Asthavinayak Darshan - Maharashtra

There are many important and famous temples of Lord Ganesha all over the world. Among these some places are more popular & important than the others. There are eight such temples located  in the state of Maharashtra ( In India ) called Ashtavinayaka.

These temples occupy a special place in the evolution of Hindu religion. The stories of incarnation of Ganesha are ancient. Some of the temples have been renovated recently. Many were renovated during Madhavrao Peshwa period. The idols of Ashtavinayaka are self-existent. They exist in the temples as they were found. Each idol is an incarnation of Lord Ganesha.

There are many mythological stories giving the importance of each Ganesha (idol). These stories tell us about why and how these idols of Ganesha got their names and came into existence. The idols are not beautiful like the man made ones but the self-existent appearance of them does please the devotees.

The mangalashtaka (poetic lines spoken at the time of marriage or thread ceremony) of Ashtavinayaka is sang on holy occasions. The sequence of Ashtavinayaka pilgrimage according to the stotra (poetic line) mentioned in puran as is as follows:  

This yatra is very famous not only among the Hindus but devotees from all the religions go on the famous Asthavinayak tour. It is believed that one has to complete this Asthavinayak yatra at least once in a life-time.

All the eight temples are located in different parts of Maharashtra.

Morgaon  

Pali

Ranjangaon

Mahad

Lenyadri

Ozar

Siddhatek  

Theur

After visiting all places, if one could visit Morgaon again to make the Yatra (pilgrimage) more fruitful.

There are different ways by which one can make Ashtavinayak Yatra complete.

 

The Ashtavinayaka and their locations

1)Shri Mayureshwar - Morgaon. (Taluka-Purandar, District-Pune)

2)Shri Ballaleshwar - Pali. (Taluka-Sudhagad, District-Raigad)

3)Shri Mahaganapati - Ranjangaon. (Taluka-Shirur, District-Pune)

4)Shri Varadvinayak -  d. (Taluka-Khalapur, District-Raigad)

5)Shir Girijatmaka - Lenyadri. (Taluka-Junner, District-Pune)

6)Shri Vigneshwar - Ozar.
(Taluka-Junner, District-Pune)

7)Shri Siddhivinayak - Siddhatek. (Taluka-Karjal, District-Nagar)

8)Shri Chintamani - Theur.
(Taluka-Haveli, District-Pune)

 

Moreshwar or Mayureshwar

Nije Bhuswanandjadbharat Bhumya Paratare |
Turiyastire Paramsukhdetva Nivasasi ||
Mayuraya Nath Stawamasich Mayuresh Bhagwan |
Ataswa Sandhyaye Shivharini Brahmajanakam ||

Meaning

Oh God Mayureshwara of Morgaon, you are in the greatest land of Sage Jada Bharat which is known as Bhu Swanand where you are staying in your own land with infinite happiness and on the bank of river Karha, you are self existent, you remained in fourth state of Yoga and gave Lord Shiva intense joy. Oh God Mayureshwara! You are seating on a Mayur(peacock), I am worshipping you, God Brahmadeva has built this temple and to protect it Lord Shiva (from South direction) & Lord Surya(God Sun, from North direction) have been established.

One can see this stanza(prayer) written on the entrance of the temple. As it is mentioned in this shloka(prayer) this Margin of the God Mayureshwara is known as `Bhu-Swanand Bhuvan’ just as God Vishnu’s Vaikunth Lok (the paradise of God Vishnu) and God Shiva’s Kailash(the favorite haunt of God Shiva) similar to these God Ganesha’s `Swanand-Lok’ (rejoicing in oneself)  

How to reach to Morgaon

Bhuswanand Bhuvan or Morgaon is located on the bank of river Karha, in Baramati Taluka in district Pune,. This is the main and foremost place of worship for the people who worship God Ganesha. The shape of the Morgaon is like a peacock. In olden days many peacocks were living at that place that is the reason it was called as Margin or Mayurgaon (in Marathi mayur means peacock)

1)State Transport buses run between Pune and Baramati one can get down at Morgaon. Pune Morgaon distance is 64 km.

2)Pune Chauphula distance is 56 km. At Chauphula turn right on Mira road and follow the road till Morgaon.

