The Trinetra Ganesha Temple in Ranthambore, Rajasthan is the only temple in the world comprising the whole family of the Lord Ganesha all together at one place.
Trinetra Ganesha Temple is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This renowned temple is situated in the Ranthambore Fort within the Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest national parks in northern India. The temple is also known as Pratham Ganesha, signifying that it is one of the oldest and prominent Ganesha temples in the country.
Legend Behind Trinetra Ganesha Temple
In AD 1299, a war broke out between King Hammir Dev Chauhan, who ruled the area around Ranathambore from 1282 to 1301, and Alauddin Khilji, the second ruler of the Khilji dynasty, at the Ranthambore fortification. King Hammir was a hearty devotee of Lord Ganesha.
The war went on for a long period causing the sustenance stock in the go-down getting depleted soon. The king never failed to worship and pray homage to Ganesha in the midst of struggles and strains. One day, Ganesha appeared in king’s dream promising him to end the war on the next day morning itself. In the morning, a symbol of Lord Ganesha as Trinetra (three eyes) was found embossed in one of the dividers of the fort. In a miraculous way, the war ended the next day morning, and warehouses got filled up inexplicably. In remembrance of Ganesha’s kindness, King Hammir built a temple in 1300 dedicated to Ganesha. Along with the icon of Ganesha with three eyes, he placed the idols of Ganesha’s wives Riddhi(prosperity) and Siddhi(spiritual power), and two sons Shubh(Auspiciousness) and Labh(Profit). His vehicle mouse is also placed along.
The popular belief among the devotees is that by sending the first invitation for various occasions to Trinetra Ganesha, the event/function/venture will become a successful one. The temple gets thousands of wedding invitations and other invites daily.
The temple attracts a steady flow of pilgrims all through the year. People from all over the country throng the temple and its vicinity during the annual Ganesh festival.
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