Maha Ganapati Temple
Maha Ganapati Temple is situated in the place called Ranjangaon, Pune district of Maharashtra.
Maha Ganapati Temple has been revered as one of the Ashtavinayaka temples, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. And this temple takes the eighth and final temple among the eight temples.
Maha Ganapati Temple was constructed by Shakuntala, the wife of Dushyanta, who was a remarkable king in classical Indian literature and mythology. Shakuntala was said to be born at Ranjangaon. And the temple was said to be initiated and contributed by one of the Gold Smith family of Ranjangaon.
Ashtavinayaka temples are the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, which is located in and around Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha, the son of Supreme god Lord Shiva, identified by the elephant headed god of wisdom, is praised as the God of Unity, Prosperity and learning and prosperity. Every eight temples of Lord Ganesha reveals its own history and specialties.
The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:
- Mayureshwar Temple – situated in Morgaon, Pune
- Siddhivinayak Temple – situated in Siddhatek, Ahmednagar
- Ballaleshwar Temple – situated in Pali, Raigad
- Varadavinayak Temple – situated in Mahad, near Khopoli, Raigad
- Chintamani Temple – situated in Theur, Pune
- Girijatmaj Temple – situated in Lenyadri, Pune
- Vighnahar Temple – situated in Ozar, Pune
- Mahaganapati Temple – situated in Ranjangaon, Pune.
Fortes of Maha Ganapati Temple
The main god Maha Ganapati temple is Lord Ganapathi (Lord Ganesha), who is also called by the name Lord Mahotkat.
Very surprisingly, Lord Ganapathi is found with ten trunks and 20 hands. The eyes and navel of Lord Ganapathi has been decorated with ruby stones. The main gateway of the temple locates a separate shrine of Shivalingam, the infinite nature of Lord Shiva and the gateway shines with a bright lamp tower.
The tower that crowns the innermost sanctum of Lord Maha Ganapati houses the sculptures of all forms of Lord Ganesha in Ashtavinayaka temples. And specially, the temple locates the foot wear of the great devotee of Lord Ganesha named Shri Vengaonkar Josh.
The temple remains open from morning 05.30 AM to 10.00 PM in the night.
Ganesh Chaturthi – August or September
Ganesh Jayanti – January or February
Kartika Poornima – November or December
The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 38 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple.
The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple is Uruli railway station Junction which is 32 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple.
The temple can be reached via Koregaon – Shikrapur – Ranjangaon, on Pune – Nagpur Highway. State transport buses ply from Pune.