Indian Hindu devotees offer prayer prior to transporting the idol of the Hindu deity Ganesha to their home in New Delhi. Pic/AFP
Indian Hindu devotees offer prayer prior to transporting the idol of the Hindu deity Ganesha to their home in New Delhi. Pic/AFP

The long weekend starts, along with the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. The huge idols, modaks and the enthralling celebration will be everywhere. Pack your bags, book your tickets and make this trip a dedicated one, a devotion to Lord Ganesha. The reports say, 12-15 percent travellers plan their journey accordingly to be part of this festival only.

Not only are the famous Siddhivinayak Mandir in Mumbai, there are also some more famous temples around India that should be in your bucket list this Ganesh Chaturthi. Not only you can visit temples and enrich yourself with the historic structure but planning a short weekend trip along will make this journey an embracing one.

Travelyaari, an online bus booking platform and Travkart, specializes in fixed departures and curated itineraries, brings to you a list most popular and beautiful Ganesh temples around India that you can plan to visit in the weekend.

1. Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai: This temple is India¿s one of the most visited temple, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi. Many of the celebrities visit the temple to offer their prayers to the elephant deity. It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai. The temple looks exemplary beautiful during night when its decorated with lights and flowers.

2. Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Pune: The second most popular temple in Maharashtra, after Shree Siddhivinayak. The temple trust is one of the richest in India and is famous for its intrinsic designs and its Golden idol, which is believed to the most beautiful part of the temple. It is visited by many tourists and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra every year.

3. Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor: It is among the best ancient Ganesh temples, known for its historic structure and intrinsic desingns. The temple was built by the Chola King Kulothings Chola I in the 11th century to resolve the dispute between the people and end the evil. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy water of the temple resolves disputes and clear sins. Brahmotsavam is the main festival of this temple, celebrated every year during Vinayaka Chaturthi.

4. Manakula Vinayaka Temple, Pondicherry: The temple was constructed during the French territory of Pondicherry. It is believed that the Ganesha idol here was being thrown into the sea several times, but it reappears in the same place every day, making the place famous among worshippers. Ganesh Chaturthi, is celebrated with great zeal by people of Pondicherry.

5. Ranthambore Ganesh Temple, Rajasthan: The temple is known for its architectural beauty and historic structure. Ranthambore is famous for the natural park, but the pilgrims also visit the temple. The temple is so famous that people from different corners send greetings and cards to seek the blessings.