The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi begins from today. And Rajasthan is famous for two Lord Ganesha Temples that celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with fervor. One is the Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple and the other is Ganeshji temple in Sawai Madhopur.
In the middle of Jaipur there rises a small hill Moti Dungri meaning ‘Pearl hill’, since it looks like a drop of pearl on the top of a hill. The Moti Dungri hill is occupied by a palace and a temple. Moti Dungri temple of Jaipur is significant for worshipping Lord Ganesha, where many people from far away come to this sacred temple. Here the festival is celebrated on a grand scale.
If you are lucky to be in Jaipur for the following week, then don’t miss to attend the Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Moti Dungri temple.
In Sawai Madhopur, the festival is rather more special. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is located in the fort of Ranthambore, about 12kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one of the most important Ganesha temples in Rajasthan. The temple celebrates three days of Ganeshotsav with great fervor where thousands of pilgrims come to pay homage to the idol. On the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi the replica of idol is taken out and finally submerged into the water pond nearby. This year’s dates for Ganeshotsav at Sawai Madhopur are 15, 16 and 17th September.
Special trains are also run by Indian Railways for the convenience of pilgrims of Ranthambhore Ganesha Temple.
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on 17th September. If you are enthusiastic about visiting the sacred temple of Ganesha in Jaipur and Ranthambhore, then plan your trip now!