Ganesh temples worldwide


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India (1)
Andhra Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
India (2)
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh
West Bengal
South-East Asia
Sri Lanka
Other countries
South Africa
United Kingdom
United States


Enumerate all the Ganesh temples is really a hard task. Indeed, the Beloved Hindu God looks well known in a very large number of countries. Maybe it's a consequence of the indian diapora throughout the world. However, we feel pleased to suppose that this benevolent deity, always helpful to anxious and suffering people, is more and more loved and prayed by an increasing number of worshippers. Of course, religious intolerance, so frequent nowadays, prevent His images and cult to spread abroad. And yet, temples dedicated to Ganesh can be found in each and every democratic country which respect the individual choice of faith.

In a first part, of course most extensive, are quoted many Ganesh temples in India. Then are indicated those in South-East Asian countries where the Ganesh worship has been practised for the last 1000 years or more. To end with the matter, is given a short panorama of western countries, among which the United States, where many Hindu temples have been built.

When possible, we give the Web site adress (URL) of the temple.


Andhra Pradesh


Ganapathy mandir, Water reservoir, Nampally
Ganapathy temple, Karvan Shahu
Ganesh mandir, Karwan Shahu
Ganesh temple, Goverdanbagh Asifnagar
Lakshmi Ganapathy temple, Vijaya Nagar
Vijaya Ganapathy temple, Indirapark
Vinayagar temple, Sanjeevreddy Nagar
Vinayagar temple, Sanjeevareddy Nagar Colony, behind Police Station


Ganesh Anjaneyaswamy temple, quartier Lalaguda
Ganesh temple, quartier Nandanar Nagar, Tukaramgate
Ganesh temple, Station Rd
Lakshmi Ganapathy temple, Lalapet
Siddi Vinayagar temple, Maredpally
Vijaya Ganapathy temple, Alwal
Vinayagar temple, Mahindra Hills

Âraswalli (District Shrikakulam) A shrine of Ganapati is present in the Sûrya temple
Bhadrachalam : There are about twenty five temples of different deities in the vicinity of the main Shrî Ram temple on the banks of river Godavari. One of them is a Ganesh temple.
Draksharama : Ganesh temple
Kalahasti (Chittur taluka). The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva. A temple of "Patala Vinâyaka" is located underground in its courtyard.
Kanipakam (Chittur taluka). This Sri-varasiddi-Vinayaka Swamy temple is located on the banks of Bahuda river in Irala mandal, 12 km from Chittoor. It was constructed in the llth century CE by the Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded further in 1336 by the Emperors of Vijayanagara.

Rayadurg, near Bellary (Anantapur District) : Dhasha Bhuja Ganapathi temple, very famous and very old. There is one of the rarest statue of Lord Vigneshwara with ten shoulders. It was carved out from a 4m high monolithic stone.
Vijayawada : There are many hills to its east. An idol of Ganapati is located in one of the cave temples in these hills.


Bihar Sharif (Nalanda District) : Huge Ganesh image in the Bada temple
Devaghar or Devagruha (Santhal district, 7 km from Jasidih railway station) : The Devaghar railway station is known as Vaidyanath Dham. A temple of Shankara is located here, and twelve temples more in the premises. One of them is Ganapati's temple. This temple was built in the year A.D. 1780
Mandar Parvat : located about 50 km to the south Bhagalpur (rail facility from Bhagalpur). The Pâpharini lake lies at the foothills and there are many temples in the vicinity. One of them is Lord Ganesh's
Raj Gruha : This place is famous as one of the Buddha Tirthasthan. A beautiful Ganesh temple is located to the south of Vipulachal mountain, near Raj Gruha.
Masai (Shahabad district, about 10 km from Arha) : In the small bower here, there is a Shivalinga, Nandi, and a Ganapati mûrti
Ramgadh (Shahabad district, about 13 km from Bhabua railway station) : The temple of Mudeshwari has a mûrti of Ganapati which has been found here but is no longer
Uchaitha (about 50 km from Darbhanga district) : In the temple of Durgâ Devi located here, a black stone mûrti of Ganesh is worshipped


Temple of Shrî Siddhi Buddhi Vinâyaka, AB Block, Sarogini Nagar
One can see, in a mandapa of this modern temple, 34 Ganesh forms, of whose Simha Ganapati (Ganapati riding on a lion), different from the five-head Heramba Ganapati. In the same temple, there is also a rare blue-colored Vaishnava Ganapati (Krishna's color). In three of His hands, He holds the conch, the chakra and the mace, typical emblems of Visnu indeed. The fourth hand shows the abhaya mudra.
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Khandole (Ponda taluka) : Khandolyacha Ganapati. This Ganapati was located at Naveli in village Divadi (Tiswadi taluka). In the ongoing war of A.D.1560, this idol was relocated along with other idols to Khandepar (Ponda taluka). While transporting the idol across the backwaters of the sea, the people of Navel were caught by the fishermen of Khandepar. After a long drawn argument, it was decided to relocate the idol at a spot convenient to both the villagers. It was thus consecrated in Khandole, 12 km from both Panajim and Ponda
Bandiwade (Ponda taluka) : Gopal Ganapati. The Marathas were in possession of the Ponda palace in the 17th century. Chatrapati Sambhaji erected Fort Mardangad and camped with his army nearby. He ordered a Gudi to be erected on a hill nearby, known as Farmangudi. Even today, a Gudi is erected here every Anant Chaturthi. About 90-100 years back, a cow herder called Hapo, who was employed by King Soundhekar of Bandiwade, found a 1 ft stone Ganesha idol in the forests. He consecrated it in a mandapa made of coconut branches. The then Chief Minister was inspired to build a new temple here. The work was completed in May 1966. A new Pancharashi idol was sanctified along with the old stone idol in the same temple. The temple is located on the Panaji – Madgaon main road about 3.2 km from Fonda near the foothill


Ahmedabad : Bhadraganesh temple, dates back to the Peshwa period
Baroda : Siddhanath temple
Baroda : Dushdhiraj Ganapati temple. The Late Gopalrao Meral, who was a devotee of Lord Ganesh, has erected this temple
Baroda : Saverkar Ganapati temple. Itis located in the Ganesh bhuvan in the Babajipura area.
Dhragadhra : Ekadanta Ganapati temple. There is a fable that a cow herder established this Temple where the mûrti, about 7 ft tall, is carved in a single stone and has only one tooth
Girnar mountain : Revati Ganesh temple alongwith Siddhanath temple
Modhera : Temple of Vighneshvara, where Ganesh is attentded by his two wives Siddhi and Buddhi. Modhera is located about 30 km from Bechraji. It is famous for its Shreematangi or Modheshwari Devi. There is a temple of Lord Ganesh to the south of this village
Navsari : The temple of Ganesh (Ganesha-vata) is located in a forest
Patwarora : Pagedaranche Ganapati temple This small and privately owned Ganesh temple has been erected on April 10, 1902 by Yadavrao Ghonddev Pagedar for offering prayers.
Samalaji (Saharkanbtha District) : Ganesh temple
Sisodra (District Navsari) : Ganeshwad temple. This place has a Banyan tree with Ganesh image in it, who is said to have appeared 425 years ago. This temple is very reputed. Even Emperor Aurangzeb spared it from any carnage. It is about 8 km from Navasari
Near Sorati (Somnath) : Durgakuta Ganesh temple

Himachal Pradesh

Baijnath (Dist. Kangada) : Shadbhuja Ganesh. Great Saint Gnyaneshwar while describing Shri Ganesh in his book Gnyaneshwari, has given names of the weapons in the six hands of Shri Ganesh. The same weapons are found in the hands of this Shadbhuja (six hands) Shri Ganesh.
Amarnath Gumpha : Ice idol of Bal Ganesh
Ganesh Gumpha : In that place, Ganesh is said to have written the Mahabharata epics


