In the small town of Ranjangaon, resides one of the most compelling forms of Lord Ganesh, the Mahaganapati. The deity so powerful, so dynamic, that the villagers do not bring home Ganapathi idols during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival but personally visit the temple itself. Mythology suggests that the temple was created by Lord Shiva himself. As with other Ashtavinayak temples, the idol is 'swayambhu'. The temple structure was erected during the rule of Peshwas. Madhavrao Peshwa constructed the sanctum and it is believed that he would offer prayers at Ranjangaon Mahaganapati Temple before he rode to war.
Tripurasura, wrecked havoc on the earth arrogant by the boon he received that he would die only at the hands of Shiva. On the request of the Gods, Lord Shiva tried in vain to kill Tripurasura. Shiva realised that he was unsuccessful in his efforts because he had not paid respects to Lord Ganesha. Once he invoked Ganesh with Sankatanashan stotra, Lord Gajanana blessed him and with a single arrow Shiva killed Tripurasura. It is believed...View more
that the place where Lord Shiva invoked Lord Ganesha and defeated Tripurasura is Ranjangaon.This Temple is part of famous Ashtavinayak Yatra
The Ranjangaon Mahaganapati Temple faces east. It has a striking main gate guarded by two statues of Jaya and Vijay. During Dakshinayan, the design of the temple effects the rays of the sun falling directly on the deity. The idol of Ganesha in a crossed legged sitting position with the trunk toward the left is flanked by Riddhi and Siddhi. The stone pillars of old temple signals resemblance with 9th or 10th century architecture.Picture courtesy: ...View more
anesh Dabolkhar photography
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire while visiting Ranjangaon Mahaganapati Temple .
Pune, once a base of Peshwas of the Maratha empire, is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Ranjangaon is an Industrial town and known for its Automobile industry
Pune is well connected to the rest of the country by air and rail. Ranjangaon, 60kms from Pune on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway, has regular state as well as private buses to Pune.
Various rituals carried out in the Mahaganapati Temple include Abhishek, Sahastravartan and Satyavinayak Pooja. Devotees are not allowed inside the Garbhagriha.
Flowers, Garlands, Modakare the main offerings made to the Lord at Ranjangaon Mahaganapati Temple.