Sunday, 29 December 2013

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple Ganpatipule India


The Swayambhu Ganapati Temple is located in the virgin beach land of Ganpatipule in Maharashtra. The town itself derives its name from two words, the lord of the ‘ganas’ or army, and ‘pule’ meaning sand dunes. Believed to be over 4000 years old, the presiding deity of Ganapati is built of little less than white sand, and is said to have originated by itself, thus lending the name Swayambhu (self-originating). 

Yet another idol of Ganapati, this one of copper, is placed in the sanctum sanctorum, which depicts Lord Ganesha riding a lion. The temple is one of the Ashta Ganapatis of India, and is known as the ‘Paschim Dwar Dewata’, or the western sentinel God. 

The Swayambhu Ganpati Temple is about 20 km from the town of Ratnagiri. At the time of sunrise and sunset, the idol is illuminated by the golden rays of the sun. The morning air around the temple is filled with the rhythmic beat of the nagaras, while the chaughadas rhythms can be heard in the evenings when the idol is redressed. The temple is thronged by devotees and tourists alike.

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple Ganpatipule India