Ganesh Temple- Jodhapur
Ganesh Temple is located at a distance of 5 km from the city of Jodhpur in Ratananda. Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, this temple; according to a legend, a teacher saw a giant statue of the deity on the hills of Ratananda. Lord Ganesh statue height and width was 8 ft and 5 ft.This 150 year old Temple was built
where the statue had been found. A large number of devotees visit this temple to offer their prayers to the deity.
Its local name is Pahadi Ganesh Mandir. Lord Ganesh is worshipped by all the localites and visiting the temple on Wednesday is considered holy.
How To Reach
By Road: Ganesh Temple is located at Ratanada in Jodhpur city. One can easily reach here by bus or taxi.
By Rail: Ganesh Temple is well connected through nearest Jodhpur Railway station to major cities railway stations like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad.
By Air: Ganesh Temple can be reach through nearest Jodhpur Airport (6 km) which is well connected with regular domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai.
Worship and festivals
Ganesha is worshipped on many religious and secular occasions, especially at the beginning of ventures such as buying a vehicle or starting a business.K.N. Somayaji says, “there can hardly be a [Hindu] home [in India] which does not house an idol of Ganapati. … Ganapati, being the most popular deity in India, is worshipped by almost all castes and in all parts of the country”.Devotees believe that if Ganesha is propitiated, he grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity.
Ganesha is a non-sectarian deity. Hindus of all denominations invoke him at the beginning of prayers, important undertakings, and religious ceremonies. Dancers and musicians, particularly in southern India, begin art performances such as the Bharatnatyam dance with a prayer to Ganesha.Mantras such as Om Shri Gaṇeshāya Namah (Om, salutation to the Illustrious Ganesha) are often used. One of the most famous mantras associated with Ganesha is Om Gaṃ Ganapataye Namah (Om, Gaṃ, Salutation to the Lord of Hosts).
Devotees offer Ganesha sweets such as modaka and small sweet balls called laddus.He is often shown carrying a bowl of sweets, called a modakapātra. Because of his identification with the color red, he is often worshipped with red sandalwood paste (raktacandana)or red flowers. Dūrvā grass (Cynodon dactylon) and other materials are also used in his worship.
Festivals associated with Ganesh are Ganesh Chaturthi or Vināyaka chaturthī in the śuklapakṣa (the fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of Bhadrapada(August/September) and the Ganesh Jayanti (Ganesha’s birthday) celebrated on the cathurthī of the śuklapakṣa (fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of magha(January/February).