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The birth place of the great leader of India Lokmanaya Tilak, Ganapatipule is a well known village of Maharashtra. Located at the southwest side of Maharashtra, in the Ratnagiri district, it is one of the most beautiful places of Maharashtra. As commercialization and modern life have not influenced the village much, the actual beauty of this place is still maintained. The 6km long beach on the Konkan coast line is the main attraction of Ganapatipule.
As per the locals, Ganapatipule has a long and strong history associated with it. During the times of miracles and devotion, it is believed that four of the Dwardatas came to the subcontinent, and Ganapatipule is actually a western deity.
Among the other stories associated with the place, one story is about a villager going through the jungle, when he suddenly stumbled on an idol of Lord Ganesha. Being a devotee of Lord Ganesha, he built a temple there. It was around 400 years back, and till date, locals are taking care of this temple and renovation of this temple is done from time to time to make it look more attractive.
The 400 year old Ganesh temple is the main attraction of this place. The idol here is amazingly carved, which is made from one massive stone. It is believed that the idol in this temple is the Swayambhu Ganpati, which means it is the self created monolith of Lord Ganesha. The one and only beach of the village is also a popular tourist destination, as it is the place where the beach meets the Arabian Sea. Apart from it, the hill in the shape of Lord Ganpati also allures a large number of visitors.