(Last Updated on : 08/03/2013)
Ganapati Temples in India throw light on the essence of faith amidst the Indian clan. This God of knowledge and the remover of obstacles is also the older son of Lord Shiva. Lord Ganesha is also called Vinayak or knowledgeable or Vighneshwer or god to remove obstacles. He is worshipped, or at least remembered, in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness.
He has four hands, elephant's head and a big belly. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. His fourth hand's palm is always extended to bless people. A unique combination of his elephant-like head and a quick moving tiny mouse vehicle represents tremendous wisdom, intelligence, and presence of mind as well.
There are some other names for this deity like Ganapati, Ekadanta, Vinayaka, Heramba, etc. There are various temples dedicated to the god of wisdom across India.
The major temples dedicated to Ganapati in India are: Ashta Vinayak shrines, Siddhi Vinayak Temple situated at Mumbai
, Vatapi Ganapati, Pillayaarpati Ganapati, Girijatmaja Vinayak Temple in pune
, Ganesh Tok in Gangtok, Chintaman Ganesh in Ujjain, Chinatamani temple in Pune, Ganapathy temple in Kottarakkara, etc.
Siddhi Vinayak Temple
Varasiddhi Vinayakar Temple - Besant Nagar, Chennai
Rockfort Temple at Tiruchirappalli
The Rockfort Temple at Tiruchirappalli:
Karpaka Vinayakar Temple at Pillaiyaarpatti
Sweta Vinayakar Temple at Tiruvalanchuzhi near Kumbhakonam
Girijatmaja Vinayak Temple - Pune
Ganesh Tok - Gangtok
Chintaman Ganesh - Ujjain
Ganapathy Temple - Kottarakkara