Titwala (Marathi: टिटवाळा) is a small town near Kalyan in Maharashtra, India. It is the site of a venerated temple of Ganesha, and also the putative site of the hermitage where Shakuntala was born.
The Siddhivinayak Mahaganapati Temple at Titwala is a popular temple. Lakhs of pilgrims flood here on 'Angarika Chaturthi' a holy day in Hindu culture. Tuesday, the day of Ganesha, attracts a fair number of 'Bhakt', worshippers, to the Temple.
Titwala is also a hill station.
History - By propitating Ganesh Idol, Consecrated by sage Kanva, Devi Shakuntala & king Dushyant came together after a long period of disagreement. Shakuntala & king Dushyant got married before the original idol of Ganesha. The original Idol from Mahabharat period vanished, while constructing lake.
Peshwa Saradar Ramchandra Mehendale got the present idol. The Madhavrao Peshwe consecrated the present day idol.
Belief - If Mahaganapati is worshipped regularly, marriages of desired people can be fixed easily. If prayed to sincerely, conflicts between husband & wife can be ended. Those who desire a son, will get one.
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The Ganesh temple at Titwala is more properly known as the Maha Ganesh temple.
Legend has it that King Dushyant married Shakuntala in the Titwala temple.
It's believed that original Ganesh idol, was consecrated by the sage Kanva, and disappeared while the adjacent lake was being constructed. The present idol was consecrated by Madhavrao Peshwe.
Popular folklore and belief has it that if one worships the Titwala Maha Ganesh, one gets married to the person one desires. If the Lord is propitiated with all sincerity and strict religious manner, marital conflicts are settled.
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Om Ganeshaya Namah! Om Ganeshaya Namah!
On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, one of the most important of all Maharashtrian festivals, we take a closer look at the Maha Ganpati Temple at Titwala
The Maha Ganpati Temple at Titwala sees thousands of devotees thronging the temple precincts every year and this year too a similar crowd is expected during the festive season. The ancient temple is being run by the Joshi family since the past four centuries.
“This is the tenth generation of the Joshi family and we have dedicated our lives to serving the temple,” says Subhash Joshi, one of trustees of the Titwala temple. The Joshis, whose clan owns several houses near the temple premises have been serving the temple and overlooking the trust activities.
The temple was a simple small structure in the late 1960s and has been witnessing a steady infrastructural growth as well as an unprecedented increase in the number of followers. The temple trust has constructed sheds to regulate the serpentine queue that line up for darshan. Each shed is eight feet wide and 400 meters long and there are pavilions in between the sheds measuring 12 by 12 feet. A garden with a beautiful lawn has also been developed and there are plans to install a colourful fountain inside the lake. “We have planned to hold a fountain show every evening for half and hour. We are also constructing a small amphitheatre and it is expected to be ready by Diwali,” assures Subhash Joshi. The work on the beautification of the temple was undertaken with the help and supervision of the executive engineer, KDMC, Sunil Joshi.
“I have been coming to this temple since the last 40 years and I love the new look of this temple. The octagonal lake, boating facilities and especially the parking area, is very commendable. Now things here are much more organised than before,” says Bhawani S, a Mulund resident.
Apart from these, the temple trust has set up a school in Titwala, giving opportunity for locals to pursue higher education in Arts and Commerce streams. It also runs a free ambulance facility and plans are afoot to construct a 40-bed hospital in near future.
Facilities For Devotees
The Titwala Ganesh temple provides ample facilities for devotees. For those arriving by suburban train, there are share autorickshaws and tonga services, and for those coming by road, there are two parking lots run by the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation. Besides the main Ganesh temple, devotees also offer prayers at the Vitthal Rukmini and Lord Shiva’s temples in the vicinity.
“We have thousands of people coming to the Titwala Ganesh temple. Chaturthis that fall on a Sunday or on a Tuesday are especially crowded. The recently constructed pavilions can be used by picnickers for resting and eating,” says Subhash Joshi. There are regulars who come here from as far as Bhayander in the western suburbs and Bhuleshwar in south Mumbai and what attracts them to this temple is their unflinching faith in Titvala's Maha Ganapati.
“It is a sacred temple and devotees are fascinated by the beautiful Ganesh idol in the sanctum sanctorum,” says S Rote, owner of Santosh Pushp Bhandar, a stall in the premises. There are 80 stalls selling flowers, coconuts, modaks and other offerings for the Deity, a spacious area for devotees to relax or have lunch, an exhibition centre, a garden and a beautiful lake with boating facilities.
The temple has a good crowd management, which is controlled through public address system and CCTVs.
As the local legend goes, Madhavrao Peshwa had a dream of the Elephant God following which the idol was discovered. He then set up a small temple in Titwala and consecrated the idol. The idol is also referred to as Vivah Vinayak and a darshan of Lord Ganesh here is a blessing for those seeking a proper match and a blissful married life. “Young girls praying for good husbands have always found their wishes come true,” says Joshi.
The beautification of the lake and the infrastructural development of the temple has definitely turned it into a tourist attraction and led to an increase in the number of people visiting the temple.
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