Palaj Ganesh Temple
Lord Sri Ganesh
Palaj Ganesh temple is located in Palaj village, Bhokar Taluk in border of Nanded District of Maharashtra very nearby to Telangana State. This temple main specialty is the Ganesh idol is made of wood. This is the only Ganesh temple which is made of wood and Ganesh idol is never immersed after the 11 days of Ganesh Chavithi festival.
Palaj Ganesh idol is installed in 1948 by Naqqash artisans of Nirmal City, Sri Palakonda Gundaji.
In 1950 the Palaj village was affected by plague and other diseases. Villagers were so afraid of the disease. People gathered and decided to celebrate the “Ganpati Utsav” to get rid form the Plague. “After installation of the wooden Ganesh our village became free of plague and other diseases. Thousands have had their problems solved by seeking his divine intervention,” said Gandamwar Ganesh, the president of Palaj Ganesh Committee.
Later 1999 this temple is well developed by the village committee. In 2004 the major developments are occurred. Temple along with large parking facilities, Rooms and toilets developed by the Palaj village committee.
Vinayaka Chavithi festival is grandly celebrated here for 11 days which attracts the major devotees from the surrounding cities like Kubir, Bhainsa, Nizamabad, Bhokar, Nanded and Adilabad. About 50,000 devotees visit the Sarvajanik Ganesh at Palaj everyday and the figure doubles on holidays. The committee has made adequate arrangements to handle such a large size of devotees. Temple Sansthanam is distributing a Prasadam in the form of “Phulihora” Tamarind Rice, (Khichadi) to these pilgrims. (Daily 10 to 15 Quintal of Rice is cooked for Phulihora).
Small Hotels are available in Palaj for the food. Bhokar and Bhainsa have the accommodation and hotels facilities for the devotees visiting the Palaj Ganesh Mandir.
Palaj village is near to Bhokar(25.7 km) Taluk, Maharashtra. Bhainsa(25 km) and Kubir(30 km) of Adilabad district are also near to Palaj Ganesh temple. This village is located on Bhokar-Kinwat road. Maharashtra and Telangana state RTC buses regulary ply buses to Palaj. Buses from Bhokar, Bhainsa and Adilabad via Kubir are available to Palaj Ganesh temple.
Bhokar is the nearest railway station to reach by train. Bhokar is well connected all the major cities of India. Trains from Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai and Mumbai runs through Bhokar which is just 25 km from the temple. Buses and autos are available from the railway station to reach the temple.
Hyderabad International Airport, Shamshabad is the nearest airport, 339 km from here.
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