Ganapatipule

Swayambhu of Lord Shri Ganesha

Ganapatipule is a Holy place, nearly 4000 years old Swayambhu of Lord Ganesha on the western ghats of India in Maharasthtra near Ratnagiri, surrounded by ranges of Sahayadri Mountains on the sea shore filled with mango, cashew, coconut and casuarina trees. The name Ganapatipule is derived from ‘Ganapati’ (the Lord of Ganas) and Pule means Sand Dune. It is located in Ratnagiri District in the coastal area of Konkan region and situated at about 35 Kms from Ratnagiri Railway Station. Ganapatipule was selected by H. H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi for celebrating Christmas Puja for around ten years. Thousands of Sahaja Yogis from across India and all over the world visited Ganapatipule for the puja celebtations and Sahaja marriages.

Why Ganapatipule? “Ganapatipule has a special significance – because He is Mahaganesha. The Ganesha at Mooladhara becomes Mahaganesha in the Virata, that is the brain . . . The main root, as they call the taproot, the main root is innocence, is Shri Ganesha. And He becomes Mahaganesha in Ganapatipule. . . Here He’s surrounded by the Father Principle, the Guru Principle of the sea, the ocean – the Indian Ocean. That is, here He becomes a Guru . . . Here, as we see in Ganapatipule, Shri Ganesha is in its complete matured form; so that we develop also our Mahaganesha within ourselves . . . Today we came to Ganapatipule, it has a great significance, among the Asthavinayaka – eight Swayambhus of Shri Ganesha). It is the place of Mahaganesha. Mahaganesha is Pithadhish (Governor of all pithas) and sitting on this pitha, he looks after (protects) all the Ganesha Swayambhus.

How Ganapatipule was discovered? The other day somebody was asking Me, how did you find Ganapatipule ? Actually I didn’t know, and in Maharashtra it is not a well known place. They go to Ashta Vinayakas but not to this Maha Vinayaka !……Once I was coming back from Ratnagiri and I saw a really very big star on top of this temple. But no body else could see it, that was the problem. At that time no Sahaja Yogi could see. So I told them, ‘Let us follow this Star’. It was a very big big one, unusually big, not like a star, but quite a big big star. Very unusual, but they could not see it, other people who were with Me, they said that we can’t see it. ‘ I said, does not matter.’ So I told them to turn it (car), turn it from this HathKhambha and let us go on this another road. And we just followed it. They, of course, listened to me, they didn’t argue. We were just travelling, travelling; It was quite late . Still I said, doesn’t matter, let’s go. By the time we reached Ganapatipule, it was the dawn, beautiful dawn ! I cannot forget it. In that dawn, it looked such a beautiful place, where we are now, and I said, “This is the place where we have to be, where we have to get all the Sahaja Yogis to”. Of course, you know, Ravindra Nath Tagore had already described about this place that people will come here from all over the world and at the Shore of Bharat this will be done. All these are predicted, have been said already. But how miraculously I discovered this place is very surprising… And the place was very beautiful and beautifully vibrating. I stayed here for two days and I decided that this is the place we have to take. Ultimately we got this land and we got all these things here but people troubled us a lot…. Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi, Ganapatipule, December 25, 1999

How to reach? Address: Nirmal Nagari, Arrey Warrey Road, Malgund-Bhailadi, Malgund Ratnagiri, Maharashtra 415615 Contact: +91 2357 235662, +91 2357 235663 Nearest Railway station: Ratnagiri Nearest Airport: Chatrapati Shivaji Terminal International Airport(T2), Mumbai

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