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Bada Ganpati, Indore Overview

In Hindi, 'Bada' literally means big, and Ganpati is the pet name of elephant-faced god Lord Ganesha. This temple earns its name due to the size of Lord Ganesha's idol - at the height of about 25 feet from crown to foot, it is said to be one of the largest idols of the God in the world. The statue is made of a peculiar mixture of limestone, jaggery, bricks and sacred soil and water from the major pilgrim places in the country. Located at the end of a quiet lane in the city of Indore, the Bada Ganpati may be a modest-looking temple, but it holds significance simply based on the enormity of the Lord's statue.

There are conflicting accounts of how the sacred abode came into existence. Established in the year 1875 by Shri Dadich, the construction of Bada Ganpati Temple was brought about by the family members Holkar Dynasty, the rulers of the region then. The Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar undertook the project under her wing more than 100 years ago. Ganpati is said to be the bringer of happiness and prosperity. The Lord is worshipped at the beginning of any new event, venture, or pooja in the entire nation. Devotees from all over the world come to Indore to visit this statue which has a high religious significance.

Devotees of Ganpati should definitely have this temple on their itinerary. It is especially ideal during the festive season when there is a constant celebration through poojas and sweet offerings to the Lord Ganesha in the hope of seeking blessings for peace, prosperity, and well-being.

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The Idol at Bada Ganpati

The construction of an idol of such enormity was by no means an easy feat. An assortment of materials was gathered for the constitution, including limestone, bricks, methi dana, certain masalas, as well as soil collected from seven holy sites across the North Indian cities of Mathura, Ayodhya, Kanchi, Maya, Avantika, Kashi, and Dwaraka.

The metallic frame that surrounds the idol is intricately carved into an amalgam of gold, silver, copper, brass, and iron. To make sure that the towering structure was solid, mud from the stables of elephants, horses, and cows were added to the mixture. Moreover, a special sacred powder known as Panchatantra was also used in the mixture of materials that formed the building material for this iconic idol of Lord Ganesha.

Legend of Bada Ganpati

Although some believe that the temple was established by the then Queen of Holkar dynasty, there is a legend about Shri Dadhich, a resident of the nearby city of Avantika or Ujjain who had a vision of the Lord Ganesha in his dream. Taking it as a spiritual blessing, he decided to pay tribute to the Lord by building a gigantic idol of Him, in the hopes that the God will bless him.

Tips For Visiting Bada Ganpati

Photography is prohibited inside the temple.

How To Reach Bada Ganpati

Within the city, an auto rickshaw or taxi can easily take you to the temple, which is situated at the western end of MG Road in Indore. You can also pay a visit via personal vehicle. Indore is also well-connected by air and rail, so the site is quite accessible by any means.

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