Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali, Raigad district

Address : SH92, Pali, Maharashtra 410205

District : Raigad

Phone : 02142 242 263

Completed : 1640

Deity: Lord Ganesha

Famous For : Hindu God Ganesha


Ballaleshwar Pali is one of the eight temples of the Hindu God Ganesha.Among Ganesha temples, Ballaleshwar is the only one dedicated to Ganesha that is known by his devotee’s name. It is located in the village of Pali which is 28 km from Roha in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It is situated between fort Sarasgad and the river Amba. The temple Moreshvar Vitthal Sindkar constructed the temple in 1640. He was one of the major contributor of the work of Chatrapati Shivaji. The Ganesha devotee and had immense contribution to the development of the temple. The original wooden temple was renovated in 1760 to make way for a new stone temple designed by Shri Fadnis. Built in the shape of the letter Shri, it was made by mixing lead with the cement during construction. The east-facing temple was carefully positioned so that, as the sun rises, sun rays fall directly on the murti during worship. The temple contains a bell that was brought back by Chimaji
Appa after his defeat of the Portuguese in Vasai and Sasti.The temple complex encircles two lakes and is tiled throughout. There are two sanctums in the temple, an inner and an outer sanctum. The inner sanctum is 15 feet (4.6 m) high, while the outer sanctum is only 12 feet (3.7 m) high. The outer sanctum contains a murti in the shape of a rat, holding modak in its hands while facing Ganesha. The main hall of the temple is 40 feet (12 m) long and 20 feet (6.1 m) wide and contains eight pillars resembling cypress trees.
The murti
The murti of Vinayaka sits on a stone throne, facing east with its trunk turned left and sitting against a background of silver which displays Riddhi and Siddhi waving chamaras. The murti’s eyes and navel contain diamonds.

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