Bangalore : Modern Panchamukha Heramba Ganapati temple in the Mahâlakshmî area. One can see there lion-headed Simha Ganapati, a syncretic form of Ganapati/Narasimha, on the side wall of the temple.
Bangalore : Mahâganapati temple (Malleshvaram Circle). There, faithful use to worship Vidya Ganapati (The Lord of Knowledge) during the sankasta Chaturthi festival in june.
Bangalore : Shrî Jambu Ganapati temple, Malleshvaram, is located under an old jamun tree.
Bangalore : Ganapati temple, Kasturba Road
Bangalore : Shrî Vinâyaka temple, R.T. Nagar. Most modern temples of Ganapati in Karnataka are pañchayatana temples, where Ganesh is the main deity. Since many of them are relatively small in size, other deities are placed at the corners of the garbhagriha. In this temple, other gods are not represented; additional shrine is only for Planets.
Bangalore : Dodda Ganapati temple, very ancient, buit by Kempegowda. A manificent image of the Lord, about 18ft height and 16ft width, also known as Shakti Ganapati and Satya Ganapati, is enshrined adjacent to the Bull temple, in the Basavanagudi area. It is believed that the source of the river Vishva Bharti originates at the feet of the statue
Bangalore : Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjeneya Swamy Temple
Bangalore : Swanandashrama Temple
Bangalore : Ananthanagar Ganapathi Temple
Bangalore : Prasannananda Ganapati temple. Built by the trustees of the temple in the year 1970, the temple is of recent origin. The temple was first a poor stretch of land, when a brahmin found the mûrti of the lord, when he dug the place for farming purposes
Bangalore : Lord Vighnaharan Ganapati, Shiv Mandir Airport Road

Amdalli (Taluk Karwar, North Kannada District) : Modern temple of Shrî Vîra Ganapati. One says that the mûrti would be swayambhu.
Asnoti : Sri Ganapathi Ravalnath Mahamaya Temple. This deity was shifted from Goa where it was originally located in Ella in Tiswadi taluka. The present temple building was constructed and consecrated in 1913. Sri Laxmi Narasimha, Sri Vanadevi, Sri Buthanath are the affiliate deities worshipped here
Dangerkeri (Mangalore) : Sri Ganapathi Mutt
Dhûpadakatte (Karkal Taluk) : Sri Mahaganapathi Temple

Gokarna : Gokarna Ganapati temple in the Mahabaleshwar temple. According to the tradition, this Ganapati temple was founded by the early Kadambas (5-6th century), a mighty royal family who ruled over the major part of the Karnataka and part of Goa and Maharashtra. Shree Ganesh, here in the guise of a young Brahmin with two hands, saved Lord Shankara’s Lingam from the hands of demon Ravana who had hited Ganesha; the mark is till present on the mûrti, who is about 5 ft tall. It is necessary to offer Him homage before proceeding to visit Gokarna Mahabaleshwara. It is one of the famous and very ancient two handed Ganapati in Karnataka (the other being Idgunji). It is also called as a "siddha" Ganapati. This temple, albeit located in the same premises as Gokarna Mahabaleshwar, has its own identity.
Description : Gokarna is a famous pilgrimage center on the coast of Karnataka, 170 km from Mangalore. Its enshrines the precious Âtma Lingam Mahabaleshwar and is regarded as one of the seven Mukti Stalas of Karnataka (Udipi, Kollur, Subramanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna). It has been revered by the hymns of the Tamil Saints (Nayanmars) 1000 years ago.
Legends : Vinayakar (Dvibhuja Vinayakar shrine) is said to have tricked the demon Ravana into leaving behind a Shivalingam here in a legend similar to that at Trichy. In spite of the might exerted by Ravana (Maha Bala), the Shivalingam stayed fixed, hence the name Mahabaleshvar. The pull exerted by Ravana, is said to have caused the Shivalingam to resemble the shape of a cow's ear and hence the name Gokarnam. A very similar legend holds at the Vaidyanath - Jyotirlingam temple at Deogarh in Bihar.
The temple : This west facing temple enshrines Mahabaleshwar, in a square Saligrama Peetham. A golden rekha on the peetham, and a small hole in its middle permits devotees to have a glimpse of the top of the Âtma Lingam. The six foot tall Shivalingam is enclosed inside the peetham, and it can be seen only once in 40 years, when the Ashta bandana Kumbhahishekam is performed. There are also shrines to Vinayaka, Chandikeswara, Aadi Gokarneswara and Dattatreya. Gokarnanayaki is also known as Taamragowri, and her shrine is behind the sanctum.
Festivals : It is customary here to have a dip in the sea and then worship a Shivalingam made out of sand, before worshipping at the temple. Maha Sivaratri is of great significance in this shrine. Also located around Gokarna are Sejjeshwara, Gunavanteshwara, Murudeshwara and Dhareshwara. These four temples along with Mahabaleshwara are known as the Pancha Maha Kshetras.
Also in Gokarna, another smaller temple is devoted to Ketakî Ganapati.
One more Ganapati temple in Gokarna is the Patta Ganapati, also called Chintamani Ganapati
Hampi : Vighnantak Vinayak temple. Idol is not elephant headed instead it is man headed. Vighnantak Vinayak killed demon Gajamumukhasura.
Hattiangady : Proceeding from Kollur to the sea side National Highway Mangalore-Goa, a short change of direction will permit to visit the Sri Siddhi Vinayaka temple in this remote place
Idagunji (=Edgunji, Uttar Kannada District) : In this Ganapati temple, one can see a Ganesh similar to the Gokarna Ganesh; His name is Idakuñja. People desiring of progeny offer prayers here. There is a tradition of offering an idli like eatable (called Mashbhaksha) on all the sides of the mûrti till it reaches its head. Edgunji is located about 40 km from the famous Gokarna Kshetra and about 7-8 km from Honawar
Karkala : mainly famous for its Jain temples, Karkala is also a renowned hindu place thanks to its beautiful Venkatarama temple (a form of Vishnu). A Ganesh shrine displays a silver murti and is located at the south-west corner of the temple precincts
Kokkad (Talula Belantgadi, Dist. South Kannada) : Temple de Saute Ganapati. "Saute" in Tulu language means cucumber. The Ganesh temple in Kokkad is located underneath a tree in a ground named "Saute tadak". It is said that the cattle grazers of this village used to offer cucumbers as "prasad" to this Ganapati. Hence the name. After some time, a few scholars were in favour of changing the name to Urvaskapur or Gopalpur, but the villagers did not like it. It is said that even the Lord Himself did not favour the renaming. In a vision, he said that "I am happy with the name which has been given to me by my devotees". Even in the recent past, a wealthy man started to build a bigger temple. However, the Lord decried even this attempt. The person had a dream in which the Lord dissuaded him from imprisoning Him in the confines of a temple. The gentleman then dropped his plans
Kollur : One will need to leave the National Highway Mangalore-Goa and to drive towards the hill area before reaching Kollur where is located a famous temple devoted to Sri Mukambika, a deity similar to Goddess Lakshmî. One can also see there a rare five-head Ganesh in a separate shrine
Kumbhâsi (Dakshin Kannada District) : One of the rarest temples where Ganapati is considered as a form of Vishnu is this Anegudde Shrî Vinâyaka temple. The deity murti is a large silver one, with a thick left-turned trunk. The murti is placed on a pedestal so that the worshippers can see it easily
Kumktha : in the Kumbeshwar Mahadev temple, on the banks of river Sugna, there are two Ganesh shrines : Lavanesh Ganesh temple (=Uppin Ganapati), and Agnihotra Ganapati temple
Kurudamale (Kolar district, 10 km from Kolar) : Kaudinya Mahaganapati temple. The mûrti of nine feet high, made of a green marble, is residing on a 2 ft tall circular throne. A big stone mouse is placed in front of the Him, who is also known as Ganeshgiri or Kutachal. The Mahadwar, Prakara and Mukha Mandapa of the temple are from the Vijayanagar era. There are 24 pillars about 12 ft high in the Mukha Mandapa. The Navrang is 20 sq. ft. The image of Kartikeya is also sanctified here
Madhurai (Dist. Mangalore) : Madaneshwar Siddhivinayak temple
Mangalore : Sharabu Ganapati temple. This temple is famous as a holy place in Karnataka and Kerala. The Tantri Brahmin community has established it. One interesting tradition about this temple is that only married people can offer prayers here
Mangalore : Kalikamba Vinayaka temple
Mangalore : Outside the large Mangala Devi temple, but nevertheless in the same enclosure, is located this beautiful small Ganesh temple
Manipal : In the nearest Udupi suburbs, in Manipal, one can find a small man made lake. On its border, a small Sri Prasanna Ganapathi temple has been erected in 1996. Another temple may be visited not far from here : the modern Venugopala Krishna temple. Through the door bars, one sees Krishna playing flute. In the same enclosure, are located two other temples : one is dedicated to Anjaneya whose statue is adorned with silver slabs, the other is dedicated to Sri Kshipraprasad Ganapati. At the basis of a holy tree, in the courtyard, two Ganesh stones have been gathered.
Mulki : Shri Mahaganapathy Temple
Murdeshvar : This location is not mentionned by tourist guide books but is nevertheless a place visited by a large number of pilgrims. On a rocky hillock surrounded by two beaches, near the sea, is situated the temple of Lord Murdeshwar (a form of Shiva), dating from centuries. However, the present temple has been rebuilt two decades ago in the dravidian style.

