Lord Ganesha is the most beloved god of the Hindus and is said to bring happiness and prosperity to people. The elephant deity has many temples dedicated to him. Here is a list of six of the most famous Ganesha temples in India that one must visit.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
One of the most popular Ganesha temples in India, Shree Siddhivinayak temple is visited by plenty of devotees and tourists, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi. The temple was originally constructed by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil as a small structure and is now considered one of the richest temples in the country. Many Bollywood celebrities regularly visit the temple to seek blessings. The temple has a small mandap with the shrine for Lord Ganesh and looks extremely beautiful at night, when lit up.
Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor
Known for its intricate designs and structure, the Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple is located in Chitoor, around 75 kms away from Tirupati. It is one of the most ancient temples and was built by the Chola King Kulothunga Chola I in the 11th century, to end evil. The temple sees worshippers from different parts of the country visit the temple, especially during Brahmotsavam, celebrated during Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Madhur Mahaganapathi Temple, Kerala
Famous for its architectural marvel, the Madhur Mahaganapathi temple is located on the banks of the Madhuvahini River in Kasaragod, Kerala. The 10th century old temple was built by the Mypadi Rajas of Kumbla. It is believed that the idol of Lord Ganesha is not made of stone or soil but of some unique material. Although the main presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva, the uniqueness of the Ganesha idol makes this temple popular. The temple, which has a pond, is believed to have medicinal and curative properties to cure skin illnesses.
Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok
Located at an altitude of 6,500 ft, the Ganesh Tok Temple is one of the top places to visit in Gangtok. With scenic views of lush greenery, the temple sees plenty of devotees and tourists, who come to offer their prayers. The path to the Ganesh Tok Temple is covered with sacred flags, hoisted all along the path.
Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Koil Temple, Tamil Nadu
This legendary temple, located on top of Rockfort hill in Tiruchirappalli town, holds a significant place amongst Hindus. According to mythology, this rock is the place where Lord Ganesh ran from King Vibishana, after establishing the Ranganathaswamy deity in Srirangam. The awe-inspiring architecture created by the Pallavas is now maintained by the Archaeological department of India.
Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple, Jaipur
Located on a small hill, this temple was constructed by Jai Ram Paliwal in the 18th century, to seek blessings of Lord Ganesh, before any significant occasion or activity. Visited by tourists and worshippers from across India, Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple has exquisite lattice work and elaborate stone carving. This makes the temple extremely popular amongst history and art lovers.
Wishing a happy and blessed Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family.