Nestled in the greenery is a nearly four-thousand-year old landmark the Swayambhu Ganapati Temple (Swayambhu means a self-originated idol, Ganapati). It is flooded by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. Ganpatipule, the Lord of the 'ganas' or army and "pule" means sand dunes. It is one of the 'Ashta Ganapatis' (eight Ganpatis) of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Dewata' (Western Sentinel God).
The abode of Ganesh at Ganpatipule is Swayambhoo (Self incarnated) This very concept of being self-incarnated suits only to (initial) 'Aadhya-Devata'. All these swayambhoo deities are the parts of this eternal nature. The Ganesh Temple in Ganpatipule is unique because it is one of the few temples in the country in which the presiding deity faces west. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect.The temple is the major attraction for visiting Ganapatipule