The inner sanctuary shelters a beautiful Lingam which represents Sri Murdeshwar; a peaceful Nandi is facing Him. Several shrines in the inner courtyard pay tribute to several deities, among whom we may mention Ganesh at the south-west corner. The murti is made of silver as are the other ones. Around the small Ganesh temple, on can see many Ganesh statues made of black basalt volcanic stone
Mysore : Sri Ganesh Temple, Palace North Gate
Nanjungud : The grand Nanjundeshvara is dedicated to Shiva. However, near the outer western wall, one can find a small Ganapati temple where a silver mûrti is worshipped. One can also look at the terracotta statues, standing at the top of the enclosure temple wall which represent many form of Ganesh, among which are the rare Râma Ganapati and Subrahmanya Ganapati.
Padubidri : located on the coastal National Highway, 35 km north from Mangalore, Padubidri is a village where one can visit the beautiful Mahalingeshvar Mahaganapati temple. In this temple, two deities are worshipped : Maha Ganapati, on one side, Maha Lingeshvar, on the other side
Padubidri : in the village, one can also find two other small Ganesh (Bala Ganapati) shrines
Shirali : Shri Maha Ganapathi Mahamaya Devasthan. This ancient temple is believed to be built about 450 years ago et renovated in the year 1959. Shirali is not far from Murdeshvar and located on the road going south. This is a Ganapati Tirtha. In this temple, the Goddess Durga is also worshipped
Shirshi : Maha Ganapati temple. It is treated as the main Ganapati of this village. There is one more Ganapati in the temple of the Goddess Marikamba
Sondur : There is a famous temple of Kartikeya called Kumarswami located on a hill near Sondur, about 10 km from Hubli. The Heramba Ganesh temple is located in the premises of this temple
Shringeri : near Shringeri, in Kigga, this Ganapati is famous for granting prayers offered to start or stop the rains
Siddhapur : near Siddhapur, in Lambapur, this Siddha Ganapati is famous for granting wisdom to the devotees
Subramanya : Entering this big village mainly known for its Subrahmanya (=Murugan, brother of Ganesh) temple, one meet an interesting modern opened temple. A huge sitting Ganesh made of well polished black stone welcomes the visitor
Uppinapattan (Uttar Kannada District) : Another two-armed standing Ganesh is known here as Kuñjavana
Vandse : Shri Ganapati Temple


Three important locations ofr pilgrimage to Ganapati shrines can be quoted
Srinagar : Near Srinagar, a rock at the bottom of mount Hariparbar is worshipped as Ganapati Bhîmasvâmin.
Ganesh Bal : Near this village, on the right bank of River Lidar, is worshipped another swayambhu mûrti of Ganapati.
Ganesh Ghati : In the Upper Kishângangâ valley, near the Sâradâ shrine, another pilgrimage place is called Ganesh-Ghati o*r Ganeshagiri.


Shreemadnant temple : Traigartsthapit Ganesha; King Dharmagupta of Trigart consecrated Ganesh mûrti in this temple. King of Mysore Tipu Sultan came here to destroy the temple, but his mind was changed after dinking the water from the temple well and he gave gifts instead.
Cochin : In the Edapilli Palace, near Cochin, the royal family is still living nowadays. Ganapati is the Ishta Devata of this family; His form is a ten-armed mûrti made of pañchalohâ (an alloy of five metals). In past times, it was the utsav mûrti of the Ganapati temple in Panangad (Cochin suburbs), this temple belonging to the royal family. It had an irremovable swayambhu mûrti, too. This temple is at least 200 years old, and even more, 600 years, according to the local belief.
Calicut : Temple of Mahâganapati
Guruvayoor : Temple of Ganesh
Madhure : Mahâ Ganapati (or Madhura Ganapati) in the Madhure temple near Kasargod
Madhupur : Shree Ganesh temple, who likes famous sweet Udupa.
Tiruvanantapuram (Trivandrum) : Small Ganesh temple near the Railway station
Tiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) : Shri Agrasala Ganapathy temple
Tiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) : Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Kovil (temple), East of the Fort
Tiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) : Mangala Vinayakar temple, Vinayaka Nagar, Karamana

Madhya Pradesh

Amarkantak : Dvibhuja Siddhivinayaka temple
Indore : Bada Ganesh temple. This Ganesh is 4m tall
Indore, Khajrana area : Ganesh temple
Nagda : In the ancient Shiva temple, is a shrine of Nagdyachi Ganeshmûrti. Nagda is located about 5 km from Gondiya on the Gondiya - Balaghat road.
Omkareshvar : Panchmukh Ganesh (five head Ganesh mûrti) in the premises of the Omkareshwar temple, 80 km from Indore
Pagara : Vakratunda Ganesh temple located about 16 km from Mandugad
Ujjain : Shree Chintamani temple
Ujjain : Bade Ganesh temple, located between the famous Shiva temple of Mahakaleshwar and the temple of Harsiddhimata Devi. The mûrti is modern
Ujjain : Nishkalankeshwar Ganesh. There is a famous temple of Shiva called Nishkalankeshwar about 16 km from Ujjain. The Ganesh mûrti is at the entrance of this temple


Eight temple pilgrimage (Ashta Vinayaka temples)

Morgaon : Mayureshvara temple -- Most important Ganesh pilgrimage
Sidditek : Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Pali : Ballala Vinayaka temple
Madha : Varada Vinayaka temple
Ojhar : Vighneshvara temple
Lenyadri : Girijatmaja temple. Also called Lohyadri, 7km from Juar Taluka in Pune District
Ranjangaon : Mahâ Ganapati temple. In that location, Shiva gave Ganesh the name Mahâ Ganapati before going to slay the demon Tripura
Theur : Chintamani temple

