The Ganpati Temple at Redi also known as Redi Ganesh is a very popular temple in the region.
Redi Ganesh temple is located at about 30 km from Vengurla, which is the coastal district of Ratnagiri in the Konkan region. The deity of the temple is the sitting form of Lord Ganesha . The idol of Lord Ganesha is15 meters in height.
There is a beautiful story around this temple . It is said that the idol was recovered from beneath the earth, after a local person dreamt of a buried idol of the lord Ganesha and after excavating the place he found the idol of Lord.
Redi Ganesh Legend
So below is the Redi Ganesh history.
As per locals on April 18th, 1976 a truck driver named Sadanand Nagesh Kambali parked his truck at this place.
He used to ply truck from Redi mines to harbour. The truck driver was sleeping in this truck when he had a dream.
It is said that in dream, Lord Ganesha appeared and asked him to dig at the very same place.
Since the driver had great faith in Lord Ganesha, he started digging there and to the astonishment of all the villagers, there appeared two-handed idol of Lord Ganesha, carved in solid rock.
It was1st May 1976. After seeking blessings from Village deity, villagers decided to build a temple there.
After few days, in the same area they excavated a big idol of mouse, which is a traditional vehicle of Ganesha.
So do visit this beautifully built temple and get delighted by taking “Darshan” of the adorable deity.
It is also said that the statue was made by the Pandava during their rule. The statue is approximately 6 ft in height and 4 ft in width. The Ganesh idol is in a sitting position and is Dwibhuja (two arms) as compared to rest of the idols which are generally Chaturbhuja (four arms).