This Ganesh Chaturthi, if you are travelling to any of these cities, make sure you visit the most famous Ganesh Temple in the respective cities and bring back home blessings from the beloved Lord Ganesh.
#01 Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
The Siddhivinayak Mandir is evolved from a small, tiny place of worship to the Grand Temple that stands today. Siddhivinayak is well known as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” (‘Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish’ in Marathi) among devotees.
#02 Parvathi Ganesha of Hampi – Karnataka
Out of the numerous monuments that feature in the must see list of anyone visiting Hampi, a most sought after heritage sites in Karnataka, probably the most endearing is the Parvati Ganesha. A 16 ft Ganesha sitting in a mandapa that is typical of the Vijayanagara style of architecture.
#03 Ranthambhore Ganesh ji (Rajasthan)
Located in Ranthambore fort of Rajasthan state of India, is a unique temple of Trinetra Ganesha, the three-eyed god. An oldest temple of Lord Ganesha in Rajasthan that comprises of his whole family all together at one place. Speaking of “Pratham Ganesha” in Hindu religion, it is believed to be the Trinetra Ganesha of Ranthambhore. And as per folklore, people send their wedding invites here. The first wedding invite sent here was Lord Krishna and Rukmini’s marriage, roughly dating the temple to 6500 years!
#04 Gokarna MahaGanapathy Temple, Gokarna – Karnataka
A small temple in the middle of road, but don’t misjudge its importance since this is no ordinary temple. Also known as Sidda Ganpati, the temple has a rare standing Ganesha, 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and two-handed. The history says that this temple dates back to centuries even before Ramayana took place.
#05 Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri – Maharashtra
Nestled in the heavenly lap of nature by the dancing sand dunes of the pristine beaches of the Konkan coast of Maharashtra is a nearly 400 year old ancient Swayambhu Ganpati Temple (Swayambhu means a self-originated idol, Ganapati) – Ganpatipule.
#06 Ganesh Tok, Gangtok (Sikkim)
In a land synonymous with Buddhism, a shrine to the elephant God is rare. Located 7km from town on the Gangtok-Nathula Road and perched at 6,500 ft on a hill near the TV tower, Sikkim’s Ganesh Tok temple is fascinating. Like the Hanuman Tok shrine but much smaller, Ganesh Tok offers a scenic view of Raj Bhavan, Gangtok town and Mount Khangchendzonga. Space inside the temple is so cramped that devotees have to creep in on all fours to have darshan of Lord Ganesha.
#07 Dagadusheth Ganapati, Pune
Dagadusheth Ganapati is the most famous Ganesha Temple in Pune, and as the deity has a beautiful appearance, it is the calender image mostly used when Ganesha adorns the walls.
#08 The Shri Gopal Ganapati Temple, Fermagude, Goa
This temple of Ganesha is situated in Fermagude, in Ponda at about 26 kms from Panjim. Hundreds of years ago a stone idol of Ganesha was discovered by herdsmen while grazing the cattle. The idol was covered with Silver alloy in 1966 by the then Chief Minister of Goa.
#09 Madhur Maha Ganapathi Temple, Kasaragod (Kerala)
Located on the banks of the Madhuvahini River 8km northeast of Kasaragod, the spectacular Madhur temple was built in 10th century by the Mypadi Rajas of Kumbla. The temple well’s water has no frogs or fish, tastes good and is said to possess medicinal and curative properties.