Believed to be created by Lord Shiva, Ranjangaon is an important pilgrimage attraction of Maharashtra. The distinctive feature of the temple is its architecture; designed in such a way that during ‘dakshinayan’ and ‘uttarayan’ (movement of the sun to the south and north), the sun rays fall directly on the deity. Sanctum of the temple, where one can see the idol of Ganesha in a sitting position with trunk to the left, is believed to be created by Thorale Madhavrao Peshwa. People from all the corners of the world throng the temple during the Bhadrapad Chaturthi festival.
Significance of the Temple
One can easily figure out the significance of the Ranjangaon temple from the fact that it was created by Lord Shiva himself. It is said that Lord Shiva set up a Ganesha idol for his blessings to ultimately destroy Tripurasur. Moreover, Ranjangaon temple is also one of the ‘ashtavinayakas’ (8 Ganeshas) of Maharashtra.
According to some Puranas and legends, Rishi Grutsamada was an avid devotee of Lord Ganesha. One day, Rishi Grutsamada sneezed and a boy was born. The red-skinned boy was highly ambitious and cruel too. Rishi Grutsamada wanted his son to worship Lord Ganesh, which he even did. And as a result of his prayers, he got a gift in the form of cities filled with gold, silver, and iron. Later, Tripurasur started boasting about his power and even conquered heaven, hell, and earth in his quest for absolute power. Scared by Tripurasur powers, people started praying Lord Shiva and requested him to relieve them from devilish tactics of Tripurasur.
Lord Shiva then pitched a fierce battle but could not wield control over the demon. He then prayed to Ganesha to grant him victory. Impressed by Lord Shiva's dedication, Lord Ganesha broke his powers by destroying all his cities with a single arrow.
Structure of the Temple
51 kilometers from Pune, Ranjangaon is an important part of ‘ashtavinayaka’ circuit tour. An east facing temple, it is easily noticeable because of its huge entrance, which has statues of Jay and Vijay. A unique aspect of the temple is that it is designed in a such a way that during ‘dakshinayan’ and ‘uttarayan,’ the sun rays fall directly on the deity. Equally beautiful is the sanctum, which was constructed by Thorale Madhavrao Peshwa. Idol of Lord Ganesha has an exceptionally broad forehead, ten trunks, twenty arms, further flanked by the statues of riddhi and siddhi.
With such beautiful architecture and religious significance, Ranjangaon is a must visit on a trip to Pune.
- Mandir Open 05:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- Abhishek Puja 5:30 A.M
- Samudaik Aarti 7:30 A.M
- Mahapuja,Mahanaivadya 11:30 AM to 12:30 P.M
- Samudaik Evening Aarti 7:30 P.M
- Shej Aarti 10:30 P.M
Every Vinayk Chaturthi Ganesh Yaag arrange by Devstan Trust
Ranjangaon Village,Near Shirur, Pune, India
Best Time to Visit
To witness the best of the Ranjangaon temple, tourists should visit here during the festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Kaivalyacha Putala, Bhadrapad Chaturthi, and Maha Yatra.
How to Reach
Get down at Shivaji Nagar; from there take another bus to reach the temple. If visiting by train then temples lies on the Pune-Daund railway route, about 16kms from Uruli town.
When on a visit to the Ranjangaon, make a point to visit the following places:
- Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati
- Darshan Museum
- ISKCON NVCC Temple
- Yadava Period Temple
- Malshej Ghats
- Sinhagad Fort
- Sarasbaug Ganpati Temple
- Alandi – Samadhi Of Sant Dnyaneshwar
- Shirdi – Sai Temple