Bade Ganapati Temples Of Indore And Ujjain
September 5, 2008
Seeking out Lord Ganesh’s temple in every part of India has become an integral part of my life. I have been very fortunate to travel across many religious and pilgrimage centers to seek his blessings.
My quest for divine realization took me to Indore and I was in awe. Indore is a wonderful city to explore. Not many add this cultural hub in their itinerary maybe because it lacks the glamour and westernization of metropolitan cities. This progressive city retains the glories of Hindu culture. We are nothing without our heritage, is what I personally believe.
The word “Bade” denotes large, enormous and by the looks of the size of the idol of Lord Ganesh, he is gigantic. Bade Ganapati in Indore stands twenty-five feet tall and radiates exuberant orange color. His magnificent form makes his devotees automatically fall at his feet. Shri Dadhich had dreamt of Lord Ganesh and built this in 1875.
It is said that this idol is comprised of several elements like bricks, lime stone, a mixture made from jaggery and methi (fenugreek) seeds. The soil was collected from the seven Moksha Puri’s such as Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika and Dwarka. The mud was accumulated from the stables of elephant, horse and cow. Along with this powder of Panch Ratna or five gemstones like heera, panna, moti, manek and pukhraj (diamond, emerald, pearls, rubies and topaz) and holy water from several places of pilgrimage were mixed.
This temple houses idols of various gods and goddesses along with a magnificent idol of Panchamukhi Hanuman. This was truly a unique form where he was standing tall and I could see his five different faces as I went around him-Parikrama or Pradakshina.
So the next time, you feel lost or in the crossroads of your life and need to get away. Choose such destinations which will automatically elevate you to a level that you can only blissfully experience.
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