The temple of Ranjangaon Ganpati is situated about 50kms from Pune in Shirur taluka and is the eighth temple visited by devotees setting out on the divine Ashtavinayak Yatra. Mahaganapati is Lord Ganesha’s strongest depiction. It is shown that Mahaganapati has eight, ten or twelve weapons. After invoking this type of Ganpati, Shiva defeated the demon Tripurasur and is therefore also known as Tripurarivade.
Mahaganpati. Managanapati is portrayed, sitting on a lotus, flanked by Siddhi and Ridhi’s consorts. Lord Ganesh’s idol is also called ‘ Mahotkat, ‘ and the idol is said to have 10 trunks and 20 fingers.
According to a Hindu mythological story, the creation of a boy named Tripurasura led in a sneeze by revered saint Grutsamad. He learned the Ganesh mantra from his father and invoked Lord Ganesha, who gave him the desire to be the most powerful being that could be destroyed by no one but Lord Shiva alone, after which Tripurasura would achieve salvation.
Tripurasura became very vain and arrogant when he got this wish and wreaked havoc wherever he went. He took over the netherworld first and then the heavens, including the residence of Lord Indra. Even the most influential gods and goddesses were unable to overcome him. He received a boon from Lord Shiva even cunningly and took over Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva’s abode. He finally began to create the earth’s own mayhem. The vain Tripurasura began to worship his own idol with all the worlds conquered as he deemed himself the most strong being.
The celestial gods, terrified by Tripurasura, approached Lord Narada for counsel. Lord Narada informed them that they should only pray to Lord Gajanan since it was Lord Gajanan who made Tripurasura so strong. The gods recited the 8 Ganesha Stotras that Lord Narada had taught them after this guidance. These Stotras are called Sankatnashan [ read Sankatnashan Stotra’s phrases here ]. On being invoked, Lord Gajanana then said that anyone who said the Sankatnashan would be effective before attempting to conquer/overcome all barriers.
Pujas and Festivals
In Ranjangaon, in the month of Bhadrapada, villagers do not take Ganesh idol in their homes, but everyone goes to the temple for Ganesh pooja.
In the month of Bhadrapad, there is a unique 6-day festival, during which on the third day Mahabhog is given to the temple deity. In a be-decked palki (palanquin) flower, the temple deity is also taken around the region during this festival.
Large crowds gather to witness the wrestling matches that are particularly organized at this moment during this festival as well.
Devotees take darshan from murti on the sixth day and then go to the temple of Mahaganapati by performing Lotangan (prostration) on the way. (longan means rolling over and over one’s self).
How to Reach the Temple
By Road: There are regular bus services from Pune Station & Shivaji Nagar. The path is Pune – Koregaon – then via Shikrapur while going from the Pune – Nagar highway. Rajangaon is 21 kilometers from Shirur. It is 50 km from Pune Ranjangaon.
By Rail: Ranjangaon Ganpati’s closest railway station is Yevat, which is about 29.4 km away.
By Air: Hadapsar Airport is Ranjangaon’s closest airport, 43.4 km away.