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Since it’s Ganeshotsav and lord Ganesha is being celebrated all throughout the city, here’s a quick walk down history lane regarding the history of one of Nagpur’s most-frequented Ganesh mandirs – the Ganesh Mandir Tekdi.
Did you know that it is called ‘tekdi’ because of its location? Since you need to walk up a hill to approach the temple and since tekdi means hill in Marathi, thus the temple derives its present name. A favourite and especially populated part of Nagpur during the Ganeshotsav, the temple has also been known for being frequented by famous cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar before playing a crucial cricket match on the Nagpur pitch!
Though a lot of Nagpurkars believe that the temple is one of the oldest around, that is in fact a big myth. Though the idol of the lord Ganesha is very old, the temple dates back to the recent 1970s. Major construction work was undertaken in the following years and it got its current form in 1984 after generous donations from all corners of the society to build the temple.
The idol at Ganesh Mandir Tekdi is known as the Swayambhu – and there’s a wonderful reason behind the same. It is said that when the Sitaburdi hill was being broken down by dynamite blasts to build the railway station, this idol was found in the ground after one such explosion at the site. Swayambhu means ‘something made/formed on its own’
So, Nagpur – it’s time to pay a visit to this amazing landmark and pay your respects to this wonderful form of Lord Ganesha, who appeared right from the heart of the Sitaburdi hill to always look over our Orange City.
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