Lord Ganesha is the superior to all the Hindu gods and known as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated across all over India mainly in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. There are many famous temples of Lord Ganehsa across the Indain states, some of the most famous are Siddhivinayak, Ashtavinayaka, Vighnantak Vinayak,Pazhavangadi Ganesha and Kurumbithar Vinayak.
1. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is the most famous temple of Lord Shri Ganesh in India and one of the popular Ganapati temple of Maharashtra. Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the India’s richest temple trust and a must visit temple during the Ganesh Chaturthi.
2. Dagdusheth Ganpati, Pune
Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple is the most popular Ganesha temple in Maharashtra and one of the major attraction in Pune. Dagdusheth Ganpati trust is one of the richest in Maharashtra and famous all over the country for its Golden idol.
3. Kanipakam Vinayaka, Chittoor
The Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple or Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is one of the historic temple in India, located in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is located 75 kms from Tirupathi.
4. Dodda Ganapathi, Bangalore
The famous Dodda Ganesha Temple is located on the Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi, Bangalore. Dodda Ganapathi Temple idol is 18 ft in height and 16 ft in width, it one of the major attractions of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation.
5. Shree Maha Ganapathi, Kottarakkara
The Shree Maha Ganapathi temple is the most important Maha Ganapathi Temple in Kerala. Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram pilgrim centre complex has temples of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Murugan, Lord Ayyappan, and Nagaraja deities, main deity is Lord Shiva but the main priority is given to Lord Ganesha.
6. Karpaka Vinayakar, Thiruppatthur
The Karpaka Vinayakar Temple or Pillaiyar patti Pillaiyar temple is rock-cut cave shrine dedicated to lord Ganesha, located Thiruppatthur in Tamil Nadu. Karpaka Vinayakar Temple is most famous for its rock cut Ganesha sitting majestically inside a cave.
7. Ganesha Temple, Idagunji
The Shree Vinayaka Devaru is located in the Idagunji town in Uttara Kannada of Karnataka, on the West Coast of India. Idagunji Ganesha Temple is most popular religious place in India, recorded by about 1 million devotees visiting it annually.
8. Ucchi Pillayar koil, Trichy
The Ucchi Pillayar Temple is situated at the top of the rock of Rockfort in Trichy, Tamilnadu. Ucchi Pillayar Temple is famous for its nature with an awe-inspiring rock architecture.
9. Ashtavinayak – The Eight Ganesha Temples
The Ashtavinayaka yatra covers the eight ancient holy temples of lord Ganesha,situated around Pune in Maharashtra. The eight temples and idols of the Ashtavinayak are Moreshwar Temple, Siddhivinayak Temple, Ballaleshwar Temple,Varadavinayak Temple,Chintamani Temple,Girijatmaj Temple, Vighnahar Temple and Mahaganapati Temple.
10. Gokarna Maha Ganapati Temple, Gokarna
Located near the Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna is a Hindu temple located in Gokarna, a Hindu religious pilgrimage centre in Uttara Kannada district in the Indian state of Karnataka.
According to the legend Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple was built in honour of the boy Ganapathi, who deceived the demon Ravana and saved the Atmalinga that is now installed in the Mahabaleshwar Temple. The temple has a granite image of Ganesha deified in it which is 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and two-handed; at the top of its head there is hole that is stated to be a mark of a violent blow conjectured to have been inflicted by Ravana. The temple has its own identity and is also known as Sidda Ganapati.