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Morgaon Ganpati

Morgaon Ganpati Mandir

India is a land of various cultures and religions. People irrespective of one’s caste and creed dwell together which makes it a secular nation. Hindus are a majority among the religions and Lord Ganesha is the most loved and admired God among the devotees. Not only the Hindus, but people of all religions consider Lord Ganesha to be auspicious and Siddhi-data. The deity symbolic icon consists of an elephant head with a curved trunk and huge ears on a big human body. Devotees from all over the world offer Laddus, popular Indian sweets to the God. It is also his favorite offering. Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular symbols associated with Hinduism. According to legends, Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Holy Trinity of Gods and Goddess Parvati who is one of the many incarnations of Devi Shakti. Lord Ganesha is said to be worshiped before any puja or festivity. In fact, every ritual is incomplete without worshiping the Almighty. While his head represents the holy Atma of the body, the body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of the human beings. One will be amazed to know that the Almighty’s head is believed to be an epitome of wisdom and prudence. The trunk symbolizes Om, the holy sound symbol of the cosmic reality. The Lord holds a goad in the upper right hand which helps him to guide human beings onto the eternal path. It is also a symbol of the removal of all hurdles along the way. In addition, the noose on the Lord’s left hand is present to capture and get rid of all the difficulties. There are many Ganesha temples all around India, but your trip remains incomplete without visiting the auspicious shrine of Ganesh Temple at Morgaon Ganpati in Maharashtra. Currently, this famous pilgrimage destination is under the administration of the Chinchwad Devasthan Trust that operates from Chinchwad.

Morgaon Ganpati

History and Legend of Morgaon Ganpati

  • As per the historical records, there was a prominent Ganapatya saint named Morya Gosavi who used to worship at the Morgaon Ganesha temple before relocating to Chinchwad where he built a new shrine. This temple along with other temples near Pune enjoyed royal patronage from the Brahmin Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire during the 18th The rulers who worshiped Ganesha as their family deity donated land and money to this temple.
  • As per Anne Feldhaus, the date of this temple stands disputed. It does not go back to the seventeenth century when the Morya Gosavi popularized it.
  • According to Ganesha Purana, Lord Ganesha was incarnated as Mayureshwar who had six arms and a white complexion. He was born in the Treta Yuga for the purpose of killing the demon named Sindhu. The demon caused hardship to the people of the Universe and Gods pleaded to Ganpati for help. The Lord came down on a peacock mount and waged a battle against Sindhu and later vanquished him.
  • The original image of the Lord was built out of precious metal and was installed by the creator of the universe, Lord Brahma. It was later that the Pandava princes installed a copper image during the course of their pilgrimage.
  • There is another legend stating that as this place was populated by peacocks giving the place its Marathi name, Morgaon or the Village of Peacocks. The presiding God was named as Moreshwar.
  • Another significant Ganapatya legend states that Lord Brahma along with Vishnu, Shiva, the Divine Mother Devi and Surya meditated at Morgaon to gain knowledge about their creator and the purpose of existence. It was then Lord Ganesha appeared before them in the form of an Omkara flame and blessed them.

Significance of Morgaon Ganpati Temple

  • The sacred place of worship is enclosed by a huge stone boundary wall with minarets at all the four corners of the temple. The four gates which depict four ages face a cardinal direction with an image of Ganesha.
  • Each of the four Ganesha forms is related to an aim of life and also accompanied by two attendants.
  • The main entrance of the shrine is located facing in the north direction.
  • This beautiful courtyard has two Deepmalas and a 6-foot mouse that sits in front of the temple. An enormous structure of Nandi is positioned facing the Lord on the outside of the Morgaon Ganpati Temple gates.
  • Recently there is an assembly hall which is the home to the deities of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi. This, in turn, paves a way for the central hall that was built by the Patwardhan Rulers of Kurundwad.
  • Morgaon Ganpati temple’s ceiling stone is made up of a single stone and the Garbhagriha houses a central image of the Lord facing the north direction.
  • The space around the assembly hall contains 23 different idols symbolizing various forms of Lord Ganesha. These idols include the images of the eight forms of the God as explained in Mudgala Purana.

Morgaon Ganpati Temple Timings

  • Morgaon Ganpati temple opens at 5 A.M. and closes at 10 P.M.
  • Morgaon Ganpati temple remains closed from 12 noon to 3 P.M.

Morgaon Ganpati Temple Food Timings

  • Pilgrims are offered Mahaprasada from 12 Noon to 2 P.M. on a regular basis. This facility is provided by the Devasthana. Annadana fund is also accepted in this temple.
  • The devotees are offered Cashew nuts and Groundnut Laddus as Prasad.

Festivals celebrated at the Morgaon Ganpati Temple

  • Ganesh Jayanti or the festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha sees thousands of devotees assembling in the temple premises.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi is another huge festival that is celebrated with great pomp. Every year people from distant places gather in this place to offer prayers and seek blessings from the Almighty. It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada and the celebrations last for more than a month. Devotees can offer a donation to the Chinchwad Deosthan Trust and collect the receipt. The Prasad can be sent to the pilgrims by post.
  • Vijayadasami is also observed with great fervor by the devotees.
  • Some other festivals that are observed in this temple include Shukla Chaturthi, Krishna Chaturthi, and Somavati Amavasya.

Poojas and Rituals at Morgaon Ganpati

  • Lord Ganesha is worshiped with great dedication in this temple. The God gets awake at 5 A.M. and the divine cleansing pooja is performed. This is followed by Panchopachara pooja, Naivedya, and Dhoop aarti at 7 A.M. Maha Pooja is performed at 12 Noon and at 3 P.M, the divine cleansing pooja takes place. The Aarti of the Avarana Deities is offered to the God at 8 P.M. and the Maha Aarti takes place at 8:30 P.M. The final aarti is performed at 10 P.M.
  • A ritual called as Abhyanga Snana is performed every Saturday after the aarti at night.
  • Special pooja is also performed on special occasions like Sankasta Chaturthi at the rise of the Moon.
  • Alamkara pooja is a special ritual where devotees offer Apati leaves to the Lord on Vijaya Dashami.

How to Reach: Road, Rail, and Air

  • By Air– For tourists planning to visit this auspicious shrine by flight, Pune airport is the nearest destination. One can hire either private cabs or opt for bus services to reach the temple.
  • By Train– Railways connect India in the truest sense. There are loads of people communicating through the train and for them; the Jejuri Railway Station located at 17 km from the temple is the nearest station.
  • By Road– This place is well connected by roads from Pune as well. There are special buses called as Astha Vinayak darshan which takes tourists to all the eight temples. It is run by Government of Maharashtra and also by private operators.

Hotels near Morgaon Ganpati: Where to stay

Tourists who would like to stay here can put up at various hotels located near Pune. Although temple guest house is not available but there are various places of accommodation for tourists. For example, pilgrims traveling alone or on a limited budget can opt for dormitories or share rooms. And for people traveling with family, double to triple bedded rooms are also available. There are many international hotels that provide complimentary breakfast options for its clients. One can also customize the menu as per to their taste and requirements. However, it is always advisable to book one’s accommodation in advance. This will not only ensure security but also pave a way for great deals as well. One can also avail the free pickup and drop services of the hotels to avoid any involvement of private cab services.

