Ranjangaon Temple


Earlier known as Manipur, Ranjangaon, 51 Km. from Pune is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva himself. This was after Shiva prayed to Ganesha to make him victorious in a battle with the demon Tripurasur. The temple of Ganesha at Ranjangaon is one among the Ashtavinayak, celebrating eight instances of legends related to Lord Ganesha. This majestic temple is the fourth in the ‘Ashtavinayaka’ circuit. The temple is designed in such a way that during ‘dakshinayan’ and ‘uttarayan’ (winter and summer solstice) the rays of the sun fall directly on the deity. The image of Lord Ganesha is seated, faces east and has his trunk to the left. The forehead of the deity is exceptionally broad.