Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples. It is in Ranjangaon, Shirur Taluka. According to beliefs, Lord Shiva worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. Lord Ganesh is Mahaganapati since he is powerful and has several arms.
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Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple – Facts
|Significance||Part of Ashtavinayak Temples|
|Best Time to Visit||July – November|
|Darshan Timings||5:00 AM to 10:00 PM|
|Vehicle Parking Fees||Free|
|Photography||Allowed but not Free|
|Festivals||Ganesh Chaturthi, Kaivalyacha Putala, Bhadrapad Chaturthi, and Maha Yatra.|
|Video Shooting Charge||Rs. 101/-|
|Official Website||Ranjangaon Ganpati|
Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple – Timings
The timings of Chintamani Ganapati Temple are:
|Morning Darshan||5:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|Abhishek Puja Timings||5:30 AM|
|Samudaik Aarti Timings||7:30 AM|
|Mahapuja,Mahanaivadya Timings||11:30 AM||12:30 PM|
|Samudaik Evening Aarti Timings||7:30 PM|
|Shej Aarti Timings||10:30 PM|
Poojas and Sevas conducted at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple –
Here’s a list of the poojas and rituals performed at Ranajangaon Ganapati Temple:
|SatyaVinayak Puja||Rs 51/-|
Large crowds gather during this festival to also witness the wrestling matches which are specially organized at this time.
What is the significance of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple?
The significance of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is that it has been constructed in a way that the Sun’s rays fall on the idol during the southern movement of the sun. Lord Managanapati sits on a lotus. His consorts Riddhi-Siddhi accompany him. The Mahaganapati idol at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple a Swayambu.
Lord Mahaganapati is very powerful. The villagers of Ranjangaon do not bring the Ganesha idols into their homes during Ganesh Chaturthi. Instead, they visit the temple and offer their prayers
Devotees believe that there is another idol below the present idol. The idol supposedly has 10 trunks and 20 arms. However, no one knows if this idol still exists. This idol is supposed to be called as Mahotkat.
- The villages and areas surrounding the temple is known as Manipur (do not confuse it with the North-east state of Manipur).
- Lord Shiva prayed to Lord Ganesh at this place before defeating the demon Tripurasur.
It is believed that the place where Lord Shiva invoked Lord Ganesha & defeated Tripurasura is Ranjangaon (the word ranjan means the delighted one), prior to which it had the name of Manipur.
Structure of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
An east-bound temple, it is effectively recognized as a result of its colossal passageway, which has statues of the door-keepers Jay and Vijay. A novel part of the temple is that it is planned in a such a way, that during ‘Dakshinayan‘ and ‘Uttarayan,’ the sunbeams fall legitimately on the divinity.
Similarly wonderful is the sanctum, which was developed by Thorale Madhavrao Peshwa. Symbol of Lord Ganesha has an outstandingly wide brow, ten trunks, twenty arms, further flanked by the statues of Riddhi and Siddhi.
What is the history of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple?
As per the history, the temple was built in the middle of the ninth and tenth century. The temple is developed to the point that sunbeams fall straightforwardly on Shree Ganesha’s idol. Since this temple was on his way to war, Shreemant Madhavrao Peshwa used to stop here to have Mahaganapati’s darshan.
Madhavrao Peshwa made a room in the stone cellar in the temple to keep the icon of Lord Ganesh. He additionally built a stone sanctum around this Swayambhu or self-radiated idol. In 1790 A.D he gave an inherited right to perform pooja of Mahaganapati to Shri Anyaba Dev.
The temple hall was built by Sardar Kibe and Owaris which are small apartments enclosing the wall of temple were built by Sardar Pawar and Shinde. Renowned hermit Morya Gosavi had presented an icon made of five metals to Shri Anyaba Dev. This symbol is taken out in parade on festive days.
Nagarkhana is located over the passageway entrance gate. This Nagarkhana was inaugurated by Maharashtra’s respectable Chief Minister Shri Manohar Joshi on third May 1997. The temple confronting east has immense and delightful passageway gate. Icons of two doorkeepers specifically Jay & Vijay are available close to the door.
Legend of Mahaganapati: Sage Gritsamad’s son Tripurasur was a brilliant young boy and a devotee of Lord Ganesh. Pleased by his devotion and prayers, Lord Ganesh blessed the boy and gave him three pura’s of precious metals. Only Lord Shiva could destroy them. However, over a period of time, Tripurasur became vain and created chaos in the world.
He even disturbed Lord Brahma and Vishnu by his atrocities and they went into hiding. Sage Narada then advised the frightened gods that they should take the help of Lord Ganesh. The Gods decided to invoke Lord Ganesh, who appeared and accepted to help them.
