Khade Ganeshji Temple in Kota, Rajasthan is unique with a 600 years old idol of lord Ganesha. The distinctiveness of this temple is that the Ganesha idol here is in standing pose. This is supposed to be the one of the very few standing idol of Ganesha in India. In all other temples you can find Ganesha statues either in the sitting or lying posture. ‘Khade’ is the Hindi word for ‘standing’.
The Ganesha temple is located in the south part of the city, on the banks of the river Chambal. It is also considered to be one of the most important religious places in Kota, which is the third most populous city of Rajasthan. The temple offers beautiful view of the lake on both sides of the entrance. It is believed that the idol was discovered in an excavation by the Chambal River, and was placed in this temple.
The ambience of the temple is that of serene quietness. The place is open and free to all and any one can visit. The custom followed by devotees here is to hang a bell after requesting Ganesha to fulfil their wish.
The temple with the rare pose of lord Ganesha remains open from 6 am to 6 pm. Wednesday is the special day for the temple. People believe that paying tribute to Khade Ganeshji on Wednesday will bring them good luck.
You will not often come across a standing Ganesha idol. And this temple is a must visit for those who want to have blessings from Khade Ganesha.