3)From Jejuri railway station. Jejuri is on the rail track of Pune Kolhapur. State transport buses, private jeeps are available from Jejuri. Jejuri-Morgaon distance is 15 km.

4)One can go to Morgaon by southern railway by getting down at the station Neera and thereafter by road to Morgaon.  

Stories about Shree Mayureshwara

Long ago there was a very puissant king named Chakrapani living in Gandali Nagari(town) of Mithila Kingdom. Queen Ugra was Mahapativrata(faithful wife). They were unhappy because they had no child. Both of them worshipped God Surya(God Sun) . With the blessing of God Surya, Ugra was carrying their son. The embryo was so bright and powerful, that she could not bear the brilliance of it so she released the embryo in the sea. From that embryo, a brilliant and puissant child was born. The sea, disguised as a Brahmin, reached to Chakrapani and gave the child to him. As the child was born in the sea the king named him as `Sindhu’, when Sindhu grew up, his teacher (guru) Shukracharya told him to worship God Surya and became more powerful. For two thousand years continuously, Sindhu did penance and got him what he wants(the boon). In return he asked for immortality. God Surya told him that he will give him nectar (immortal drink) which will remain in his stomach (near naval). As long as this nectar is there in his body, he won't die. After drinking nectar Sindhu became more powerful. King Chakrapani realised that his son Sindhu became intelligent and powerful with God Surya’s boon and gave him Kingdom. When Sindhu became King he started for the universal quest. With his incomparable valiant he won battles with God Indra, God Vishnu and other god’s. Sindhu kept all gods & goddesses in prison at Gandaki Nagari.

King Sindhu then attacked God Shiva and Satya Lok (the heaven). All gods and goddesses became unhappy. They worshipped their master God Ganesh. God Ganesha was delighted and said "I will take rebirth, I will become son of Parvarti and will kill Sindhu". In Krita Yuga everyone will call me as `Vinayak’, in Treta yuga everyone will call me as ‘Mayureshwara, in Dwapar yuga I will be called as Gajanana and in Kalyug I will be named as Dhumraketu. God Shiva and Parvati left Kailash and went to mountain called Meru. Goddess Parvati did penance of Lord Ganesha with one letter word `OM’(Ek Akshar Mantra) for 12 years. Lord Ganesha was delighted and gave her a boon as `I will take birth as your son’ on Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturthi Parvati made an idol of Lord Ganesha with clay and started worshipping that idol. An idol turned into a live child and said `I am Lord Ganesha to whom your were worshipping. I have taken incarnation to kill demon Sindhu.' Shiva and Parvati named their son as Ganesh. As he was Shiva’s son, Shiva gave him blessing that one will get a success without any disturbance, if one will remember you by heart before starting any work. Lord Ganesha was growing day by day. During his childhood he killed many demons. Brahmadeva alias Vishva-karma the creator of universe gave Lord Ganesha pash(noose) Ankush(agoad), parashu(hatchet) & kamal(lotus). When Ganesha was ten years old, Shiva & Parvati got fed up of demon's harassment when they were moving from Meru parvat(mountain) the demon Kamalasur came in their way. Lord Ganesha challenged Kamalasur and killed him. Lord Ganesha brought together all the Shiv-gan(attendant of God Shiva) and attacked on Gandaki Nagar of Sindhu demon. Lord Ganesha defeated Sindhu and killed his two sons. Sindhu ran away from the battlefield. Sindhu’s father advised him to release all gods and goddesses and surrender to Lord Ganesha, but he continued the battle. Lord Ganesha attacked him with parashu(hatcher) and removed the nectar from the naval and killed Sindhu. Lord Ganesha was riding on the peacock during the battle , so he was named as `Mayureshwara’ or `Moreshwar’. After the Panch-devata(five god’s next in position to Lord Ganesha named as God Brahmadeva, God Vishnu, God Shiva, Goddess Shakti and God Surya) requested Lord Ganesha to live in Morgaon forever for his devotees. Lord Ganesha blessed them and accepted their request. Panch-devata prepared an idol of sand, clay and precious stones and installed at Morgaon on Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha told them whoever lives and prays over here wont fear for any obstacle or danger. Lord Mayureshwara is very powerful, potent and awaked god. If you wish something holy at Morgaon then that wish will definitely become true. This is the belief of devotees of Lord Ganesha and they experience it.

