Each and every vehicle stop before this temple and then moves and sometimes traffic goes haywire. Many people still follow the custom to perform the ritual of any newly purchased vehicle. Long queues of New Vehicles can be seen daily at the temple to invoke the blessings of the Lord and for Vahana Puja. Such is the faith that the people of the city have in this deity. People believe this as a lucky temple in the city of destiny.
Yes, we are talking of Sri Vinayagar is the prominent deity of Visakhapatnam and the temple is located in Asilmetta, one of the busiest areas in the city and every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in great pomp. Built in the year 1962 by .S. Rajeshwaran and T.S. Selvaganesan in the premises of M/s S.G. Sambandam & Co. later it comes under Endowments Department of Andhra Pradesh. The main purpose was to offer a place of worship for the family members and staff and also to ward off possible VASTU DOSHA of the building. Soon the local fishermen started offering prayers at the temple while taking their fish catch to the market. They also started “DEEPARADHANA” at this temple and started experiencing miracles in their lives.
In the year 1967, Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamy reconsecrated the shrine and placed the “GANAPATHY YANTRAM” with his own hands. Since then the temple became popular with devotees increasing day by day. During the 1971 Indo – Pak war the then Admiral Krishnan of Eastern Naval Command broke 1001 Coconuts in the temple and prayed for warding off Pakistani attack on the City from the sea. Within a few days, a Pakistani Submarine Ghazi tried to attack the port city was destroyed and the city and the citizens were spared from death and destruction.
More than 2 million devotees visit the temple annually to seek the blessings of the lord. Some pujas are booked years in advance. Though the pujas are conducted during specified hours, you can visit the temple any time to have the darshan and seek the blessings of the Ganesh. Special Homams are performed during the Vinayaka chavithi, Ugadum Shivaratri festivals.
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