Where to eat

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing one’s food. A tourist will never encounter any problem once one visits this place as there are ample numbers of eating joints that provide fresh food at unbeatable prices. Enjoy a 5-course meal coupled with proper ambiance and live music at international restaurants or opt for roadside food that has a rustic charm. Food is entirely one’s decision and whatever your decision is, you will never be disappointed. A tourist will always get the desired cuisine along with specialty food as well.

Maharashtrian cuisine includes lots of options in veggies, dal, and rice, chapatti of two or three varieties and even pickles and papad. Apart from that, there are also healthy snacks and breakfast options available for travelers. Some hotels also have private dining resorts for their clients. So if you want to enjoy such private services, you need to book your stay in advance.

Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 87 km from the Vighneswar Vinayak
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 160km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 180 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 146 km from the Girijatmaj
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 110 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 87 km from the Girijatmaj
  • Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon: This is the last of the Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The Mahaganapati Temple is located at Ranjangaon, 86 km from the Girijatmaj.

Nearby Temples

  • Shree Khandoba Temple- Khandoba, otherwise called Khanderao, Khanderaya, Malhari Martand and Mallu Khan is a local Hindu God who is worshiped as Martanda Bhairava, a form of Shiva, primarily in the Indian Deccan Plateau. The Lord is depicted either as a Lingam or as a picture riding a bull. The preeminent focal point of Khandoba love is Jejuri in Maharashtra. The legends of Khandoba found in the text Malhari Mahatmya furthermore described in folk songs, revolve around his triumph over evil spirits Mani-malla and his marriages.
  • Rokdoba Hanuman Temple- This is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is a symbol of strength and dedication towards one’s Lord. People come here to seek blessings and offer prayers. Besides, there is also another temple built nearby the Hanuman temple. This is devoted to Lord Ram, who was the Guru of Hanuman.
  • Baleshwar Mandir- This famous temple was built by the rulers of the Chand dynasty. It is a beautiful specimen of stone carving and architecture. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is also called as Baleshwar. There are two different sanctuaries in the compound of Baleshwar, one committed to Ratneshwar and other to Champawati Durga. One can also find a fresh water resource situated close to the temple premises.
  • Janubai Mandir- It is a sacred destination for tourists visiting Pune in Maharashtra. Being located among the beautiful valleys, it presents for a wonderful sight. The Goddess of Jejuri is worshiped with intense dedication by the locals. There are a large number of pilgrims who visits this pious shrine on a daily basis.
  • Om Shree Datt Mandir- The deity of this temple involves the trinity of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. They are collectively called as Trimurti by the devotees. The term ‘Dattatreya’ can be split into two parts, namely, ‘Datta’ meaning given and ‘Atreya’ pointing towards the sage Atri, his physical father. It is said that around 100 years ago, one pious lady in the Pune city Late Smt. Laxmibai Dagdu Halwai had installed a Datta Temple as per the advice of her Guru viz. Shri Madhavnath of Indore, who was a great devotee of Lord Gurudatta.
Siddhatek Ganpati

Siddhatek Ganpati

Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir

Siddhatek Ganpati Video

Hindu mythology dates back to several centuries where Lord Ganesh is worshiped before the start of any puja. Although there are many Ganesh temples located in and around various corners of the nation, the Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir makes way for special significance. Being one of the ‘Ashtavinayaka’ temples in Maharashtra, the Siddhatek Ganpati of Siddhatek is located close to the Daund railway station. This famous holy shrine stands supreme on a hillock being surrounded by dense forests of Babul trees. It is considered to be a sacred tourist destination for pilgrims all around the world.

History and Legend of Siddhatek Ganpati

  • The auspicious shrine is said to have been built by Lord Vishnu. It was later destroyed over time and a cowherd had a vision of this temple who ultimately found the icon of Siddhi Vinayaka. From then on, the cowherd began worshipping the deity and people came to know about this shrine.
  • Siddhatek Ganpati temple in its present form was built by Ahilyabai Holkar, the Philosopher Queen of Indore. Sardar Haripant Phadke was the commander in chief and an official of the Peshwa rulers. He had built the Nagarkhana or the chamber which is the home to Nagaras and a paved road leading to the main door of the temple. He was given this post after worshipping the deity for 21 days and daily circling the temple 21 times.
  • The Ganapatya, a particular sect of people that worships Ganesha as the Supreme Almighty, Saint Morya Gosavi, and Narayan Maharaj are depicted as having worshipped at the temple where they attained siddhi.
  • As per the legends, the ‘Mudgala Purana’ describes the events relating to the beginning of the Creation. Lord Brahma is said to have been emerged from the lotus that rises from Lord Vishnu’s navel. While creating the universe, Vishnu was in his yoganidra and two demons rise from the dirt in his ear. The demons, namely, Madhu and Kaitabha disturb the process of creation which made Lord Vishnu to rise from his sleep. Vishnu was unable to defeat them and asks Lord Shiva for help. Shiva points to him that he has forgotten to invoke Lord Ganesha before the fight. Consecutively, Vishnu performs penance at Siddhatek and invokes the God of beginning and obstacle removal. Ganesha being pleased defeated all the demons and it is in this place that Vishnu acquired siddhi and the place was named Siddhatek.

Significance of Siddhatek Ganpati

  • Siddhatek Ganpati is built along the river Bhima and is located in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district.
  • The Ganesha idol is seen here with his trunk to the right side and is named as Siddhi Vinayaka. Usually, the trunk is seen on the left side and it is believed that the right trunked Ganesha is very powerful and also hard to please.
  • This is the only Ashtavinayaka shrine that has the trunk of the deity to the right side.
  • Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir is also considered as Jagrut Kshetra by the natives.
  • The Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir is made of black stones and is located facing the north direction.
  • The Garbhagriha or the sanctum is 15ft in height and 10 ft in width. It has Jaya-Vijaya, the gatekeepers of Vishnu’s abode adjoining the main idol of Siddhivinayaka.
  • The Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir has a dome-shaped ceiling and the deity and the Ganesha image is believed to be self-existent. This is a natural icon in the form of an elephant.
  • Devotees can see the icon seated cross-legged with his consort siddhi located nearby. The Almighty remains covered with flower garlands and sindoor paste.
  • The idol is covered with brass with the trunk turned towards the right direction.
  • The sanctum also has a Shiva-panchayatana along with a shrine dedicated to Goddess Shivai.

Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir Timings

  • Siddhatek Ganpati remains open from 4 AM to 9:15 PM.
  • Siddhatek Ganpati remains closed from 12:30 PM to 2 PM.

Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir Food Timings

  • Siddhatek Ganpati deity is offered khichdi in the morning at 10 A.M.
  • Mahabhog is also presented before the God at 12:30 P.M. It is then distributed among the devotees who visit the temple.