`Ganapati Bappa Moraya’ as popular acclamation is of Lord Mayureshwara .

About the temple

The temple of Lord Mayureshwara of Morgaon which is the bank of river Karha is similar to a small fort. The temple is at the center of the Morgaon and it is facing towards north. It has eleven steps. There is a 50 feet tall wall of black stone around the temple and there are four pillars on each direction. Because of these pillars temple looks like a mosque from far. Before one could climb the steps, one could see the place for drums(in festival drums plays at this place). A big bull(Nandi) is present in all the Shiva's temples. (Nandi is god Shiva’s vahana or vehicle.) God Shiva rides on Nandi. How then this Nandi happened to be in this Ganesha temple? There is a story. In this locality there was a temple of God Shiva. This Nandi was build for that temple. While taking the Nandi to the God Shiva's temple, cart was broken in front of Lord Mayureshwara's temple. Then another cart was build and tried to move the Nandi on that cart but that cart was also broken. This happened again and again in order to reduce the height of Nandi the devotees begin to rub the Nandi, at that time blood begin to flow from the body of Nandi. There was sudden sound came from the heaven with words that don't reduce the size of Nandi, install this Nandi in front of the Lord Mayureshwara. The devotees followed the words and installed the Nandi after the steps. After entering the main door one can enter inside the big wall, the temple is made up of black stone but from inside it is painted. One can see a mouse whose front legs are elevated at the entrance of the temple. One can also see a big chandelier which is made up of black stone inside the main entrance. At the eight corners, eight idols of Lord Ganesha's incarnation are installed. They are namely Ek-Danta, Mahodar, Gajanan, Lanbodara, Vikat, Vighnahar, Dhumra-Varna & Vakratund. Another 34 idols of Lord Ganesha family are present. A very old tree, called as Kalpa Vriksha (the tree that fulfils every desire) is present near the temple. Shri Moraya Gosavi did penance under this tree and his wish to see Lord Ganesha was fulfilled. So devotees of Lord Ganesha have faith in doing penance under this tree. Shami tree & Mandar tree are also present inside the temple compound on left side. One can see the statue of Yogindracharya on right side after entering the temple. On left side of the temple one can see a small temple of Nagna Bhairav (an obedient attendant of Lord Mayureshwara). One more temple of Nagna Bhairav is towards East of Morgaon about a mile away. Without worshipping the Nagna Bhairava one can not complete Mayureshwar's pilgrimage. Lord Mayureshwara has given this boon to Nagna Bhairava, that one can not come in this holly place without your wish and you are the watchman of the Morgaon. Nagna Bhairava protects the devotees of the Lord Ganesha. It is not possible to every one to go to Nagna Bhairava temple which is a mile away from the Morgaon every time. So there is a small temple built out of main nave of Lord Mayureshwara where one can worship Nagna Bhairava first and then can go to the nave to worship Lord Mayureshwara. 

The Idol

The idol of Lord Mayureshwara is very attractive. The idol is in seating position with trunk going towards left and the idol is facing East. The idol has three eyes and has diamonds in the eyes and on hands. Nagraj(the king of snakes) on the head of the idol. The original idol was black and small. But because of the layers of the red lead it looks red and big. The red lead is applied on the idol. The red lead is liked by Lord Ganesha. Twice these layers fall down from the original idol, which was seen by many people. This happened in 1788 and 1822.

In the Mudgal Puran the description of the idol is as follows,

The deity has four hands and three eyes. Pash & Ankush were held in the upper hands. third hand is place on the knee, holding modak(a sweet made up of boiling milk) in the fourth hand. Dharma Raj Yudhishtir, son of the king Pandu, installed the present idol. This story is about five thousand years old. As written earlier Panch-Devata installed the original idol. 

