MAHAGANPATI (at Ranjangaon)

MahaGanpati MahaGanpati Temple

        The Maha Ganpati temple at Ranjangaon is the fouth Ganesha temple to be visited during the Asthavinayak Darshan tour. The Maha Ganpati is the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesha. Maha Ganpati 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 is made in such a way that the sun rays fall on the Idol face.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. 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 is why this Ganpati is called TripurariVadhe MahaGanpati (Great Ganpati who killed Tripurari).

         According to the history the MahaGanpati temple was build 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 Maha Ganpati is very close to the centre of the town Ranjangaon. The temple 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. Idols of two door keepers 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 inagurated by Maharashtra's honourable 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 Maha Ganpati Temple at. Ranjangaon

1.The temple opens daily at 5.30 am. to 10 pm.

Festivals in Maha Ganpati Temple at. Ranjangaon

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.

How to Reach

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MahaGanpati Temple is situated on Pune-Ahmednagar highway about 50 kms.in Shirur Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra State. Pune & Urali, which is 16 km away from Rajangaon Pune, which is 10 km from pune. Map
Distance between Pune - Rajangaon 50 kms. 2.Konkan Railways, Kasu Railway Station (14 km), Map
Distance between Urali - Rajangaon 16 kms. 3.Hamarpur Railway Station (4 km)