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Swayambhu Temple

Devoted to Lord Ganesh and located in close proximity to the Ganpatipule beach in Maharashtra is a Hindu shrine known as “Swayambhu Temple”.  This temple which is apparently almost 4000 years old is situated in the Ratnagiri district. The Ganpati idol in this temple is essentially made up of sand, and is said to have originated on its own and hence has been named “Swayambhu” which means “self-made”. Furthermore, the idol is placed in the temple in such a way that the sun ray penetrates during “sunrise and sunset” and lights the idol.

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a. Best climate to visit Swayambhu Temple

The ideal time to visit this “Ganpati” temple is during the winter season which begins in December and ends in February with the mercury dropping to as low as 15 degree Celsius.

b. How to reach Swayambhu Temple

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Swayambhu Temple Map

1. By temple:

The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Khed at a distance of 29 km. The Khed Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country such as Mumbai and Pune as well as most of the cities/towns in the state.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to Swayambhu Temple then the starting points  located in close proximity would be Mumbai, and Pune.

a. How to reach Swayambhu Temple  from Mumbai : The shortest route to reach  Swayambhu Temple  from Mumbai  is via NH 66 as depicted in the map above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.

b. How to reach Swayambhu Temple  from Pune : The fastest route from Pune to Swayambhu Temple  is via NH 48 and the route map is depicted above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.

3. By air:

The closest major airport to this temple is located in Mumbai. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as international destinations.

c. Religious significance of the Swayambhu Temple

According to a popular legend one day an idol of Lord Ganesha made up of sand is said to have emerged on its own. It was around this idol that this temple was then constructed, and quite aptly named “Swayambhu” which means “self-made”. Furthermore, this temple is located at a base of hill, and is located in close proximity to the renowned “Ganpatipule Beach”. In addition, this temple is visited by ardent Lord Ganesh devotees every year.

Accommodation – Hotels, Resorts and Home Stays in and around Swayambhu Temple:

Click on the link here to check out the places to stay near Swayambhu Temple,  Maharashtra on Google Maps.

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