I was suppose to go on a trip to Gangotri and Yamnotri to himalayas but due to certain unforeseen circumstances I was forced to cancel my trip. Quiet naturally I was very upset and frustrated. Secondly the heat in Mumbai was showing no sign of dying down hence going on trek was becoming a very difficult preposition.
|Main Maha Ganpati Idol, Titwala|
|On the way to Titwala on Eastern Express highway, Can some one tell me what mountain is this just after the Toll naka 3 kms |
before the Kalyan Phata
I left my house at 10.am with my wife,daughter and my father. As we live in Andheri so I took JVL Road via Seepz , passing through Hiranandani Powai township on my right and lovely Powai Lake on my left side of the road taking the Gandhi chowk I reached Eastern express highway. and moved toward the Thane side.Being Sunday I was lucky that there was no traffic. To reach to Titwala temple one must drive straight till Kalyan Phata( You will encounter 2 toll naka enroute one at thane and the other around 3 kms before the Kalyan Phata.Toll at thane was Rs 30/- one way and the second toll naka I paid 43.50/-return or pay 29 Rs one way).
|Take right from here(Kalyan Phata) for Titwala Ganpati Temple|
Upon reaching the Kalyan Phata I took a right turn and after 5 to 7 minutes I came across another toll naka(toll charges 37.50 return and single way Rs 25) From here onwards one should keep driving as the road moves and keep asking for directions to be sure as most of the people know the way to Titwala temple. Moving through the Kalyan city,then Shahad one can see Birla college on your left, keep moving on till you come to see a sign board pointing left to Titwala.
|After taking left from here it is a single road almost no diversions|
Take a left turn and it is a kind of single road so no chance of losing the way.This whole drive was about 60 Kms from Andheri East station and took nearly 1.45hrs to reach here at Titwala Temple.
|New look Titwala temple with Parking lot adjacent to it|
One look at temple and I was surprised to see a sea of change that has occurred here over the years today when we see the Temple it has indeed come a long way since my first visit a decade back. I still very clearly remember that there was this ancient temple with just few vendors outside selling flowers.Few auto riksha and Tongas. but today as the temple stands with all its glory talks a lot about the popularity of this place.
|Shopping arcade with small shops on both the sides selling flowers,garlands.|
|Couples, families enjoying their boat ride|
Joining the parking lot one can have a look at lovely lake ( I was given to understand that this Temple area spreads across 12 acres) in earlier days this lake was not so prominent but today it has been beautified very well , with boating facility in the lake(one can see couple,families enjoying their boat ride.
Along the lake i.e on the peripheral a lawn has been recreated which has an amphitheater
|View from the lawn adjoining the Temple|
|New look of the Temple|
|Akshita my daughter with Pooja Thali all geared to go|
We also bought Prasad Thali and moved on. Before entering the temple please let me brush up few historical facts about this temple.
Little History Class for you:
It is believed that this Holy Titwala Ganesh Temple is a very ancient dating back to 11th century and as per the legend by propitiating Ganesh Idol, Consecrated by Sage Kanva, Devi Shakuntala & King Dushyant came together after a long period of disagreement and it was here that Devi Shakuntala & King Dushyant ultimately got married ( I think perhaps due to this reason the folklore gathered wind that those who worship and offer prayers to Lord Ganesh here their Martial discords get cured and those who want to get married get their desired Mate). Upon speaking to a local person I was informed that the remains of the temple were discovered during the reign of Peshwa Madhavrao and it was he who was instrumental in rebuilding the Temple at its present spot. However with the passage of time the reign of Peshwas went into a decline and consequently the temple too got ignored and was once more got converted into ruins.It was only after 1966 onwards the Temple was reconstructed at the same location.
I think enough of history let us now have a look at the present day Temple.
|In earlier days the entrance used to be from right side of this temple.|
|Waiting in the queue for the Darshan of the Idol|
This queue takes you straight to the Holy Sanctum where the Idol of Lord Ganesh is. I have never understood why devotee love to push each other so much while taking Darshan.( Arre boss Bhagwan kahi jane wale nahi hai...). After taking the darshan I moved from the right side and into the hall on the ground floor.The temple is actually divided into two floors.The ground floor is marble fitted where the devotee can sit and then there is a loft kind of floor above this which is made of wood , On the first floor there is overlooking window from where the devotee can observe the Ganpati Idol on the ground floor.One can also have pradikshana on the first floor.while doing the pradakshina on the top one can a bird view of the lake behind the Temple.
|Birds view from the Top of the Temple|
|Hall full of Mandaps for Satyanarayan Pooja|
|On the left from here is water cooler and on the right you can see the well|
We had our darshan and came out of the temple. Just in front of the exit of temple on the left side there is books/souvenir shop, in the front there is a well and on the right side water cooler. The whole complex is well maintained.The devotees sit here and rest.Next to the Satyanayan pooja hall on the left side of that there is a big empty hall where the pilgrims have lunch and rest.
|Garden adjoining the temple|
From the Temple we moved towards the back of the temple to have a closer look of the lake and the garden adjoining it. I noticed that a long passage with seating arrangement is there where you see varied type of crowd ranging from couples,families having lunch,few people taking nap, small kids running around.
|Dharmasala and wedding hall|
Vithoba-Rukmini temple is under going major reconstuction so it is quite possible that the next time you go you will be waiting for new surprise.
|Exterior Shot of Vithoba Temple ,Titwala|
|Interior of the Vithoba Temple still under reconstruction|
|Here I am trying to listen to the sounds of Bhajans|
Before closing my blog I want to inform my readers that there are many small hotels and lodges so accommodation is not a problem. Monsoon is one of the best time to come here because the greenery en route is beautiful and eye pleasing.
Titwala Ganesh Mandir Timing:
- Daily 5 Am to 13 hours and 14 to 21 hours
- Temple Close for 13 to 14 hours and 14 to 14:30 hours for Arthi Every day.
(Only the Sannithi Doors of Ganapathi will remain closed.Temple remains open)
- Temple remains open at 4 pm to 23 hours For sankashti, chaturthi.
- For Angarika chaturthi temple is open from Monday Midnight to Tuesday Midnight
How to reach titwala ganesh mandir for those coming from Titwala Station:
On the central line towards Kasara (Fast / Slow is ok), get down at Titwala Station. The Titwala temple is at a distance of about 2.5 km and can be reached either by Tanga (for Rs.20 if 6 person either Rs 30 Individual, Return Rs.25 ) or by Auto (for Rs. 10, Return Rs 8) in around 5 to 10 mins.
Ganpati Bapa Morya !!!