Festivals celebrated at Siddhatek Ganpati

  • There are many festivals that are observed in this temple premises. Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine to take part in the sacred festivities. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is observed with great pomp from the first to the fifth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is observed on the fourth day herewith.
  • Another important festival that draws visitors from all across India can be referred to the Ganesh Jayanti festival. It is another popular occasion that celebrates the birthday of Ganesha on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Magha. Pilgrims observe this festival from first to the fifth day of this month. The Palki of Ganesha is also taken for three continuous days during this occasion.
  • Among numerous festivals that are celebrated in this pious shrine, a festival and a fair is also organized on Vijayadasami and Somavati Amavasya, a no-moon day that falls on a Monday.

Poojas and Rituals at Siddhatek Ganpati

  • There is a definite way of worshiping the deity on a regular basis. The rituals start as early as 4:30 AM with Saharan Puja. Then the idol is bathed and decorated with fresh flowers and incense sticks.
  • This is followed by an offering of khichdi made to the deity at 10 AM.
  • Another puja called as Panchamriti is presented to the Almighty at 11 AM.
  • The most important meal if the day in the form of Mahabhog is offered to the God at 12:30 PM.
  • There is another puja that is performed post sunset and the Dhooparti are finally completed at 8:30 PM.
  • There can be additional puja and time of the rituals might be changed on special occasions and festivities.

How to Reach Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir – Road, Rail, and Air

  • By Air – The nearest airport to reach this famous Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir is Pune Lohegaon Airport. This is located at a distance of 10 km from Pune. All major domestic airlines fly to this place.
  • By Train – A traveler can also pave the way for traveling through train services as well. Daund Junction Railway Station is located at only 18 km away on the Pune-Sholapur line is a major halt for long distance passenger trains.
  • By Road – There are many public and private bus services available from Daund and Pune to reach this village called Shirapur. It is only a kilometer away from Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir. There are boat services to reach this auspicious place of worship. There is also an alternate route comprising of 48 km from Daund-Kashti-Pedgoan. There are also many buses that travel from Pune directly to Siddhatek during the morning.

Hotels near Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir – Where to stay

There are many budgets as well as luxurious hotels available for rent during your visit to Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir. You can choose the place of accommodation as per to your needs. For example, if you are a single traveler and looking to save up on your budget, then dormitories or sharing rooms are a great alternative. For people traveling with families, there are double, triple and four beds available for rent. Irrespective of the size of your room, all modern amenities are available in the hotels. From private balconies to basic electronic gadgets and free internet, the hotel staff is dedicated to providing all sorts of comfort to meet the requirements of a modern day traveler. The prices of the rooms depend on the kind of room one chooses to stay. On an average, the hotels provide a good discount if one books the rooms in advance. They also offer free pickup and drop services from the airport and the railway stations as well. Some lodging providers also offer complimentary breakfast options to their clients.

For people looking to stay at Siddhatek, prior booking is a must. It is hard to find a place to stay at this place in the last minute. One can call the Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir priest, Shree Gajanan Purohit to make prior arrangements near the Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir. The price charged is very moderate so that every traveler finds it budget friendly.

Siddhatek Ganpati Mandir – Where to eat

There are quite a few options available for good food.

In addition, the people of Siddhatek are very friendly and cordial in nature. One can try the conventional jhunka-bhakri meal by paying a small amount to the natives.

Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name after the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Moregaon, 160 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 87 km from the Vighneswar Vinayak.
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 180 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 146 km from the Girijatmaj
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 110 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 87 km from the Girijatmaj
  • Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon: This is the last of the Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The Mahaganapati Temple is located at Ranjangaon, 86 km from the Girijatmaj.

Nearby Temples

  • Vishal Ganpati Mandir- This temple as the name suggests is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is a 100-year-old temple made up of white marble. It presents a spectacular sight and the idol is red in color. The Ganesha is found in sitting posture and has a Shivalinga coiled by a snake that originates from the navel. There are many tourists who never leave the Ahmednagar city without paying a visit to this temple.
  • Shani Temple- This is another popular shrine located in Shingnapur village which is 35 km away from the Ahmednagar city. This is famous and unique owing to its legendary stories and distinct features. One of the unique things about this temple is that there is no idol present in the temple. Only a black stone is erected on a beautiful platform. The native’s belief that this stone has extraordinary powers which protect the village from all sorts of evil.
  • Shirdi Sai Baba TempleThis is another famous tourist destination that needs no introduction. Being located only at a distance of 80 km from Ahmednagar, thousands of devotees throng to this place every day. Shirdi Sai Baba was a famous saint who was widely considered as the reincarnation of God by the pilgrims. And as the name suggests, this temple is located in Shirdi itself.
  • Renuka Temple- The famous Renuka Temple is only 3 km away from the Ahmednagar Railway Station. This shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is counted among few of the temples that enjoy huge adulation and respect among the local people. As it is a Devi temple, the Navaratri festival is observed with lots of fervor. During this sacred festival, many devotees gather in the temple to offer prayers and seek blessings of the Goddess.
  • Siddheshwar Temple- Being located 40 km from the Ahmednagar city, this beautiful temple has both a grand architecture along with a natural atmosphere. This popular shrine, in fact, needs no introduction among both the devotees and the tourists visiting this holy place. It is dedicated to Lord Siddheshwar and is additionally very famous among the Lingayat community from the southern state of Karnataka.

Ranjangaon Ganpati

Ranjangaon Ganpati Ashtavinayak Temple

Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of  the eight Ashtavinayak Temples. It is located at Ranjangaon, in Shirur Taluk. This temple is the eighth and final temple in the series of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. Lord Ganesh is known as Mahaganapati here since the Lord is believed to be a powerful and majestic deity with several arms.

Ranjangaon Ganpati

History and Legend of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple

  • Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple appears to have been built in the 9th or 10th century during the reign of the Peshwas. The Sanctum Sanctorum is believed to have been built by Madhav Rao Peshwa
  • Legend of Mahaganapati: Sage Gritsamad’s son Tripurasur was a well-learned young boy and a devotee of Lord Ganesh. Pleased by his devotion and prayers, Lord Ganesh blessed the boy and presented him with three pura’s made of precious metals, which can be destroyed only by Lord Shiva. Over a period of time, Tripurasur grew to be vain and created chaos in the world. Even Lord Brahma and Vishnu were disturbed by his atrocities and were forced to go into hiding. Sage Narada advised the frightened gods that they should take the help of Lord Ganesh. The Gods decided to invoke Lord Ganesh, who appeared and accepted to help them.
  • Lord Ganesh disguised as a Brahmin and met Tripurasur under the pretext of creating three flying planes. In return, he ordered Tripurasur to bring the Chintamani idol from Mount Kailash. The greedy Tripurasur went to Mount Kailash and fought with Lord Shiva for the idol. Lord Shiva realised that he had not offered his prayers to Lord Ganesh first, and hence was unable to destroy the pura’s or defeat him. He recited the Sadaakshar Mantra and invoked Lord Ganesh, who emerged and gave him the instructions for defeating Tripurasur. Lord Shiva followed the directions, defeated the greedy Tripurasur and also created a temple for Lord Ganesh at that spot.

