The Trinetra Ganesha Temple in Ranthambore, Rajasthan is one the most well known oldest temple in Rajasthan and is the only temple in the world that contains all the family of the Lord Ganesha. The temple is arranged in the radiant fortress of Ranthambore. This temple is arranged at a separation of 12 kms from Sawai Madhopur.
The story of this temple goes over to the year 1299 when a war broke out between King Hameer and Ala-ud-din Khilji at the Ranthambore fortification. The war proceeded for quite a while, and the sustenance stock of King Hameer was running low. Ruler Hameer was a vigorous enthusiast of Lord Ganesha. In the middle of every issues and strains, he always remembered to worship Lord Ganesha. Ruler Hameer saw Lord Ganesha in his dream and the Lord made a guarantee to him that all the issues that he was confronting would be sorted by the morning. In the morning, a symbol of Lord Ganesha as Trinetra (three eyes) was found embossed in one of the fortification’s dividers. As guaranteed by Lord Ganesha an inexplicable occurrence happened and the war got over.’
The temple is about 12 kms from Sawai Madhopur and is well established in Ranthambhore fort.
Ganesha Chaturthi is one festival that is celebrated with pomp and show in this temple. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated to commemorate the origin of Lord Ganesha. It is believed that Ganesha was born on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi. On Ganesha Chaturthi, thousand of devotees come and worship Lord Ganesha. They sing Bhajans (devotional songs), chant verses and participate in religious programs in the temple.
The Ranthambore Fort has got its name from the two adjoining hills near the fort i.e. the Rann and the Thambore hill. The Fort itself is a piece of architectural marvel. The walls are about 7 kms in length and cover an area of about 4 sq. kms. Many old ruins like cenotaphs, old houses and temples still mark the presence of ancient buildings here. The walls are surrounded by colossal stone walls which are strengthened by towers and bastions. The mines that were a common sight at one time in the fort are now ponds which are used for storing water. These ponds act as water reservoirs. The Ganesha temple is situated just at the entrance of the gate of the fort. The main entrance originally had four gates, out of which only one is still standing. There are still many ruins of buildings inside the fort. Hameer’s court, Badal Mahal, Dhula Mahal, Phansi Ghar are some such ruins. The eastern part of the fort is still wild so people prefer to stay at the western part of the fort. There is a small perennial stream that flows in the eastern part of the fort. In the eastern parts, one can see a large number of birds, leopards, langurs, and many wild cats.
A good day to visit the fort (besides Ganesh Chaturthi), is Wednesday as it is considered as Ganesha’s day. On Wednesday, many people dressed in their best fineries come to visit the shrine. It is said that by worshipping Lord Ganesha in this fort, a family would never be deprived of any amenities in life.
There are mainly five types of aartis taking place every day in this well known temple – Prabhat Aarti (early morning aarti), Sringar Aarti at 9 am, Bhog at 12 noon, Sandhaya Aarti during Sunset (6:30 in the Summer and 5:45 in the winters) and Shayan Aarti taking place at 8 pm. This is a prayer Corus followed by the priests of the temple and the devotees here.
People send their wedding invitations to the god. Ranthambore Ganesh Temple is around 6500 years old, visited by approximately one million people over 3-4 days during Ganesh Mela, held every year during Ganesh Chaturthi.
You can mail your letters or marriage invitations to Lord Ganesha.