Famous Ancient Ganapathi temples in India
Lord Ganesha is the god of Success,wisdom&prosperity.Visiting Ganapathi temples can work wonders for a soul anytime.In every Indian temple we offer rituals to Ganesha first,Ganesh Chaturdi is famous festival.Ekdanta,SiddhiVinayak,Mayureshwar all are his names&temples are all over IndianStates..Maharashtra is famous for GaneshNavrathri as they started here by freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak.Here is a list of famous Ganapati temples that deserves your spiritual tours,specially in GaneshNavarathri.
1.Sri SiddhiVinayakaTemple,Mumbai:No.1 of Famous Ganapathi Temples
This temple is not ancient temple,well-known for its wish-granting capacity.The blackstone idol is between Riddhi&Siddhi,consorts of Lord Ganesha(popular as most visited by celebrities)
This has been awarded the BEST TRUST AWARD for its outstanding&significant contribution to human welfare&social activities.Trust Committee has set up online portals for booking pujas,making darshans&giving donation.
2.Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapathi Temple,Pune:No.2 of Famous Ganapathi temples
Dagdusheth Halwai was a sweet-maker by professionLord Ganesha was incepted by him way back,when he lost his only son to the plague epidemic.The most beautiful golden Ganesha idol is of 40kgs.
Millions of worshipers offer puja each year,the temple trust is one of the richest trust in India.It works for poor children,maintains PITASHREE old-age home.During Ganeshotsava,temple looks beautiful with lights&flowers.
3.AshtavinayakTemples:No.3 of Famous Ganapathi temples
people do AshtaVinayak yatra(covers 8 ancient,Holy Ganesh temples)in Ganesh Navrathri time.They are Moreshwar,Siddhivinayak,Ballaleshwar,Varadavinayak, Chintamani,Girijatmaj,Vighnahar&Mahaganapati Temples.These are mentioned in Mudgala&Skanda puranas.
4.Sri Kanipakam VinayakaSwamy Temple,Chittoor,AndhraPradesh :one of ancient Ganapathi temples
Temple is 75kms toTirupathi.Temple was constructed in 11th century by Chola king,with beautiful pond.The black stone Ganesh idol has white,yellow&red colours adoring his forehead.
Vinayaka is popular as upholder of TRUTH.The annual Brahmotsavam from Ganesh Chaturthi,goes on for 20 days which is best time for devotees.
5.Sri MahaGanapathi Devaru Temple,Idagunji,Karnataka:
This Temple is located in Idagunji town,West Coast of India.It is 1500yrs old temple.Lord Ganesha has only 2 hands,holding lotus&Modhaka.
The beautiful KAILASA architecture impress while entering into temple.In Ramayana before taking AATMA-LINGA from Ravana,Ganesh appears here as a boy&keeps ShivLing down in Gokarna
Accordindg to Legend of temple once a local cowman’s cow,stopped giving milk to him,but giving in particular spot on the reef,where an image of Lord Ganesha(self manifested)appeared.Then the holy spot became Ganapatipule Temple.Here sunlight falls directly on the west faced idol of Ganesha in February&November.
7. Ucchi Pillayar Koil,Trichy,Tamilnadu
This Rock-temple is placed on the tip of a huge rock&has wonderful rock architecture.To reach the temple need to climb steps cut through the rock,then enjoy splendid view of Trichy.The temple is maintained by Archaeological Department of India.
Lord Rama gifted an idol of Lord Ranganatha to Vibhishana,he wants to take bath in Kaveri.In the form of a young cowherd,Ganesh appears&takes idol, keeps on bank of river(Ranganathswamy temple)Finally Ganesh appears in real form here to Vibhishana.
Few more famous GaneshTemples,India
Karpaga Vinayagar,Pillaiyarpatti,Tamil Nadu
Karnataka:SasiveKalu&KadaleKalu Ganesha,Hampi;Dodda Ganapathi,Bangalore
Moti Dungri Ganesh,Jaipur
GaneshTemple,Mana,Badrinath:Ganapathi wrote MahaBharath