Idols in the compound of the Lord Mayureshwar's temple

Shri Shami Devi
Shri Mandar Ganesha
Shri Durga Devi
Shri Shukla Chaturthi Devi
Shri Bhrushundi
Shri Krishna Chaturthi Devi
Shri Moraya Gosavi
Shri Purapar Ganesha
Shri Bhagwan Vishnu
Shri Laxmi Devi
Shri Dakshin Dwar Ganesha
Shri Bhagwan Shankar
Shri Devi Parvati
Shri Paschim Dwar Ganesha
Shri Adishakti Jagadamba
Shri Madan
Shri Rati Devi
Shri Uttar-dwar Ganesha
Shri Surya Bhagwan
Shri Varah
Shri Maha Devi
Shri Mod Ganesha
Shri Pramod Ganesh

Daily Programs & Festivals

Lord Mayureshwara worshipped with water bath three times daily. At the dawn/early morning at 5 o’clock first bath of the day takes place. After the bath worshippers offers flowers and durva to the idol. After that at 7 o’clock and at 12 noon Shodopachar puja (a worship which embodies sixteen items. This puja is done by priest with Ganesh-Athervashirsha. (a recitation of Lord Ganesha's). An offering is given in all three times. In the morning chapati and rice(khichadi) is offered. In the afternoon full lunch is offered. At night milk-rice is offered . At 8 o’clock in the night Panchopachar Puja is done where idol is bath by water. From 5 o’clock in the morning to 10 o’clock in the night, temple is open for public. The temple is closed after the shej-arati (A prayer done before sleeping time). Morning 5 o’clock puja and afternoon 4 o’clock puja is done by gurav's (a cast in Hindu community). The ornaments are put on the idol during festival. Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturthi & Magh Shuddha Chaturthi festivals are celebrated in big manner.  

Ballaleshwar - Pali

Vedo Sanstuvaibhavo Gajmukho Bhaktabhimaniti Yo |
Ballaleravya Subhaktapal Narataha Khyataha Sada Tishtati ||
Kshetre Pallipure Yatha Kritayuge Charimashta Laukike |
Bhakterbhavit Murtiman Ganapati Siddhiswhar Tam Bhaje ||

Meaning

Whose greatness is mentioned in Vedas, whose face is like an elephant, who is famous in his devotees, who is famous in his devotees, who is busy in looking after his devotees for protection. In Krita-yuga who is living in Pallipur alias Pali who idol is liked by all devotees. I worship such a great Lord Ganesha.  

How to reach Pali  

Location: Pali, Kulaba District.

Road: Forty km from the Khopoli-Shil Phata Road, off the Mumbai-Pune highway, about 11 km before Nagothane on the Mumbai-Goa highway.

The Ballaleshwar Vinayak is situated in District Raigad, Taluka Sudhagad in the village Pali. This place Pali is about 30 km from the railway station Karjat.

1)From Mumbai, it is 124 km one can reach Pali from Mumbai via Panvel, Khopoli.

2)From Pune, Pali is 10 km via Lonavala & Khopali.

3)There are some direct buses from Pune & Mumbai to Pali.

4)One can go by train till Karjat & from Karjat buses are available to Pali.

5)Buses are available from Khopoli & Panvel.

6)From Mumbai one can go to Dharamtar by boat and from their buses are available to Pali.  

 

One of the wife of Lord Ganesha and daughter of God Brahma is Siddhi. Siddhi means everything is achieved by which. Siddhi means power to act, penance and successful divine illumination entire knowledge and ever lasting prosperity is under control of Siddhi. Siddhi is not separate from Lord Ganesh. If any one worships Lord Ganesha Siddhi and the other wife of Lord Ganesha Buddhi are together with Lord Ganesha even though there are no separate idols of Siddhi & Buddhi; Siddhipati Ganesha is give the work to Siddhi, control on dharma(religion) arth(money), kama, moksha(emancipation deliverance) & Kaivalya (absorption into the divine essence)

