Shri Mangal Murti Morya Ganpati idol of Shirgaon is a 54 feet monolith idol of Lord Ganesh located atop a hill looking over the Mumbai Pune NH4 highway at Somtane Phata,Talegaon.
This 54 feet idol is seated over a 18 feet tall base placed over a hillock, making this idol visible to the passerbys even kilometres away.
Around 180 steps lead us up to this imposing Ganesh idol.
The idol is moulded in reinforced concrete and painted in metallic copper colour giving it a very radiant look.
The idol was established by the Birla family and was sculpted by the father son duo of Maturam Verma and Nareshkumar Verma of Pilani,Rajasthan.
It took nearly three years and tireless work by craftsmen and labourers to get the work done.
pic: the idol looks beautiful after it is illuminated in the night
Spiritual leader Swami Tejomayanandji of the Chinmaya mission had innaugurated this idol in 2009.
Text and Photographs: Abhijit Rajadhyaksha