Other Maharashtran Sites

Aawas (12 kms d'Alibaug) : Shri Vakratunda temple. King Abhijeet and his queen performed strong penance of Lord Kanakeshwar. They learnt Vakratund Mantra and on chanting the same for years they got a son. On their request, Shree Ganesh had stayed there for ever. Mountain Kanakeshwar is at a distance of 5 kms toward east.
Adosha (Nagpur Area) : Swami (or Sami) Vighnesha temple. Vighnesha. This place is located on the Nagpur - Chindwada railway. This is said to have subdued the two demons Shatru and Shankata
Ahmednagar : Ganesh temple near the southern city gateway. Ganesh and Hanuman are considered as Gram Devata (Protective deity) odf the city. Hanuman guards the northern gate, Ganesh the southern gate.
Anjarle (Tal. Dapoli, Dist. Ratnagiri) : le temple de Shree Siddhivinayaka est sur la montagne
Berola : Laksha Vinayaka temple
Chinchwad : Mangalmûrti temple. Located in Pune Dt. Great hermit Moraya Gosavi found Ganesh mûti in Morgaon and consecrated the same at Chinchwad, near Pune
Ganapatiphule : This is very famous awakened and Swayambhu place near sea shore. It is said that Sage Parashuram had omen and he consecrated Ganesh idol on hill top. The hill is itself in Ganesh form. As such if you have to take holy rounds (pradakshina) of the temple, you have to go round the hill itself
Hedvi, Taluk Guhagar : Dashabhuja Laxmi Ganesh temple. It is near to Chiplun and Guhagar in the Dist. Ratnagiri. Magh Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated on grand scale.
Junnar : Cave temple of Ganesh (Ganeshleni)
Kadav : Digambar Siddhivinayak temple. In Taluka Karjat of Raigad district - 9 kms from Karjat. Sage Kanva consecrated this mûrti. Since it is without cloths, it is called a Digambar Ganesh.
Kalamba : Chintamani Ganesha. This place is linked by road with Brar (Yeotmal District)
Kananesvara : Rama Siddha Vinayaka temple
Kasva : Jayate Ganesha temple
Kelzar (24 kms from Vardha) : Ekchakra Ganesh temple. Before killing demon Bakasur, Pandav prince Bhima had worshipped Shri Ganesh in city Ekchakra. Ekchakra is presently called as Kelzar.
Marathwada (36 miles from Jalana) : Rakshas Bhavan. Shree Vidnyan Ganesh temple. Situated on the banks of river Godavari. Shree Dattatreya propitated Vidnyan Ganesh and consecrated the mûrti.
Markandi (Garhchiroli District) : Ganesh temple
Nagajhari River : Trishunda temple
Namalgaon : Amalashramakshetra temple (famous for prayers)
Nanded : Chitrakuta Ganesha temple
Naded : Balgir Maharaj’s math, Naded. Shri Ganapati fulfills the vows
Nagpur (Sirtabardi) : Shree Ganapati temple. Idol with trunk turned to its right is very strict and spiritually awakened. It has been consecrated by Bhosale Sardar of Nagpur.
Nandgaon (Dist. Raigad) : Shri Siddhivinayaka temple
Nasik : Higalyaka Ganapati temple
Nasik : Shree Modakeshwar temple. Blasted by a curse of Lord Shiva, Kamdeva attained his previous form by worshipping Shree Ganesh. It is also popular by name Kamvarad Mohotkat. Idol is in the form of Modak. Moda means happiness, one who gives happiness is Modakeshwar.
Padmalaya : Pravalakshetra temple with two Ganesha murtis. Mehsavad is located on the railway line Mumbay-Bhusâval. Padmalaya (Pravalakshetra) is 8km farer.
Pune : Dagduseth Halwai Ganapati temple. The Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati temple is being re-built on a large scale and the work for the same has already begun. The picture shows the Idol placed in the new location. We will bring you the pictures of the proposed model of the new temple and the progress on the same.
Pune : Dashabhuja Ganapati temple was erected by the Peshwas.
Pune : Siddhî Vinâyaka was also erected by the Peshwas. The Lake Ganapati temple is located in the middle of the lake situated in garden Saras. Idol with trunk turned to its right was consecrated in 1774 by Shreemant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwe. Siddhivinayak fulfills the vows.
Pune : Trishunda Ganapati temple
Pune : Kasaba Ganapati temple. It is tutelar God of Pune. Ganapati is the Gram Devata (protective deity) of many villages and cities from Mahashtra, like Pune and Ahmedabad. Rajmata Jijabai consecrated the idol. In weddings ceremony, first invitation is give to this Ganesh.
Pune : Not far from there, a small shrine shelters a powerful 1.8 m tall Ganapati mûrti who looks like Hanuman. His belly is not protruding; so He does not look stocky. In one hand, He holds a mace, an emblem of Hanuman. Other hands don't hold any emblem
Rahasadanakshetra (32 km from the Jalna Railway Station) : Temple of Jñanadâtâ Ganesh; Ganesh, there, subdued the demon Sindûra and gave Illumination to King Narenya
Rajur : Rajasadanakshetra temple
Rajpur (Region of Aurangabad) : Rajur Ganapati temple. After killing demon king Sindurasur, Vinayak told Ganesh Geeta to king Varenya at Rajpur. It is treated as one peetha out of three and half Ganesh Peethas. Idol is swayambhu.
Rakshasabhuvan : Vijna Ganesha temple
Sailu : Bâlachandra Ganesh Kshetra temple. The Sailu station (Kachiguda-Manmad rail line) is at 26 Miles away from Parbhani and the temple is at nearly 15 miles away from Sailu, in the midst of river Godavari.
Satara : Temple of Ganapati
Sangli (Krishna River) : a svayambhu Ganesha installed over a Sivalinga. Located on the banks of river Krishna, this is most awakened and beautiful temple in Sangli. It is a tutelar deity of Sangli.
Titwala : Shri Mahaganapati temple. By propitating Ganesh Idol, consecrated by sage Kanva, Devi Shakuntala and king Dushyant came together and finally married after a long period of disagreement. Idol from Mahabharat period being vanished, Ramchandra Mehendale offered the present idol and the Madhavrao Peshwe consecrated it. On say that if Mahaganapati is worshipped regularly, desired marriages can be obtained. Moreover, if Mahaganapati is propitiated properly, conflicts between husband and wife come to end. Those who desires to have son, will get son. In Mahaganapati’s temple, there is sanctum of Lord Shivashankar towards right. In the right hand corner of the sanctum, padukas of great Ganesh devotees are consecrated. There is a temple of Vithoba - Rukmini nearby. One can also visit places like satis memorial, Maharaj’s Samadhi, Shiva temple in Vasundry village
Thorle : (elder) Chintamanrao Patwardhan consecrated the idol in 1843
Verul (Ellora) : Laksha Ganapati temple. The ancient name of the place is Ellapur. Kumar Kartikeya consecrated Vinayaka here, before starting war with demon King Tarkasura.
Yavatmal : Shree Chintamani temple. Located in the Kalamb Dist. this temple is one of the 21 famous Ganesh Kshetras. Considered as a spiritually awakened place

Greater Mumbai

Mumbay : Shri Siddhivinayak, Prabhadevi temple. The most important Ganesh temple in Mumbay.
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Devotees come in big numbers on every Tuesday and on Chaturthi. Original small temple is now renovated
Mumbay : Siddhi Vinayaka temple, Jetha Kapad Mkt
Borivli (Greater Mumbay) : Shri Ganapati temple, Vazira Naka. Idol is unborn (swayambhu) spiritually awakened place
Dadar (Greater Mumbay) : Udyan Ganapati temple, Shivaji Park
Goregaon (Greater Mumbay). Ganapati temple. This temple has celebrated its centenary year in 1996.


Chandikhole (Cuttack) : Maha Vinayaka temple
Cuttack : Ganesh Temple
Jeypur near Cuttack : Siddhi Vinâyaka Temple at Dashasvamedh Ghat on the bank of the Vaitarni River
Khandagiri, near Bhubaneshvar : Ganesh cave (Ganesh Gumpha).
Puri : Ajanatha Ganesh in the Jagannatha temple


Batala : Temple of Ganesh on the road Amritsar-Pathankot, near Batala. This Ganesh is known as Lilâ Ganesh


Jaipur : Ganesh temple near the Birla (Laxmi Narayana) temple
Jaipur : Ganesh temple on the Gaitor Hill
Rantambhore National Park : Ganesh temple. The Ganesh mûrti (image) is named Siddha Ganesh and this place is known as a Ganesh Siddha Pitha (Powerful Location)
Nagaur Biggest Ganesh of the 7th century in the Nagaur Fort

Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, Ganesh is most times named Vinayagar or Vinayakar. Another name, in Tamil language, is Pillayar. Ganesh temples in Tamil Nadu are really very numerous. The most famous and important ones are located in the following places : Trichy, Pillayarpatti (=Karaikudi), Pondicherry, Tiruvalanchuzhi

Ambal : Suddu Vinayaka
Anbilalanturai : Sevisaitta Pillaiyar

Chennai : Hereinafter, the Ganesh temples are grouped by area

Ishta Siddi Vinayagar temple. Venkata Ratnam Nager. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Bhakta Anjaneya, Dakshinamurthy, Muruga, Navagrahas, Vishnu
Sundara Vinayagar temple. Gandhi Nagar. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Murugan with Valli and Devanai
Ananda Vinayagar Temple (Madhya Kailas), Vallabhai Patel Road. The main deity is Venkatesa Ananda Vinayagar. Others include Brahma, Navagraha, Shiva, Vishnu. The very conception of the fusion of Vinayaka and Anjaneya forms in One icon has a great esoteric significance. It is fortified by the truth of the oftquoted adage - begin with Pillayar and end up with Anjaneya. Needless to emphasise, that prayers offered to this archamurti fetches double benefits, like two flowers obtained at a single pick. This rarity is found in the newly built temple at Madhya Kailas (Adyar). This particular murti with two well sculptured faces is about five feet in height and faces north. One says that worshippers are relieved from the clutches of Novagrahas. However, the principal deity of this modern temple is Ananda Vinayakar, set up in a shrine facing east. There are other mini-shrines around the sannidhi, with Anjaneya, Mahesvara, Adithya, Adtyantha Prabhu, Mahavishnu, Durga, Navagraha, Pârvatî, Svarna Bhairava etc.

