New Delhi: Ganesha Chaturthi is a ten-day long extravaganza that marks the birthday of the elephant deity who is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. On this auspicious festival let's seek blessings of the Lord of beginnings by visiting him!
Here we bring you top 5 Ganesha temples in India to visit this Vināyaka Chaturthi:
Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir, Mumbai
If you are in Mumbai then Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a must visit. It's one of the most visited Ganpati temples in India and was built in 1801 by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil. The doors of this beautiful Ganpati Mandir are carved with images of Ashtavinayak that portrays the eight manifestations of Ganesha! Visit this majestic Ganpati temple which is located at Prabhadevi in Mumbai.
Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Pune
This beautiful temple is a major tourist attraction in the cultural capital of Maharashtra- Pune. This temple was built by a sweet-maker (Halwai) named Shrimant Dagusheth Halwai and it's one of the richest trust in India. The Ganpati is shifted to a magnificent pandal during the ten-day long festival and thousands of devotees come every day to seek blessings of the golden idol!
Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor
This beautiful Ganpati temple is also known as Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple and is located at Kanipakam in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This historic temple was built by the Chola rulers in the 11th century. Visit this ancient temple during Vinayaka Chaturthi and seek Bappa's blessings!
Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Rockfort, Tiruchirappalli
It's one of the oldest Ganesha temples in India dated 7th-century. It's located on top of a hill in Tiruchirappalli town of Tamil Nadu and has an important story attached to its existence. According to the mythological story, this temple was formed when Lord Ganesha ran away from King Vibishana who was Ravan's brother after establishing the Ranganathaswamy deity in Srirangam.
Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok
Well, if you reside in the north east part of India then plan a trip to Gangtok this Ganesh Chaturthi! Yes, you heard it right as there is a beautiful Bappa's temple named Ganesh Tok situated on a hill top in the capital city of Sikkim. The path of the temple is covered with colourful sacred flags.