Stories about Shree Ballaleshwar Pali

Long ago, in Krita-Yuga this place is known as Kokan Pallir. A businessman called Kalyan Sheth was living there with his wife Indumati & son Ballal. Ballal was the great devotee of Lord Ganesha. His friends were also devotees of Lord Ganesha. Their parents did not like this. They complained about this to Kalyan Sheth. Kalyan Sheth was also not like his son, Ballal to become the devotee of Lord Ganesha, instead he wanted him to become a businessman like him. Kalyan Sheth became very angry about daily complaints of his son. Once Ballal went to forest along with other children for playing. They made a statue of Lord Ganesh and were so engrossed in performing his worship that they forgot everything even though it became dark. The parents of everyone became angry, they went to the forest where they saw Ballal and other children were playing and worshipping Lord Ganesha. They threw the idol and scattered the puja. Kalyan Sheth beat Ballal very much with the stick. Blood came out of his body. He left his son in that condition with his body fasten by rope. Kalyan Sheth asked his son, now let us see how your God will rescue you. He began to make his prayers to Lord Ganesh. In disguise of one Brahmin Lord Ganesh came to Ballal and healed his wounds. Lord Ganesha gave him a blessing that you will be the great promoter of my cult (the devotees of Lord Ganesha, great spiritual leader and you will have long life. Ballal said, Oh Lord Ganesha! you live at this place and fulfill the desires of the devotees and this place should become famous. Lord Ganesha agreed this and disappeared in a rock. The rock is nothing but the idol of Lord Ballaleshwar and the idol, which was thrown by Ballal's father, was installed in the nearby temple as Lord Dhundi-Vinayak.

The Temple

The original wooden temple was re-built with rock by Mr. Phadanvis during 1760’s. The temple is facing towards East. Two small lakes are built near the temple. Water from the right side lake is used for Lord Ganesha’s worship and other auspicious occasions. During Southern declination of the sun the rays directly fall on the idol of Lord Ballaleshwar. The temple is very strong while building the walls of the temple, lead was put in it. The pinnacle of the temple was build by bricks and a small room was built inside the pinnacle. there is a terrace in front of the room. There are two naves in the temple. The inner or main nave is bigger the naves were built in such a way that all right directions are covered in it. It is like an octagon. The height of the main nave is 15 feet and the height of other nave is 12 feet where the statue of mouse holding modak in its two legs was installed.

The Idol

In the main nave, there is a gaily decorated frame which is made up of stone. The idol of Lord Ballaleshwar is about 3 feet. The idol is facing towards East and the trunk is going towards left. There are diamonds in the eyes and navel of the idol. The decorative frame behind the idol is made of silver. The idol is installed on the throne and decorated with silver. Idols of Goddess, Shri Buddhi and Goddess Shri Siddhi are present near the idol of Lord Ballaleshwar. Many ornaments of gold, silver & diamonds are put on the idol everydy.

Daily Programs and festivals

The temple opens at 5 O’clock in the morning and at 5.30 am one can see and worship Lord Ballaleshwar. At 5 a.m. kakad arati(prayer which is done in early morning) & Panchopachari puja(worship with sandalwood, flowers, red lead, pastin stick/dhoop and light deep) done by the priest. Before 12 noon Shodopachari puja (a worship which embodies 16 items). After sunset Panchopachari puja and at night dhoop arti (worshipping with pastin sticks) takes place. The temple closes after last prayers in the night.

Festivals

Bhadrapada ( 6th month of the Hindu calendar) Shuddha Pratipada(first day) to Panchami (5th day) are celebrated as a big festival. Similarly Magha (11th month of the Hindu calendar) Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami are celebrated as a big festival.

There is a special story about the offering at night of Maghi Chaturthi to the god. After offering doors of the nave used to close and after some time when doors are open, one can see the marks of God’s fingers on the offering. To see this miracle many devotees
come to Pali.

Other information

1)The Management of temple is looked by the trust called `Ballaleshwar Devasthan’ the donations given by devotees are the only income for the trust.The address for correspondance for lodging & boarding is Shree Ballaleshwar Devasthan, Post Pali, Taluka Sudhagad, District Raigad, Phone-(02142) 42263.

2)One can do the religious performing over here. It is managed by the trust.

3)A caravansary is built by the trust for the devotees.

 

Mahaganapati - Ranjangaon

Yaha Shree Shambhuvarprada Sutapasa Namna Sahastra Swakam |
Datwa Shree Vijay Padam Shivkar Tasme Prasannaha Prabhu ||
Ten Sthapit Eva Sadgunavapu Kshetre Sada Tishtati |
Tam Vande Manipurke Ganapati Devam Mahant Mudra ||

Meaning

God Shiva got a boon from Lord Ganesha to win all the battles, who has given a boon to God Shiva, who is very pleasant, who is having all virtues, who lives in Manipur(alias Ranjangaon). I salute that God with pleasure.

