Temples in Ganpatipule

Ganpatipule temple is by far the major reason for Ganpatipule being a part of the tourist circuit of maharashtrians. Ganpatipule was more of a pilgrim center initially but now has slowly become a leading tourist destination in Maharashtra.

Ganpatipule temple located right on the beach on the western coast rightly got the name of 'paschim dwar devta". The beautiful white sand bGanpatipule beach right at the door step of the temple together had the ingredients to make the pilgrim centre into a tourist deatination

Few more temples of repute are there in Ganpatipule like the Karahateshwar temple and the Lakshmi Keshav mandir and Kolisare near Ganpatipule apart from the Swayambhu Ganpati Temple

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Ganpatipule Temple - Ganesh idol

Temples in Ganpatipule

Lakhmi keshav temple - Kolisare

While the idol was being brought back to be reinstated in its orginal place the idol grew so heavy while it was at Kolisare that it turned impossible to move it from there and thus the Lakhmi Keshav temple was built at Kolisare. The idols are carved out of black stone with large Keshav and a miniature Lakshmi standing by his side. Both idols were beautifully decorated with flowers bestowing blessings on the devotees. Kolisare is 22 kms from Ganpatipule.

Karhateshwar Devsthan

Karhateshwar Devsthan is situated in the village Nandiwade near the Jaigad Fort. The temple is a wooden structure, built during the regime of Shilaharas on the slopes of the hill by the seashore . A flight of steps leads down to the temple. Structurally the temple doesnt have much to boast about however the place is truely peaceful. A flight of steps leads down from the temple towards a sea view point. One can watch the waves crashing against the rocks here.

Velneshwar Shiva temple

Velneshwar Shiva temple is located close to the beach at Velneshwar village about 20 kms from Tavsal across the Jaigad creek. The Shiva temple is the main landmark of the small village. The sacred Nandi (bull of Shiva) is placed at the entrance of the temple along with the 'deepstamb' (Deepmal). It is very dark inside the temple, where you can see the main Shivling. There are temples of Shri Ganesh and Shri Kalbhairav just next to main temple.

Swayambhu Ganpati Temple

Ganpati Temple History

Ganpatipule is one of the "Ashta Dwar Devatas". During the reign of Mughals there was a kevada jungle at the place where temple of 'Swayambhu' Ganapati is presently situated. Balbhatji Bhide, a brahmin lived here for penance to be relieved of a distress he was in and worshipped his tutelary deity Magalmurti lord Ganesha. Bhide had vision of Ganesha in his 'nirakar' form where he promised to

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visit Ganeshgule to fulfill the wishes of his devotees. During the same period, one of the cows of Bhide was not giving milk, the cowherd kept a watch on her. They were astonished to see that milk was flowing from cow's udder on the place where the idol of the God is currently placed. Bhide found the idol of Ganesh which he had seen in his vision at that place on cleaning up! He built a shrine there and started performing rituals.

Daily Rituals at Ganpati Temple

  1. Timings
  2. The temple opens for darshan early in the morning at 5 .00 am and closes at night 9.00 pm.

  3. Aarati time
  4. In the morning 5.00 am, At 12.00 pm, in the evening at 7.00 pm.

  5. Khichdi Prasad time
  6. Timing For Khichdi Prasad - 12.30 AM To 2.00 PM.

Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple

Believed to be a jagrut devta it is believed that if you if you pray to lord ganesha sincerely in this temple then your wish will get fulfilled.

This Laxmi Ganesh Temple is not only ancient but also rare. Carved in white stone beleived to be from the Kashmir region the idol is 3 feet high with ten hands, hence the name 'Dashabhuja Ganapati'. A grand ceremony along with a procession in a chariot is held between Shukla Chaturthi to Shashthi in Magh every year.

Brahmanghal is a rare natural phenomenon where continous gradation of the rocks by the sea has created a gorge in the black rock patch about 20 feet deep and 1-2 feet wide. The sea water gushes in and a water column rises through this gorge above the rocks upto 20-30ft. The temple of Uma Maheshwari is on the same rocky stretch.

Laxmi Ganesh Temple - Hedvi