(Last Updated on : 14/12/2013)
Ganpatipule is another important site in Maharashtra
which is popularly known as one of the oldest pilgrimages of India. This place is famous for the age old Swayambhu Shrine of Shri Ganesha which can be dated back to some 4000 years ago. The temple contains a self made or self erected shrine of Lord Ganesha which is flooded with a number devotees who visit the area from far off places. Surrounded with one of the most virgin beaches of Maharashtra this ancient temple is located in the small village of Ganapatipule, the name that means Ganapati- the lord of Ganas or army and Pule which means sand dunes. Ganapatipule is one of the Ashta Ganapatis which are located in India. Along with its miracles and wonders Lord Ganesha of Ganapatipule has been considered as the Pashim Dwara Devta of India.
Ganpatipule is a small village located at the western coast of India. It is mainly marked by neatly drawn roads, red soil and roofed houses which have clean boundaries and angans. Anybody who visits the village can feel the true essence of visiting an Indian village on the Western coast of India. The area covers natural vegetation which includes fruit bearing trees like mango, betel nut, banana, jackfruit, coconut, etc.With charming and loving people this village entertains all its visitors who visit the place to pay homage to the ancient deity of Lord Ganesha
. The local inhabitants of this village lead a pious life as they remain conscious about the presence of the lord in their Village. To impress the Lord they often take Pradakshina or rotation of the entire hill on which the temple is located. While Pradakshina is usually taken round the deity or temple in this village it means rotation round the hill. This shows the devotion of the local people who are committed to virtue.
Along with its religious importance the place is also known as a major tourist spot surrounded with a number of other tourist spots. The major places which surround the area is Malgund that is one a kilometrer away from the village, Pawas, Jaigad Fort, Ratnagiri, Velneshwar, Marleshwar, Derwen and Parshuram which are popularly known. The village celebrates some festivals like Gauri Ganapati and Magh Chaturdashi along with Diwali
Thus with well connected roads and railways, this is another important tourist sight of India located on the western coast of India.