8 Famous Ganesh Temples you have to visit this season
Its that time of the year again. Festivities are in full swing, enthusiasm is roaring and sweet meets galore! You can see a ‘ganesh mandap’ around every corner with their own creative and attractive decorations. Here is a list of ganesh temples that you absolutely cannot afford to miss this year
1. Kasba Ganpati-
Come to Pune-the place where the ganesh festival started. The first manacha (revered) ganesh of all is the kasbaganpati of the kasba temple. This one tops the list for importance of all ganpatis in pune. Built in 1639 by the great Shivajimaharaj and JijabaiBhosale, this ganesh leads the immersion process (visarjan) on the 10th day. It is after Kasba that all the other mandals go ahead with their festivities. In fact, this ganesh is of such importance that the mayor himself/herself goes for the pooja.
2. TambdiJogeshwari Ganpati-
The 2nd manacha (revered) Ganpati of Pune is the Tambdi Jogeshwari. Built in the 15th century, it is originally the temple of Goddess Durga. The Ganesh idol is immersed and then established in the successive year, unlike other ganesh temples. The decorations will truly take your breath away.
3. Guruji Talim Ganpati-
The 3rdmanacha Ganpati of pune, it was built by a hindu and muslim families of Bhiku Shinde and UstadNalbaan in 1887. This one gets the honour of being one of the oldest temple as it was established way before Lokmanya Tilak started the public Ganeshotsav. Now that’s unity!
4. Tulshibaug Ganpati-
Located in the heart of pune, it is the 4th revered Ganpati of the city. Being in the heart of the city gives it the right to boast about being one of the most visited ganesh temple. The rituals here will leave you awestruck.
5. Kesariwada Ganpati-
The last but not the least manacha Ganpati is the Kesariwada Ganpati. Started in 1894 by Bal Tilak himself as a way to bring people together to unite the masses against the colonizers, he started one the most successful revolutions of all times. Even today, Kesariwada Trust spends little on the decorations and more on various activities that bring people together and create a feeling of brotherhood- a spectacle worth seeing.
6. Siddhivinayak Ganpati-
The most famous Ganpati of the economic capital, located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. One of the richest temples of India, its Ganeshotsav celebrations will take your breath away. Its beautiful architecture is sure to make your visit worth it.
7. DagdushethHalwai Ganpati-
One of the must-visits of Pune, it is the richest Ganesh temple of the oxford of the east. The idol is covered in gold and the riches can be seen all over the temple. The Dagdusheth Ganpati is insured for a whopping 10 million Rupees!!!
8. Ganpatipule Ganpati-
Located in Ratnagiri district of Konkan, it gives one of the most scenic views of the sun, sand and ocean. Been around for around 400 years, it is one of the most spectacular beaches in all of kokan. It is excellent an opportunity for a relaxing holiday along the coast, no?
Don’t just sit there, stuffing modaks down your throat. Go out there at have a look at these amazing sights and feel the celebrations in your bones!!