Significance of Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple

  • Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is also known as Tripurarivade Mahaganapati or the Lord who helped defeat Tripurasur
  • The villages and areas surrounding the temple are known as Manipur (not to be confused with the North-east state of Manipur)
  • Lord Shiva is believed to have prayed to Lord Ganesh at this place before defeating the demon Tripurasur
  • Lord Managanapati is represented as being seated on a lotus and accompanied by his consorts Riddhi-Siddhi
  • The Mahaganapati idol at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple is believed to be a swayambu or self-manifested
  • The present idol is believed to have another idol hidden below. The idol supposedly has 10 trunks and 20 arms and was hidden during the attacks of the Mughal era. However, no one knows if this idol still exists. This idol is supposed to be called as Mahotkat
  • Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple has been constructed in a way that the Sun’s rays fall on the idol during the southern movement of the sun
  • Lord Mahaganapati is considered to be very powerful. The villagers of Ranjangaon do not bring the Gabesha idols into their homes during Ganesh Chaturthi. Instead, they visit the temple and offer their prayers

Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple Timings

  • Daily: 5:30 am – 10:00 pm

Poojas and Rituals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple

  • Abhishek
  • Sahastravartan
  • Satya Vinayak Puja

Festivals at Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple

  • Bhadrapat: Lord Ganesh’s birth celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is a key festival in the state of Maharashtra. In Ranjangaon, all the villagers visit the temple for the Ganesh Pooja instead of bringing home idols. The festival falls during the month of Bhadrapat Shudh (August / September) and is a six-day celebration. Mahabhog or Mahaprasad is offered to Lord Ganesh on the fifth day, and the deity is taken on a flower palanquin on the sixth day. Large-scale celebrations and festivities include special wrestling matches during Bhadrapat.

How to reach Ranjangaon Ganpati Temple

  • By road: Ranjangaon is nearly 50 km from Pune. There are several direct bus services operating from Pune to Ranjangaon. The Mahaganapati Temple attracts devotees throughout the year and the proximity to Pune allows Ranjangaon to be well-connected to Pune city.
  • By rail: Ranjangaon has a direct train service from Pune and Pune station is well connected by trains operating to major Indian cities.
  • By air: The nearest airport is at Pune, which is well connected to all major Indian cities.

Where to stay

The Mahaganapati Temple Trust runs a Bhakta Niwas which offers rooms at nominal charges.  There are quite a number of hotels offering accommodation options for all budgets. Pilgrims also prefer to do a day trip from Pune, as it offers a vast range of accommodation options.

Where to eat

Ranjangaon has a good number of restaurant options. The Mahaganapati Temple Trust also operates an Annapurna Bhojanalaya, which provides afternoon lunch.

Nearby Temples

  • Shivneri Fort and Temple
    Shivneri Fort is the birthplace of Chatrapathi Sivaji. The fort is visible from the Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple and also houses a small temple dedicated to Goddess Shivani, after whom Chatrapathi Sivaji was named. Devotees travelling to Ozar and Lenyadri Ashtavinayak temples also stop at this Fort as it is a place of interest.

 Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name from the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Morgaon, 70 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 74 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 162 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
  • Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 192 km from the Mahaganapati
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 42 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 75 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.
  • Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 74 km from the Mahaganapati Temple.

Ozar Ganpati

Ozar Ganpati – Vighneshwar Vinayak Ashtavinayak Temple

Ozar Ganpati Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples of Pune in Maharashtra. The temple is located at Ozar in Junnar Taluk, in Nashik District. If one has to follow a sequence when visiting the Ashtavinayak Temples, the Vighneswar Vinayak Temple has to be visited seventh. Since Lord Ganesh defeated a demon named Vighnasur at this place, the Lord was called Vighneswar Vinayak – The one who removes obstacles.

Ozar Ganpati

History and Legend of Ozar Ganpati Temple

  • The Ozar Ganpati Temple was built during the reign of Peshwas. Chimaji Appa, military commander of the Peshwas covered the shikhara with gold retrieved from Vasai Fort. The temple was again renovated in 1967 by Appa Shastri Joshi, an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesh
  • Legend of Vigneshwar: According to the Puranas, a king by name Abhinandana performed a sacrifice, during which he missed out on making an offering to Lord Indra. The angry Lord sent Lord Yama to create chaos and stop the sacrifice. Lord Yama took the form of a demon Vighnasur – the one who creates obstacles. Vighnasur not only disturbed the sacrifice but also created several obstacles for all good deeds in the universe. The people and sages approached Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva with their problem. The Lords advised the people that they request Lord Ganesh for his help.
  • The people started worshiping Lord Ganesh, and pleased with their prayers, the Lord appeared and defeated the demon in a fierce battle. The demon requested Lord Ganesh that he be called as Vighneshwara – the one who removes obstacles. The overjoyed people installed an idol of Lord Ganesh at Ozar and addressed him as Vighneswara Vinayak.

Significance of Ozar Ganpati Temple

  • Vighneshwar Vinayak, as the name suggests, means the Lord of Vighna or the Lord who removes obstacles
  • The temple is also known as Vighnahar Temple
  • The temple entrance features four Muniputras or sons of saints. The first and fourth Muniputras hold a Shivlinga in their hands. This signifies that Lord Ganesh greatly reveres his parents and that, devotees who revere the Lord should also have the same devotion to their own parents
  • The entrance also features two saints holding holy books and chanting. This suggests and encourages devotees to chant hymns while entering the sanctum sanctorum
  • The Vighneshwar Vinayak idol is believed to be self-manifested and is covered in vermillion
  • The idol has a left-turned trunk. The eyes are supposedly made of emerald while the Lord’s forehead and navel have diamonds
  • The Lord is accompanied by his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi
  • A Seshnag and a demon can be seen on the top of the Lord’s idol. The demon is believed to be a local deity called Vastupurush
  • Ozar Ganpati Temple is east-facing. The temple has small rooms for meditation. The rooms are called Owaris.
  • The temple walls have beautiful murals and sculptures that are a treat for the eyes. The shikhara of the main sanctum sanctorum is covered with gold

Ozar Ganpati Temple Timings

  • Daily: 5:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Angarkhi: 4:00 am – 11:00 pm

Poojas and Rituals of Ozar Ganpati

  • Maha Aarti: 7:30 am
  • Maha Prasad: Mornings – 10 am and Afternoons -1:00 pm
  • Madhyan Aarti: 12 noon
  • Shejaarti – the last Aarti of the day: 10 pm
    (The temple doors remain closed after Shejaarti)

Rituals for Ozar Ganpati Temple

  • Atharv Shirsh Abhishek
  • Maha Abhishek
  • Bramhnaspati Supt Abhishek
  • Pavamaan Supt Abhishek
  • Vaarshik Abhishek
  • Sahastra Avartan Abhishek
  • Maha Rudra Abhishek
  • Tah Hayaat Abhishek
  • Atharv Shirsh Abhishek

Festivals at Ozar Ganpati Temple

  • Bhadrapat: Lord Ganesh’s birth celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is a key festival in the state of Maharashtra. In Ozar, Lord Vighneshwar Vinayak’s birthday is celebrated in a big way during Bhadrapat Shudh (August / September). During this festival, the people of all nearby villages gather together and organise celebrations on a grand scale.
  • Magh: Magh Shudh (January/ February) is another important time for festivities at the Vighneshwar Vinayak temple. The second day of the festival features an auction for wrestling ring. The person who wins the auction bid is given the privilege to inaugurate the first match.
  • Kartik Purnima: Kartik Purnima is celebrated during the month of November/ December. During this five-day festival, several Deepmalas are lit up at the temple.

