5 Ancient Ganesh Temples in India

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5AncientGaneshTemplesInIndia LordGanesha,thesonofShivaandParvati,isthemostbelovedgodoftheHindusandissaidto bringhappinessandprosperitytopeople.GaneshChaturthialsoknownasVinayakaChaturthi iscelebratedacrossallovertheworldbytheHindus.Theelephantdeityhasmanytemples dedicatedtohim. HereisalistoffiveofthemostfamousGaneshatemplesinIndiathatonemustvisit. 1.KanipakamVinayakaTemple,Chittoor(AP):VinayakaTempleisaverypopular GaneshatempleandislocatedKanipaakaminChittoordistrictofAndhraPradesh.Itisoneof themostancienttemplesandwasbuiltbytheCholaKingKulothungaCholaIinthe11thcentury, toendevil.Itwasfurtherexpandedintheearly14thcenturybytherulersoftheVijayanagara Empire.Alargenumberofdevoteesvisitthetempleeveryyearandalsotakeadipintheholy waterstoridthemselvesoftheirsins.Manydevoteesandtouristsvisitthetempleduring VinayakaChaturthitobeapartoftheBrahmotsavamfestival. 2.ManakulaVinayagarTemple,Pondicherry:Thistempleisfoundintheerstwhile FrenchterritoryofPondicherry.Thetempledatesbackbefore1666,andhousestheManakula Vinayaka.Thenamehascomeaboutfromapond(kulam)thatusedtoexistinthetempleand consideringtheproximitytotheseausedtogetfilledwithsand(Mann).Theuniquenessabout thistempleisthatduringtheFrenchrule,thisGaneshahasbeenthrownseveraltimesintothe seabutusedtoreappearthesameplacethenextday.Thetemplehastworowsofdifferent kindsofGaneshasliningitsceiling.Thetemplehasanelephant,whomthevisitorsofferacoin togetapatontheirheadthroughhistrunkasablessing. 3.MadhurMahaganapathiTemple,Kerala:Famousforitsarchitecturalmarvel,the MadhurMahaganapathitempleislocatedonthebanksoftheMadhuvahiniRiverinKasaragod, Kerala.The10thcenturyoldtemplewasbuiltbytheMypadiRajasofKumbla.Itisbelievedthat theidolofLordGaneshaisnotmadeofstoneorsoilbutofsomeuniquematerial.Thepresiding deityofthistempleisLordShiva,however,theuniquenessoftheidolofLordGanesha,makes thistemplepopularamongtourists.Thetemple,whichhasapond,isbelievedtohavemedicinal andcurativepropertiestocureskinillnesses. 4.RanthamboreGaneshTemple,Rajasthan:OneofthemostfamousGanesha templesinIndia,thistempleislocatedinRajasthan’sRanthamboredistrict.Thisplaceiswidely visitedbypilgrimsandreligioustravelerstoseektheblessingsofthree-eyedgodcalled‘Trinetra Ganesh,’whosetempleislocatedatopRanthambore’shistoric1000-year-oldfort.Itisbelieved thatthetemplereceivedtheweddinginviteofLordKrishnaandRukmani’smarriagesome thousandsyearsbackandsincethen,thepeoplesendtheirweddinginvitationstothegod.One ofthemostpopularattractionsofthetempleistheGaneshMela,whichisheldeveryyearon GaneshChaturthiandisvisitedbymillionsofpeople. 5.GaneshTokTemple,Gangtok:Locatedatanaltitudeof6,500ft,theGaneshTok TempleisoneofthetopplacestovisitinGangtok.Withscenicviewsoflushgreenery,the templeseesplentyofdevoteesandtourists,whocometooffertheirprayers.Thepathtothe GaneshTokTempleiscoveredwithsacredflags,hoistedallalongthepath.Thescenicviewsof lushgreenvalleysandMountKhangchendzongaisverymuchevidentfromthistemple.

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