Lord Ganapati’ is the one who brings happiness and prosperity even for the most depressed soul. The elephant deity is the son of Shiva and Parvati and is considered to be the lord of good fortune, success, education, knowledge, wisdom, and wealth, and destroyer of evils. He is superior to all the Hindu gods and is always prayed first, be it any special occasion like marriage, the birth of a child, or beginning of new life. There are many famous ancient temples in India, dedicated to Lord Ganesha that worshipers can’t resist but visit. Here are 11 Famous Ganesha Temples where several devotees bow rush in their tough times.
- Siddhivinayak Temple This majestic temple is counted among India’s most popular Ganapati temples, visited by a large number of tourists every day. A lot of celebrities and famous personalities visit this ancient temple to offer their prayers
Location: Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- Ranthambhore GaneshAtop Ranthambhore’s historic 1000-year-old fort is a unique temple of Trinetra Ganesha, the three-eyed god in a slab of bright orange. As per folklore, the first wedding invite sent here was Lord Krishna and Rukmini’s marriage, roughly dating the temple to 6500 years! The envelopes are recycled for giving prasad and the cards are cleared periodically!
Location: Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambor, Rajasthan
- Ganesh Tok Temple, GangtokIn a land of Buddhists, a shrine of Lord Ganesh is hard to find but the Gangtok city houses a beautiful Ganesha temple top of a hill near the Gangtok TV Tower. Ganesh Tok Temple is among the top places to visit in Gangtok, The surroundings of the temple make it a preferred choice of tourists for pilgrimage tour in India. The scenic views of lush green valleys and Mount Khangchendzonga is very much evident from this temple.
Location: Ganesh tok is only 6kms from Gangtok Town
- Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Koil TempleWhen Lord Ganesha ran from King Vibishana after establishing the Ranganathaswamy deity in Srirangam, he came to this very place, where the rock stands today.This temple is located on the 83 m tall rock fort which has been a fortification since the Vijaynagara empire. It overlooks the town of Trichy.
Location: Teppakulam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
- Ganpatipule Temple, Ratnagiri, MaharashtraThe specialty about this temple is that, though most idols in a temple should face eastwards according to Hindu traditions, the idol in this temple faces west. Legend has it that once a cow of a local cowman, stopped giving milk and had only started it again at a particular spot on the reef, where later a stone emerged with an image of Lord Ganesha. Since that day the place was declared a holy spot.
Location: Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
- Manakula Vinayagar Temple (Pondicherry)This is the epic tale of a shrine that defied the might of the French in their own backyard. The temple was constructed five centuries ago. On several occasions, French missionaries attempted to raze the shrine, but ardent worshippers saved it from destruction. Each time the idol was hurled into the sea, it would magically return. Today, the temple stands defiantly rooted at the same spot in the heart of the French Quarter.
Location: Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, Opp Governer Office, Puducherry
- Sassive Kalu & Kadale Kalu GaneshaSassive Kalu & Kadale Kalu Ganesha Temple is one of the prime attractions in Hampi, which once used to be the glorious capital of the Vijaynagar Empire. This temple has two unique idols of Lord Ganesha that dates back to 1440 AD and several images of other deities that too are very old. The statues of Lord Ganesha here are believed to be the largest Ganesha statues in Karnataka.
Location: Hampi, Karnataka