Swayambhu Ganapati temple is well-known for its exclusive idol of Ganesh. It is said that this idol of Ganapati has formed on its own and is not man-made. This temple is about 4000 year's old temple on the sea shore of Ganapatipule beach. Swayambhu means self-made Ganesh idol. This place is crowded with people to visit this holy place.
This Ganapati temple is one of the eight Ganapati temples of India that is 'Ashta Vinayak'. It is also famous as 'Paschim Dwar Dewata' which means western Sentinel God. This is a very popular Hindu pilgrimage place which is favorite destination for all the devotees and tourists. This place not only offers beautiful scenic beach but also gives chance to visit a holy place.
Swayambhu ganapathi temple is built with white sand that is 'Pule'. The main idol of Ganesh is a self originated idol and one more idol kept there is made up of copper. The idol is such that Lord Ganesh is astride on a lion. The idol is showcased in such a manner that the rays of the sun during sunset and sunrise fall on the idol lighting the idol.
The Swayambhu ganapathi temple is designed in the Rajasthani type. The architecture of the temple is worth visiting. People from all over India and even other countries visit this place. Besides offering prayers to the lord Ganesh people can have a great time on the splendid beach of Ganapatipule. People believe that whatever you wish at this temple comes true. Lord Ganesh fulfills all the desires of a person who visits this place.
People especially wish to visit Swayambhu ganapathi temple during the Ganesh Chaturti. People from Konkan side wish to visit during the Angar ki Chaturti that comes on every Tuesday for six months.
The beach of Ganapatipule is stunning as it has golden sand that shines in as gives an amazing view. The beach is bounded with huge swaying palm trees, the dazzling sea water and the panorama of the clean beach. The sea of Ganapatipule is very calm and gentle so it is the best place for swimming. People also enjoy boat riding, fishing and paragliding in the sea. There are a lot of vegetables and fruits trees all around the Swayambhu Ganapati temple which gives another added natural beauty to the temple.
There are lodges and resorts available here at a very reasonable rate. There are hotels also available here that range from economic class to luxury class depending upon the tourists.
Nearest airport is the Ratnagiri airport which is at a distance of about 50 kilometers from Ganapatipule beach.
Nearest railway station is the Ratnagiri which operates on the Konkan railways. This is at a distance of about 50 kilometers away from Ganapatipule beach.
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There are state transport buses and luxury buses available from Ganapatipule to all the major cities of India.