Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular deities in Hindu Mythology and is also known as the the Lord of Beginnings.Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja. The list is certainly not definitive and you can add more in the comments section.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir situated at Prabhadevi,Mumbai.
The temple then was a small structure housing the black stone idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, which was two and half feet wide. The outstanding feature of this deity is the tilt of the trunk to the right side.
The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuj), which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks (a delicacy which is a perennial favorite with Shree Siddhivinayak). Flanking the deity on both sides are Riddhi & Siddhi, goddesses signifying sanctity, fulfillment, prosperity and riches. Etched on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva.
The temple was built in 1801 by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil. Thousand of Ganesha devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha including politicians and Bollywood stars
Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Pune
Dagdusheth Halwai (originally Gadve) was a sweet-maker by profession. The golden Ganesha idol that resides inside is the most beautiful part of the temple. Millions of worshipers offer puja each year in this temple. The temple trust is one of the richest in the country.
Mr. Dagdusheth Halwai was a successful sweetmeat seller and a rich businessman. In late 1800s, he lost his son in a plague epidemic. This caused Dagdusheth and his wife to go into deep depression. To heal themselves, their Guru, Shri Madhavnath Maharajrecommended building a Ganesh temple. This was completed in 1893
Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor
Vinayaka Temple is a very popular Ganesha temple and is located Kanipaakam in Chittoor district. It is an ancient temple dating back to the 11th century AD. Kulothunga Chola built the temple. It was further expanded in the early 14th century by the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire.
A large number of devotees visit the temple every year and also take a dip in the holy waters to rid themselves of their sins. Many devotees and tourists visit the temple during Vinayaka Chaturthi to be a part of the Brahmotsavam festival.
Trinetra Ganesh Temple Ranthambhore, Rajasthan
The Trinetra Ganesha Temple in Ranthambore, Rajasthan is one the most well known oldest temple in Rajasthan and is the only temple in the world that contains all the family of the Lord Ganesha. The temple is arranged in the radiant fortress of Ranthambore. This temple is arranged at a separation of 12 kms from Sawai Madhopur.
The story of this temple goes over to the year 1299 when a war broke out between King Hameer and Ala-ud-din Khilji at the Ranthambore fortification. The war proceeded for quite a while, and the sustenance stock of King Hameer was running low. Ruler Hameer was a vigorous enthusiast of Lord Ganesha. In the middle of every issues and strains, he always remembered to worship Lord Ganesha. Ruler Hameer saw Lord Ganesha in his dream and the Lord made a guarantee to him that all the issues that he was confronting would be sorted by the morning. In the morning, a symbol of Lord Ganesha as Trinetra (three eyes) was found embossed in one of the fortification’s dividers.
Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Koil Temple, Tamil Nadu
Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Koil Temple, Tamil Nadu is an ancient Ganesha temple dating back to the 7th century AD. Situated in Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, the temple is perched atop a rock, which is 272 feet high. The temple is of special significance to the Hindu community as it was here that Lord Ganesha placed an idol of Lord Ranganatha. According to mythology, after slaying Ravana, Lord Ram gifted the idol of Lord Ranganatha to Vibhisana. However, Vibhisana was instructed that wherever he was place the idol it would be permanently installed. Vibhisana decided to take the idol to Lanka much to the chagrin of the Gods as he was the brother of Ravana. They entreated Ganesha to stop Vibhisana. When Vibhisana reached the banks of Kaveri he wanted to take a dip in the river but did not want to place the idol on the ground. At that moment Ganesha appeared in the form of a cowherd and offered to hold the idol till the time Vibhasana took a dip. But as soon as the idol was in Ganesha’s hands he placed it on the ground and the idol was installed at the place.
Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok
In a land of Buddhists, a shrine of Lord Ganesh is hard to find, but very less people know that the Gangtok city houses a beautiful temple, dedicated to the elephant god on top of a hill near the Gangtok TV Tower. Ganesh Tok Temple is among the top places to visit in Gangtok, which is a famous hill station in Sikkim. A lot of worshippers visit this temple to offer their prayers to the Lord Ganesha, who is considered the god of good fortune. The surroundings of the temple too makes it a preferred choice of tourists for pilgrimage tour in India. The scenic views of lush green valleys and Mount Khangchendzonga is very much evident from this temple.