The Vinayaka temple known as the temple of Mahaganapati is the fourth temple in the Ashtavinayak Temple pilgrimage or yatra. This is located at Ranjangaon near Pune.
Pune District, Maharashtra, India.
Ranjangaon earlier was known as Manipur. It's believed to have been created by Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva set up an idol of Ganesha in the form of Mahaganpati. This is one of the Ashtavinayak temples in Maharashtra.
The temple is located in a closed enclosure which has a huge entrance with two large-sized attendants on either side of the door. This temple was visited numerous times by Shreemant Madhavrao Peshwa (1745-1772 CE). He made a room in the storm cellar of the temple to keep the idol of Lord Ganesh. He had built a stone sanctum around this swayambhu or self-radiated idol. In 1790 A.D he gave a donation to perform pooja of Mahaganpati to Shri Anyaba Dev. Temple Hall was worked by Sardar Kibe and Owaris (a few little flats raised along the course of encasing a mass of the temple) were worked by nobles of the Maratha court Sardar Pawar and Shinde. Celebrated recluse Morya Gosavi had exhibited an idol made of five metals to Shri Anyaba Dev. This idol is taken out in the procession on happy days.
There are references in Puranas about Ranjangaon and according to one legend, Rishi Grutsamada was a devotee of god Ganesha. Out of his sneeze, a boy was born with red skin and this boy's name was Tripurasur. Tripurasur was highly ambitious and cruel. He worships Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is glad and faithful and gifted Tripurasur three cities of gold, silver and iron. On the power of this gift, he won heaven, hell and earth.
People prayed to Lord Shiva and requested him to save them from Tripurasur. A battle happened between lord Shiva and Tripurasur. But Shiva could not take control over the demon Tripurasura because he forgot to ask Ganesha's blessing for battle. Shiva prayed to Ganesha to grant him victory and he blessed and destroyed three cities of Tripurasur with a single arrow
Ranjangaon is an industrial hub and home to many manufacturing setups. On the south bank of the Kukdi, 51.3 KM north of Pune.
The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature between 19-33 degrees Celsius.
April and May are the hottest months in the region when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.
The annual rainfall in the region is around 763 mm.
Things to do
Bhadrapada Chaturthi is celebrated in a big way.
A large number of devotees visit this temple during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi.
Nearest tourist places
● Sinhagad Fort : 88.8 KM
● Shivneri Fort: 77.5 KM
● Aga Khan Palace: 44.4 KM
● Shaniwar Wada: 52.9 KM
● Bhamchandra Caves: 58.4 KM
Special food speciality and hotel
Maharashtrian cuisine can be found in nearby present hotels and restaurants.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Accommodation facilities are available nearby.
● Ranjangaon MIDC Police station is the closest at a distance of 7.2 KM.
● Atharv Multispeciality Hospital and Trauma Centre is the nearest hospital at a distance of 2.7 KM.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
● The temple opens at 5:00 A.M and closes at 10:00 P.M.
● During Chaturthi or weekend the temple is overcrowded so check the day of visit to avoid crowds.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi