Ganpatipule - At Present
The various rulers of states, in the past offered their services
at the feet of Shree Ganesh. The modern Government is also giving
its attention to this sacred place in general and Shree Ganesh in
particular. The only difference in the attitude in the past was
that of philanthropist and service to the humanity and at present
it is commercial and materialistic enjoyment.
In 1993 then chief minister of Maharashtra State Shri Sharadrao
Pawar visited the temple of Shree Ganesh at Ganpatipule, and inquired
about the development plan of the Devasthan. He sanctioned Rs. 25
Lacs donation for this purpose. A committee was formed under the
chairman ship of the District collector of Ratnagiri for implementing
the development plan under the guidance of this committee, a magnificent
temple a large main gate, Pradakshina path, toilets, health centre,
office for Devsthan, spacious Sabhamandap for devotees, treasury,
a commercial complex, police station, etc, was planned. Construction
which is still going on, at an estimated cost of Rs. 10 crores of
which Rs. 2.6 crores are required for internal renovation of the
temple, which is funded by Devsthan and the cost of development
of surrounding area by Maharashtra Government.
Administration of Shree Sansthan Ganpatipule
In the course of time, the old structures were demolished and newly
constructed. In the same manner the nature of old management underwent
changes, upto 1840 local residents, pujaris and the ruler of Jamkkhandi
State Shri Parshurambhau Patwardhan looked after the administration
of this Shree Ganesh temple. The local members of the administration
were from Villages Malgund, Nevare, Ganpatipule, Bhandarpule.
In those days the expenses were incurred by the rulers of States
Rs. 1173 for the daily playing of drums and Shehanai, Rs. 900 for
the payment of salaries of servants, Rs. 960 for festivals. Till
the regime of Peshwas the financial provisions were through a clerk
looking after Ratnagiri Subha (Division).
After the peshwa's regime ended the British rule was established.
In 1941, the first Panch committee for Devasthan was formed. Voiceroy
Mr. Auckland arranged for the counting and evaluation of treasury
and other properties and handed over all these in the custody of
this Panch committee. The authority and the rights were now in the
hands of this committee for all the functions of Shree Devstahan
including appointment of servants.
There was no written bye-laws for the administration of the devesthan
upto 1912. Latter, on as provided in the bye-laws, residents of
Malgund, Nevare, Bhandarpule only could be the members of the Panch
Committee. The committee elects the Sarpanch, under whose Leadership
the management of Devasthan was looked after. The area of the hill,
including the shapeless image of the idol Shree Ganesh, measures
20 acres. This land is owned by Devasthan of Shree Ganesh, along
with 7 to 8 pieces of land around. But presently, it is managed
by the Pujari Puranik the worshipper.
Since last 2 to 3 decades on the day of Sankashta Chaturthi (the
fourth day of the astrological month) and when this 4th day falls
on Tuesday (The Angarki chaturthi) festivals - Jatra is held on
a large scale. Pilgrims in thousands from for away places visit
this place, then at times the management becomes difficult.
The natures bountiful scenery and greenery, courteous attitude and
the hospitality of the residents, Sanctity of the temple, attract
people in thousands. They bow their heads at the feet of Shree Ganesh,
get blessings and return satisfied with the faith they have.
Any one can enter the central place, where the idol is, (Gabhara)
to perform puja, provided one has taken a bath and has loin - a
particular type of Silk cloth (Sovale). This custom is ob served
scrupulously. The central place where the idol is, is slightly two
steps lower than Sabhagar level. The floor of the central place
is covered by marble tiles and a decorated designed frame for an
idol where a Prastrasheela ( a stone slab) measuring 3 ft. by 2
and half ft. covered with a red lead (Shendoor) is visible and that
is the Ganesh idol, devoid of any shape with as a trunk and other
limbs arranged in the form by flowers.
At the front, to the north, magnificent main gate attracts the attention
of devotees. Infront of main gate carrier of Shree Ganesh; a large
mouse of bronze metal faces the main gate. On both the sides of
main gate, two elephants with raised trunks, welcome the devotees
visiting Shree Ganesh temple. Inside the main gate to the right
is the building named after Sou Ramabai Peshwa, where one can put
up for few days at a nominal charges.
Income of Devasthan
Devasthan does not have a permanent source of income. Since the
Peshwa regime Rs. 1173 used to be received annually. The efforts
of Panch committee is able to generate an income of Rs. 5000 annually.
The amount collected by way of donation from the devotees is the
main source of income. The recurring expenses are being met from
this income. Nowadays, the pilgrims and devotees visiting Ganesh
temple is on the increase, hence the sizable amount is received
from them, so that some developmental expenditure could be provided