Temple Details

Mahaganpati / Dholya Ganpati   Wai

About Mahaganpati / Dholya Ganpati

Mahaganapati temple or Dholya Ganapati temple is located on the bank of Krishna river in the wai, Satara district of Maharashtra.

Wai is an ancient city. during Mahabharata time the city was known by the name “virat nagari’ (virat means very large and nagari means city in hindi). It is also called as ‘a town of temples‘ because there are many temples situated along the ghats of Krishna river. It is also known as  ‘dakshin kashi‘ because there are 7 ghats along Krishna river in Wai.  

Mahaganapati temple is situated in ganpatiaali ghat in wai. In front of this temple, there is kashi vishveshvar temple. In that temple the large statue of ganapati is made from single black finished stone and from the same stone the nandi statue is made in kashi vishveshvar temple. The temple was built in 1762 by shri ganapatrao bhikaji raste.

Among these temples situated along krishna river, most popular temple in wai is the dholya ganapati temple. It’s called as ‘dholya‘ because of the big size of ganesha statue. its 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. In marathi language ‘dholya’ means huge or fat. the ganesha statue is in sitting position and looks very happy and positive.

One of the unique features of this temple is the ‘fish shape’ given to the back of the temple. This is done to protect the temple from floods in krishna river. The fish shape of temple back, will divide the water current and will reduce the water pressure on the temple and thus protecting it from floods.

Local people also strongly belief that the mahaganapati idol is decreasing in size also they belief that whatever you desire/pray (navas in marathi) in this temple gets fulfilled.

Wai is a beautiful town surrounded by lush green mountains. many bollywood movies are shot here. few of them are gangajal, omkara, dabbang, swadesh, ishqiya, singham, deool, bol bachchan, zila ghaziabad, gulaab gang, chennai express.

The ganesha temple is not very large. It has one big hall and from there you enter inside the inner sanctum where the dholya ganapati statue is placed. After praying to lord ganesha, people take parikarma of the statue and exit from there. It's a small temple with a very beautiful and charged ganesha idol. it needs little bit more care, cleanness and protection.

By Air: There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Wai. The nearest airport is Lohegaon Airport, Pune.

By Rail: Wai does not have a train station. Nearest option is Wathar 27km away.

By Road: You can easily get regular buses to Wai from other major cities of the country.


  1. Shri Vishnu temple
  2. Laxmi temple
  3. Bhadreshwar temple
  4. Dutta temple
  5. Kashi Vishveshwar
  6. Mahabaleshwar
  7. Panchgani
  8. Govardhan Sanstha (Goshala)
  11. Dhom and Dhom Balakwadi dams
  12. Mandhardevi Temple
  13. Raste Wada in Motibag