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Vinayak Temple Mahaganapati (Ashtavinayak)

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.

Districts/ Region 

Pune District, Maharashtra, India.
History

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 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 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.
Geography

Ranjangaon is an industrial hub and home to many manufacturing set ups. On the south bank of the
kukdi, 51.3 KM north of Pune.
Weather/Climate

The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round
with an average temperature ranging from 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, but 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.
Great 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
How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train ,flight, bus ) with distance and required time

Pune International Airport (45.7 KM) is the nearest
Airport.
Nearest railway station is Hadapsar Railway Station
(44.7 KM).
All the buses of State transport (MSRTC) stop at
Ranjangaon because this temple is located on the
Pune Aurangabad highway. Buses are available from
Shivajinagar Bus station of Pune.

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.

MTDC Resort nearby details

MTDC Karla (90.2 KM) is the nearest MTDC
Resort.

Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi and Marathi.