How to reach Ozar Ganpati Temple

  • By road: Ozar is nearly 85 km from Pune and 8 km from Junnar. There are several State-run bus services operating from Pune and Mumbai. However, they don’t directly connect with Ozar. Travellers are required to disembark at Junnar and take taxis or auto-rickshaws to Ozar.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is at Pune, at 85 km from Ozar. The Pune station is well connected by trains operating to major Indian cities.
  • By air: The nearest airport is at Pune, which is well connected to all major Indian cities.

Where to stay

The Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple Trust runs a Bhakta Bhavan which offers rooms and dormitories at nominal charges.  There are quite a number of hotels offering accommodation options for all budgets. Pilgrims may also choose to stay at Pune, which is 85 km from Ozar.

Where to eat

Ozar has a good number of restaurant options. One can choose from dhabas to street food kiosks and restaurants serving popular Maharashtrian delights.

Nearby Temples

  • Shivneri Fort and Temple: Shivneri Fort is the birthplace of Chatrapathi Sivaji. The fort is visible from the Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple and also houses a small temple dedicated to Goddess Shivani, after whom Chatrapathi Sivaji was named. Devotees travelling to Ozar and Lenyadri Ashtavinayak temples also stop at this Fort as it is a place of interest.

Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name from the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Morgaon, 165 km from the Vighneswar Vinayak Temple.
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 150 km from the Vighneswar Vinayak
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 250 km from the Vighneswar Vinayak
  • Varadha Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 150 km from the Vighneswar Vinayak Temple.
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 105 km from the Vigneshwar Vinayak Temple.
  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 87 km from the Vighneswar Vinayak
  • Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon: This is the last of the Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The Mahaganapati Temple is located at Ranjangaon, 74 km from the Vigneshwar Vinayak Temple.
Lenyadri Ganpati Temple

Lenyadri Ganpati

Lenyadri Ganpati Temple – Ashtavinayak

Lenyadri Ganpati Temple Video

Lenyadri Ganpati  Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples of in Maharashtra. Lenyadri Ganpati temple is located in Lenyadri village, near Junnar. The temple, also known as Girijatmaj,  gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). It is interesting to note that this is the only Ashtavinayak temple situated on a mountain. If one has to follow a sequence when visiting the Ashtavinayak Temples, Lenyadri Ganpati Temple has to be visited sixth.

History and Legend

  • Lenyadri Ganpati Temple is a cave temple and is amidst 30 Buddhist caves that date back to the 3rd century
  • Legend of Girijatmaj: According to Ganesh Puran, Goddess Sati was reborn as Goddess Parvati and wished to give birth to Ganesh. She did severe penance on the Lenyadri mountain.  Lord Gajanan was pleased with her penance and granted her wish. On the fourth day of Bhadrapad Shuddh or Chaturthi day, Goddess Parvati wiped her body and used the dirt to create an idol. Lord Gajanan entered this idol and stood before her a young boy with six arms and three eyes.  The little boy was called as Girijatmaj or the son of Parvati.  This incarnation of Lord Ganesh – Lord Girijatmaj is believed to have stayed at Lenyadri for nearly 15 years.

Significance of  Lenyadri Ganpati Temple

  • According to Ganesh Puran, this place is also known as Jirnapur or Lekhan Parbat
  • Lord Girijatmaj is believed to be Lord Ganesh’s manifestation as an infant Lord
  • Lenyadri Ganpati Temple is the eight cave amidst a cluster of 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves
  • It is believed that the caves were carved by the Pandavas during their exile period
  • Lenyadri Ganpati temple is south-facing and is monolithic – carved out from a single rock
  • While Lenyadri Ganpati temple faces south, the idol faces north. One can notice that the idol is not a free-standing statue, but rather carved on a rock, with its head turned to the left
  • Since the Lenyadri Ganpati idol is carved from a rock, devotees cannot circumambulate. However, they are free to worship the lord themselves
  • The main mandap is 53 feet long and interestingly there are no pillars supporting the entire structure
  • The main mandap also known as the sabha mandap has 18 indents or small rooms that pilgrims use for meditation
  • Devotees need to climb 307 steps to reach the temple. Once there, a serene atmosphere, with pleasant vibrations from the Lekhan mountain and a beautiful view of the nearby Kukadi river is a treat for the senses

Lenyadri Ganpati Temple Timings

Lenyadri Ganpati Temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and does not have electricity. Therefore, the temple operates only from sunrise to sunset.

Lenyadri Ganpati Temple Poojas and Rituals

Lenyadri Ganpati Temple priests perform the Panchamrit Pooja every morning. This pooja is considered to be an important one at this temple.

Abhishek

Pooja

Sahastravartan

Festivals

  • Bhadrapat: Lord Ganesh’s birth celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is a key festival in the state of Maharashtra. In Lenyadri, Lord Girijatmaj’s birthday is celebrated in a big way during Bhadrapat Shudh (August / September). On Ganesh Chaturthi, various bhajans and cultural programmes. Bullock Cart race is a unique and popular event during the Chaturthi celebrations.
  • Magh: The Chaturthi during Magh is an important time for celebrations at the Girijatmaj Temple. The celebrations are held from Magh Shudh 1 to Magh Shudh 6 (January – February). During this period, an Akhand Harinaam Saptah is conducted.

How to reach: Road, Rail and Air 

By road: Lenyadri is nearly 95 km from Pune. Junnar is the nearest town at a 5 km distance. Several state-run buses operate from Pune and Mumbai to Junnar. At Junnar, pilgrims may choose between taxis, rickshaws, jeeps and buses to reach Lenyadri. Palanquin services can be availed by pilgrims who are unable to climb the 300+ rock cut steps.

By rail: The nearest railway station is at Pune, at 94 km from Girijatmaj. The Pune station is well connected by trains operating to major Indian cities.

By air: The nearest airport is at Pune, which is well connected to all major Indian cities. 

Where to stay

Lenyadri Ganpati Temple trust operates Yatri Niwas and offers accommodation at nominal charges. Pilgrims also stay at Pune and drive down to Lenyadri.

There are few resorts that function at the Junnar.

Where to eat

There are no restaurants at Lenyadri except for the Yatri Niwas which offer food options. Devotees may opt to eat at the smaller restaurants on the highway or at Junnar.