Maha-Ganapati means the powerful Ganesha. Maha Ganapati has 8,10, or 12 hands. God Shiva did penance of this Maha-Ganapati and won the battle against Tripurasur. That is why this is also called as Tripurarivarad Maha-Ganapati. Lord Maha-Ganapati of Ranjangaon of the Ashtavinayaka place in Shirur Taluka of Pune District. This is also one of the twenty-one places of Lord Ganesha's from mythology

 How to reach Ranjangaon

Location: Ranjangaon, Pune District.

1)On Pune-Nagpur highway one can reach to Ranjangaon by Pune-Koregaon-Shikrapur-Ranjangaon. The distance between Pune & Ranjangaon is 50 km.

2) One can reach by state transport buses from Shivaji Nagar bus stand of Pune. 

The Temple

At Siddhatek Lord Ganesha gave darshan to God Vishnu (Lord Ganesh himself appeared in front of God Vishnu). God Vishnu built a temple over there with installing Ganesha idol. The temple has four big entrances. Later on this temple was destroyed by wear and tear. Years later a cowherd had a divine appearance of God and saw this temple. That cowherd used to wash the idol by the water of river Bhima and used to give offering and used to worship. Soon everyone in the vicinity came to know about the temple. A Brahmin used to maintain the Lord Ganesha and temple. During the Peshwa Rule, the existing temple was built. The idols facing towards North. The nave is about 15 feet by 10 feet. The idol has beautiful gaily-decorated frame, on which sun, moon & eagle were carved. Also snake is decorated at the middle of the frame. Near decorate frame one can see the idols of Jay & Vijay (the dwarpals/watch men). The sleeping room(shej-ghar) of the God is in the nave. At the main entrance there is a Nagar-khana where one can hear the sound of holy drums in the morning and afternoon.

Idol

Lord Siddhi Vinayaka is having trunk towards right side. Because of this one has to be very particular about the holiness of the idol. After taking bath, only few selected people/priests can worship the idol by touching it. No one else is even allowed to enter the main nave. The height of the idol is 3 feet and width is 2 feet. Near the temple there are small temples of other gods like God Shiva, Goddess Sitala, God Vishnu. The temple opens at dawn. At that time priest does prayers and does holy bathing of the idol. After night prayers temple closes and Lord Siddhi Vinayaka sleeps in shej-ghar. In the morning again priest worship the idol(Shodopachari puja), in the evening priest worship idol.

Programs and Festivals

Temple observes big festivals in the month of Magh and Bhadrapada, Pratipada (1st day of the month) to Panchami(5th day of the month) many ornaments is put on the idol during these festivals. 

Other information

1)Maharishi Bhrushundi stayed at Siddhatek for some years to worship Lord Ganesha.

2)Lodging and boarding is available for devotees near the temple.

3)Sage Moraya Gosavi from Chinchwad worshipped Lord Siddhi Vinayak.

4)Narayan Maharaj a sage from Kodgaon also worshipped lord Siddhi Vinayak. 

5)September to June is the best period to visit. The roads are closed during winter season.
6) A very good arrangement for lodging & boarding can be made by Shri Gajanan R Purohit - Siddhatek, Posst Jalalpur, Taluka Karjat, District Ahmednagar. Phone-STD-(02489) 22760 & 22316.

