1) Festivals, religious rites and rituals from the first day of
the month chaitra to the third day (Akshaya Tritia) every evening,
puja is performed in the spring season (vasant). During this season,
Mahapuja, Arti, Mantra Pushp, eatables given to god at its feet
(Prasad) and Dakshina distributed.
2) In the month of Ashwin (the 7th month) from the first day to
the full moon day (Tripuri Paurnima) every evening. Mahapuja of
Shree Ganesh is performed. On the pillar vertical rows of lamps
(Deepmala) is lighted and festival of lights celebrated along with
Arti, Mantrapushpa, Prasad and Dakshina Vidhi performed.
3) During Bhadrapad and every other months, on the fourth days (Chaturthi)
a palanquin with a silver image of Shree Ganesh is taken around
Pradakshina path, by the seashore, and the procession returns to
the temple. On its route it stops for a while, in front of the deity
on all the four directions, where Arti, Mantrapushpa is performed
and Prasad distributed. When the silver image of Shree Ganesh is
kept in the central place again the same process is repeated and
prayer, for the benevolence of all the devotees, is offered.
As shree Ganesh, throughout the year, is in Ganpatipule, no one
brings Ganesh idol in one's house separately for puja.
As the image of Shree Ganesh is devoid of any form (Nirakar) an
hill from where the water trickles is considered as naval point
of the idol, that is why it is called Nabhigangodak. There is a
perennial flow of sweet water, even though the seawater is very
near. This place is to the right outside the temple.
Shree Ganesh bathes in seawater
When Ganesh idol was under grass roof, the sea water bath used to
take place. But as the building was constructed opposite to the
site of the idol, the water trickling from the hill on the idol
was getting mixed with seawater. During rainy season the sea water
bath takes place.
Shree Ganesh idol meets the sun
The temple is so constructed that every year during 2nd to 8th February
and 2nd to 8th November, at the time of sunset golden rays of the
sun falls on Ganesh idol, through the door on the west. This event
is very pleasant to watch, due to the vicinity of sea, magnificent
and bountiful natural scenery, the vast expanse of the sea water,
the rolling and roaring of waves, ships passing at a distance the
splendour of the nature makes a man enchanted. The scenic beauty
at the time of Sunset makes a man spellbound. The devotee visiting
Shree Ganesh temple, returns to his place with the blessings of
Shree Ganesh satisfied with heart content, carrying the pleasant
remembrance of this sacred place.
Samadhi of persons having deep devotion to Shree Ganesh
At the sacred place of Ganpatipule, numbers of persons have led
their lives for deep austerity at the feet of Shree Ganesh. Near
the house of Kelkar, running charity dining place - ten to twelve
such Samadhis, are well maintained in a triangular walled compound.
Shree Morya deo
When one comes out of main gate, at a short distance on pradakshina
- path, one comes across two pillars on which row of vertical lamps
(deepmala) are lighted and a small structure with a dome in which
an idol is installed - known as Morya deo. One does not know when
this installation took place. But the legend is that, near Ganpatipule,
at Malgund, one person Bhandari by cast was plying a passenger ship
owned by him, to and fro various ports along the coastline. On one
such trip when the ship was entering Tiwari port, cyclone took place
and all the passengers experienced a frightful state of mind due
to its severity. The place of landing became invisible. The waves
became so violent that the ship would not withstand its impact and
was about to sunk, thought all the passengers. The owner of the
ship requested the passengers to start chanting the prayers along
with him and Shri Bapat. Shree Ganesh, as if, heard the prayers,
an astonishing event took place, before the passengers came to know
as to where the ship was it came safely near the sands in front
of the place where Morya deo was installed. All the passengers were
full of Joy and thanked Shree Ganesh for averting the calamity.
According to the advice of Shri. Bapat the owner of the ship erected
two lamp pillars and installed the shrine of Shree Morya deo, and
for carrying on the daily rites, donated a piece of land at Malgund.
This arrangement continues even today, by the descendents of Shri