Maha Ganapathy temple or Dholia Ganapathy temple is located on bank of Krishna River in Wai, Satara district of Maharashtra. During the period of Mahabharata, the city was known by the name “Virat Nagari’ (very large city in Hindi). It is also called as ‘town of temples’ because there are many temples situated along the Ghats of Krishna River. It is also known as ‘Dakshin Kasi’ because there are seven Ghats along Krishna River in Wai.
About The Temple
Maha Ganapathy temple is situated in Ganapathy Aali Ghat in Wai. In front of this temple there is Kasi Vishveshwar temple. The large statue of Ganapathy of this temple is made from single black stone and from the same stone the Nandi statue was made in Kasi Vishveshwar temple. The temple was built in 1762.
It’s called as ‘Dholia’ because of the big size of Ganesh statue. It is 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. In Marathi language ‘Dholia’ means huge or fat. The Ganesh statue is in sitting position and looks very happy and positive.
One of the unique features of this temple is the ‘fish shape’ given to the back of the temple. This is done to protect the temple from floods in Krishna River. The fish shape of temple back divides the water current and reduces the water pressure on the temple and thus protecting it from floods.
Many people strongly believe that whatever you pray in this temple gets fulfilled.
Nearest airport is Lohegaon Airport in Pune.
Wai does not have a train station. Nearest option is Wathar.
One can easily get regular buses to Wai from other major cities.
Dholia Ganapathy Mandir,
Ganpati Ali, Wai, Satara District,
Maharashtra, India, Pin code – 412803.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Auspicious beginnings of work
- Removal of obstacles
- Renewal of energy
- Agricultural productivity
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.