||Vakrathunda Mahakaaya Kotisoorya Samaprabha|
|Nirvighnam Kurumedeva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada||
Lord of Beginnings – Agradevata, Annihilator of all obstacles – Nirvighna Karaka Shri Ganesha is known for bestowing knowledge, wealth, happiness, success and fame. Here are the 5 temples dedicated to him in India which are unique in nature and must visit places as well.
1. Shri Siddhi Vinayak Temple
Known as Kuladevta of Marathas, Shri Siddhi Vinayak temple is situated in the commercial capital of India, Mumbai.
This one of the most popular and richest temples in India and attracts huge tourists every year during Ganesha Chaturthi.
Lord Vinayaka here is accompanied by his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi on his either sides.
This 200-year-old temple was built for childless women so that they are blessed with children.
2. Shri Kadlekaalu Ganesha / Saasivekaalu Ganesha
Situated in historical place – Hampi, Karnataka is one of the oldest Ganesha temples in India.
Built during the times of Vijayanagara Empire is known for its architecture.
Some people say that once the Nawab troops broke the stomach of the statue, believing it contained jewels. This led to a crack in the idol of Lord Ganesha, which looked like a gram seed. Since then the name of the idol was kept as ‘Kadalekaalu Ganesha’
3. Shri Madhur Mahaganapathi Temple
Built by Mypadi Rajas near the banks of River Madhuvahini (Kasargod, Kerala).
The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. However, this temple has an idol of Lord Ganesha which is made of neither sand nor stone but of unique material.
It is also believed that once Tipu Sultan tried to attack this temple but quickly changed his mind and returned leaving this beautiful architecture the way it was.
4. Shri Ranthambore Ganesh Temple
This temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan has three-eyed Ganesha – popularly known as
It is believed that this temple received the wedding invitation of Lord Krishna and Rukmini. Since then people send their wedding invitations to the god seeking his blessings.
5. Shri Doddaganapathi Temple
Located in Silicon Valley of India – Bengaluru Karnataka, is believed to be the most powerful Ganesha Temple in India.
As the name says, Lord Ganesha’s idol here is giant with the height of 18 Ft and width of 16 Ft.
Every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of the month of Karthika, a groundnut fair – Kadalekai Parishe is held in the temple premises and groundnut is offered to the deity. Groundnut sellers and devotees throng the place during Kadalekai Parishe.