The history of Khajrana Ganesh mandir #HeartofIndia
Touted as one of the holiest places in Indore, devotees from all over the World visit Khajrana Ganesh Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha with over 33 smaller temples for Lord Shiva, Maa, and many others. The campus has a peepal tree, considered holy, supposedly can grant all your wishes.
Queen Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of the Holkar Dynasty constructed the temple in the year 1735. It is said that a local priest, Pandit Mangal Bhatt, dreamt about the Lord Ganesha idol and Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar had it excavated and placed in the temple. The area where the idol resided and then dug up is now a well, which is right in front of the temple.
The devotees circle around the temple 3 times and tie a thread on temple walls to pray to Lord Ganesha. Every day there’s a Pooja attended by many but Wednesdays are special. It’s a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha with special Aarti and Pooja.
Khajrana temple is one of the richest in India. The temple started out as a small hut but over the years, with donations from many devotees, it turned into the huge structure it is right now. Many devotees, regularly, donate money, gold, diamonds, and other precious jewels. The gate, outer and upper walls of the Garbhagriha are made of silver metal. The eyes of the idols are the diamonds donated by an Indori businessman.