Titvala
 
           
TitvalaClick to enlarge

Located in 19015" north latitude and 73010" east longitude, the village of Titvala covers an area of 507.881 hectares with a population of 1,485 souls, as per the Census of 1971. It is a railway station on the Bombay-Kasara route of the Central Railway. Though the railway station is known as Titvala from the importance of the place, the railway station is actually located in the village of Mande, Titvala being a kilometers and a half to the north-east. The village is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Ganapati, revered and worshipped by the thousands of devotees and known as Shri Siddhi Vinayak Mahaganapati.

As per the local tradition the place was considered to be forn1ing a part of Dandakaranya inhabited by aboriginals mainly Katkaris. The hermitage of the sage Kanva was located at the place and it was here that Shakuntala was staying with the sage Kanva. When Dushyant abandoned his fiancee upon the curse (shap) given to him by the irascible sage Durvasa. Kanva directed his adopted daughter to establish a shrine in honor of Siddhi Vinayak who would bestow upon her his blessings and will unite her with Dushyant. The deity is said to have been established then. The original temple was said to have been buried under the debris in the tank. When during the regime of the Peshva Madhavrao I acute scarcity of water was felt in the town. The de-silting of the tank was undertaken. During those operations the temple was discovered to have been buried under the debris. The Peshva therefore undertook the renovation of the temple and the stone shrine was constructed then. As the shrine was a very small one, the wooden sabhamandap was constructed in front of the temple. The temple was also in a dilapidated condition therefore reconstruction of the temple commenced in 1965-66. The new temple has been constructed at a cost of about rupees two lakhs. The sabhamandap or an audience hall of the new temple admeasures 90"*45". There are recesses in the pinnacle in which are placed the images of Ashta Vinayakas. There are galleries overlaying the main hall. The raised platform with a height of 3.5 feet is made of stone and has marble flooring over which could be seen a prabhaval. Rubies have been embedded in the eyes and the navel recently. On the right of the main entrance door is a shrine containing a ling, much revered. In front of the temple is a lamp-post.

The deity of late is revered by thousands and on vadya 4 of every month the congregation numbers over two thousand. On the day of Ganesh Chaturthi I.e. Bhadrapad shuddha 4 and Magha shuddha 4 which is celebrated as Ganesh Jayanti the congregation goes well over fifty thousands.

The temple has an inam land of 3-5 acres donated by the Peshvas. Additional land admeasuring twelve acres has been donated to the temple by the Joshis the hereditary priests of the deity


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