This is lovely place / temple which is a few Kms away from Shegaon
. Here lived Gomaji Maharaj - who was the Guru of Patil khandaan .
Gomaji Maharaj meditated in a cave and his samadhi is also in a cave.
Devotees must go to Nagzari and take a holy dip in the pond within
the temple premises. Before the palkhi of Maharaj goes out of Shegaon
, it is customary to first visit Nagzari and then go to other places.
This place is very dear to Maharaj. It is here that Narsing Baba spent
thick jungles meditating over the Lord and Maharaj spent initial years
with Narsing baba before He came to be known as Maharaj. Akot is approx
75 kms North East of Shegaon and you will see the well on the sill
of which maharaj sat dangling his legs and the water in the well gushed
up. Narsingh Baba has his Maha samadhi in this place.
An old Ram temple was reconstructed and renovated in
1994 and has been built on the lines of Shegaon mandir with Maharajs
idol of marble being in the basement below the Ram mandir which is
on the top. The idol was installed on 4-5-6 May 1995 and padukas with
silver covering were laid on 21-7-194. This idol is unique in the
sense that Maharajs hand is raised like Ganesha , giving "
aashirwad " . This pose is unique and not seen anywhere.
The temple is in kapad bazaar area behind Sitladevi temple near
Saraswat colony Mahim in a basement. Above is Ram Mandir Late Shri
Sabnis who was associated with Sri Ram mandir as trustee along with
Late Sri Trimbak Samarth, Shri Gore, V. Gogate and others decided
to have a temple built on Shegaon lines. Zunka bhakar is distributed
Every Thursday and Saturday there is chanting of Maharaj's name
(namasmaran) from 6 to 7 pm. Tel No 0091-022-24440754. A monthly
magazine viz Gajanan Ashish and cassettes of the Gajanan Vijay parayan
in the mellifluous voice of Smt S Bapat are published by the GMSM,
Mumbai. The GMSM releases an annual Diwali bumper issue and also
a monthly magazine which is edited by Shri Vasant Gogate. The annual
membership for the magazine is Rs 200 and the Life membership is
now discontinued. The GMSM also organises trips by train from CST
Mumbai to Shegaon for 2 nights and 3 days at a nominal Rs. 1500
. Those interested may contact the GMSM ( Shri Amit Velkar ) or
Shri Prahlad Gore ( 022-2-8932512) or at the mandir in Mahim.
(West) Unnat Nagar Mumbai
This suburb has two temples - one in Siddharth nagar
and other at Unnat nagar.
The Unnat nagar temple was formed thanks to the initiatives of Shri
Jhomraj, Appa Desai, Shri Paranjape,Deshpande and others on Gudi padwa
day on 20-3-1996. The temple is on a height / hillock and it is worth
listening to the chanting of mantras and aaratis.
Goregaon (West) Near
The Siddharth nagar temple has a very beautiful life size
idol of the Guru and the darshan for every
devotee is an absolute MUST. On getting darshan it is
difficult to take your eyes away from Maharaj's beautiful face,
penetrating eyes and artistic fingers. The eyes of Maharaj are worth
going miles to see.The Home page of this site carries the image
of this Idol which was made by one fibreglass specialist from Parel,
Mumbai - Shri Anna Jadhav and ( Late ) Sai Jadhav.
Initially the idol was consecrated and the temple
was established on sakashthi day on 18th February 1995,
four days prior to " pragat din", in a house in Mitha nagar in the
residence of Mrs Bharati Pramanick who had selflessly offered her
house. Later this idol and temple was shifted to Siddharth nagar
on 25th Dec 1998 due to unprecedented crowds on Thurdays
and Sundays. Long queues were seen for seeking darshan. This idol
is worth going to miles to see the lovely idol.
The Home page photo of Maharaj is from this place in Goregaon.
Any good and selfless desire is fulfilled by Maharaj when prayed
over here. A number of celebrities have visited this temple and
all the festivals are celebrated with gaeity and fanfare.
