- 1 Ranjangaon Ganpati Ashtavinayak Temple
- 1.1 History and Legend of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- 1.2 Significance of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- 1.3 Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple Timings
- 1.4 Poojas and Rituals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- 1.5 Festivals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- 1.6 How to reach Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- 1.7 Where to stay
- 1.8 Where to eat
- 1.9 Nearby Temples
Ranjangaon Ganpati Ashtavinayak Temple
Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples. It is located at Ranjangaon, in Shirur Taluk. This temple is the eighth and final temple in the series of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. Lord Ganesh is known as Mahaganapati here since the Lord is believed to be a powerful and majestic deity with several arms.
History and Legend of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple appears to have been built in the 9th or 10th century during the reign of the Peshwas. The Sanctum Sanctorum is believed to have been built by Madhav Rao Peshwa
- Legend of Mahaganapati: Sage Gritsamad’s son Tripurasur was a well-learned young boy and a devotee of Lord Ganesh. Pleased by his devotion and prayers, Lord Ganesh blessed the boy and presented him with three pura’s made of precious metals, which can be destroyed only by Lord Shiva. Over a period of time, Tripurasur grew to be vain and created chaos in the world. Even Lord Brahma and Vishnu were disturbed by his atrocities and were forced to go into hiding. Sage Narada advised the frightened gods that they should take the help of Lord Ganesh. The Gods decided to invoke Lord Ganesh, who appeared and accepted to help them.
- Lord Ganesh disguised as a Brahmin and met Tripurasur under the pretext of creating three flying planes. In return, he ordered Tripurasur to bring the Chintamani idol from Mount Kailash. The greedy Tripurasur went to Mount Kailash and fought with Lord Shiva for the idol. Lord Shiva realised that he had not offered his prayers to Lord Ganesh first, and hence was unable to destroy the pura’s or defeat him. He recited the Sadaakshar Mantra and invoked Lord Ganesh, who emerged and gave him the instructions for defeating Tripurasur. Lord Shiva followed the directions, defeated the greedy Tripurasur and also created a temple for Lord Ganesh at that spot.
Significance of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is also known as Tripurarivade Mahaganapati or the Lord who helped defeat Tripurasur
- The villages and areas surrounding the temple are known as Manipur (not to be confused with the North-east state of Manipur)
- Lord Shiva is believed to have prayed to Lord Ganesh at this place before defeating the demon Tripurasur
- Lord Managanapati is represented as being seated on a lotus and accompanied by his consorts Riddhi-Siddhi
- The Mahaganapati idol at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is believed to be a swayambu or self-manifested
- The present idol is believed to have another idol hidden below. The idol supposedly has 10 trunks and 20 arms and was hidden during the attacks of the Mughal era. However, no one knows if this idol still exists. This idol is supposed to be called as Mahotkat
- Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple has been constructed in a way that the Sun’s rays fall on the idol during the southern movement of the sun
- Lord Mahaganapati is considered to be very powerful. The villagers of Ranjangaon do not bring the Gabesha idols into their homes during Ganesh Chaturthi. Instead, they visit the temple and offer their prayers
Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple Timings
- Daily: 5:30 am – 10:00 pm
Poojas and Rituals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Satya Vinayak Puja
Festivals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Bhadrapat: Lord Ganesh’s birth celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is a key festival in the state of Maharashtra. In Ranjangaon, all the villagers visit the temple for the Ganesh Pooja instead of bringing home idols. The festival falls during the month of Bhadrapat Shudh (August / September) and is a six-day celebration. Mahabhog or Mahaprasad is offered to Lord Ganesh on the fifth day, and the deity is taken on a flower palanquin on the sixth day. Large-scale celebrations and festivities include special wrestling matches during Bhadrapat.
How to reach Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- By road: Ranjangaon is nearly 50 km from Pune. There are several direct bus services operating from Pune to Ranjangaon. The Mahaganapati Temple attracts devotees throughout the year and the proximity to Pune allows Ranjangaon to be well-connected to Pune city.
- By rail: Ranjangaon has a direct train service from Pune and Pune station is well connected by trains operating to major Indian cities.
- By air: The nearest airport is at Pune, which is well connected to all major Indian cities.
Where to stay
The Mahaganapati Temple Trust runs a Bhakta Niwas which offers rooms at nominal charges. There are quite a number of hotels offering accommodation options for all budgets. Pilgrims also prefer to do a day trip from Pune, as it offers a vast range of accommodation options.
Where to eat
Ranjangaon has a good number of restaurant options. The Mahaganapati Temple Trust also operates an Annapurna Bhojanalaya, which provides afternoon lunch.
- Shivneri Fort and Temple
Shivneri Fort is the birthplace of Chatrapathi Sivaji. The fort is visible from the Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple and also houses a small temple dedicated to Goddess Shivani, after whom Chatrapathi Sivaji was named. Devotees travelling to Ozar and Lenyadri Ashtavinayak temples also stop at this Fort as it is a place of interest.
Other Ashtavinayak Temples
- Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name from the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Morgaon, 70 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
- Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 74 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
- Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 162 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
- Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 192 km from the Mahaganapati
- Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 42 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
- Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 75 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
- Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 74 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.