With Ganesh Chaturthi around the corner, it’s time to indulge in festivities and celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha. Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Kerala among other states.
On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Paytm Travel offers you a list of 9 temples you must visit:
Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple, Mumbai
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple is among the most popular Ganpati temples in the country. Located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Siddhivinayak Temple is also one of India’s richest temple trust. During Ganesh Chaturthi, the temple is decorated with flowers and lights.
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Pune
Dagdusheth Ganpati trust is one of the biggest in Maharashtra and devotees visit the temple from across the country. The temple is well-known for its intrinsic design and Golden idol.
Kanipakam Vinayaka, Chittoor
Located around 75 kilometres away from Tirupati in Chittoor, the Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple or Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is well-known for its glorious history. The temple was built by the Chola King Kulothings Chola I in the 11th Century to resolve the dispute between communities. Today, people from across India visit this temple during Ganesh Chaturthi to celebrate Brahmotsavam, the main festival of the temple.
Dodda Ganpathi Temple, Bangalore
Located on the Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi, Dodda Ganapathi Temple is visited my thousands of devotees. The idol of Lord Ganesh here is about 18 feet in height and 16 feet in width, and it is one of the major attractions of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation.
Madhur Maha Ganapathi Temple, Kottarakkara
A part of the Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram Pilgrim Centre Complex, the Madhur Maha Ganapathi Temple is the most important Ganapathi Temple in Kerala. The Complex also has temples of various deities like Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Murugan, Lord Ayyappan, and Nagaraja. The temple is known for its architectural beauty and glorious history. The pond around the temple is believed to have medicinal properties that can heal anyone with rare illness.
Karpaka Vinayakar, Thiruppatthur
This rock-cut cave shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesh, is located Thiruppatthur, in Tamil Nadu. Hundreds of devotees come every year during Ganesh Chaturthi to offer their prayers to Lord Ganesha, sitting majestically inside a cave. The temple is believed to be around 1600 years old, and Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated here with great fervour.
Shree Vinayaka Devaru Temple, Idagunji
Located in the Idagunji town in Uttara Kannada of Karnataka, on the West Coast of India, the Shree Vinayaka Devaru is one of most popular religious place in India, visited by over a million devotees annually. The temple is known for its intricate architecture and beautiful design.
Ucchi Pillayar Koil, Trichy
Situated on the top of a rock at Rockfort in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, the Ucchi Pillayar Temple is famous for its rock architecture. The temple has an interesting history and holds great significance among Hindus.
Ganpatipule Temple, Ratnagiri
The Ganpatipule Temple, located around in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, attracts hundreds of devotees during Ganesh Chaturthi. While the idol faces eastwards in most of the Hindu temples, at Ganpatipule Temple, the idol faces west. It is a popular belief that the idol in the temple is self-manifested.