Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kadyawarcha Ganpati, Anjarle, Dapoli

This Ganesh temple is at Anjarle village in Dapoli taluka, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. Anjarle is famous for the "Kadyawarcha Ganpati" (Ganesh temple situated on a cliff). This ancient and magnificent Ganesh temple was originally constructed using wooden pillars in around 1150AD. It was renovated during the period between 1768 and 1780. At one time, people used to cross Anjarle creek (Jog River) in a boat and then climb the hill using steps that go through the Anjarle village. Recently a bridge has been constructed and you can take your vehicle right up to the entrance of the temple.

Kadyawarcha Ganpati, Anjarle, Dapoli 
Image Credit: Deepak Amembal

The Ganesh idol is right-sided. This means that its trunk curves towards the right, ("Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati") which is very rare. Kadyawarcha Ganpati is the live deity (a jagrut daiwat) who responds to distress calls of common people (called as 'Nawsala pavnara Ganpati' in Marathi).

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