Rich with of the 400-year
old Swayambhu Ganapati Temple, Ganapatipule, presents itself as
an ancient pilgrim center of Maharastra. Every year millions of
devotes make their wise tour to Ganapatipule, on the fortunate occasion
of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganapatipule is a small village
located on the western coast of Maharastra. The place is known for
its serene and dignified beaches. The unforgettable fragrance of
fruits, flowers and mangroves at Ganapatipule ushers a massive number
of people all through out the year.
To travel in Ganapatipule is like traveling in the lap of nature.
The whole 'Konkan' region is like heaven on earth, and inhabitants
of the region remain so pure and simple as like the land itself.
Ganapatipule is one of the ashta (eight) Ganapatis of India. Though
this destination is for a large array of tourists and pilgrims coming
frequently, it succeeded to retain its idyllic splendor and serenity
and considered as one of the most hallowed Hindu pilgrimage sites.
Main Pilgrimage Attraction of Ganapatipule
The Swayambhu Ganapati Temple: The Swayambhu
Ganapati Temple is the home of naturally formed unique
idol of Ganapati of Pule (white sand) The idol of Ganapati here
is made out of copper and portrays the God straddling a lion.
It is positioned in the chamber of Sanctorum and at sunrise and
sunset a ray of golden light penetrates and elucidates the idol.
Early in the morning, the temple premise is filled with the rhythmic
beat of the nagaras (a drum-like instrument) followed by the Ganapati
Mantras (Holy chants).