The MahaGanpati Temple Ranjangaon is the fourth Ganesha temple to be visited during the Asthavinayak Darshan tour. The Temple situated on Pune-Ahmednagar highway about 50km. in Shirur Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra State. The Mahaganpati is the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesha. Mahaganpati is depicted as having eight, ten or twelve arms. You will be surprised to know that the idol of these lord Ganesh is also named as ‘Mahotkat’, and it is said that the idol has 10 trunks and 20 hands.
This temple made in such a way that the sun rays fall on the Idol’s face. Also, Mahaganpati is portrayed, seated on a lotus, flanked by his consorts Siddhi and Ridhi. The temple dates back to the period of Peshwa Madhav Rao. The trunk is turned on left side.
There is a myth attached to this place which is: Lord Shiva, Ganpati’s father, had granted the demon Tripurasur some powers. but demon Tripurasur misusing his powers, Tripurasur started troubling people from the earth and heaven. Finally, Lord Shiv had to take the help of Ganpati and kill the demon. That why this Ganpati called TripurariVadhe MahaGanpati (Great Ganpati who killed Tripurari).
History of MahaGanpati Temple
According to the history the MahaGanpati temple was built in between 9th & 10th century. This temple was renovated during the period of Madhavrao Peshwa. Sardar Kibe of Indurkar has also contributed to the renovation of the temple. The temple of MahaGanpati is very close to the center of the town Ranjangaon. It was erected during the rule of the Peshwas.
The temple was built by Sardar Kine. Peshwa Madhavrao had constructed the Garbhagriha, the sanctum to house the swayambhoo statue. Temple facing east has huge & beautiful entrance gate. Also, Idols of two doorkeepers namely Jay & Vijay are present near the gateway. Riddhi & Siddhi are on the sides of Mahaganapati.
Nagarkhana is situated above the entrance gate. This Nagarkhana was inaugurated by Maharashtra’s honorable chief minister Shri Monoher Joshi on 3rd May 1997. There is a local belief that the real statue of Mahaganpati is hidden in some vault and this statue has ten trunks and twenty arms.
Daily Schedule in MahaGanpati Temple
The temple opens daily at 5.30 am. to 10 pm.
Festivals in MahaGanpati Temple
In the month of Bhadrapad, a six-day festival is celebrated from the Pratipada to the Sashti, that is from the first to the sixth of the waxing period of the month. On the fifth day, there is “Mahaprasad”.
A procession of the deity’s Palkhi is conducted on these days. Other celebrations including wrestling matches are also held.
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