The creation of this idol is very close to the
heart of the webmaster . Once the webmaster’s mother Mira was teaching
her 7 year old grandson Salil, and all of a sudden she went blind.
On taking Eye specialists’ appointment , normalcy was restored and
asteroids in the eyes were cleared. During this visit the webmaster
got to know from the Doctor about " Life like eyes ". The idol was
under plaster-moulding at that time ( November/December 1994) and
the webmaster got an inspiration from Maharaj that the idol must
bear similar life-like eyes to improve the appearance and give it
a real life look. When you see into the eyes of the idol, you cannot
but makeout that they are not " real". On account of this sentiment
, the eyes have a piercing and penetrating look. Maharaj had to
make the late Mrs Mira ( Gokarn) blind, temporarily to "tell " his
devotee to have lovely real life like eyes fitted. Mrs Mira reached
at the feet and abode of the Lord on Maharaj's Pragat Divas on 23rd
Shankar road (Dadar W)
This temple is on a footpath but very well covered and one feels nice
when you visit this place. The idol is of approx 11 inches of marble
, smoking the Chilim. This temple stands thanks to the efforts
of Baba Limaye.
(CR )( Pune route)
A temple was inaugurated at Kanhor amidst scenic
surroundings on 20 February 1995 . The creator of the idol is one
Shri Masurkar of Ghatkopar. Trustees Shri Sripatrau Kulkarni, Dr Wagh
( Kasara route)
On the way to the famous Ganesh
temple , if you will take a right turn , you will come across a beautiful
Maharaj mandir in Maanda. The Jaipur made marble statue is of 29 inches,
was installed on 13 Feb 1996 after Maharaj appeared in the dreams
of one Shri Dhanyakumar Mhetre to establish the temple. There was
some resistance to him starting a temple in his own house so one Narkar
Sheth came forward and offered two gunthas of land for temple construction.
Dr Gujarathi who is a medico and runs a hospital in Titwala and Dombivali,
had a dream in which Maharaj asked him to donate a marble idol after
consulting Mhetre kaka. The temple was opened by Shri Ratnakar Maharaj.
Abhisheka is performed every Sunday at 10 am. It is an excellent spot
and every visitor to Titwala must visit here. Swami Akklakot maharaj
mand! ir is also closeby. Mhetre kaka as he is called is actually
a Jain but has been blessed by Maharaj and has given him darshan several
times. Mhetre kaka conducts pravachan on Thursday evenings. Several
of his predictions have come true. 3 days before Tsunami hit Tamilnadu
on 26th Dec 2004, kaka predicted on Thursday, that there would be
a watery grave and lacs would perish in the mahapralaya water. How
true were HIS words ! Kaka today is in 80s , old and feeble but gets
tremendous energy on Thurdays. Poor feeding is done and books and
staitonery is gifted to meritorious students from the village.
– Jogeshwari ( east )
Credit must go to Shri Sudhakar Balapure for having established
the Math for the prachaar of Maharaj and his teachings. Initially
it started in small house and as crowds started to swell, Shri Balapure
established the math and moved his own residence elsewhere. This GM
Prachar mandal organises Pothi parayan through Smt Sumatibai Bapat
, an extempore reciter of the 21 chapters every year. The palanquin
from Shegaon used to visit this math every year till it used to come
to Mumbai and thousands of devotees have their mahaprasad of "
zunka bhakar ."There are two huge portraits of Gajanan Maharaj
, and on Thursdays and Sundays Shri Balapure is on hand to help troubled
devotees with his advice, which comes as an inspiration from Maharaj
Himself. Many devotees swear that Kaka's advice has worked miracles
for them. He normally advises to perform parayan to strengthen faith
at HIS feet.
He also organizes conducted tours to Shegaon.
Thane (Ram Maruti Rd)
Shri Vinay Joshi , a very ardent devotee of Maharaj has devoted
his own household property for the temple . Vinay Joshi conducted
and participated in an 18 day padayatra to Shegaon from Thane
along with five other friends/devotees. He himself is an artistic
man, deals in screen printing business apart from conducting tours
to Shegaon and other religious places. Vinay Joshi himself has moulded
and painted the very attractive idol ( 2 ˝ feet )of POP which is
installed in " Kalpavruksha", his residence on Ram Maruti road.Hundreds
of devotees pay their respects at this shrine and one is overwhelmed
by the selflessness of the man , who has engaged a number of youngsters
so that they do not swerve on the wrong path.
