Popular Temples of Lord Ganesha Across India!

Every year, Lord Ganesha visits his devotees’ house at a particular time during the year, accepts their services and returns to Mount Kailash. This particular time is known as Ganesh Chaturthi. This auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi during the Bhadrapada month. On this note, if you wish to discuss your problems and know anything about appeasing Lord Ganesha, then you can ask questions from our prominent astrologers.  

It is believed that Lord Ganesha was born during the mid-time on Monday during Swati Nakshatra and Leo Lagna/ascendant on Chaturthi of Shukla Paksha during Bhadrapada month. This is the very reason this Chaturthi is known as Mukhya Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is also named as Kalank Chaturthi in several parts of India. According to folk traditions, this day is also known as Danda Chauth.

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The true shades and zest of this festival are seen in Maharashtra, where it is celebrated as Ganeshotsav. This grand and beautiful festival lasts for ten days and ends on the day of Anant Chaturdashi i.e. Ganesh Visarjan. On this day, the idol of Ganesha is decorated beautifully and worshipped. Then, the idol is immersed in water with great pomp and show and beating of drums is a followed tradition on this day. It is believed that after this Lord Ganesha returns to his home i.e. Mount Kailash.

This year, the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi was celebrated on August 22, Saturday. Now, we will talk about auspicious time (Shubh Muhurat) for Ganesh Visarjan and famous temples dedicated to Lord Ganesh.

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Immersion of Lord Ganesha’s Idol

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi ends with Ganesh Visarjan (Immersion of Ganesha’s Idol). On this very special day, the idol of Lord Ganesha which is placed at home is immersed in water. The real glamour of this festival is worth seeing in Maharashtra. However, due to the Corona pandemic, the grandeur of this festival shall not be seen.

Ganesh Visarjan Muhurat 

Moving on, for the convenience of the readers, we have also included the auspicious Choghadiya Muhurat for Ganesh Visarjan, which will be celebrated on the 1st of September. 

  1. Morning hours Muhurat (Chara, Labha, Amrita) – 09:10 AM to 01:56 PM
  2. Afternoon hours Muhurat (Shubha) – 03:32 PM to 05:07 PM
  3. Evening hours Muhurat (Labha) – 08:07 PM to 09:32 PM
  4. Night hours Muhurat (Shubha, Amrita, Chara) – 10:56 PM to 03:10 AM, Sep 02
  5. Chaturdashi Tithi Begins At – 08:48 AM on Aug 31, 2020
  6. Chaturdashi Tithi Ends At – 09:38 AM on Sep 01, 2020

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Famous Temples Dedicated To Lord Ganesha All Over India

Moving on further, let us take a look at some of the most popular Ganesh temples and know some exquisite details about them on the occasion of this festival dedicated to Lord 

Siddhivinayak Mandir- Mumbai

When we talk about Lord Ganesha, then the first name that comes to our mind is the temple of Siddhivinayak. This magnificent and beautiful temple of Vighnaharta (remover of hindrances) in Mumbai has been an epicentre of devotees for years.  It is said that in those temples, where the trunk of the idol of Lord Ganesha is on the right side, then those idols are concerned with Siddipith and the temples are known as Siddhivinayak.

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Pune

The Srimanta Dagdusheth Halwai Temple situated in Pune is highly known among the devotees. Every year, lakhs and crores of devotees pay a visit to this temple. Also, an emotional story related to this temple is that once, Srimanta Dagdusheth and his wife Lakshmibai lost their only son due to plague many years ago and established Ganesha’s idol, which has now become the lovable and respectable Lord of the devotees.

Ganpatipule Temple, Ratnagiri

The Ganpatipule Temple in Ratnagiri is one of the most magnificent and beautiful temples of Lord Ganesha in the country. The thing that makes this temple very special is that the emergence of the idol of Lord Ganesha is self-created (Swayambhu). This temple is 400 years old and has special significance among devotees.

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Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Tiruchirapalli

The next famous and known temple of Lord Ganesha is Uchiha Pillaiyar temple in Tamil Nadu, which is situated on the top of Rock Fort hill at Trichy in Tiruchirappalli. The most famous thing about this temple is that it was established by Vibhishana, Ravana’s brother. One has to climb 400 steps to reach this temple.

Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor

This temple of Lord Ganesha in Andhra Pradesh is also considered to be miraculous. The idol of Lord Ganesha in this temple is continuously increasing its size and this is the very reason that different sizes of armour are kept in this temple. There is a belief among the people pertaining to this temple that Lord Ganesha destroys all the sorrows and sins of those devotees who pay a visit here.

Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple, Jaipur

Jaipur which is also known as Chhoti Kashi has a temple of Lord Ganesha. This temple is also considered one of the oldest temples. People have immeasurable respect and reverence for this temple. The idol of Lord Ganesha in this temple is considered to be miraculous. Historians say that initially, this idol was brought to Mavali from Gujarat and then it was brought to Jaipur in 1731 AD from the Pihar Mavali by the King named Madho Singh First (Ist).

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Kalamassery/Madhur Mahaganapathi Temple, Kerala

This miraculous temple of Lord Ganesha is situated in Kerala. According to Skanda Purana, initially it was the temple of Lord Shiva but once the son of priest created an idol of Lord Ganesha on the temple wall. It is said that the idol created on the wall started increasing its size. With every passing day, it grew thicker and bigger and hence this temple became one of the very special temples of Lord Ganesha.

Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, Chennai

This famous temple of Lord Ganesha is situated in Basant Nagar in Chennai. In this temple, an idol of Siddhi is also seen along with Lord Ganesha. A small idol is also established in this temple which was worshipped in the past. Every year during Ganesh Chaturthi, programs and concerts are organized at a large scale in this temple to attract pilgrims and music lovers across India. This beautiful temple also has an auditorium where cultural programs and events are held.

Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok

The next temple which we are talking about is listed among the most beautiful and miraculous temples. It is the Ganesh Tok Temple of Lord Ganesha which is situated at a distance of about seven kilometers from the city of Gangtok of Nathula Marg. Here, the temple of the most respected and revered Lord Ganesha is established on a small hill. It is said that this temple has been built in traditional Sikkimese style. After climbing a few stairs from the main door, one can reach the place where the idol is placed.

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Ranthambore Ganesh Temple, Rajasthan

Although all temples have their own significance, one thing that makes Ranthambore Ganesh temple in Rajasthan different from others is the letters that are sent here. This temple is also named as Rantabhanvar temple and is situated in the hills of Aravali and Vindhyachal at a height of 1579 feet. If there is any auspicious work at home, then an invitation must be sent to the first respected and revered Lord Ganesha. Also, an Ardaas/eulogy is performed by sending a letter to remove problems from devotees’ life. Owing to this, thousands of letters reach the temple by post every day. It is said that one is always blessed with his/her wishes because of these letters.  

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