Maha Ganapathi Temple - Sulthan Bathery


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Distance (From Wayanad): 21 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Place Location: Located In Sulthan Bathery

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: This place is located with in Sulthan Bathery and visited together.

At a distance of 21 km from Kalpetta, Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple is a Hindu temple situated at the historic Sulthan Bathery town in Wayanad district of Kerala, India. This is one of the ancient temples in Wayanad and also one of the popular attractions of Sulthan Bathery.

Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Bathery Maha Ganapathi Temple is believed to have been built eight centuries ago. It is commonly believed that Sulthan Bathery was previously known as 'Ganapathyvattom' because of this temple. The temple has a rich historical past. The temple was under the administration of the rulers of the Kottayam dynasty. Tipu Sultan is believed to have destroyed the temple and later renovated it. He is believed to have used the stones of the temple to build a fort here. Following the conquest by Tipu Sultan, the town came to be known as Sultan Bathery. Besides, Sulthan Bathery was also known as Purakizha during the reign of the Kulashekara kings.

The temple organizes an annual festival that is celebrated for 8 days in the month of January / February. Attended by large number of devotees, the festival hosts several cultural programs like Chakyarkoothu and Ottanthullal. Kalampattu is performed during the third and the fourth days. The idol of Lord Ganesh is taken out in a big procession, along with decorated elephants on the final day of the festival. Apart from the main deity of Lord Ganesh, this temple also houses idols of Lord Shiva, Naga, Lord Ayyappa and Goddess Bhagavathi.

The temple is situated near Sulthan Bathery Bus Station that connects with major cities within and outside the district.

Timings: 5 AM - 12.30 PM & 5 PM - 8. 30 PM