This is the eighth and final temple of Ashta-vinayaka temples of Lord Ganesh. It is located at Ranjangaon, Pune district of Maharashtra.
About the Temple
The main entrance of the temple has a separate sanctum for Shiva-lingam, the infinite nature of Shiva. The Vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) contains all forms of Lord Ganesh in Ashta-vinayaka temples. The temple houses the foot wear of Shri Vengaonkar Josh, a devotee of Lord Ganesh and the gateway has a bright lamp tower.
About the Deity
The Maha Ganapathi Temple was believed to be initiated and contributed by one of the goldsmith families of Ranjangaon. The main deity of this temple is Lord Ganapathi (Lord Ganesh) also called as Mahotkat, found with ten trunks and 20 hands. His eyes and navel are adorned by ruby stones.
Legend and Stories
Tripurasur was the son of Sage Gritsamad. One day, the sage sneezed from which was created a young boy who he brought up as his own son. The sage taught the boy the Ganana Twam - Ganesh Mantra. Reciting this mantra, the boy meditated intensely on Lord Ganesh who blessed him. He was given three “puras” of gold, silver and iron. Since, he had the three puras, he was given the name Tripur.
Ganesh Chaturthi – August or September
Ganesh Jayanti – January or February
Kartika Poornima – November or December
Nearby Place to Visit
Girijaatmaja Vinayak Temple
Chintamani Vinayak Temple
Mumba Devi Temple
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
The nearest airport to Ashta-vinayaka MahaGanapathi Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 38 Km away from Ashta-vinayaka MahaGanapathi Temple.
The nearest railway station to Ashta-vinayaka MahaGanapathi Temple is Uruli railway station Junction which is 32 Km away from Ashta-vinayaka MahaGanapathi Temple.
The temple can be reached via Koregaon – Shikrapur – Ranjangaon, on Pune – Nagpur Highway. State transport buses ply from Pune.
Maha Ganapathi Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.
The temple remains open from morning 05.30 AM to 10.00 PM in the night.