Ganpatipule Temple | History, Timings and Festivals

Ganpatipule Temple is the 400-year-old “Swayambhu” (self incarnation idol) land of Ganesha. The Ganpatipule temple timings are from 5 AM to 9 PM. Here we can know the details of the Temple’s history, significance, nearby hotels, temple trust contact, etc.

Ganpatipule Temple

Its origin can trace back to ancient literature such as the Mudgal-Purana, where it had referred to as the “Paschim- Gate-Devata” or “Paschim Gate Dwarapalak” (Western Sentinel God).

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The Ganpatipule Temple is one such Temple and has an important place in Hindu culture as it is one of the ‘AsthaGanapati’ (eight Ganapati). Ganpatipule Temple locates at a distance of 350 km from Mumbai in the Ratnagiri district on the Kokan coast of Maharashtra.


This Temple’s unique feature is the abode of Lord Ganesha ‘Swayambhu’ (self incarnation).

This self-embodied concept applies only to the ‘primordial deities’ (early deities). All these ‘swayambhu’ deities are part of this eternal nature.

Therefore, they do not require subsequent carving or sculpting. Deities are nature in themselves.

Unlike the deities in other Indian temples facing east, ‘Swayambhu Ganapati’ faces west. He had known as the “Paschim-Dwar-Devata” or “Paschim-Dwarapalak”, i.e. the Western Sentinel God.

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He believes to be facing the west to protect the Western Ghats in India. A mesmerizing glimpse of the fountain flowing from Ganesha’s navy on a typical rainy day fills every devotee who sees it with the supreme divinity and purity.

Between 1998 and 2003, the Ganapatipule Temple was built. It looks carved out of a single stone and constructed with a particular type of stone called Agra Red Stone.

History of Ganpatipule Temple

Various myths about temples and deities are prevalent. About 500 years ago, during the Mughal rule, there was a ‘Kevada’ (flower tree) forest at the bottom of the hill where “Swayambhu” Ganapati is now. Balbhatji Bhide, a Brahmin, lived here.

Once he faced a big personal disaster, he decided to give up food and water until relieved of his problem. So he was alone in the forest for penance and worshipped his guru “Mangalamurti” Ganesha.

During this time, Bhide had a vision in his dream in which Ganesha said that he had come to Agargule (Ganesh Gule) in his “nirakar” (void) form to alleviate the sufferings of all my devotees.

Therefore, you should worship and atone here. One of Bhide’s cows was not milking, so the cowherd kept an eye on her.

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He was amazed to see milk dripping from a cow udder at the place where the idol of God is now. The cowherd described the incident to Bhide and, while cleaning the whole area of ​​Bhide, found a statue of Swayambhu Ganesh, which he saw in his eyes.

So he built a shrine there on the grass and began to perform his first rituals. Later, Secretary Annaji Dutta, one of Shivaji Maharaj’s eight trusted ministers, built a magnificent dome instead of a grassy top.

The following structure was the auditorium built by Sardar Govindrap Bundele from the Peshwa Court. After that, Kolhapur Sansthan Secretary Vasudeva Rao Barve made a gilded dome peak.

His Highness Nanasaheb Peshwa set up the continuous lamp lighting “Nandadeep”, and Ramabai Peshwa created a permanent stone structure for the pilgrims. Madhava Rao Peshwa built the “Sabhamandapan“.

Festivals Celebrated At ganpatipule temple

Various festivals and ceremonies are celebrated throughout the year, namely:

Bhadrapada Celebration

Bhadrapada Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami. Aarti, mantrapuspa and kirtana every night. Mahaprasadam on the holy day of Vaman Dwadashi.

Magha Celebrations

Magha Suddha 1 to Magha Suddha 5. Arati, Mantrapuspa and Kirtana every night. Magh Shuddh 6 – Night Cultural Events. Magha Shuddha 7 – Afternoon Mahaprasa and night cultural programs.


On this Dussehra day, devotees worship at Bhatji Bhilde’s ‘Samadhi’ (Holy Tomb) at dawn, and 2100 Bundi Lads had distributed to the devotees. There will be a palanquin procession for the ‘Simollanghan’ (symbolic crossing of skirts).

Dipotsav (Festival of Lights)

From Kozagiri Full Moon-Night to Tripuri Full Moon-Night. Every evening between Ashwin Shuddha 15 and Karthika Shuddha 15, lamps had lit during Harati.

Vasantha Puja

Chaitra Shuddha 1 to Vaishakha Shuddha 3 (Gudhipadava to Akshay Tritiya).

Pallaki procession of the Lord

Every Sankashti (i.e. 12 times a year), Gudipadva, Dussehra, Diwali (first day), Ganesh Chaturthi (Bhadrapada Shuddha 4), Maghi Chaturthi (Magha Shuddha 4) had worshipped seventeen times, specifically Ganesha. This procession.

Temples near Ganapatipule

  • Shri Mahakali Mandir
  • Shri Kankaditya Mandir
  • Ganga- Teerth- Rajapur
  • Hot Water Spring
  • Dhoot papeshwar Temple
  • Ganeshgule (Agargule)
  • Shri Zari Vinayak Mandir
  • Shri Swami Swaroopananda Shrine temple (Samadhi Mandir)
  • Shrikshetra Parshuram
  • Shri Velneshwar Mandir
  • Shri Uma Maheshwar Mandir Hedvi
  • Karhateshwar Temple
  • Shri Laxmi- Keshav Temple

Ganpatipule Temple Timings

Below are the Ganpatipule temple timings:

Ganpatipule Temple Timings From To
Morning 5 AM 9 PM
Morning Aarti 5 AM 5:30 AM
Afternoon Aarti 12 PM 12:30 PM
Evening Pooja 7 PM 7:30 PM
Khichdi Prasad Time 12 PM 2 PM


Hotels near Ganapatipule Temple

  • Atithi Lodge, 250 m from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Beachfront Villas, 3.5 km from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Kaular Atithis Grand Kokan Resort, 250 m from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Blue Ocean Rsort,3.8 km from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Shri Mahalaxmi Holiday Resort, 0.6 km from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Moreshwar Park, 450 m km from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Hotel Grand Ganesha, 350 m km from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Hotel Deepak Executive, 48.9 km from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Bliss Holiday, 1.6 km from Ganapatipule Mandir.
  • Redstone House by Ekdanth Holiday Home, 1.1 km from Ganapatipule Mandir.

How to Reach

 Air: The nearest airport is Ratnagiri Airport.

Train: Ratnagiri’s nearest railway station, about 50 km from Ganpatipule. There are regular trains to Ratnagiri from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Bangalore.

You can also hire a bus or taxi from the station to reach the destination.

By Road: Scenic roads and highways connect Ganpatipule with major cities in India. Buses maintain from Ganpatipule to Mumbai, Pune and Belgaum.

Ganpatipule temple trust contact

Ganapatipule temple Official Website

Sansthan Shreedev Ganpatipule, Ganpatipule Tal. Dist. Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India

Contact No:  8669931142, 8669931143, 8669931144


Where to stay near Temple?

Many modern hostels are available near the Ganpatipule Temple and in the city of Ratnagiri. Apart from this, charitable organizations like Bhaktinivas also offer accommodation at a very nominal tariff.

Where to eat near Temple?

All types of food options are available in Ratnagiri. Most vegetarian restaurants had located near the Temple. But This Place must say that the local people here are very generous and kind.

The ancient heritage of the Hindus still looks very calm and happy. It had recommended to drink only pure water.