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14-Ganesh Temples
source :  Sai Ka Aangan

The system of keeping Ganesh idols in street and worshipping them was started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak. In 1893, he worshipped the pictures of Lord Vinaayak in the streets. This practice is continuing till today.

Ganesh's Biggest Idol in Kolhaapur, Mahaaraashtra

(1) The World's biggest idol of Lord Ganesh is at Kolhaapur, Mahaaraashtra - a feast for the eyes - click on the above link. All Hindu worship idols of Vinaayak during the 10 day festival of Vinaayak Chaturthee. The tallest Vinaayak statue in the world is situated at Kolhaapur, Mumbai. The name of this statue is Chinmaya Ganaadheesh Idol. The actual height of the statue is 66 feet and it is seated on a throne of 24 feet high. Weight of this statue is 800 metric tons. The statue is built with concrete. 50 crafts men worked for 18 months to complete this idol. This was built by Chinmaya Mission, marking the completion of 50 years of their organization in 2001.

(2) One more famous place in Kolhaapur is the Bin khambee Ganesh Mandir. Bin means "without" and Khambee means "pillars", so Bin-khambee means without pillars. This temple was built without pillars in 1882 that is why it called Bin-khambee Ganesh Mandir. A small stone Ganesh idol was found while desilting a well and the temple was built around that idol. The architecture of this temple is amazing. Every year Archaeology students come here to research on this temple from various states.

A Ganesh Temple in Bombay
A Ganesh Temple and the idol in the Temple at Laal Baagh, Mumbai were insured for Rs 200,650,000 (2 Crore 65 Lakhs) and Rs (10 million (1 Crore) respectively. Nearly 10 million (1 Crore) devotees visit this temple annually.

Some Strange Facts About Ganesh Idols, Temples and Chaturthee

--There is a temple of Ganesh in which his idol is made of 2 quintal of Coral (Moongaa) in Aazamgarh, UP,

--A Ganesh temple and the idol in the temple at Laal Baagh, Mumbai were insured for Rs. 2 crore 65 lakhs and Rs. 1 crore respectively. Nearly one crore devotees visit this temple annually.

--Sekhar from Andhra Pradesh collected 11,000 idols, 14,000 pictures, 1094 poster, 157 key chains, and 100 audio and video cassettes of Lord Ganesh and is in the Limca Book of World Records.

--Vinaayak Chaturthee is a national holiday in Mauritius. Most of the citizens there are Hindu.

--Roads around the temples of Lord Ganesh are washed on Ganesh Chaturthee day in Paris.

--Ganesh idols made of mud should be used for worshipping. But most of the idols are made with plaster of Paris. Plaster of Paris is made from Calcium Hemi Hydrate produced from Gypsum. When the plaster of Paris idols are immersed in water, they do not dissolve in water easily. Not only that, while melting in water they release poisonous substances also in it. The chemicals in the artificial colors like Mercury and Cadmium dissolve in water and kill the fishes and other creatures. This damages the ecological balance.

Asht-Vinaayak Temple

Prominent among the temples of Ganesh are a cluster of eight temples popularly known as Asht Vinaayak temples which are totally dedicated to Shree Mahaa Ganapati. These temples are very ancient where Vinaayak had manifested in different cosmic ages. They are,
(1) Shree Mayooreshwar at Moregaaon
(2) Shree Siddhi Vinaayak at Siddhatek
(3) Shree Ballaleshwar at Pali
(4) Shree Varad Vinaayak at Mahad
(5) Shree Chintaamani at Theur
(6) Shree Girijaatmaj at Lenyadri
(7) Shree Vighneshwar at Ozhar
(8) Shree Mahaa Ganapati at Ranjan Gaaon

All these eight temples are located in the state of Mahaarashtra within a radius of about 100 km from Pune city. It is not possible to cover all these temples visit within one day. It requires minimum two or three days for a complete visit. Conducted tour facilities are available from Pune as well as from Mumbai cities. Total distance coverage from Pune will be around 650 km and from Mumbai it will be around 750 km.

Ganesh Temples in Japan

There are around 250 Temples of Ganesh in Japan. Kangiten, Shoten, Daishokangiten, Ganabachi, Binayakaten - are the Japanese names of Lord Ganesh. In Japan Ganesh is the God of fortune who brings happiness and prosperity. The below photo is a 歓喜天 (Kangiten) statue near the entrance of Fukuoka Tower in Japan.


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Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on May 18, 2013