Shree Ganesh Temple Ganapatipule is in Ratnagiri district; Konkan. This temple is 350 km from Mumbai, it is one of the ancient temples and is said to be from the period of Peshwas (4000-year-old). From ancient literature like Mudgal Puran, this temple is referred to as Paschim Dwar- Devata (Western Sentinal God). Ganapatipule means the Lord of “Ganas”(army) and Pule (sand dune) in short lord Ganapati.
Shree Ganesh Ganpatipule Story:
During the period of Moghul, there lived a Brahmin named Balbhatji Bhide, once he suffered from personal problems and made his mind to give up food and water until he overcomes from his problems. He stayed in Kevda forest to worship Lord Ganesh. Once in the vision of Bhide, the Lord appeared and said “I have come to Aagargule to fulfil wishes of my devotees find me and worship, you will be relieved from all your difficulties”
Meanwhile one of the Bhide’s cows found not giving milk when cowherd observed cow’s moves he was surprised to see that the milk from udder was directly falling on the idol of swayambhu (self-manifest) stone image of Lord Ganesh. When Bhide got to know this incident he came there and built a small shrine and started performing regular rituals.
Miracles of Shree Ganesh in Ganpatipule:
Once in a year, the surf around the shore tries to come up until the temple as if it wants to touch the feet of the lord.
The temple is built in such a way that light rays coming from Sun directly touch the idol of Lord Ganesh in the months of February and November.
Devotees believe that if we whisper in the ears of the Mushika build with brass (Mouse – lord’s transport medium) will be reached to the lord.
Devotees believe that the base of the hill is in the shape of Lord Ganesh so devotees believe circumambulation of the entire hill will fulfill their wishes.
Road: It is 45 km if you reach the temple via Ratnagiri – Hatkhamba – Niwali – Ganpatipule and is 30 km if you reach via Ratnagiri – Kotawade – Ganpatipule
Rail: If you reach via Konkan Railway, Bhoke is 35. km and Ratnagiri are 45 km.
Air: The nearest airport is Belgaum, 299 km.