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The son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha holds a massive significance in Hinduism. Known by several names like Ganapati, Vinayaka, Gajanana, Ekadanta, Vighnaharta, Siddhivinayaka, Lambodara, and many more, Lord Ganesha is worshipped before the start of every important work or religious ceremony. In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is revered as the patron of learning, sciences, and arts. Every year, the entire India celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi is hands down one of the most famous and widely celebrated festivals in India. However, it is often stated that every devotee of Ganpati should at least once celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, as it is a massive feast and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
In India, there are many famous temples of Lord Ganesha in different parts of the country. However, when we talk about some of the most iconic temples in India of Ganapati, Siddhivinayak Temple (Mumbai), Chintaman Ganesh Temple (Ujjain), Moti Dungri Temple (Jaipur), Trinetra Ganesha Temple (Rajasthan), Shri Mahaganpati Temple (Kerala), and Manakula Vinayagar Temple (Puducherry) are some of them.
With so many temples of Lord Ganesha in India, there are tons of idols of him being installed in different parts of the country. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that the expensive idol of Ganesha is in Gujarat’s Surat. Yes! You read it right. In Surat, there’s a businessman named Rajesh Bhai Pandav. As per multiple reliable media reports, it is not just the costliest idol in India but in the entire world. There’s no idol of Ganpati anywhere in the world which is more expensive than the one Rajesh Bhai Pandav owns.
According to several media reports, the world’s most expensive idol of Lord Ganesha isn’t as huge as some people would have imagined. To everyone’s surprise, it is just 2.44 cm long, and the idol’s material makes all the difference in its price. As per reports, Lord Ganesha’s idol was entirely made of an uncut diamond, and it is worth more than Rs. 500 crores. Although in pictures, it looks like an idol made of white crystal, it is made of one of the finest uncut diamonds in the world.
The Gujarat-based businessman, Rajesh Bhai Pandav lives in one of the fastest developing localities in Surat, Katargam. As per reports, he runs a polishing unit along with several business ventures to his name. Once, in an old interview with a media portal, Rajesh admitted that he and his entire family are faithful devotees of Lord Ganesha.
The businessman also admitted that since the day he had placed Lord Ganesha’s idol in his house, he had achieved so much in life overnight. Rajesh credited Lord Ganesha for always showing him and his family the right path and giving all of them success in their respective endeavours.
As per a report in Abplive, Rajesh Bhai Pandav was once in South Africa when he took part in an auction. During the auction process, when the idol of Lord Ganesha was displayed, he immediately purchased it at a price tag of Rs. 29000 back in that time.
While for the South Africans, it was just an uncut diamond, but it was Rajesh, who saw Lord Ganesha in it and brought it along with him to India. After installing it in his home in 2016, Rajesh showcased the uncut diamond idol of Lord Ganesha to people at a yearly fair in Gujarat.
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