SIDHIVINAYAK MAHAGANAPATI TEMPLE, TITVALA
Titvala is a small town situated near Kalyan, Maharashtra. It is an extended suburb of Mumbai. It is the third railway station from Kalyan on he Central Railway. It can be reached by suburban train. A visit to Mumbai/Maharashtra is not complete without visit to this temple.
We visited the temple certain years back but after retirement we go to the temple periodically. In olden days we had to engage a Jutka type horse cart which has been replaced b y autorickshaws long back. The idol is very big and orange in color and great place to worship The present large idol is over 1000 years old. The temple is believed to be constructed by Peshawas
The late sixties could be marked by acute shortage of rice. Titwala a part of Thane district near Greater Mumbai , was a rice producing center. The rationing regulations of those days permitted an individual to carry with him up to 5 gs of rice into Greater Mumbai. Since it was an hour's journey from Mumbai and due to non availability of rice entire family used to go temple and carry rice with them back home,specially n Sundays. Rice shortage has vanished but the devotees to Titvala are not. Titvala is also a hill station.
I have visited Titvala Ganpati twice. Every time I visited the temple , I felt like Lord Ganesha is really in front of us and blessing.
Also , I have taken the experience of travelling by "Tanga" which is unique there. I think the "tangas" are not seen much in Mumbai other than Titwala. Everywhere there are autos and buses and cabs running. But one who travels by tanga, will get a unique experience.