Ganesh Mandir Tekdi Nagpur

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Nagpur is a city rich with many ancient and famous temples, some dating upto 300 years.Ā TheseĀ temples attractĀ a large number of devotees who gather to offer a prayer especially onĀ festivals. One name that comes rushing to one’s mind when talking about Nagpur is GaneshĀ Mandir Tekdi. Located at station road, this temple is a haven for devotees of Lord Ganesh. It isĀ named “Ganesh Tekdi” because of its location, up a hill and tekdi means hill in Marathi.Ā 
History:
Ganesh Tekdi Mandir is believe to be about 250 years old. The temple started out with being anĀ ordinary tin shed with the idol. In the 1970s, the army took possession of this structure andĀ improved it but the main change came in 1978. The construction of the temple was taken up as aĀ big project and devotees donated generously to help the process. The present-day structure gotĀ shape in 1984.It was accomplished by the late Shri Ganpatrao Joshi and a few other devotees. AsĀ time passed by, it was realised that the temple premises could not accommodate the large numberĀ of devotees. The trustees of the temple appealed to the Defence Ministry which helped themĀ acquire 20,000 sq. ft. more of the land.

The idol of the temple, which is about four feet tall is believed to be swayambhu (self-existent). It is said that originally the idol was very small in shape, but gradually it grew bigger and bigger, increasing in size. The idol is is beautifully adorned with several golden and silver ornaments at the forehead. Among the ornaments, there is a particular piece namely Mukut (crown) which is exhibited only on the occasion of Chaturthi and Ekadashi.

Numerous devotees visited the temple every day, especially on festive occasions and religious ceremonies. Every year in the Paush month on the Sankashti Chaturthi day a grand yatra called as Tekdi Ganapati Yatra is held. The specialty of the temple is the Aarti ceremony, which is performed four times daily (6.30 am, 12.30 pm, 7.pm, 11.30 pm) and Modaka is distributed after the Aartis as a divine gift. Tekdi Ganapati Temple, managed by the temple trustees, is opens from 6.00 am.

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