Stories about Shree Maha Ganapati

Long ago in Treta-yuga there lived a great sage called Grutsamad. One day Grutsamad sneezed and a boy of red colour came out from his nose. He accepted him as his son, he said to his father, when I grow up I will rule all the worlds [Triloka-Prithvi (earth), Swarg(heaven) & Patal (hell)]. Sage Grutsamad told him to do penance with the mantra `Gananam Twam Ganapati’ (This mantra was composed by Sage Grutsamad). He did penance for five thousand years. Lord Ganesha gave him boon of power of strength. Lord Ganesha also gave him three towns, which had plenty of iron, gold & silver. Lord Ganesha said `you will be called as Tripur because you will own these three towns.(Tripur in Marathi means three towns) Only God Shiva could able to defeat you. You will live happily till God Shiva will destroy everything in one arrow and then he will kill you. Tripur conquered the universe and then he turned his evil eyes on God Shiva and demanded mountain Kailas from him. God Shiva went to a mountain called Mandar. All gods and goddesses were fed up of Tripur. Sage Narad asked them to worship Lord Ganesh because Tripur became powerful with Lord Ganesha’s blessing, so only Lord Ganesha can tell how to kill Tripur. Lord Ganesha was pleased with their worship and asked them for a boon. All gods and goddesses requested Lord Ganesha to kill Tripur. Lord Ganesha told them God Shiva would kill Tripur soon. In disguise of Brahmin Lord Ganesh went to Tripur and told him that I know sixty-four arts and I came to show them. Tripur said to him that if I like your art I will give you what you demand from me even my death. The Brahmin gave him three airplanes and told him that you can go to any place from these airplanes. But if Lord Shiva hits the airplanes with his arrow the same will be destroyed. Lord Shiva performed great penance of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha told him thousand names of his and told God Shiva that whoever will say these thousand names will become successful in any work and fulfills with all the wishes. The God Shiva started the battle with Tripur. At the end God Shiva destroyed Tripura’s airplanes and killed him. This incident happened on full moon day of the month of Kartik and it is called as Tripuri Poornima. God Shiva performed penance at the place called Manipur. The same place is now known as Ranjangaon.

Temple

The temple is facing toward East. Inner pandal of the temple build by Sardar Kibe and Madhavrao Peshwa has built the nave. There are excellent directional approache in the construction work. The rays of Sun directly fall on the idol of Lord Maha-Ganapati and idol looks more attractive.

Idol

After entering into the inner pandal in the nave there is idol of Maha Ganapati with its trunk on his left side. There are idols of Riddhi & Siddhi each on the sides of the Maha Ganapati. There is an underground room below the idol and there is one smaller idol of Maha Ganapati in that room. That is original idol. That idol has ten trunks and twenty hands. The similar idol was with general Peshwa’s Haripant Phadke. In the temple compound one can see old temple pillars. From that it was confirmed that the temple was built in 9th-10th century.

Programs & Festivals

In Ranjangaon the villagers do not celebrate Ganesha festival (which comes in the month of Bhadrapada) individually. They celebrate it together in the temple. There is big celebration in Ranjangaon from Bhadrapada Shuddha Pratipada (the first day of the Bhadrapad month) to Shashthi (the sixth day). During these days one can enter the nave and worship Lord Maha-Ganapati. On fifth day there is `Mahaprasad’(big offering to Lord Maha-Ganapati)

Other information

1)The temple is managed by a trust, whose trustees are appointed by court.

2)Religious programs are done by the trust.

3)Lodging and boarding for devotees is managed by the trust. Single room or common hall is available. The address for advance booking is Shree Kshetra Ranjangaon Ganapati Devasthan Trust, Taluka Shirur, District Pune.  

Varadavinayaka - Madh

Bhaktbhimani Ganaraj Ekam |
Kshetre MadhaKhye Vardam Prasanam ||
Yastishtati Shree Varado Ganesham |
Vianyakasta Pranamami Bhaktam ||

Meaning

I salute Ganaraj who is the leader of Ganas, who is proud of his devotees & who abodes at Mahad & has pleasant appearance.

In the temple of Varadvinayak, one Nandadeep(lamp) was lighten for last one hundred seven years. In the ancient period it was called as Bhadrak. Many sages were residing over there

How to reach Mahad

Location: Madh, Kulaba District.

Route:
Road: About three km off the Pune-Mumbai highway near Khopoli (80 km from Pune).

1. Mumbai - Mahad distance is 63 km. On Mumbai - Panvel - Khopoli road 6 km before Khopoli. Take a road at Hal phata which will lead to Mahad.

2. On Mumbai - Pune railway line, Mahad is at a distance of 30 km from Karjat.

3. Regular State Transport buses are available from Khopoli & Karjat.   

Stories about Shree Varadavinayak

Out of Ashtavinayaka the place of Lord Varad Vinayak is in Mahad in Khalapur Taluka of Raigad District. Long ago a king called Bhima had ruled over the Earth. Sage Vishvamitra had given him a one-word mantra (prayer) and by ceaseless reiteration of the mantra son named Rukhamangad was born to him. On the beauty of Rukhamangad, wife of one sage named Wakchkanbi was attracted towards him. But Rukhamangad rejected her offer of marriage on the ground that she was wife of a sage. She gave curse to Rukhamangad and his body became ugly due to leprosy. He lived with his ugly body for many years. Then he met sage Narad, on his advise he worship Lord Chintamani Ganesha and also to take bath in the holy Lake in the Kadamba city. Rukhamangad freed from his curse.

