Ganapatipule - a history
Ganapatipule is an ancient pilgrim centre on the western coast of Maharashtra known for its serene beach and its Swayambhu Ganapati temple. It is is the only location in the world where Ganesha meets the Father principle, the ocean.
During the sixteenth century, a villager left his village. On his journey he stumbled upon the naturally formed Ganapati (Ganesha) swyambhu. He settled there and built a temple. People subsequently gathered and gradually settled in the area establishing the village of Ganapatipule.
The temple is on the beach at the base of a hill considered sacred and a perennial spring flows from the hill to a pond besides the Temple.
photo of temple: Light of Love weblog
Since the mid-1980s, Ganapatipule has become the location for annual seminars of the Sahaja Yoga meditation movement.
from the film 'Freedom and Liberation'
For a description of Shri Mataji's first visit to Ganapatipule:
Miracle in Ganapatipule