ganesh in Ganesh Gumpha where Ganesh had pendown the Mahabharat.
5) WEST BENGAL :
a) Ashtabhuja Ganesh in village Vadanagar on the banks of river Hubli.
6) BIHAR :
a) Ganesh temples are situated in Rajgriha, Mountain Mandar, Ramgad, etc.
7) ORISSA :
a) Ajananath Ganesh in Jagannatha Temple of Puri.
b) Ganesh caves in Ganesh gumpha of Khandagiri.
8) ANDHRA PRADESH :
Various Ganesh temples are situalted in Bhadrachalam, Vijayawada, Kalahasti, etc.
9) KERALA :
a) King Dharmagupta of Trigart consecrated Ganesh idol in Shreemadnant temple.
King of Mysore Tipu Sultan came here to destroy the temple. His mind was changed after drinking the water from the well in the temple.
Tipu Sultan then gave gifts and annuities to temple.
b) Shree Ganesh of Madhupur: He likes famous sweet Udupa.
10) KARNATAKA :
a) Vidhnantak Vinayak, Hampi:
Idol is not elephant headed instead it is man headed. Vighnantak Vinayak killed demon Gajmukhsur.
b) Kaudinya Mahaganpati of Kurdamale in Kolar district:
Idol of Mahaganpati is 9 feet high and is made of green marble.
c) Gokarna Mahabaleshwar:
Here Shree Ganesh is in the guise of young Brahmin saved Lord Shankara's Lingam from the
hands of demon Ravana. Ravana had hit Ganesh and the mark is still present on the idol.
11) TAMILNADU :
a) Kurumbithar Vinayak of Kumbhakonam :
This Vinanayak is also called as Sudha Ganesh.
At the time of Amrut Manthan when Amrut (heavenly necter) was not coming out of the sea, Gods consecrated Ganesh idol
here at Kumbhakonam and worshipped him and prayed for their success. Ganesh was pleased and gods got the Amrut from the sea.
12) GUJARAT :
Temple of Ahmedabad is from Peshwa time.
b) Siddanath temple of Baroda and Revati Ganesh temple on Girnar mountain are very famous.
c) Sisodra Village of Navsari district has a banyan tree with Ganesh idol in it. It is said that this Ganesh idol
appeared in this banyan tree nearly four hundred years ago.
d) Durgakut Ganesh near Sorati Somnath.