Nearby temples

  • Lenyadri Buddhist caves: Girijatmaj Temple is amidst a collection of 30 manmade rock-cut caves. These caves are believed to have functioned as Buddhist Monasteries from Lord Buddha’s time.  The seventh cave is the Girijatmaj Temple. Other caves are believed to be either chapels or living spaces for the monks. Caves 6 to 14 seem to indicate that they housed Chaitya grihas or chapels. One of the caves also houses a perpetual watering hole.
  • Bhima Gada: Adjacent to the Lenyadri Ganpati Temple, cave no. 6 houses a Buddhist stupa. This is popularly known as Bhima’s Gada. This stupa has good acoustics that allows sounds to echo.

Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name after the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Moregaon, 160 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 160km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 180 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 146 km from the Girijatmaj
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 110 km from the Girijatmaj Temple.
  • Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 87 km from the Girijatmaj
  • Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon: This is the last of the Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The Mahaganapati Temple is located at Ranjangaon, 86 km from the Girijatmaj.

Chintamani Ganpati

Chintamani Ganpati Temple – Ashtavinayak

Chintamani Ganpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples of Pune in Maharashtra. The temple is located at Theur in Haveli Taluka.

If one has to follow a sequence when visiting the Ashtavinayak Temples, the Girijatmaj Temple has to be visited fifth.

Chintamani Ganpati

 History and Legend

  • Chintamani Ganpati Temple has no record of the person who built the temple, as it is believed to exist from ancient times. Chintamani Ganpati is associated with the Saint Morya Gosavi, a staunch devotee of Lord Ganesh, and it is believed that the current temple structure was constructed by his descendants
  • Legend of Theur: Lord Brahma was once feeling very restless and plagued by an unwavering mind. He meditated to Lord Ganesh in this village. Lord Ganesh helped Lord Brahma pacify his restless mind and the village was hence named as Theur. The name Theur is a derivative of the Sanskrit word – Sthavar, which means stable. Since Lord Ganesh helped clear Lord Brahma’s worries (chintas), the Lord was known as Chintamani Vinayak
  • Legend of Chintamani: King Abhijeet and his wife did severe penance and gave birth to Ganaraja, also known as Guna. When Ganaraja visited Sage Kapila’s ashram, the sage took the help of the precious jewel – Chintamani to serve the best food to the prince. The greedy Ganaraja wanted the jewel for himself and forcibly took it from the Sage. Goddess Durga advised Sage Kapila to seek Lord Ganesh’s help. Lord Ganesh defeated Ganaraja under a Kadamba tree, retrieved the precious jewel and took it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by putting the jewel around his neck. Henceforth the Lord was known as Chintamani Vinayak

Significance of Chintamani Ganpati Temple

  • According to Ganesh Puran, Lord Chintamani is regarded as the god who brings peace to the wavering mind
  • The idol of Lord Chintamani is believed to be self-manifested and faces east. The Lord’s eyes are made of precious gems
  • The Mahadwar or the main gate of the temple is north-facing, and a road connects this gate to river Mula Muth
  • The main mandap is made of wood with a stone fountain at its centre
  • Recently, the temple shikhara has been adorned with gold
  • Chintamani Ganpati temple has specially designated sections for meditation, which is a unique feature of ancient shrines
  • A small temple for Lord Shiva can also be seen inside the temple complex at Chintamani Ganpati Temple
  • Lord Chintamani is the family deity of Shree Madhwarao Peshwa (Peshwa Dynasty). Shree Madhwarao is known to have spent his last days at the temple and breathed his last while chanting the Lord’s name
  • Saint Morya Gosavi is believed to have done severe penance at Theur. Pleased with his penance, Lord Ganesh is known to have emerged from the nearby river Mula Muth as two tigers and granted the saint with Siddhi
  • Since the legend of the Chintamani took place under aKadamba tree, the village of Theur is also known as Kadambapur

Chintamani Ganpati Temple Timings

Daily: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm

Poojas and Rituals

Abishek, Ekadashi and Sahastravartan are performed by the temple priests on behalf of devotees. Devotees may make the appropriate payments at the temple and receive the Holy Prasad and ash.

Festivals

  • Bhadrapat: Lord Ganesh’s birth celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is a key festival in the state of Maharashtra. In Theur, Lord Chintamani’s birthday is celebrated in a big way during Bhadrapat Shudh (August / September)
  • Magh: During Magh Shudh, the Chintamani Ganpati Temple is  bustling with arrangements made for the Dwaryatra festival. The celebrations are held in Magh Shudh  until Ashtami, or the eighth day (January – February)
  • Rama-Madhav Punyotsav: During the month of Karthik, a fair is organised as part of the Rama-Madhav Punnyotsav. This commemorates the death anniversary of the temple patrons Madhavrao and his wife Ramabai

How to reach: Road, Rail and Air

By road: Theur is nearly 25 km from Pune.  Several state-run buses operate from Pune and Mumbai to Theur.

By rail: The nearest railway station is at Pune, at 25 km from Theur. The Pune station is well connected by trains operating to major Indian cities.

By air: The nearest airport is at Pune, which is well connected to all major Indian cities.

Where to stay

There are not many places to stay at Theur, therefore, pilgrims choose to stay at Pune which is just 25 km from the Temple.

Where to eat

There are no restaurants at Lenyadri except for the Yatri Niwas which offer food options. Devotees may opt to eat at the smaller restaurants on the highway or at Junnar. 

Nearby temples

  • Bhima Gada: Adjacent to the Girijatmaj Temple, cave no. 6 houses a Buddhist stupa. This is popularly known as Bhima’s Gada. This stupa has good acoustics that allows sounds to echo.

Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name after the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Moregaon, 63 km from the Chintamani Temple.
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 100 km from the Chintamani Temple.
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 140 km from the Chintamani Temple.
  • Varadha Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 150 km from the Chintamani
  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 110 km from the Chintamani Temple.
  • Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 105 km from the Chintamani
  • Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon: This is the last of the Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The MahaganapatiTemple is located at Ranjangaon, 42 km from the Chintamani.
Mahad Ganpati Temple

Mahad Ganpati Temple

Mahad Ganpati Temple – Ashtavinayak

Mahad Ganpati Temple Video

Mahad Ganpati Varad Vinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples of Pune in Maharashtra. The temple is located in Mahad village, Raigad district. Varad Vinayak means the Lord who grants boons and wishes. If one has to follow a sequence when visiting the Ashtavinayak Temples, the Mahad Ganpati Temple has to be visited fourth.

