A drive by the ghats, across rural Konkan takes one from Ratnagiri to Ganapatipule. The drive is extremely pleasing with ghats and coasts both enervating and soothing the mind. The Ganpatipule Temple itself is on the coast and there is a hall here which serves Khichdi Prasad free of cost and people quietly line up in order to have it. Legend about the temple says that Lord Ganesha, upon taking offence to a remark made by a women, left his abode at Gule and moved to Pule, hence the name Ganpati-Pule. The 400 year old Ganpati idol here is believed to have sprung from the soil. The idol faces west, unlike other idols in temples that face east. This is the reason the deity is known as Pashchim Dwarpalak (Western Sentinel God).
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