Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples. It is in Ranjangaon, in Shirur Taluk. This temple is the eighth and final temple in the series of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. Lord Ganesh is Mahaganapati since he is a powerful and majestic deity with several arms.
- History and Legend of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Significance of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple Timings
- Poojas and Rituals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Festivals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- How to reach Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- Where to stay
- Where to eat
- Nearby Temples
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. According to beliefs, Madhav Rao Peshwa built the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Legend of Mahaganapati: Sage Gritsamad’s son Tripurasur was a brilliant young boy and a devotee of Lord Ganesh. Pleased by his devotion and prayers, Lord Ganesh blessed the boy and gave him three pura’s of precious metals. Only Lord Shiva could destroy them. However, over a period of time, Tripurasur became vain and created chaos in the world. He even disturbed Lord Brahma and Vishnu by his atrocities and they went 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. Then, 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. Therefore, he recited the Sadaakshar Mantra and invoked Lord Ganesh, who emerged and gave him the instructions for defeating Tripurasur. Then, 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 Manipur (do not confuse it with the North-east state of Manipur)
Lord Shiva prayed to Lord Ganesh at this place before defeating the demon Tripurasur
Lord Managanapati sits on a lotus. His consorts Riddhi-Siddhi accompany him.
The Mahaganapati idol at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple a swayambu.
Devotees believe that there is another idol below the present idol. 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 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. Also, 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 connects Ranjangaon well to Pune city.
By rail: Ranjangaon has a direct train service from Pune. Pune station connects well to major Indian cities.
By air: The nearest airport is at Pune, connects well 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 for Goddess Shivani. 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: 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. It is in Morgaon, 70 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: Lord Vishnu appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. It is in Siddhatek, 74 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali:As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. It is in Pali, 162 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: Lord Ganesh is Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. It is in Mahad, 192 km from the Mahaganapati
Chintamani Temple, Theur: Lord Ganesh 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 became famous as Chintamani Vinayak. It is in Theur, 42 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: Goddess Parvathi 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). It is in Lenyadri, 75 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: Lord Indra sent Vighnasur to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. It is in Ozar, 74 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.