Mahad Ganpati Temple History

  • Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkwar built the Mahad Ganpati Temple in the year 1725.
  • Legend of Varad Vinayak: During his hunting trip, Prince Rukmaganda of Koudinyapur stopped at Rishi Vachaknavi’s hermitage. The Rishi’s wife Mukunda was besotted by the handsome prince and tried to seduce him, but the righteous Prince turned her down. Lord Indra saw the plight of the lovesick Mukunda. He impersonated Prince Rukmaganda and fulfilled her desire. Mukunda soon gave birth to a son Gritsamada, who grew up to be a great scholar.
  • Gritsamada was once invited to a debate along with great Rishis. One of the Rishis refused to debate with Gritsamada as he was not a true Brahmin. A surprised Gritsamada questioned his mother and learned about his birth. In a fit of anger, he cursed that she will turn into a thorny plant. Mukunda, in turn, cursed Gritsamada that he will have a demon child. When the two were cursing each other, a celestial voice said that Gritsamada was Lord Indra’s son. Both mother and son were taken aback, but were unable to reverse their curses, and Mukunda turned into a thorny plant.
  • A repenting Gritsamada retreated to Pushpak forest and performed penance to Lord Ganesh. Pleased with his prayers and devotion, Lord Ganesh appeared before him and granted him a boon. Gritsamada requested that he be recognised as a Brahmin and also that Lord Ganesh stay in this forest and bless the people. Lord Ganesh granted his two wishes and stayed in the forest. Gritsamada called Lord Ganesh as Varad Vinayak or the Lord who grants wishes.

Significance of Mahad Ganpati Temple

  • The Varad Vinayak idol at Mahad Ganpati Temple is self-manifested. The Lord’s idol was found in an immersed position in a lake in the year 1690 by a Ganesh devotee named Paundkar
  • The Varad Vinayak idol at Mahad Ganpati Temple faces east and the trunk is turned to the left
  • Lord Varad Vinayak at Mahad Ganpati Temple is accompanied by consorts Riddhi and Siddhi
  • The sanctum sanctorum had a Nandadeep or a perpetual oil lamp, which is believed to burning continuously since 1892
  • Devotees are allowed to come into the sanctum sanctorum and directly worship the Lord at Mahad Ganpati Temple
  • Mahad is a scenic and sparsely populated village and offers an excellent ambience for people who wish to meditate
  • Gagangiri Maharaj, a spiritual leader is supposed to have done penance on the water of a nearby dam
  • Gritsamada is believed to have created the Ganana Twam. The mantra is regarded as a very powerful chant when praying to Lord Ganesh

Mahad Ganpati Temple Timings

  • Mahad Ganpati Temple opens at 6 am and closes at 9 pm. Learn more about this temple’s details.

Poojas and Rituals at Mahad Ganpati Temple

  • Lord Varad Vinayak is worshipped only three times a day at Mahad Ganpati Temple.
  • Devotees who pay a fee of INR31,000 have an opportunity to worship the Lord for the entire day. No priests or officials will interrupt the devotee during his prayers.

Rituals performed at Varad Vinayak Temple

  • The Mahad Ganpati Temple performs Sahastravartan and Ekadashan rituals on behalf of devotees. Holy ash and Prasad are then offered to devotees who do the rituals.

Festivals at Mahad Ganpati Temple

  • Bhadrapath: Lord Ganesh’s birth celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is a key festival in the state of Maharashtra. In Mahad, Lord Varad Vinayak’s birthday is celebrated as a five-day festival from Bhadrapath Shudh 1 to Bhadrapath Shudh 5 (August –September)
  • Magh: The Magh Utsav is an important festival at the Varad Vinayak Temple. The celebrations are held from Magh Shudh 1 to Magh Shudh 6 (January – February).

How to reach Mahad Ganpati Temple: Road, Rail and Air

By road – Mahad Ganpati Temple is just 63 km from Mumbai and 85 km from Pune. The  Mahad bus stand is well connected to major cities in Maharashtra by the state-run bus services.

By rail – The nearest railway stations are in Khopoli and Karjat. All Express Train Services halt at Karjat Station. Several buses and shuttle services operate from these stations to Mahad village.

By air – The nearest airports are in Mumbai and Pune and they are equidistant to Varad Vinayak Temple. The airports are approximately 75-80 km from Mahad. Both airports are well connected to all major Indian cities.

Where to stay

Mahad has a Bhakta Niwas or Pilgrim’s rest house with clean rooms at very nominal rates. Mahad doesn’t have any hotels, but devotees can either choose between the rest house of stay at Mumbai / Pune.

Where to eat

The Mahad Ganpati Temple offers Prasad for devotees. Villagers and priests also offer Thali meals which are required to be pre-booked. Devotees who make day trips to Mahad can also choose to eat at Mumbai/Pune where one can find excellent food options.

Nearby temples

  • Gagangiri Ashram, Khopoli: Gagangiri Maharaj, a prominent spiritual leader is believed to have done penance in Khopoli and nearby forests. He attained Samadhi at his Ashram in Khopoli which attracts devotees. The ashram is 21 km from Mahad Ganpati Temple
  • Shankar Mandir, Khopoli: Nana Phadnavis, built an oval shaped reservoir and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple does not have an idol, but an image which visitors worship. Mahasivarathri festival fair attracts a lot of devotees to this temple. The Shankar Mandir is 28 km from Mahad Ganpati Temple

Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name after the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Morgaon, 155 km from the Varad Vinayak Temple.
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 185 km from the Varad Vinayak Temple.
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali: This temple is the third in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. As the name suggests this temple is named after Lord Ganesh’s devotee Ballal. This is the only Ganesh Temple named after a devotee. The Ballaleshwar Temple is in Pali, 37 km from the Varad Vinayak Temple.
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 105 km from the Varad Vinayak Temple.
  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 146km from the Varad Vinayak Temple.
  • Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 133 km from the Varad Vinayak Temple.
  • Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon: This is the last of the Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The MahaganapatiTemple is located at Ranjangaon, 172 km from the Varad Vinayak Temple.
Pali Ganpati

Pali Ganpati Temple

Pali Ganpati Ballaleshwar Temple

Pali Ganpati or Ballaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the eight Ashtavinayak Temples of Pune in Maharashtra. The temple is located in Pali village, Raigad district. Ballaleshwar means the God of Ballalesh. It is interesting to note that this is the only temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh named after his devotee. If one has to follow a sequence when visiting the Ashtavinayak Temples, the Pali Ganpati Temple has to be visited third.

ballaleshwar temple pali ganpati

 Pali Ganpati History 

  • Pali Ganpati was is believed to be originally built in the 11th century
  • Moreshvar Vitthal Sindkar is also associated with the temple construction in 1640
  • The Pali Ganpati was originally made of wood and was renovated in the year 1760 by Moropant Dada Phadnavis during the reign of Peshwas
  • Legend of Balleleshwar: According to Ganesh Puran, Kalyansheth was a successful businessman in Pallipur. His son Ballal was a devout child who spent most of his time praying and worshipping Lord Ganesh. One day he invited all the children from his village for a special Pooja. Ballal and his friends kept one large stone and worshipped it as Lord Ganesh. The children were so engrossed in their prayers that they did not return home for days. This irritated the villagers who complained to Kalyansheth. He came to the Pooja and destroyed the stone and tied Ballal to a tree as punishment.
  • Ballal cried and prayed to Lord Ganesh who appeared before him as a Sadhu. Ballal identified the Sadhu as the Lord himself and asked for his blessings. He also requested the Lord to always be with him and stay in this place. Lord Ganesh embraced Ballal and vanished into a stone. The stone became the Lord Ballaleshwar idol.
  • Legend of Dhundi Vinayak: The large stone which Ballal’s father Kalyansheth threw to the ground was known as Dhundi Vinayak. This is believed to be self-manifested or swayambu and is worshipped before Lord Ballaleshwar.

