Maha Ganapati Temple, the eighth and final temple of Ashtavinayaka temples of Lord Ganesha. It is located at Ranjangaon, Pune district of Maharashtra.
About the Temple
The main entrance of the temple has a separate shrine for Shivalingam, the infinite nature of Lord Shiva. The Shikhara or Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) contains the sculptures of all forms of Lord Ganesha in Ashtavinayaka temples. The temple contains the foot wear of Shri Vengaonkar Josh, the great devotee of Lord Ganesha and the gateway of the temple has a bright lamp tower. The Maha Ganapati Temple was believed to be initiated and contributed by one of the Gold Smith family of Ranjangaon. Maha Ganapati Temple was believed to be built by Shakuntala, the wife of Dushyanta (a great king in classical Indian literature and mythology) and the mother of Emperor Bharata. Shakuntala was believed to be born at this place.
About the Deity
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Ganapathi (Lord Ganesha) also called as Mahotkat, who is found with ten trunks and 20 hands, with His eyes and navel adorned with ruby stones.
Legend and Stories
Legend has it that a demon by name Tripurasura, caused suffering to all beings in the heaven and on earth. On hearing the pleas of the Gods, Shiva intervened but he realized that he could not defeat the demon. Later on listening to Narad Muni's advice, Shiva saluted Ganesha and then shot a single arrow which destroyed the demon and Tripura citadels. Shiva, the slayer of the Tripura citadels is enshrined at Bhimashankaram nearby.
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 temple can be reached via Koregaon – Shikrapur – Ranjangaon, on Pune – Nagpur Highway. State transport buses ply from Pune. The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple is Uruli railway station Junction which is 32 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple. The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 38 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple.
Maha Ganapati 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.