Lord Ganesha is the Hindu God known to remove obstacles from life and bring good luck and fortune. According to Hindu tradition, Ganpati Bappa is worshipped first, and a beautiful tradition is associated with his birth- Ganesh Chaturthi.
This Ganesh Puja celebrates differently with a road trip to the fascinating Ganesh Temples in India with Myles self-drive.
What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaviti is a 10-day festival marking the birth of the elephant-head deity and is observed throughout India, especially in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh and followed by Visarjan on the 10th Day. Ganesh Chaturthi signifies that Lord Ganesh comes to Earth, leaving his heavenly abode to bless the devotees with worldly bounties.
Be ready to experience vibrant festive fervour as your enjoy modak, all colours the dhol, and a soulful road trip to these temples.
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
When it comes to the famous Ganesh Temple, Siddhvinayak tops the list and is full of wonders. The idol of Ganesha in the temple was carved from a single block of black stone. It is a must-visit place in Mumbai and especially during Ganesh Puja. Book a self-drive car in Mumbai or Pune to visit this place for a surreal experience.
Dholkal Ganesh Temple, Dantewada (Chattisgarh)
Does a Ganesh idol randomly sitting at the height of 3000ft. sound mysterious? Well, this beautiful idol is perched on the top of the Dholkal Hill in Dantewada, Chattisgarh is fascinating, and a mysterious story is associated with it. In 2017, the idol suddenly vanished and was later found in a broken state in the same place. Some parts of the idol are still missing, and one can spot visible signs of damage.
Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry
Amidst the French Territory of Pondicherry, Manakula Vinayagar Temples was built 1666 years ago. It is said the Ganesh idol here was thrown into the sea several times but keeps reappearing, and till today, it is positioned at the same. Another attraction is the elephant, who pats you with his trunk as a blessing. Book a budgeted self-drive car and take this unforgettable Chennai to Pondicherry road trip through the gorgeous East Coast Road.
Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok (Sikkim)
Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Ganesh Tok Temple is an ideal and surreal place to visit during these holy days of Ganesh Puja. The temple is uphill, and one must climb a stairway to reach the shrine. Once you reach the top, you not only get a divine glimpse of the idol but also get to witness the breathtaking view of Gangtok Valley and Khanchendzonga peak. Complete this soulful road trip by engaging in some adventurous activities.
Trinetra (Ranthambore) Ganesh Temple, Ranthambore (Rajasthan)
The country’s oldest and most famous Ganesh Temple is situated in the forests of the Ranthambore Fort. It is said that Lord Krishna and Rukmini sought blessings here before their wedding, and till today, this temple receives hundreds of wedding invitations and gifts every year to seek blessings of Ganpati before their big day. Hire a self-drive car in Delhi or Jaipur and have a wonderful road trip to this place during Ganpati Puja.
Witness the grand celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi across India; this year, it is even more special. Due to the pandemic, the government has restricted mass gatherings. Seek the blessing of Ganpati Bappa and be a part of this massive celebration with Myles and make a memorable road trip.
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