Significance of the temple

  • Lord Ganesh is widely regarded as the remover of obstacles. Devotees believe that Lord Ballaleshwar provides a faster solution to their prayers.
  • The Pali Ganpati Temple faces east and perfectly planned to ensure the rays from the winter solstice’s rising sun fall directly on the main idol
  • Lord Ballaleshwar is accompanied by his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi on his either sides
  • The Dhundi Vinayak has a separate shrine and is one of the rarest idols to face west
  • Since the children of Pali village worshipped the large stone, the Dhundi Vinayak is always worshipped first
  • Ballaleshwar is believed to be the only idol of Lord Ganesh that is dressed up in Brahmin attire
  • Lord Ballaleshwar’s eyes and navel are supposedly made of diamonds
  • Lord Ballaleshwar’s idol is 3 ft tall and remarkably resembles the shape of a nearby mountain
  • The Pali Ganpati temple structure is made of concrete with molten lead. This is regarded as a unique feature.
  • Visitors can also see some of the construction equipment such as the churning wheel that are kept on display
  • The temple has two sanctums – the inner sanctum measuring 15 feet and the outer sanctum measuring 12 feet
  • The temple also includes two beautiful lakes which are fully tiled
  • A devotee by name Krishnaji Narayan Pinge constructed eight pillars in 1910. The pillars are located in the front of the temple and symbolise the eight directions

Pali Ganpati Temple Timings

Daily: 5:30 am – 10:00 pm

Poojas and Rituals

Daily Pooja: 5:30 am – 10:00 pm

Chaturthi: 6:00 am – 9:00 am

Rituals performed at Ballaleshwar Temple
Abhishek

Dugdhabhishek

Mahapooja

Sahastra Awartan

Yearly Abhishek

Laghurudra Awartan

Festivals

  • Bhadrapath: Lord Ganesh’s birth celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is a key festival in the state of Maharashtra. In Pali, Lord Ballaleshwar’s birthday is celebrated as a five-day festival from Bhadrapath Shudh 1 to Bhadrapath Shudh 5 (August – September)
  • Jeshath: Similar to Bhadrapath, the Dhundi Vinayak Utsav is celebrated as a five-day festival from Jeshath Shudh 1 to Jeshath Shudh 5 (May – June)
  • Shravan: Janmashtami or Krishna Ashtami, Lord Krishna’s birthday is celebrated here with a Dahi Handi event during Shravan( July- August)
  • Holi: The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated here in the month of Phalgun (February/March), on Phalgun Shudh Poornima
  • Aashad: Chaturmas symbolises Lord Vishnu’s four months slumber. The beginning of Chaturmas is celebrated in the month of Aashad (June-July). Devotees can participate in Puram Pravachan program during this period.
  • Ashwin: The Dusshera festival is celebrated here on Ashwin Shudh 10 (September/October). During the festivities, Lord Ballaleshwar is taken on a palanquin procession across the village.
  • Kakad Aarti: A special Kakad Aarti is performed at 5:00 am before Lord Ballaleshwar from Ashwin Vadhya 1 to Karthika Shudh Poornima
  • Magh: The Magh Utsav is an important festival at the Ballaleshwar Temple. The celebrations are held from Magh Shudh 1 to Magh Shudh 6 (January – February). During this period, Bhajans, Kirtans and several programs are conducted by the devotees.

How to reach: Road, Rail and Air

By road – Pali enjoys good roads and several buses operate from Mumbai, Thane and Pune. One can reach Pali via the Mumbai – Goa highway which is just 8 km away from the village. You can also take the Mumbai – Pune Highway which is 35 km from Pali.

By rail – The nearest railway stations are in Khopoli and Karjat. Several buses operate from these stations to Pali village.

By air – The nearest airports are in Mumbai and Pune at a distance of 105 km and 127 k respectively. Both airports are well connected to all major Indian cities.

Where to stay

Since Pali is a well-known pilgrimage site, several accommodate options are available to meet the needs of pilgrims. The Ballaleshwar Temple charitable trust also runs a dharmashala or Bhakta Niwas and provides accommodation at a nominal cost.

Where to eat

There are several eateries and restaurants in and around Pali. Devotees also partake the food provided at the Ballaleshwar Temple.

Nearby temples

  • Sudhagad Fort: The Sudhagad Fort houses a shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhorai. This shrine is believed to have been installed by Bhrigu Maharishi. The Sudhagad Fort is 15 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Gramdevata Vardayini Temple, Usar: Lord Rama is believed to have been blessed by Goddess Vardayini at this place. This temple is 9 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Uddhar: This is the place where Lord Rama’s devotee, Jatayu had fought Ravana after he had abducted Sita. The place has hot springs and a pond. The water from the pond has the ability to dissolve bones and devotees perform Asthi Visarjana here. Uddhar is 14 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple
  • Siddheshwar Temple: The Siddheshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses a self-manifested Linga. The temple is over 350 years old and is 3 km from Pali.

Other Ashtavinayak Temples

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon: This is the first of the Ashtavinayak temples. Devotees begin and end their journey at the Mayureshwar Temple. The temple got its name after the legend of Mayureshwar – Lord Ganesh riding a peacock, who defeated a demon at this place. The Mayureshwar Temple is located at Morgaon, 193 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Siddhatek: This temple is the second in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeased Lord Ganesh at this place before slaying the demons Madhu and Kaitabh. Lord Siddhi Vinayak is considered to be the only idol with the trunk pointing towards the right. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is in Siddhatek, 156 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Varad Vinayak Temple, Mahad: This temple is the fourth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Ganesh is referred to as Varadha Vinayak, the Lord who grants boons and wishes. The Varadha Vinayak Temple is in Mahad, 37 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur: This temple is the fifth in the list of Ashtavinayak temples. Lord Ganesh is believed to have retrieved the invaluable jewel – Chintamani from a greedy demon and given it back to sage Kapila. The sage rewarded Lord Ganesh by placing around Lord Ganesh’s neck and hence was known as Chintamani Vinayak. The Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, 140 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri: This temple is the sixth in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Goddess Parvathi is believed to have performed penance at this place to have a child. Her prayers were answered when Lord Ganesh was born. The temple gets its name from the words Girija (Parvathi) and Atmaj (son). The Girijatmaj Temple is in Lenyadri, 180 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Vighneshwar Vinayak Temple, Ozar: This temple is the seventh in the list of Ashtavinayak Temples. Vighnasur, the demon was sent by Lord Indra to disturb King Abhinandan’s prayer. The troubled devotees turned to Lord Ganesh who defeated the demon at this place. The Vighneswar Vinayak Temple is located at Ozar, 252 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.
  • Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon: This is the last of the Ashtavinayak Temples. Lord Shiva is believed to have worshipped Lord Ganesh here before proceeding to defeat the demon Tripurasura. The MahaganapatiTemple is located at Ranjangaon, 230 km from the Ballaleshwar Temple.