The shrine of Torana Ganapati located near the entrance of the Sri Math premises is a special one. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who is worshipped here in the forms of Kshipra Varaprasadi and Vara Prasadi. The padukaas of Vriddha Narasimha Bharati Swamy are the prominent attractions of this temple.
History of the Temple
About 400 years ago, the Sringeri temple was under threat from pretty rulers as they want to establish themself. The responsibility of saving the temple fell on the Jagadguru Sri Narisimha Bharati. He was meditating and heard a voice within which directed to pray the God nearest to him. The Jagadguru searched and found a form of Lord Ganesha on the threshold above his head, literally the Torana of the door. He completed a ritual of consecration in which the consciousness or power of the Lord Ganesha is brought into the Torana door, to awake the icon in Sringeri temple. Since then it became custom for devotees and pilgrims visiting Sringeri, to first have darshana of Sri Torana Ganapati and only then proceed to have the darshana of Sri Sharadamba and the various deities and the Jagadguru.
Coconuts and modaks of sugar and jaggery are the offerings made to the deity.
Special prayers and rituals are performed on Tuesdays and on the day of Chaturthi.
1. Ashtottara Archana
2. Swarna Kavacham
3. Modaka Naivedya (21, 108 or 1008 modakas)
4. Panchakajjayya Naivedya
Best Season to Visit
October and March.
Lord Ganesha fulfils the wishes of the devotees.
The nearest airport to Torana Ganapati Temple is Mangalore Airport, Mangalore which is 63 km away from Torana Ganapati Temple. The nearest railway station to torana ganapati temple is Udupi Railway Station which is 43 km away from Torana Ganapati Temple. There are also buses from all major cities that connect to the city.
Torana Ganapati Temple,
Pincode – 577139.
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.
The temple is open from 07:00 am to 01:00 pm 05:00 pm to 08:30 pm.