Sri Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. He has an elephant head and the body of a human. He has large ears, a single tusk, a belly, four arms and his vahanam is a rat.
Ganesha is the god of wisdom, literature, success and the Lord and destroyer of obstacles. Most people worship him by asking for siddhi (success) and buddhi (intelligence). He is worshipped before starting a business.
The Ganapathi Temple in Idagunji is in Honnavara Taluq, North Kanara, Karnataka. This is an ancient and famous Ganapathi temple, which history dates back 1500 years. The Ganapathi idol in this temple is a large standing figure with two hands. One hand holds a Modaka while the other holds a Padma (Lotus). It is an incredible sight to see the Lord Ganapathi in standing phose, who accepts all the sevas and pujas performed by his devotees and blesses everyone with happiness and prosperity.
Idagunji Ganesh Temple Timings:
Morning: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Afternoon: 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Idagunji Ganapathy Temple Pooja Timings:
Morning Pooja: 8:00 AM
Maha Pooja: 12:00 Noon
Evening Pooja: 12:00 PM
Idagunji Ganapathy Temple Abhishekam Timings:
Morning Abhishekam: 7:00 AM
Maha Abhishekam: 11:00 AM
Evening Abhishekam: 7:00 PM
Horoscope facility is available at the temple
Kalyana Mantapa is available for marriage. In addition to this, Thread Ceremony and Chavala functions are also conducted.
Free Bhojana facility is available for all devotees at noon, in “Mayura Prasada Bhojanalaya” at Idagunji temple.
Mayura Prasada Bhojanalaya is a completed project. Cottage, Sanskrita Patashala and General School are few other projects
Accommodation facilities are available at Idagunji Devasthana. Also, accommodation facilities are available at the nearby places like Honnavar, Kumta and Bhatkal
Murudeshwara, Gokarana, Apsarakonda, Kasarkod Beach, Sharavati River, Ram Thirtha and Laxmana Thirtha are some of the nearby attraction places
Idagunji Ganapathi Temple History:
At the end of ‘Dwapara Yuga’ great saints were praying to the Sutha-Pouranika at Badarikashrama. Shri Krishna had implied to eliminate the oncoming doshas of ‘Kaliyuga’. The divine saint, Valakhilya initiated narrating the significance of Kunjavana.
Valakhilya along with other immortal saints was performing penitential activities in a forest. They started experiencing diverse hindrances in penitentiary activities. The holy saint was agitated by these obstacles. He seeked solace and worshipped Lord Krishna. Narada the noble saint approached Valakhilya. Narada received cordial and satiate welcome with due rituals. Valakhilya explained his difficult situation to the divine saint and requested him to suggest pragmatic solutions to deal with the obstacles on his way. Narada advised him to worship God Vigneshwara (the remover of obstacles) before starting penance again.
Valakhilya requested Narada to show him an appropriate place to worship the deity. Narada along with Valakhilya and other saints wandered westward in search of a suitable place. They came across the Sharavati river which gracefully caressed and consolidated with the ocean.
Narada chalked out an exact place located a few miles away to the left of Sharavati. The place was named Kunjaranya. This would be a deserving place for their penitential activities. To add up to the significance of the place, Narada explained that in the past from time to time the Holy Trinity, Hari, Har and Brahma have come to this place to conduct their penance to stop the destruction of the “Asuras” (the demons). They also created lakes termed “Chakratirtha” and “Brahmatirtha” which is truly a spiritual inspiration.
After sketching out this to all the saints, Narada with the help of the saints fabricated another lake named “Devatirtha”. He then offered to bring Ganapathi (Vinayaka) along with other Gods including the Holy Trinity. Narada approached Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara to attend the “Puja” at Kunjaranya offered by the saints. He also took the liberty of requesting Parvathi to send her son, Ganapathi to the saints for the removal of obstacles.
Narada’s charisma led all the Heavenly Gods along with Lord Ganapathi to attend the “Puja” with eminence and grandeur. The temple dedicated especially for this purpose was decked with attractive decor and enormous glittering diamonds and stones. Ganapathi received the rites, rituals and ceremonious formalities on the second day of Poorvathretha Yuga Nrapavara Chanda Shakabda 813 Vibhava Samwathsara which was decided as Uttarayana Shishiraruthu Maghamasa Shukla Dwitheeya Budhavara Punarwasu Nakshatra (Uttarashadha Nakshatra Visvamuhoortha the most auspicious time by Brahma.
The great saints and Heavenly beings chanted the hymns in praise of Lord Ganapathi. Ganapathi, magnificently attired, was holding “Modhaka” and “Padma” in his hands.
Immensely pleased by the devotion rendered on him by the saints, Ganapathi expressed his desire to grant the wishes of his devotees. The other Gods were cherished and treated equivalently. They also blessed their worshippers. The other Gods appealed to go to their original places. Ganapathi emphasized his decision to stay and gratify the desires of his devotees. He also implied the Gods to leave behind a part of their omniscient power in the various lakes encompassed there.
The devotees can attain their heart’s desires by dripping into the varied “Theerthas” and by offering pujas to Him. A lake was bestowed to provide water for bathing at Ganapathi’s request. It was named “Ganeshtith”.So according to this Purana, Lord Ganapathi stayed in the place Kunjaranya which is now renowned as Idagunji.
This brief summary explains the legendary and historical significance of the sanctity place of Idagunji.
Mhatobar Shree Vinayaka Devaru has been granting the wishes of thousands of people who reguraly visit this place from year to year.
Idagunji Ganapathi Temple Sevas, Poojas, Homa Details:
- Bagila Jatakan Pooje
- Chandanabhisheka ( pots)
- Modhaka Naivedya (Article extra
- Vahana Pooje
- Appane Cheeti
- Ashtottara Shatanama
- Kalpokta Sahasranama
- Hoovina Pooje
- Phala Panchamrata
- Upanishat Parayana
- Tulabhara (Article extra)
- Benne Alankara Seve (Bring Butter)
- Sarvabharan Pooje
- Yearly Sankashti Seve
- Maha Pooje
- Ganahoma ( Coconut
- SatyaGanapathi Vratha
- SatyaNarayana Vratha
- Shashwatha Seve (Yearly day
- Vinayaka Shanthi
- Shani Shanthi
- Nityanandadeepa ( Year
- Shashwatha Annadana Seve (Yearly day
- Sarvalankara Pooje
- Shashwatha Sankashti Seve
- Sankashti Udyapana Vrata (Special
- Moolamantra Modaka Havana
- Sarva Seve of day
- Upanishat Havana (By Dravya
- Navagraha Shanthi
- Upanishat Havana (By Modaka
- Shashwat Ganahavana / Satya Ganapati Vrata / Satya Narayana Vrata (Yearly day
Idagunji Vinayaka Temple Festival:
Idagunji Vinayaka Temple Address:
Temple Office Phone: 08387 247227
Guest House/Mangala Karyalaya: 08387 296827
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