Ganpatipule can be stated as the jewel in the crown of Konkan. This place, both a religious and a tourist destination is situated in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, along the coast of Konkan.
It is famous for the exquisite beach and the temple of Lord Ganesha which witnesses the beauty of this beach. This temple is one of the most famous Ganesha temples in Maharashtra. The Ganesha idol is said to be Swayambhu, that is it was found and not created by anyone. The temple is a huge one and built artistically. The idol faces the West direction and hence the Lord is said to guard the direction from any calamities.
The beach of Ganpatipule is one of the most beautiful ones. One can put in the entire literary skills to describe it. The silver-golden sands, calm and clear waters and the cool breeze make it exotic. The presence of the religious monument adds serenity and divinity to this beauty. Every sunrise and sunset here is worth watching where you can feel one with nature.
Ratnagiri being the commercial district offers a lot to the tourists. King Alphonso, the pride of Konkan can be purchased from Ratnagiri and Devgad. Other Konkan specialties like jack-fruit, kokam, cashew nuts and other sweets are also fresh and much cheaper in these markets.
History of Swayambhu Ganesha Temple
Temple of Lord Ganesha has the self-manifest (swayambhu) shrine of Lord Ganesh. This temple is unique because the idol of Ganpati faces in the west direction. The temple is said to be over 400 years old.
Ganpatipule temple history tells that an inner chamber of temple called Garbha Gruha is constructed by Shivaji Maharaj and the Sabhamandap which is built by Madhavrao Peshwe. Temple is situated in front of the small hill. Devotees take a pradakshina around the temple which is also around the hill itself.
Ganpatipule is also blessed with beautiful beaches. One can get amazed by the beauty of these white beaches. Ganpatipule beach is another popular tourist attraction of the town because of its spectacular beauty.
According to local folklore, the Hindu God Ganapati came to Pule from his previous residence ‘Gule’ when he was insulted by a native lady there. That’s how the place got its name as Ganapatipule.