Poiyya Varasiddi Vinayagar temple, at the Junction of St.Mary's Road and Mowbrays Road, Alwarpet. Main deity : Vinayagar, also known as Kanji Thotti Pillayar; other deities : Murugan. 150 years old
Vara Sakthi Vinayagar temple, T.T.K. Road
Thangavinayagar temple, T.T.K. Road

Kailasa Vinayagar temple, Nelson Manickam Road. Main deity : Vinayagar. Other deities : Navagraha
Karpaga Vinayagar temple, Collector's Colony. Main deity : Vinayagar. other deities : Navagraha

Pillaiyar temple, Fifth Main Road

Anna Nagar
Ishta Siddi Vinayagar temple, 1st Main Road
Pillaiyar temple, VOC Nagar
Pillaiyar temple, 1st Main Road
Vinayagar temple, 3rd Main Road. Main deity : Vinayagar. Other deities : Murugan

Ashok Nagar
Lakshmi Ganapathy temple
Siddi Vinayagar temple

Besant Nagar
Sri Varasiddhi Vinayakar Sath Sangam, E-96/A, 3rd Avenue, phone 24464062 (Periamedu).
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Bala Kailasa Vinayagar temple, Nelson Manickam Road
Thirupalli Vinayagar temple, Thiruvalluvarpuram
Prasana Vinayagar temple, Choolai High Road

Karpaga Vinayagar temple, Rukumani Lakshmipathy Salai. Main deity : Karpaga Vinayagar
Selva Vinayagar temple, Poosala Kangu Street

Flower Bazar
Prasana Vinayagar temple, Venkatachala Street. Main deity : Vinayagar, other deities : Adhikara Nandi, Chandeswara, Five different forms of Vinayagar, Krishna, Mahishasuramardini, Visalakshi, Vishnu, Viswanatha

George Town
Anantha Vinayagar temple, Thambu Chetty Street
Badala Vinayagar temple, Achrappan Street
Chengazhunir Pillaiyar temple, Mint Street. Main deity : Ganapathy, also called Sembadava Pillaiyar. Other deities :
Chindhathri Vinayagar temple, N.S.C. Bose Road. Main deity : Vinayagar, Kollur Amman, Murugan with Valli and Devanai
Gnana Sakthi Vinayagar temple, Thambu Chetty Street
Illakadu Vinayagar temple, Varada Muthiyappan Street
Irattai Pillayar temple, Mint Street. Main deity : Ganapathy, two images of the deity
Ishta Siddi Vinayagar temple, Thambu Chetty Street
Kamala Vinayagar temple, Mint Street. Main deity : Kamala Vinayagar
Karpaga Vinayagar temple, Thambu Chetty Street. Main deity : Vinayagar
Nagappa Chadurthi Vinayagar temple, Thambu Chetty Street
Nattu Pillaiyar temple, Mint Street. Main deity. Vinayagar, also called Nattu Selva Vinayagar. Other deities : Mariamman also called Padaivittu Amman, Muruga, Nataraja
Pillaiyar temple, Geils Street (same Mint Street ?)
Selva Vinayagar temple, Thambu Chetty Street. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Murugan, Navagrahas, Shiva
Siddi Vinayagar temple, Agragaram Street
Sundara Vinayagar temple, Mint Street
Varna Pillaiyar temple, Thambu Chetty Street
Veda Vinayagar temple, Amman Koil Street
Vellai Vinayagar temple, Geils Street
Vinayagar temple, N.S.C. Bose Road, Near Flower Bazar Police Station
Vinayagar temple, Achrappan Street
Vinayagar temple, Mint Street

Nava Sakthi Vinayagar temple, New Aavadi Road
Vara Siddhi Vinayagar temple, Kilpauk Gardens

KK Nagar
Sakthi Vinayagar temple, P.T Rajan Salai. Main deity : Sakthi Vinayagar
Valampuri Murti Vinayagar temple, Ashok Pillar Road

Sundara Vinayagar, Ventachalapathy, Sarathambal temple, Arcot Road. Main deity : Vinayagar, Venkatachalapathy, Sarathambal
Nava Sakthi Vinayagar temple, 4th Cross, United India Colony

Siddi Vinayagar temple, Anna Street

Chidambara Vinayagar Nagathamman temple. Main deity : Vinayagar. Other deities : Nagathamman

Veera Sakthi Vinayagar temple, near Kotturpuram Bridge. Main deity : Vinayagar

Arul Sakthi Vinayagar temple, N.S.C. Bose Road, Near Kuralagam

Mahaganapathy temple. Main deity : Mahaganapathy

Sakthi Vinayagar temple, Eswaran Koil Street
Vallabha Maha Ganapathy temple, Arya Gauda Salai, West Mambalam. Main deity : Maha Ganapathy

Shanmuga Pillaiyar temple. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Angala Parameswari, Chandeswara, Dhanavritti Amman, Manikkavachakar, Murugan with Valli and Devanai, Siva, Sivakami, Viswanatha

Chengazhunir Pillaiyar temple, Chengalunir Pillayar Temple Street. Main deity : Vinayagar. 100 years old
Gnanajyothi Narthana Vinayagar temple, M.K. Amman Koil Street. Main deity : Vinayagar in a dance posture. About 60 years old
Kuthadum Pillayar temple, Chitrakulam North Street
Mavadi Vinayagar temple, Mavadi Vinayaka Temple Street. Main deity : Vinayagar. 100 years old
Nava Sakthi Vinayagar temple, Luz, 1967
Paripurna Vinayagar temple, Paripurna Vinayagar Temple Street. Main deity : Vinayagar, 130 years old
Prasana Vinayagar temple, Prasanna Vinayaka Temple Street
Sadaladum Varasiddi Vinayagar temple, Pidariyar Koil Street
Sakthi Vinayagar temple, Royapettah High Road
Selva Vinayagar temple
Sidderi Vinayaga temple, Kesava Perumal Koil Street. Main deity : Vinayagar, also called Mahaganapati and Chitturai Ganapati. 300 years old
Siddi Vigneswara temple. Main deity : Vigneshwar
Sundara Vinayagar temple
Thenkur Selva Vinayagar temple (300 years old, part of Vellishvarar temple). Mandavalli Street
Vadakur Selva Vinayagar temple, Nattu Suburayan Street
Vara Siddhi Vinayagar temple, M.K. Amman Koil Street
Vempadi Vinayagar temple
Vinaiteertha Karpaga Vinayagar temple, Prasanna Vinayaka Temple Street.
Ayathurai Arulmigu Gnyanasundara Vinayaka temple, at the junction of St.Mary's Road and R.K.Math Road. Main deity : Vinayagar, Other deities : Kailasanathar, Muniswarar, Nagathamman, Nalvar, Nataraja, Saneeswaran, Subramania. Built 400 years ago

Bala Vinayagar temple, Turn Bull's Road. Main deity : Bala Vinayagar, Other deities : Hanuman, Muruga, Navagrahas, Siva, Vishnu
Balaganapathy temple, 5th Main Road, Near Boston Matriculation School. Main deity : Balaganapathy. Other deities : Murugan with Valli and Devanai, Navagraha

Vara Siddhi Vinayagar temple
Vinayagar temple, Vadapalani. The first and foremost sight is accorded to Vinayaka Bhagwan, whose shrine facing south greets the visitors first. No sooner one crosses the portal, he sees the enchanting Vinayaka image in sitting posture beckoning his attention, in a mini-shrine with the Mûshika image outside and opposite the garbha griha. Several other mini-shrines for divinities like Mahalakshmi, Meenakshi, Valli Devasena, Sametha Subrahmanya, Chandikeswar, Dakshinamurthi, Bhairava, Chokkanathar etc are scattered here and there.

Vara Sakthi Vinayagar temple, Rama Naicken Street. Main deity : Vinayagar

Chintamani Vinayagar temple

Sumuga Vinayagar temple, Gangadhareshwar Temple Street, Purasavakkam
Karpaga Vinayagar temple, Vellala Salai, Off. Alagappa Road. Main deity : Karpaga Vinayagar

Manicka Vinayagar temple
Mahaganapathy temple. Main deity : Mahaganapathy
Prasana Vinayagar temple, Pudupet Garden Street Siddi Buddhi Vinayagar, Sundareswarar temple. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Sundareswarar

Kamala Vinayagar temple, M.C. Road
Vara Sakthi Vinayagar temple

Mutchanthi Siddi Vinayagar temple, Pillayar Koil Street
Selva Vinayagar temple, V.S. Mudali Street
Santhana Vinayagar temple, Old Mambalam Road
Vara Sakthi Vinayagar temple, V.V. Koil Street

Shenoi Nagar
Om Sivasakthi Vinayagar temple, Link Road
Selva Vinayagar temple, Pillayar Koil Street
Vara Sakthi Vinayagar temple, 8th Cross Street. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Balasubramaniyar, Durgai, Jalakandeswarar, Kankandeswarar, Karumariamman, Navagrahas

T. Nagar
Asuvada Vriksha Vinayagar temple
Selva Vinayagar temple, Pondy Bazar
Vinayagar temple, Usman Road

Siva Vinayagar temple, DMS Campus

Mankani Vinayagar temple, Valmiki Nagar. Main deity : Vinayagar, Other deities : Anjaneya, Ayyappa, Balaji, Muruga, Navagraha

Siddi Vinayagar temple, T.H. Road. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Arunagirinathar, Ayyappa, Bhudevi, Chandrasekara, Dakshinamurthy, Didikachakra Pillaiyar, Durgalakshmi, Ekambaranathar, Kamakshi Amman, Muruga, Navagrahas, Poornai, Porkalai, Saint Pattinathar, Sridevi, Srinivasa. Built between 1925 and 1958

Arasadi Karpaga Vinayagar temple, Big Street
Paripurna Vinayagar temple, Pillayar Koil Street
Sundara Vinayagar temple, Sundara Murthy Vinayagar Koil Street
Vara Sakthi Vinayagar temple, BV Naicken Street

Siddi Vinayagar temple, near Washermanpet Post Office. Main deity : Vinayakar, other deities : Adi Sankara, Anjaneya, Ayyappa, Bhudevi, Dandayudhapani, Durgalakshmi, Ekambareswar, Kamakshi Amman, Kothandaramar, Nataraja, Navagrahas, Raghavendra, Ramanujar, Ranganatha, Sivakami, Sridevi, Srinivasa, Subramania, Surya, Venugopalaswami
Bala Vinayaga Chamundeswari Prasanna Venkatesa Kothanda Ramaswamy temple, Perambalu Chetty Street. Main deity : Vinayagar, Chamundeswari, Venkatesa and Kothanda Rama. Other deities : Baleswar, Baleswari
Bala Vinayagar temple, Perambalu Chetty Street. Main deity : Bala Vinayagar, Other deities : Balamba, Chamundeswari, Murugan with Valli and Devanai, Paleswarar

West Tambaram
Selva Vinayagar temple. Main deity : Vinayagar; other deities : Kothandaramar

Chidambaram : Katpaka Vinayaka temple

Coimbatore : Eachanari Vinayagar temple, main deity : Vinayagar. The temple is among the oldest one in Coimbatore and dates back to 1500 A.D.The moolavar at this temple was actually meant for Perur Patteshwarar temple and since it got struck on its way from Madurai, Eachnari became the blessed place. The deity's height is 6 feet and the width is 3 feet and is one of the biggest in South India. The last kumbabishekam was performed in 1990.
Ganapati Agraharam (near Kumbakonam) : Ganapathy temple

Karaikudi (Ramanathapuram District) : Pillayarpatti or Karpaga Vinayakar temple. This image of Ganesha is familiar to anyone of Tamil origin; however, only a few know that this image is found in the rock cut Karpaka Vinayakar Shrine at Pillayarpatti near Karaikkudi, one of the oldest Cave Temples (Rock Cut) temples of Tamil Nadu. Situated between Karaikkudi and Pudukkottai, Pillayarpatti is named after "Pillayar", the Tamil name for Ganesha. This ancient temple also houses rock cut images of Shiva, Lingodbhava and others.
Deities : Karpaka Vinayakar or Desi Vinayaka Pillaiyar is the presiding deity; he is portrayed with two arms and a trunk curled towards his right in the valampuri mode. This six feet tall image of Ganesha is a bas-relief in a cave excavated from a big rock, now behind the temple. Tiruveesar is a Shiva Lingam carved in a similar manner. Other deities in the temple include Marudankudi Eesar and his consort Vaadaamalar Mangai.
Antiquity : Over 15 inscriptions are found within the temple, that help establish the age of the temple. The Stalapuranam published by the temple classifies the growth of this temple into three distinct stages. The first stage goes back in time by about 1600 years. During this period, the innermost rock cut shrines housing Karpaka Vinayakar and Tiruveesar came into being. The uniqueness of the image of Ganesha is one factor testifying this date; the characters used in the temple inscriptions also help establish this date. The pillars within the shrine are of pre-Pallava origin. The Pallavas were prolific builders of rock cut temples (Mahabalipuram, Mahendravadi, Mamandur, Mandakapattu, Seeyamangalam, Namakkal, Tiruchi, Nartamalai, Kudumiyanmalai, Tirukkokarnam, Tirumeyyam, Peraiyur, Malayadipatti, Tirukolakkudi, Kunrakkudi etc.). A number of these can be traced to Mahendravarman I (615 - 630 AD) and Narasimhavarman I (630 - 668 AD). However, the inscriptions at Pillayarpatti date further back to the 4th century AD. Also, given the location of the temple in the Pandya kingdom, it would only be logical to associate Pandya patronage to this temple, especially in the light of Pandya patronage at the Kazhugumalai temple not too far from here. There are several inscriptions within this temple that date back to the period between 1091 AD and 1238 AD, making it apparent that the Pillayarpatti Nagarattar became the custodians of the temple during the 13th century AD during the second growth phase of this temple, when Vimanam and Rajagopuram were built. The third phase of growth is much more recent and it involved the repair, rebuilding and refurbishment of the entire temple complex, including the renovation of the temple tank. The tank and the two Raja Gopuram provide an attractive approach to the temple, in this rather remote town of Pillayarpatti.
Worship protocol : Each day, five worship services are offered to the presiding deity, commencing at 6 am, and closing down at 9 pm. During the fourth phase of each lunar half month, Pillayar is taken in procession around the temple.
Festivals : The grandest of festivals is Ganesh Chaturti in the month of Aug - September, where a ten day celebration brings much gaiety to this temple town. Each day's celebration is marked by much splendor as Pillayar is taken in procession around town on several of his mounts, as are the other Pancha Murthys. The ninth day of the festival is marked by a chariot procession. In addition, the ten day festival in the month of Vaikasi (May - June) is held in honor of Kongu Nachiyamman, a village deity whose processional image is also housed here. The Margazhi Tiruvadirai festival is celebrated in honor of Nataraja and Sivakami (Dec - Jan).
Nearby attractions : Pudukkottai houses the Gokarneswarar Temple, Kunnakudi houses and the hill temple of Shanmukhanathar.

