Sparkling blue waters, endless stretches of golden or silver sand,
sun beams dancing through the swaying palms, waves playing with
the sand dunes, a cool breeze whispering sweet nothings in your
ear. This is the land of Ganpatipule, one of Maharashtra's almost
Nestled in the greenery is a nearly 4000 year old landmark the Swayambhu Ganpati Temple (Swayambhu means a self-originated idol, Ganapati).
It is flooded by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. Ganpatipule, the Lord of the 'ganas' or army and "pule"
means sand dunes. It is one of the 'Ashta Ganapatis' (eight Ganpatis)
of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Dewata' (Western Sentinel
God). Ganapatipule is a small village, serene, sedate and unspoilt.
The beach here is still natural and pristine as ever. And travelling
by road is an experience by itself. The vast 'Konkan stretch abounds
with scenic greenery There are narrow mud-roads, the earth is red
and the roofed houses with clean courtyards add a quaint touch to
the panorama. The local vegetation includes fruit-bearing trees
like mango, betelnut, banana, jackfruit, coconut etc.
The entire western coast is covered with these
trees. The locals are as warm and cheerful as their surroundings.
Ever ready to chat with the visitors and make them feel at home.
These god-fearing local devotees take a "Pradakshina"
around the hill where the temple is located, not just around the
Pradakshina is a form of showing obeisance. The
devotees walk in a circle around the idol of the Lord or around
the temple, (the house of the Lord).
Malgund: It is the birthplace of the famous Marathi poet
Keshavsut and is just a kilometre away from Ganpatipule. Visitors
like to take a look at the house of the poet, now a students hostel.
They also visit a beautiful monument called the Keshavsut Smarak.
Pawas: Naturally beautiful and serene the place is also prominent
for the ashram of Swami Swaroopanand a spiritual leader who influenced
an entire generation of Maharashtrians.
Jaigad Fort: Standing high and proud on a cliff with a spectacular
view of the sea the fort is at the entrance of the Sangameshwar
river and is 35 kms away from Ganpatipule.
Velneshwar: The beautiful village of Velneshwar situated
north of the Shastri River, has its own peaceful, coconut-fringed
beach. The village comes alive each year during the Maha Shivaratri
far when pilgrims in large numbers visit the Old Shiva Temple.
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KISMAT RESIDENCY, 1 Khalchapaat, Tel :240156 / 7
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Tele. fax: 244578, 244652
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SRI POOJA, Bazaar Peth Tel :240527, 240447
KAUTILYA, Tel: 240203, 240575
PRESTIGE DELUXE, Opp. ST Stand, Tel :240715,240930
Ganpatipule STD Code-02357