Temple of Gajanan Maharaj
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is located in Shegaon , Maharashtra,.Sant Gajanan Maharaj is regarded as an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya and Lord Ganesha. Shegaon has acquired fame as a pilgrimage center because Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj lived there. Hindus consider Gajanan Maharaj a saint with miraculous powers. The origins of Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj are untraceable in history. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj took "Samadhi" at Shegaon. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is built on the Samadhi of Gajanan Maharaj at Shegaon. Sant Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the biggest temple trust in the Vidarbha region and is so called as "Pandharpur of Vidarbha". It attracts pilgrims from all over Maharashtra.
The Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan (Institution) Temple Trust runs the day to day affairs of the Temple; is headed by the Managing Trustees who normally comes from the line of Patil's. Trust runs many services in the spiritual, religious, medical and educational fields. In particular, it runs Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering a famous Engineering College in Vidarbha region.
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai :- Mumbai City has several temples . Bandra East (Govt Colony Near Y type Qtrs) , Vile parle East on Tejpal Scheme Road No 3, Mahim Kapad Bazar, Goregaon West Siddhartha Nagar and Unnat Nagar, Borivali East, Ghatkopar , DY Patil College in Nerul, Vashi and Dadar West. The Idol in Siddharth Nagar is marvellous. It is worth going miles to see.
A new temple is under construction near Manor in Bhopoli on way to Ahmedabad. A beautiful temple of Gajanan Maharaj is also at Titwala East in Maanda, which is also famous for Maha Ganapati Mandir. This was established by late Shri Gurunath Mhetre. There are temples in Dombivali , Ratnagiri, and also in Palghar, Indore, Belgaum and Dahanu outside Mumbai. A new temple is being built in Madgaon , Goa.
Gajanan Maharaj Temple, Kanhor - Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj is known to most of the people in Maharashtra. He stayed most of his life at Shegaon, near Akola district in Maharashtra and has taken "Samadhi" there. Therefore Shegaon has got a special significance for Maharaj and his devotees. Shegaon hosts a magnificent temple. His devotees have constructed many Gajanan Maharaj Temples in different parts of Maharashtra, India. A small-but beautiful temple has also been constructed at Kanhor, Kulgaon, Badlapur, Dist. Thane.
The temple is situated just outside of Badlapur village on a small hillock surrounded by fields and greenery all around. The enchanting natural beauty around the temple is another attraction for the devotees who visit the temple
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple Thane (Ram Maruti Road)- Shri Vinay Joshi , a very ardent devotee of Maharaj has devoted his own household property for the temple . Vinay Joshi conducted and participated in an 18 day padayatra to Shegaon from Thane along with five other friends/devotees. He himself is an artistic man, deals in screen printing business apart from conducting tours to Shegaon and other religious places. Vinay Joshi himself has moulded and painted the very attractive idol ( 2 ½ feet )of Plaster of paris which is installed in "Kalpavruksha", his residence on Ram Maruti road.Hundreds of devotees pay their respects at this shrine and one is overwhelmed by the selflessness of the man , who has engaged a number of youngsters so that they do not swerve on the wrong path.
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Mandir Nagpur- The temple of Sant Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon is promoted by Yogiraj Gajanan Seva Pratisthan in Nagpur . In Nagpur , there are several temples dedicated to Gajanan Maharaj. Reshim Baug( Varhadpande Kaka), Zenda Chowk Dharampeth , the oldest temple after Shegaon, Lakdi Pool, Mahal, Chikhali Layout , and many more .
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