Places of Worship of Lord Ganesha
A lot of temples of Lord Ganesha exist in India. This is because he is an extremely popular deity in the Hindu culture. Some of them are more famous because of their historical significance, their structural genius or their architectural design.
This article talks about some of the famous places to visit in India to worship Lord Ganesha. Some of the states in India that have major temples of Lord Ganesha are Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The magnitude of their popularity may be judged on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi when these temples are swarmed by devotees. The devotees stand in long queues for hours just to get a glimpse of the decoration and the idol of Lord Ganesha. The idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated all through the year too in these temples. Karnataka and Maharashtra witness enormous crowds on the occasion of Ganesha’s birthday. This is because most of the famous Ganesh temples are found here.
Maharashtra, for instance has Shree Siddhivinayak temples, Astavinayak, Siddhivinayak Mahaganapati Temple, Girijtmaja Vinayak and Ganapatipule Ganapati temple.
Located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai (Maharashtra, India), Shree Siddhivinayak was built in 1801. The temple has a small shrine of Ganesha and the roof is plated with gold.
“Siddhivinayak” in Sanskrit literally means “the one who grants wishes”. The name Ashtavinayak means eight Ganeshas. The term Astavinayak is coined because the eight different avatars of Ganesha can be seen in the temple premises. It is located in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. Siddhivinayak Mahaganapati Temple is located in the Thane district in the small town of Titwala. The place has a rich religious history and hence witnesses many devotees. Girijatmaja Vinayak, one of the eight Lord Ganesha’s temples, is the one that has the sixth idol of Ganesha. It is a temple that should be visited as part of the Ashtvinayaka pilgrimage. It is located in Lenyadri on top of a hill that has about 307 steps. Located approximately 375 km south of Mumbai in the Ratnagiri district, the Ganapatipule Ganapati temple has a 400 year old Ganapathi idol that is believed to have sprung up from the soil. The deity is also believed to guard the western gates from here.
Kerala has Ganesh temples that are over three centuries old. The temples are not just popular for the sheer structural brilliance but also because of the way the idol of Lord Ganesh is worshiped here. Shree MahaGanapathy temple, Velam Ganapathi temple, Iswaramangalam Ganapathi temple and Madhur Maha Ganapati Temple are some of the famous temples here. The state of Tamil Nadu has Karpaka Vinayakar Temple, located at Thiruppatthur. Ganesha is also known as Pillaiyar in Tamil Nadu. Located in Sawai Madopur, Rajasthan the Ganesh temple in Ranthambore national park was build it 1300 AD. The idol of Lord Ganesh is placed along with his two wives.
The temples mentioned above are a few of the hundred temples that exist in India. These temples are a must visit for any ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha.