Ranthambore Ganesh Temple

ranthamboreThis is one of most famous and oldest temple of Lord Ganesha. This Ganesha idol is also known as Pratham Ganesha or Trinetra Ganesha. This is the only temple in the world where we have entire lord Ganesha’s family in the temple, in middle its lord Ganesha with his two wifes on either sides Riddhi and Siddhiji with their sons Subh and Labhji. It is believed from the ancient times that Ganesh with three eyes here is the first “Pratham” Ganesh. Lord Ganesh is said to bestow one Good luck, knowledgeable insight, positive perception and great financial support. Shree Ganesha drives away all sorrows and miseries. It is belief that who so ever visits this temple with true devotion will be surrounded with wealth and fortune.

This temple is situated in the grandeur of the Ranthambore fort in midst of plush green Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. While climbing the stairs of the fort to reach the temple, one traverses through the Golden Era of our majestic history (Fort surrounded by streams and ponds, in midst of natural forest reservation). One can even have a nice glimpse of monkeys while going upstairs. This temple is in Sawai Madhopur disctrict which is surrounded by Jaipur in south east(130 Km) and kota in north west (110 Km). The nearest Railway station is Sawai Madhopur which is at about 11 Km .This temple is at about 300 Km from Salasar Temple.

This temple, dedicated to lord Ganesh is said to be found in 1299AD. In 1299AD Hammir Dev Chauhan was attacked by Ulugh Khan and Nusrat Khan as appraised by Alauddin, with 80,000 cavalry and large infantry. Since it was a big attack, war went on for years, resulting in emptying the fort’s godown which otherwise was filled with foods and all necessary things. Hammir was about to lose the battle because of the lack of resources, but a miracle happened. He had a dream in which Lord Ganesha himself came and said that by tomorrow morning all his problems will vanish. Next day morning three eyed Ganesh idol was embossed from one of the wall’s of the fort. And to everyone’s surprise, Hammir won the battle on his terms. In 1300AD, Hammir built a temple in the fort, establishing the three eyed Ganesh idol with idols of ganesh’s two wives Riddhi- Siddhi, his two sons Shubh-Labh and his vehicle Mushak ( Mouse ).

As Hammir Dev was able to protect his home from getting ruined by his attackers, it is believed that whoever builds a home (Rock house) in the temple is guaranteed to get a new home. Ganesh Chaturthi, which is believed to be Ganesha’s birth day, is one of the greatest celebrations here.