We all know that Lord Vinayaka is worshipped prior to starting any work, performing rituals, etc. There exist many Ganesh temples in every nook and corner of our country. And from the coming Ganesh Chaturthi, every street and corner of the nation will immerse in spirituality and the devotees will celebrate these ten days as Ganesh Navratri. Apart from visiting pandals (stalls) in your local, look in on to the below-listed places if you're an ardent follower of him. We EeYuva bring in some famous Ganesh temples in India to make your days more special. Take a look.
Kanipakam Vinayaka – Andhra Pradesh
The famous Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka idol is a self-manifested and emerged from a well, situated on the banks of the river Bahuda in Kanipakam village, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. The strange feature of the temple is, the size of the idol in the well is increasing gradually. Devotees believe that the Lord Vinayaka solves the disputes between people when taken a special oath in front of him after having a bath in the nearby pond. Pilgrims can pay a visit to the nearby most famous sacred place, Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy temple.
Parvathi Ganesha Temple – Karnataka
Hampi, an abode of amazing architectures of ancient Vijayanagar empire, nestled in the heart of Karnataka. This world's heritage listed site homes many temples and idols of Hindu religious gods. Parvathi Ganesha Temple on this premises allure the devotees with its fine carvings. The idol of Lord Ganesha is 8 feet tall and was carved on a single rock in an open pavilion. The spot provides incredible experiences to both pious and history lovers.
Ashtavinayak Temples – Maharashtra
If you wanna catch a glimpse of the eight pious destinations of Lord Vinayaka, then, Ashtavinayaka temples tour over Maharashtra will impeccably satisfy you. To your surprise all these eight Ganesha idols are self-manifested. The names of Lord Vinayaka are Ranjangaon Mahaganapathi, Theur Chintamani, Moregaon Moreshwar, Lenyadri Girijatmaj, Ozar Vigneshwar, Siddhtek Siddhivinayak, Mahad Varad Vinayak and Pali Ballaleshwar. Among these 8 temples, six are in Pune district and two are in Raigad district.
Dodda Ganesh – Karnataka
Dodda Ganapathi, 18 ft tall and 16 ft wide mammoth idol is located on the bull temple road in Basavangudi, Bengaluru. This ancient temple was built by Kempe Gowda I (founder of Bangalore). The massive single stone-carved idol of Ganesha enchant the devotees with special decorations which include Benne Alankara (Butter coating). Local people believe the right side of the idol is growing day-by-day. Nandi temple with enormous bull idol will remain as the cynosure of the locale.
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple – Puducherry
The 300-year-old Manakula Vinayaka temple is situated 400 meters far from Bay of Bengal, Puducherry. The main idol of Lord Ganesh in this temple rests on the golden chariot (7.5 kg gold were used). The main attraction of the temple is an elephant which resides on the temple premises and one can also catch a glimpse of devotees who eagerly awaits to take blessings from it. Pilgrims from across the world will throng to this temple mainly in August-September to witness the spectacular brahmothsavam.
Ucchi Pillayar Koil Temple – Tamil Nadu
This famous Rockfort temple allure the pious people and tourists with its magnificent looks and ancient fort architecture. It is located on the top of 273 feet high hill in Tiruchirapalli city, Tamil Nadu. This fort witnessed many wars between Bijapur and Madurai Nayaks, Maratha forces and Carnatics.
There exists a story behind scar of the Ganesh idol in the temple. According to a legend, Lord Rama while returning to Ayodhya after the victory upon Ravana presents an idol (Ranganathan) to Vibhishana. Vibhishana on the way to Sri Lanka mesmerises with the beauty of river Cauvery and wants to take a plunge in it. He then gives the idol to a boy (lord Vinayaka) and asks him to stay there. When he returns, he notices that the boy has placed the idol on the hilltop. He tries hard to retrieve it but in vain. Enraged Vibhishana slaps on the head of the boy and still, we can see the scar on the Ganesha idol. Interesting isn't it?
Ainavilli Vighneswara Swamy Temple – Andhra Pradesh
Konaseema, the heaven on the earth homes the powerful god Vinayaka on the banks of river Godavari. This 10th-century old ancient temple amidst lush green fields, coconut groves and pristine waters of river Godavari delights the pilgrims with its natural beauty. Followers believe, the lord will be pleased when offered a coconut and vowed to revisit the temple. There are many other temples on the premises which take the devotees into a trance with divinity.
Guys, get ready with your backpack to enjoy the auspicious days in these famous temples of Lord Ganesh.