New Delhi, Nov 6, News24 Bureau: Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every year during autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November. Today we will discuss the 5 most popular temples of Lord Ganesh in India that will bring luck to you if you visit them during the auspicious festival of Diwali:
1. Shri Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbai
This is the most popular temple of Lord Ganesh. It was built on the faith of a childless woman. Here devotees come in millions daily. Bollywood celebrities are often seen here.
2. Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Temple, Pune
This temple comes on the second number after Siddhivinayak temple. People from all over the country come to see this temple located in Pune. Trust of the temple is one of the richest trusts in the country. It was built by a confectionery named Srimant Dagdashesh when his son died due to the plague.
3. Kanipakam Vinayaka Vari Devasthanam, Chittoor
This temple is situated at 75km far away from Tirupati temple in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is popular for its ancient historical art and beautiful designs. Here devotees come to wash their sins by taking a dip in the holy water of the temple.
4. Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple,Puducherry
This is one of the most ancient temples of India. This temple was made 1666 years ago when Puducherry was under France. There is a belief about this temple that here Lord Ganesha's idol was thrown into the ocean many times but it would appear in the same place every day again.
5. Madhur Maha Ganapathi Temple, Kerela
This ancient temple built in the tenth century is situated on the banks of the Madhuvahini river. It is believed that the statue of Lord Ganesha was neither made of soil or rock. Rather it is made of a different type of element. It is said about the temple that once Mughal ruler Tipu Sultan Tipu came here with the purpose of destroying the idol but changed the idea due to any reason.