Lord Ganesh disguised as a Brahmin and met Tripurasur under the pretext of creating three flying planes. In return, he ordered Tripurasur to bring the Chintamani idol from Mount Kailash. Then, the greedy Tripurasur went to Mount Kailash and fought with Lord Shiva for the idol.
Lord Shiva realized that he had not offered his prayers to Lord Ganesh first, and hence was unable to destroy the pura’s or defeat him. Therefore, he recited the Sadaakshar Mantra and invoked Lord Ganesh, who emerged and gave him the instructions for defeating Tripurasur.
Then, Lord Shiva followed the directions, defeated the greedy Tripurasur and also created a temple for Lord Ganesh at that spot.
According to some Puranas and legends Rishi Grutsamada sneezed and a boy was born who was named Tripurasur.
What are the festivals celebrated at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple?
Some festivals celebrated at Chintamani Ganapati Temple are:
- Bhadrapat: There is a special 6 day festival in the month of Bhadrapad, during which Mahabhog is offered to the temple deity on the fifth day. During this festival, the temple deity is also taken around the area in a flower-bedecked palanquin.
- Ganesh Jayanti: Another festival that draws visitors from all across India is Ganesh Jayanti. It is another popular occasion that celebrates the birthday of Ganesha on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Magha.
- Magh: The Magh Utsav is an important festival at the Ranjangaon Temple. Here, the celebrations are held from Magh Shudh 1 to Magh Shudh 6 (January – February). During this period, devotees conduct Bhajans, Kirtans and several programs.
- Holi: The colorful festival of Holi is in the month of Phalgun (February/March), on Phalgun Shudh Poornima.
- Shravan: Janmashtami or Krishna Ashtami, Lord Krishna’s birthday is celebrated here with a Dahi Handi event during Shravan ( July- August)
On the sixth day devotees take darshan of murti & then go to Mahaganapati’s temple by performing Lotangan (prostration) on the way.(lotangan means proceeding by rolling one’s self over & over).
How to reach Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple?
Here’s how to reach Ranjangaon Ganapati Temple:
- By road: Ranjangaon is nearly 50 km from Pune. There are frequent state transport service buses available from Pune Shivaji Nagar bus stand also hire taxi or cab from any area of the city to reach Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
- By rail: The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is Uruli railway station that lies just 16 Km away from Ranjangaon.
- By air: Baramati Airport is 21 kilometers and Pune Airport is 50 kilometers away from Shree Mahaganapati Temple in Ranjangaon. There are numerous numbers of taxis and buses that will take you to Ranjangaon from outside the airport.
Where to stay near Ranjangaon Ganapati Temple?
The Mahaganapati Temple Trust runs a Bhakta Niwas which offers rooms at nominal charges, where one can stay. There are quite a number of hotels offering accommodation options for all budgets. Pilgrims also prefer to do a day trip from Pune, as it offers a vast range of accommodation options.
Where to eat near Ranjangaon Ganapati Temple?
Ranjangaon has a good number of restaurant options where one can eat. The Mahaganapati Temple Trust also operates an Annapurna Bhojanalaya, which provides afternoon lunch.
What are some temples near Ranjangaon Ganapati Temple?
Shivneri Fort and Temple: Shivneri Fort is the birthplace of Chatrapathi Sivaji. The fort is visible from the Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple and also houses a small temple for Goddess Shivani. Devotees traveling to Ozar and Lenyadri Ashtavinayak temples also stop at this Fort as it is a place of interest.
What are the other Ashtavinayak Temples?
Here’s a list of the other Ashtavinayak Temples:
- Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. Further, the temple got its name from the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place.
- Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: Lord Vishnu appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Moreover, Lord Siddhi Vinayak is the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right.
- Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple whose name is after a devotee.
- Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: Lord Ganesh is Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. It is in Mahad, 192 km from the Mahaganapati
- Chintamani Temple, Theur: Lord Ganesh retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence became famous as Chintamani Vinayak.
- Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: Goddess Parvathi performed penance at this place to have a child. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son).
- Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: Lord Indra sent Vighnasur to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees then turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple –
Entry to the temple is free and no booking is needed to visit the temple.
Baramati Airport which situated 21 kilometers from Ranjangaon is the nearest airport to reach the temple.
The maximum temperature in summer can reach till 35°C. The minimum temperature that can fall down is 13°C in winter.
Shree Khetra Ranjangaon Devstan Trust is available near the temple for lodging and boarding.
Devotees have the flexibility to check-in at 6.00P.M to 11.45P.M. Check-in time needs to specify when booking accommodation online. Check out time for Devotee is fixed at07.00AM.
The Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple comes in 7th number during the Ashtavinayak Yatra.
Ladoo and Modak prasad which are known to be favorite of Lord Ganesh are offered in the temple.