The state of Maharastra seems to have established
monopoly over the worship of Ganapathy since time
immemorial. And Ganesh is the exclusive house-hold
property of both class and mass, as it were. The rulers in the
bygone past endowed the temple-, in several ways although their Kulaswamini
is Tulaji Bhavani.
The Ashta Vinayaka temples testify to the enormity of popularity commanded by
this deity. And at the magnetic touch of Pujya Tilak, the indomitable national
leader, a new epoch in the celebration of yearly festival is inaugurated and is
mounting higher and higher with the passage of time. There are no houses without
his image, nor villages or towns, his temples. Even the natural big lakes are
named after him.
Ganapathy Pule lying on the sea shore is luring huge number of theists and
tourists round the year. Finding its tourist potential, the State Government has
evinced great interest in making it a sea shore resort of great attraction. Many
mod facilities for staying overnights with conveyance have been planned and
implemented, and they are catering to the needs of all kinds of people. Here,
the vast blue water pule itself has an irresistible charm, besides the shrine
with Swayambhu Ganapathi which has been luring over `centuries. The temple
although is modest in size and shape, its sublimity and lord Ganapathy's
matchless bounty in granting boons are its special points for attraction. It is
always crowded and several agamic prayers are offered with great devotional
zeal. Tourists, despite drawn by the momentary thrills of boating, strolling
etc. are paying visits and worshipping this Lord. Of course, when acquainted
with the divine sports of this potent archamurti. The location of the shrine
amidst long stretches of purple scenery and glittering white sand is exercising
a magnetic pull, in addition to the spiritual aroma scattered from the shrine.
The archamurti is quite enchanting and installed on a beautiful dias. So, the
tourists with aesthetic instincts enjoy the darsan and offer prayers.
is 144 km off Kolhapur, a famous pilgrim town of Maharastra, accessible by bus
from Bombay or Ratnagiri.