Ranjangaon- Witness the biggest pilgrimage, housing the incarnation of Lord Ganesha

Ranjangaon- Witness the biggest pilgrimage, housing the incarnation of Lord Ganesha

Ever since the evolution of humankind has set in, man has been traveling and exploring most of the time. Never has he settled at a place, for the urge to explore and engage in further expeditions never ceased in humans. Over the centuries and the course of development of religions and civilizations, mankind has seen the vast growth of many religious shrines. One such religious shrine to be made was the famous Mahaganpati temple located in Ranjangaon- a village situated about 50kms away from mainstream Pune. Built in the early 9th-10th century, the temple’s Ganpati idol was inaugurated by the then wealthy ‘Khollam’ family- a family of goldsmiths. The temple has remnants of architecture built in the Peshwa period, thus hinting its possible roots. Kings’ ruling during the current period is known to have given special importance to this pilgrim heritage as Madhavarao Peshwa built a room in the basement of the temple, to keep the idol of Lord Ganesha. Let us take note of it, Ganesha is considered to be the deity responsible for eradicating poverty, illiteracy, and removing obstacles from the path of one’s life and directing bhakts to the path forward, free of obstacles and troubles. Ashtavinayaka literally means the eight incarnations of Lord Ganesha. Ashtavinayaka yatra, refers to the holy Hindu pilgrimage that Hindus undertake to visit the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, in the state of Maharashtra- with each temple housing a different avatar of the elephant-faced lord, symbolizing unity, prosperity, and learning. Each temple has its own history and traditional setup. One of the major stops for the pilgrim is the Mahaganpati temple in Ranjangaon, which is a major tourist attraction spot for many ardent devotees. However, pilgrim sites aren’t the only thing Ranjangaon offers. Located on the Pune-Nagar highway, it has a plethora of restaurants available by the roadside that offer original and ethnic Maratha street food. One such restaurant is the Navnath restaurant, which has ample parking space available, along with offering the famous misal-pav and bhel, classic enough to enrich your tastebuds. For adding a dash of spice to your taste palette, Punjabi Spice, located on Nagar road, is the best place to visit, which goes light on your pocket as well. Since Mahaganpati is the most sought after pilgrim site here, Ranjangaon has become a tourist hotspot, especially for devotees and crusaders, thus having many hotels available offering heavy discounts and good facilities, to make a lasting impression on the tourists who visit. To have a quick tour around the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, which is a five-star industrial estate housing many companies like LG, Bombay Dyeing amongst others, can most definitely rent a bike, in order to enjoy the tourist experience in a better manner. The best bike rentals, present in the area around are Dinesh enterprise, Happy wheels amongst others which have very good ratings on JustDial. Ranjangaon might not be the first thought for a tourist to visit, but be ready to get your mind warped once you visit the place, for Ranjangaon surely won’t fail to enchant you with its simplicity and beautiful pilgrim temple- Mahaganpati.


Aroona Banerjie

Aroona Banerjie

Aiming to grow at the speed of a thought.

Aroona Banerjie

Aiming to grow at the speed of a thought.

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