Nagar Thane west- In Shivai nagar
A temple is established by GM trust on 14-12-1991. Various
social, cultural and religious programmes are organised.
Bandra (East ) Govt
Colony ( c/o Shri Deshpande)
In the initial years , Shri Deshpande , a retd. Govt Officer was
conducting the festivals of maharaj at his own home in Y/7, Govt.
Colony , Bandra east. Soon it became inconvenient as crowds began
to swell. There was a vacant , unutilised plot of land near his
house and Mr and Mrs Deshpande had plans to utilise the land for
constructing a temple for Maharaj. They put up a temporary shed
during Navaratra in 1995 and had a desire to install a 2.5 feet
(high) idol of Maharaj on Dasara day. When two days remained for
Dasara , Deshpande contacted a devotee of Maharaj who directed him
to go to World trade Centre . When Deshpande reached WTC , the shop
was being closed and the salesman was in no mood to sell the idol
as they said that it was a specimen idol and Deshpande would have
to wait for a month. Deshpande then revealed his status to which
the salesman gave a tight salute and not only packed the POP idol
but gave it at cost price.!! The devotion of Deshpande family is
worth emulating. Today there are number of hurdles that Deshpande
is facing from neighbours and jealous people but he knows that Maharaj
will never let him down and the work will go on undisturbed. We
request devotees to rally round the couple and assist the noble
cause or else hounds will gobble the land on which the temple is
built. In 2003 , the temple was renovated and a beautiful marble
idol of Maharaj in padmasan pose was installed . It was consecrated
by Smt Sandhya Amrute , a Ganesha bhakta from Dombivali. Shri Gajanan
Khasnis who knows the pothi by-heart like Smt Bapat performed a
parayan here under the aegis of Gajanan Maharaj web site and yahoo
groups . It was attended by 100 devotees on 22 February 2004. Devotees
from Pune also came and attended this parayan sohala.
in Baroda (Gujarat)
There are two temples in Baroda in Gujarat. One of them is very
big having big land area and is under construction, it is just about
15 Km away from Baroda, the name of the place is "Rasulabad"
near Nimeta village. It can be reached on the way while going to Ajwa
garden. Also there is one little temple in Salatwada area since long
time and one little at Productivity road.
There is a temple of Gajanan Maharaj near Palavni High School,
Palavni (Taluka Mandangad) near Ratnagiri
A very spacious temple has been built near the industrial belt
of Pimpri Chichwad in Pune with efforts of the labour class. Shri
Padmakar Tambe donated a part of his property for the construction
of the mandir. Thanks to the support from Shri Prasad Patil, the temple
was relocated and renovated and thousands of devotees visit the temple
on pragat din/nirvana din
| Motey Mandir (Shegaon) -
Place where Maharaj rested.
|Balapur ( Place
where Maharaj visited).
marvelous temple has come up recently in Sangvi near Pune and Maharaj
is seen in Padmasan pose with deep karuna in HIS eyes. The space and
property was donated by a daan veer businessman who does not want
to be identified.
Pune Express Highway
the way to Mumbai express highway , in Vishal nagar Pune, there is
a small Maharaj temple , housed in a plot of 2 acres . The photo is
seen alongside. The temple was constructed by Shri Pardeshi . Pardeshi
who had medical (heart) problems was asked by Drs to immediately get
valve replacement done or else it would be fatal. Pardeshi proceeded
to Shegaon and pleaded with Master to allow him to perform some sewa
before his time came. He returned to Pune, sold off his land and built
a temple of maharaj. Few months later when he went for a routine medical
check up , the Drs were shocked to find that the heart was normal
and there was no need for any valve replacement !
