5 Fascinating Ancient Ganesh Temples In India You Need To Visit

by Drishti
5 Fascinating Ancient Ganesh Temples In India You Need To Visit

“Ganpati Bappa Moriya!” With Ganesh Chaturthi just round the corner, we can already hear all the chorused chants ringing in. A good offering of modaks, all the colours, the dhol: the festive fervour is vibrantly buzzing through. So then, how can we miss out on some of the most beautiful, amazing temples dedicated to the Lord? Here are 5 such Fascinating Ganesh Temples In India You Must Visit Once In Your Life:

1. Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok

Tucked in the folds of heavenly Himalayas is the Ganesh Tok Temple in Gangtok, Sikkim. The temple is located 7 kms uphill, and you need to then climb a stairway to visit the shrine. When you reach the top, a panoramic view of the beautiful valleys of Gangtok awaits you. Not just the city; on a clear day, you can also glance through the Khanchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. So surreal!

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2. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

Did you know that the idol in the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai was apparently carved from a single block of black stone? And that unlike other Ganesh idols, the elephant god’s trunk is turned to right here? Well, the Siddhivinayak Temple is full of wonders. Apparently, it is said that the temple was built by a childless woman by the name of Deubai Patil. She got the temple built so that the lord would bless other women praying to have children.

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3. Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Ranthambore

This temple in Rajasthan houses a stunning idol of Lord Ganesh, in which he is depicted in his three-eyed (Trinetra) avatar. An interesting thing about the shrine is that people write letters to the Lord before beginning any task. This is because sending out the first invitation to Ganesh is believed to make things start on an auspicious note.

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4. Kanipakam Ganesha Temple, Chittoor

The Kanipakam Ganesha Temple in has a very fascinating story to it. Apparently, three farmers were digging up their well for water, and saw blood oozing from below. Later, a self-manifesting Ganesh idol (Swayambhu) emerged from below. Even today, the idol is seen sitting in the well. Which is why, Kanipakam in Andhra Pradesh is revered as one of the most astounding Ganesh temples in India.

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5. Dholkal Ganesh Temple, Dantewada

Nothing mysterious about an old Ganesh idol just randomly sitting at a height of 3000 ft, right? Well, apparently, this particular one that is perched atop the Dholkal hill in Chhattisgarh is quite fascinating. To begin with, no one knows how and when the beautiful stone idol was placed here. Then, in 2017, it suddenly vanished from its place. The idol was found in a broken state at the foothill, and was pieced together. But, some of its parts are still missing, and there are visible signs of damage on the statue. With such a mystery attached to it, we think it’s one of the fascinating Ganesh temples to visit in India.

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Well, that rounds up our list of fascinating Ganesh temples you must visit once in your life. Are there any unique Ganesh temples you know of? We’d be happy to hear all about them. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!