Kalati : Manjanti Vinayaka temple
Kudantai Kirkoddam : Gangai Ganapati temple
Kumbakonam : Karumbayiram Vinayagar temple. It is located near Varaha Perumal Kovil and to the northwest of Kumbeshvar Kovil. Varaha Pillayar is one of his names. Legend declares that Vishnu to rescue Vedas from Asuras took the form of a Boar (Varaha) and before embarking on his mission worshipped this Vinayagar. A merchant brought in a cart a bundle of sugarcane to sell. As night felt, he stationed the cart and took rest. Vinayagar went to him and asked for one sugarcane but the merchant refused. The next morning, the merchant to his horror found all the sugar canes bitter. He grew wise and prayed to Vinayaga. The sweet taste was restored. Hence, he got the name Karumbayiram Vinayagar.
Kumbakonam : Adikampatta Vinayagar temple. Located on the road to Tanjore to the southwest of Kumbheshvar Temple. Kampatta means mint and gold coins were minted in this place during early Chola period. It is also known as Malati Vanam. Ananda Nidhi is the name of the goddess. Images of Sekkilar and Mangaiarkarasi are seen here.
Kumbakonam : Kurumbithar Vinayak temple. This Vinayak is also called as Sudha Ganesh. At the time when Amrita (heavenly nectar) was not coming out of the sea, Gods consecrated a Ganesh idol here at Kumbhakonam and worshipped him and prayed for their success. Ganesh was pleased and gods got the Amrita from the sea.
Kumbakonam : Uchchipillayar temple. It is in front of the Someshvar temple and behind the Nageshvara shrine. It is so called as he is at the top of a mound. Being in a busy bazar street, he draws huge crowds.
Madurai : The Mukkuruni Pillaiyar, inside the huge Meenakshi Temple complex in Madurai
Mayapuram : Mayuresha Vinayaka temple
Nagapattinam : A five-headed Ganesha (Pancha Mukha Vinayaka) mounted on a lion resides at Nagapattinam
Pillaiyarpatti : see Karaikudi
Pondicherry : Manakkula Vinayagar (Pillaiyar) temple
Ponneri (Dt Thiruvallur) : Vinayagar temple near Ponneri in Nandyampakkam Athippattu.
Salem : Rajaganapathy temple
Senpakkam : Temple of eleven Svayambhu Ganesha
Sirkazhi : Aapattukatta Vinayaka temple
Thanjavur : Vallabha Vinayagar temple
Tiruchenkâtankudi (near Nannilam) : Vatapi Ganapati temple. This place is home to the Tevara Shivastalam Ganapatishvaram. It has been revered by the hymns of the Tamil Saivite Saints of the 1st millennium AD. This temple also hosts an image of Vatapi Ganapati, brought back from Badami, the Chalukyan capital then known as Vatapi - by Sirutondar, a general of the then Pallava monarch (circa 7th century CE). The famous kriti Vatapi Ganapatim Bhaje by the composer Mutthuswamy Deekshitar, in the Karnatic music idiom salutes this deity. Legend has it that Ganapati worshipped Shiva here for the sin of having killed the demon Gajamukhasura. The elephant faced demon Gajamukhasura, who had received a boon of immortality (subject to certain caveats) from Shiva, caused untold suffering to humans from his self made capital at Matangapuram. The elephant faced God Ganapati, vanquished the demon with his broken right tusk. The land here is believed to have turned red, thanks to the blood spilled by the demon, and hence the name Tiruchenkâtankudi in Tamil. Although the presiding deity here is Shiva, Ganapati receives the first place of honor. Ganapati's worshipping Shiva is enacted in the form of a grand festival in the tamil month of Margazhi.
Tiruchirappalli : See Trichy
Tiruinnampar : Nirutana Vinayaka temple
Tirukkachyur : Talamula Vinayaka, Karukkadi Vinayaka temple
Tirukkadavur : Kallavarana Pillaiyar temple
Tirukkaruvil : Kadukkai Vinayaka temple
Tirukoddaiyur : Kodi Vinayaka temple
Tirukonarnam : Maha Ganapati temple
Tirumakaral : Poyya Vinayaka temple
Tirumalapadi : Sundara Ganapati temple
Tirumaraikadu : Veeragati Vinayaka temple
Tirumuruganpundi : Kuppidu Pillaiyar temple
Tirunaddiyatankudi : Kaikaddi Vinayaka temple
Tirunallur : Salakkirama Vinayaka temple
Tirunallaru : Sorna Vinayaka temple
Tirunaraiyur : Polla Pillaiyar temple
Tiruntutevankudi :Karkadaka Vinayaka temple
Tirupattur : Maya Pillaiyar temple
Tiruppanaiyur : Tunaiyirunta Pillaiyar temple
Tiruppurampayam : Piralayangkatta Pillaiyar temple
Tiruvaiyaru : Adi Vinayaka temple
Tiruvalam : Valam Vanda Vinayaka temple
Tiruvalamsuli : Vellai Pillaiyar temple
Tiruvavur : see Vatapi Vinayaka at Tiruchenkâtankudi
Tiruvaduturai : Sivaprakasa Vinayaka temple

Tiruvalanchuzhi (near Kumbakonam) : Vinayagar temple. Before commencing any good work, it is the usual custom to pray to Vinayaka; but when the Milk Ocean was churned to secure nectar, the Deva overlooked Vinayaka and did not pray to him. The result was, they got only poison instead of nectar. Realizing their mistake, they created an image of Vinayakar with the see foam and worshipped it and hence the deity came to be known as Sveta (White) Vinayakar.
High above the surrounding groves, the temple gopura rises with five tiers facing east. The tank is near the front gopura. Near the next entrance are the flagstaff, Nandi, and Sveta Vinayagar Mandapa. In the innermost circuit are Lingams, Navasakti, Valanchuli Vinayagar, Somaskandar etc. In the niches of the sanctum are Dakshinamurti, Nataraja and Bhikshatana. Navagraha are absent but there is Shani. To the north of the sanctum is an old and beautiful Nataraja. Eranda Maharishi is housed in the north side of the inner Mahamandapa. Peria Nayaki is the goddess and she faces east. In the inside of the Devi shrine to the south is Ashtabuja Kali. This temple must once have been a Bairava temple. Next to the Rajagopura to the south is a Bairava temple. Kapardishvara is the name of the God here. Kaveri is the holy tirtha here along; Jada tirtham within the temple is another sacred tirtha. The latticework in the Vinayaka shrine is the most famous.
Description: This Shivastalam in the vicinity of Swamimalai (Skandastalam - Aaru Padai Veedu) near Kumbhakonam is a vast temple in a state of neglect, and is known more for the shrine to Valanchuzhi Vinayakar or Sveta Vinayakar. Sveta Vinayakar (Vellai Vinayakar or Nuraippillaiyaar): A white colored image of Ganapati - Sveta Vinayakar is the center of worship here. Legend reports that the Gods (the Deva) fashioned this image out of the foam that was generated when the milky ocean (Ksheera Samudram) was churned by them, in their quest for the celestial nectar Amrita. Indra the King of Deva is said to have had this image in his possession after gaining immortality through Amrita, and during his penance at Swamimalai, set the image down at Tiruvalanchuzhi, after which it became rooted to the spot. The Vinayakar shrine is encountered soon after entering the temple complex.
The intricate stone windows and the delicately carved granite pillars in this shrine are of great merit. A ten day festival is celebrated here, during the time of Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Legends: This shrine is associated with Heranda Munivar as is another shrine in the vicinity Kottaiyur. Durvasa muni is said to have carried out a yagnam here, and the Devas who attended it are said to have established several Siva Lingams here. It is believed that Kaveri went back into the ground, and when Heranda Muni went after it to retrieve it, it came back to the surface in this shrine, and made a complete circle to the right, hence the name Valanchuzhi.
The Temple: This temple occupies an area of about 8 acres, has a huge tower decorating its entrance. There are shrines to Brihannayaki (Periyanayaki), Subramanyar, Dakshinamurthy, Herandamuni, Aarumugar and others. There are several interesting sculptural features, now in a state of neglect. Images of celestial nymphs display many details. Inscriptions reveal that Raja Raja Cholan had made several endowments here. Other inscriptions are from the period of Parantaka Chola I. There are five mandapam with intricately carved pillars and stucco images. Murals from the Nayaka period, now in a state of disrepair, depict the dance of Shiva during the Pradosha worship. Ambal's shrine is located to the right of Shiva's shrine.
Festivals: Vinayaka Chaturthi, and a festival on the 6th day of the bright half of Margazhi (Sagitarius) are celebrated here. This temple is managed as a sub temple of the famed Swaminathar Temple (Subramanya) nearby. Festivities surround this temple in the Tamil month of Pankuni, when an image of Subramanya is taken in procession from Swamimalai to Tiruvalanchuzhi, when episodes from Vallikalyanam (in which Ganapati the elder brother of Skanda is said to have come to his aid, while the latter attempted to gain Valli's hand in marriage).
Tiruvetikudi : Veta Pillaiyar temple
Tiruvidaimarutur : Anda Vinayaka temple
Tiruvilimilalai : Padikkasu Vinayaka temple
Tiruvusatanam : Kutavana Pillaiyar temple
Tondi (Tiruvadanai taluka, dist. Ramnad) : Tondi Vinâyaka temple, about 2.5 km from Tondi. Nearest railway station at Devakotti, bus facility from Madurai or Devakotti

