Mahaganpati Mandir, the eighth and final temple of Ashtavinayaka temples of Lord Ganesha. Mahaganpati Mandir is located at Ranjangaon, Pune district of Maharashtra. Ashtavinayaka temples are the eight temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, situated around the state of Maharashtra. The eight sacred temples are housed in a very determined sequence. Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed god of wisdom, who is also considered as the God of Unity, Lord of obstacles, Prosperity and learning.
Each temples has a specific history and more specifically, the trunk of Lord Ganesha differs from each of the eight temples. The holy visit of Ashtavinayaka temples is believed to be satisfied only after the Revisit to the first temple of Ashtavinayaka temples. The following precedence of worship to Ashtavinayaka temples is based on the Shashtra, a sacred Hindu scripture. The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:
- Shri Ballaleshwar Temple
- Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple
- Girijatmaj Temple
- Mahaganpati Mandir, Ranjangaon
- Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir
- Siddhatek Ashtavinayak Mandir
- Varad Vinayak Ganpati Mandir, Mahad
- Vighnahar Ganesh Temple, Ozar
Mahaganpati Mandir was believed to be built by Shakuntala, the wife of Dushyanta (a great king in classical Indian literature and mythology) and the mother of Emperor Bharata. Shakuntala was believed to be born at this place. The current structure of the Mahaganpati Mandir was believed to be initiated and contributed by one of the Gold Smith family of Ranjangaon. The presiding deity of this Mahaganpati Mandir is Lord Ganapathi (Lord Ganesha) also called as Mahotkat, who is found with ten trunks and 20 hands, with His eyes and navel adorned with ruby stones.
The main entrance of this Mahaganpati Mandir has a separate shrine for Shivalingam, the infinite nature of Lord Shiva. The Shikhara or Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) contains the sculptures of all forms of Lord Ganesha in Ashtavinayaka temples. This temple contains the foot wear of Shri Vengaonkar Josh, the great devotee of Lord Ganesha and the gateway of the temple has a bright lamp tower.
The temple remains open from morning 05.30 AM to 10.00 PM in the night.
- Ganesh Chaturthi – August or September
- Ganesh Jayanti – January or February
- Kartika Poornima – November or December
The temple can be reached via Koregaon – Shikrapur – Ranjangaon, on Pune – Nagpur Highway. State transport buses ply from Pune.
The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple is Uruli railway station Junction which is 32 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple.
The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 38 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mahaganapati Temple.
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