Daund is a small township closer to Pune on
the Pune Solapur CR route. 25 km away from Daund is the famous Ashta
Vinayak Siddhivinayak temple at Siddhatek. If you take a journey by
road, very close to Daund Rly station, there is a beautiful Gajanan
Maharaj temple run by a trust run by one Mr Shah and group of trustees.
The idol of Maharaj is flanked by a Durge devi idol and padukas in
the front. The temple has a spacious compound with sanctums of Lord
Shiva and Hanuman.
The samadhi of Sri Ganga bharathi , the Gosai,
who contacted leprosy and was cured by Maharaj, is in Malkapur.
He attained samadhi in 1915. At the behest of Gajanan Maharaj ,
Ganga Bharati moved to Malkapur and set up the temple where he breathed
his last. The temple is built on the lines of Shegaon with Guru
Dattatreya idol on the top and in the " bhuyaar " (underground)
is a beautiful marble idol of Sant Gajanan Maharaj. This temple
is barely a km from the Rly station. The descendants of Ganga Bharati
visit for annual festivals while they live in Savadad. His grandson
Shri Datta Geer Bharati is overseeing the activities.
Sri Ganga Bharti
A spacious temple courtyard near Indira nagar Nashik, near Bapu Bangla
has a well planned temple amidst lovely surroundings, housing a
beautiful marble idol of Maharaj, obtained from Jaipur. The temple
was established in Feb 1990 by Shri Natha Sauthe and the present
President is Shri Pradip Patil. The temple "kalas" was set up by
Shri Kalika Maharaj of Trimbakeshwar .The temple priest Shri Damle
is a devout person offering his services to the Guru selflessly.
The temple committee helps poor and needy students by distributing
free excercise books and clothes. Recently, Smt Sumatibai Bapat
who knows the pothi byheart conducted a samudayik parayan here.
Phone no is 0253- 2378443.
Temples (Dharampeth and Reshimbaug)
|An extremely beautiful GM temple
in Nagpur is at Dharampeth built in 1960 and perhaps the oldest outside
Shegaon The idol is simply marvellous as can be seen from the pics
alongside. Smt Laxmibai Kapre took a solemn vow that she will continuously
read the Gajanan Vijay Pothi till Maharaj personally comes and blesses
her. ( this is in 1950s years after Maharaj left HIS mortal body )
Laxmibai had several children and a not so co-operative husband and
yet she managed to perform her family duties as well as reading of
the pothi . After doing one hundred continuous parayans day after
day, Maharaj personally appeared and told her " aata purey , mee yeto
tuzya kade " ( now enough of reading, I am coming to your house ).
Thats how this beautiful idol got installed . Laxmibai descendants
perform pooja and other sohalas with fanfare and devotion. If you
are in nagpur , dont miss this place.
Another temple built by Shri Chandrashekhar Varhapdpande is in Reshim
Baug Nagpur 9 . This temple too is worth going to. Varhadpande has
also been fortunate to have Maharaj's darshan in flesh and blood several
times. He is a music composer and a lyricist who has penned several
songs sung by Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Poudwal, Usha Mangeshkar, R Bobade,
and other leading lights. Varhadpande has travelled extensively with
Pundalik Bhokre and has the original photo of Maharaj given to him
by none other than Dr Bhau Kavar , a few days before he passed away.
SANSTHAN HAS REQUESTED DEVOTEES TO BE CAUTIOUS WHILE DONATING FUNDS
TO GAJANAN MAHARAJ TEMPLES AND THEY SHOULD FIRST ASCERTAIN AND SATISFY
THEMSELVES ABOUT THE GENUINITY OF THE CAUSE.
HAS BRANCHES ONLY AT PANDHARPUR, ALANDI IN MAHARSHTRA AND OMKARESHWAR
IN MP, TRIMBAKESHWAR NEAR NASHIK IN MAHARSHTRA. IF IN DOUBT PLS CONTACT
SANSTHAN AT SHEGAON ON TEL NO 07265-252018 OR BY MAIL TO THE MG TRUSTEE
AND GET DOUBTS CLEARED. - EDITOR