Trichy : Uchhi Pillaiyar temple and Manikka Vinayakar temple
The entire Rockfort (Malaikkottai in Tami) temple complex carved into the hill here features three temples. The Manikka Vinayakar temple is situated at the bottom of the hill, while the famed Uchchi Pillaiyaar temple is on the top and looks as the most prominent landmark in Tiruchirappalli. From there, one can see sprawling temple complexes such as Srirangam and Tiruvanaikkaval (Jambukeswaram). The Taayumaanavar (Maatrubhuteswara) temple, venerated by the hymns of the Tevaram Saints (7th - 9th century) is also located on the Rock Fort.
Legends: An interesting legend surrounds the Uchchi Pillaiyaar Temple. Vibhishana, brother of Ravana, was returning home to Sri Lanka after having witnessed the coronation of Rama at Ayodhya, carrying with him, an image of Ranganatha (Vishnu) which Rama had given him for worship, with the caveat that the image would get stuck to the earth if placed it on the ground. Vibhishana it is said, was proceding Southward with great care, when for inevitable reasons had to take a break on the banks of the Kaveri where he was affronted by Ganapati in the guise of a young lad, who promised to care for the image, allowing him to perform his morning rituals. The lad however dropped the image on the ground much to the chagrin of the enraged Vibhishana and the image took root in the Southern soil of India, and is now believed to be the venerated image of Ranganatha in the famed Sree Rangam. Temple near Tiruchirappalli, while the image of Ganapati who caused the origin of the Ranganatha shrine at Sree Rangam is worshipped at the Uchchi Pillaiyaar temple. Legends similar to this, surrounding Ganapati are associated with the Gokarna temple in Karnataka and with other temples such as the Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple at Deogarh in Bihar where it is believed that Ganapati caused the installation of Shiva Lingams in a manner similar to the legend described above.
Vallam : Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple
Vellore : Selva Vinayagar / Somasundareswarar temple. Shenbakkam near Vellore. Main deity : Selva Vinayagar and Somasundareswarar. Ganesha is enshrined as Valampuri Vinayakar, with his trunk turned to the right instead of to the left.
Viruttasalam : Mattru Uraita Pillaiyar temple

Uttar Pradesh

Prayag(a) : Omkâra Ganapati temple
Varanasi (Kashi) : Dhundhiraja Ganesha, Kashivishveshwar temple

West Bengal

Vadanagar (village on the banks of river Hooghly) : Ashtabhuja Ganesh temple

Other South-East Asia countries


Kandala : Padmasana Ganesha temple


Ganesha has few of his own temples in these lands, tens of thousands of small Ganesha images are found everywhere, and one or two larger images. He was worshiped in the Saivite tradition that covered these areas as early as 400 AD.


While we do not find many temples dedicated specifically to Ganesha, He is found in almost every Siva shrine throughout the islands.
Bali, Goa Gajah cave


Jalan Brunei/Pasar : Shri Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Jalan Ipoh : Shri Paranjothi Vinayaka temple
Kottu Malai Sri Ganesar Temple, built in 1897
Kuala Kubu Baru : Shri Sithivinayaka temple
Jalan Pudu Lama : Shri Ganeshan temple

Outside Kuala Lumpur

Behrang Ulu, Perak : Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Ipoh : Shri Maha Ganapati temple
Klang : Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Kuantan (Jalan Bukit Ubi ) Pahang Darul Makmur. The temple was build during the world war 2. The temple festivals are saturthi and sangaharasaturthi. Both sathurthis are celebrated eleborately with the main deity is taken around the temple. Besides this, there are the 10 days of Vinaryaka saturthis festival conducted here.
Pulau Pinang (Butterworth) : Sri Balasundara Selva Ganapathy temple. Was built one century ago in the Jalan Telaga Air residential area where many hindu people were living
Sandakan, Sabah : Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Sitiawan, Perak : Siddhi Vinayaka temple


Kathmandu Valley

Bhaktapur : Surya Vinayaka temple
Bungamati : Karna Vinayaka temple
Chobar : Jal Vinayaka temple
Kathmandu : Ashoka Vinayaka, Chandra Vinayaka temple

Outside Kathmandu Valley

Gorkha : Vijaya Ganapati temple
Janakpur : Rama Temple, Siddha Ganesha temple
Phulahara : Rama/Janaki Temple, Girija Ganesha temple


19 Ceylon Road : Shri Senpaga Vinayaka temple, Ph.: 3548176
78 Keong Siak Road : Shri Vinayaka temple, Ph.: 2214853

Sri Lanka

Northern area, Jaffna

Chulipuram : Kannaikothikakkai Pillaiyar temple
Inuvil : Karunakara Pillaiyar temple
Manipay : Maruthady Vinayagar temple
Murukandi : Murukandi Pillaiyar temple
Nallur : Kailasa Pillaiyar temple
Neervely : Arasakesari Pillaiyar temple

Northern area, outside Jaffna

Alaveddy : Kumbalavalai Pillaiyar temple
Batticaloa : Mamanga Pillaiyar temple

Other places

Colombo : Shri Muthu Vinayaga temple, Chettay Street
Bambalapitiya : New Kathiresan temple
Kandy : Selva Vinayaka temple
Katarigama : Manikka Vinayaka temple

Other countries


Brisbane, Mclean (4280, Queensland) : Sri Selva Vinayak temple, Beau Desert Road
Adelaide (5046, South Australia) : Ganesh temple, 3A Dwyer Road, Oaklands Park
Melbourne : Sri Vakratunda Vinayaka temple, 1292 - 1294, The Mountain Highway, The Basin, Vic 3154 Ph: 03 9792 1835

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Brampton (Ontario) : Sri Katpaka Vinayagar temple (Katpaka Vinayagar Kovil), 200 Advance Blvd, Unit # 21. Phone : 905-458 9701 / 416-471 0255
Edmonton (Alberta) : Sri Mahaganapati temple (Maha Ganapathy Society of Edmonton); 128 Running Creek Road. Phone : 403-988 5161
Richmond Hill (Toronto, M4A 2N9, Ontario) : Ganesha temple (Temple Society of Canada), 10865 10945 Bayview Avenue. Phone : (905) 883 9109
Scarborough (Ontario) : Sri Varasiththi Vinayagar Hindu Temple of Toronto (Varasithi Vinayagar Kovil), 3025 Kennedy Road, #10. Phone : 416-291 8500
Toronto (Ontario) : Muthu Vinayagar temple (Muthu Vinayagar Kovil), 435 Parliament street. Phone : 416-413 7747

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Paris : Shri Manikkavinayakar Alayam (temple)


Haltingen : Vara Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Hamm : Siddhi Vinayaka temple
Heilbronn : Vinayaka temple

South Africa

Durban (Natal) : Sithi Vinayaka temple
Ladysmith (Natal) : Ganesha temple
Mt. Edgecombe (Natal) : Ganesha temple

United Kingdom

London : Shri Ganapati temple, Effra Road

United States

Anchorage (Alaska) : Shri Ganesha temple
Flushing (New York) : Shri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam (site ne répond pas).
Nashville (Tenessee) : Shri Ganesha temple
New York : Shri Ganesha temple (Flushing Meadow)
Phoenix (Arizona) : Shri Ganesha temple
Salt Lake City (Utah) : Shri Ganesha temple.
Seattle (Washington) : Hindu Temple, Shri Ganesha temple

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