Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
Yet another Hindu shrine belonging to the “Ashtavinayaka” pilgrimage tour is the Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple in Maharashtra. The Lord Ganesh devoted temple is located in the Pune district in a village called Ranjangaon. Apparently this temple was built in between the 9th and 10th century. In addition, it was Madhavrao Peshwa that specially made a room in the basement of this temple so as to keep the idol of Lord Ganesh. So, for those devotees of Lord Ganesh who plan a visit to this temple, here is presenting a few facts about this Hindu shrine that one needs to know.
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a. Best time to visit Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
The ideal time to visit this temple would be during the winter season which begins in October and ends in February when the climate is pleasant and the temperature ranges from a maximum of 15 degree Celsius to a minimum of 10 degree Celsius.
a. How to reach Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple Map
1. By temple:
The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Pune city. The Pune Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, and Nagpur.
- Via Mumbai:
There are two routes from Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway, and via NH61.
- Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway and via NH61.
- Via Nashik:
There are three routes from Nashik to this temple, and they are via NH60, via Ahmednagar-Loni-Dhanora Road and Aurangabad-Ahmednagar-Pune Highway/Beed-Ahmednagar Pune Road/Kopargaon-Shirdi-Ahmednagar-Pune Highway.
- Via Nagpur:
There are two routes from Nagpur to this temple, and they are via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and Nagpur-Mumbai Highway.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Pune. The Pune Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple
This temple belongs to the “Ashtavinayaka” pilgrimage circuit that comprises of eight revered Lord Ganesh temples. According to a legend before engaging in a battle with a demon called Tripurasura, Lord Shiva worshipped Ganesha at the spot where this temple was eventually constructed. Furthermore, this temple was first inaugurated and donated by a goldsmith family called “Khollam” in a village called Ranjangaon. The idol of Lord Ganpati at this temple is said to comprise of 10 trunks and 20 hands and is called “Mahotkat”. In addition, this idol called Mahotkat faces the east and is seen seated in a “crossed legged position”.