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Temples of Ganesha

Ashta Vinayaka shrines

Siddhivinayaka temple in Bombay is a shrine visited by thousands throughout the year.

Perhaps the most ancient of Ganapati shrines in India, is the well known Karpaka Vinayakar temple in the town of Pillaiarpatti near Karaikkudi in Tamilnadu. This temple with a rock cut shrine, bearing a collossal form of Vinayakar, is over 1600 years old.

The hill temple dedicated to Taayumanavar - Shiva of the 1st millennium CE, is popularly referred to as the Ucchi Pillayar temple (Rock Fort - Malaikkottai temple complex) and is associated with legends from the Ramayana.

Ganapateeswaram, enshrining Uttarapateeswarar and Vatapi Ganapati has been revered by the Tevaram hymns of the 1st millennium CE. It is closely associated with the Pallavas of Tamilnadu, and it bears an image of Ganapati brought back by the Pallavas from Badami in Deccan.

The Tiruvalanchuzhii Shiva temple near Kumbhakonam in Tamilnadu is known more popularly for its shrine to Sweta Vinayakar, said to be made of the foam of the milky ocean (Ksheera Sagaram).

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