After taking into consideration of amorous dalliance of Mukunda (wife of sage Wakchkanbi) God Indra in disguise of Rukhamangad satisfied her desire and Mukunda gave birth to a son named Grutsamad. He gave curse to his mother to become a thorny jujube tree. To become free from the sins of his mother Grutsamad started penance in the forest called Pushpak. By standing on the tree and by eating only dried leaves of trees he prayed Lord Vinayaka. Lord Vinayaka was pleased with his worship and asked him for a boon. Grutsamad said in return that his only wish is that God should stay in this forest and God should answer the devotees. Lord promised him what he asked and gave Grutsamad ultimate knowledge of the universe. That auspicious forest is present in Mahad town. Lord Vinayaka is residing at this place. Grutsamad has been recognized as founder of Ganapatya cult. The cult in which people worship only Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesh gave boon to Grutsamad that I will stay here. Because of this Lord Ganesha is called as Lord Varad Vinayak (Vara-boon-blessing from God) 

Temple

The temple of Lord Varad Vinayak faces towards East. The temple looks like tiled house from outside. Actually that temple is built up of carved stone and the fine carving is very beautiful. Elephants were carved on four sides of the temple. There is a belief that a devotee of Lord Ganesha found this idol in the lake in 1690. He installed the idol on the rock and the temple was built later. Since 1992 the light was lit over there. Entering the nave, one can see the carved stone idols of Shri Riddhi and Shri Siddhi. The dome of the temple has a golden coloured pinnacle and there is an assembly hall next to the nave, which is 8 feet by 8 feet.

The Idol

The idol of Varad Vinayak is facing towards East and trunk is going towards left side. In addition to Lord Varad Vinayak idol, two other idols of Lord Ganesha are present in the nave, one is white marble idol whose trunk is going towards right side.

Yatra:
Magha Shukla 4, Sankashti is celebrated every month.

 

Girijatmaka - Lenyadri

Maya Sa Bhuvaneshwari Shivsati Dehashrita Sundary |
Vighnesham Sutmaptukam Sanhita Kurvetapo Dushkaram ||
Takhya Bhutprakat Prasanna Vardo Tishtataya Sthapitaha |
Vandeh Girijatmaj Parmajam Tam Lekhanadristhitam ||

Meaning

Mother of Universe, beautiful wife of God Shiva Goddess Parvati performed long penance of Lord Ganesha & at last obtained Loard Ganesha as her son. I salute Girija Parvati's son Girijatmaj who stays on mountain Lekhanadri/Lenyadri.

Shri Girijatmaka-Among all the eight Ashtavinayak’s Lenyadri is the only place on the mountain. Lenyadri is in Pune District.

How to reach Lenyadri  

Location: Lenyadri, Pune District.

1. There are many ways to got to Lenyadri. one way is to reach Junner from Mumbai. It is 145 miles from Mumbai.

2. Another way to reach Junner from Pune. Lenyadri is 5 km from Junner.  

Story

Lord Shiva used to do penance regularly . He looks very luminous(brilliant). Parvati, Shiva’s wife was curious about Shiva’s penance. She always thought that Shiva is god’s god(greatest among the gods) then why & which god's penance is he doing? so she asked Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva told her `Omkar’ (Lord Ganesha). He is more powerful than Shiva, Brahmadev & Vishnu, so I always worship him. Parvati decided to do rigorous penance of Omkar because she wanted Ganesha to be her son. She started her persistent effort on the Lenyadri mountain. Twelve years she did hard persistent effort. She made an idol of clay and worshipped him. On Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturthi God appeared in person and gave her blessings that he will become her son. After some days Parvati had got a son. She named him as Ganesh. He was protecterof Gods & destroyer of cruel demons. Many cruel demons hypocritically appeared in the form of mouse, cat, camel and horse & tried to kill him. But Lord Ganesha killed all of them. He took conceit out of Shesha, Indra, and Yama.

In the area of Lenyadri mountains Ganesha’s childhood took place. It was his playing place. Gautam muni did his thread ceremony. Girija's son Ganesha stayed her for fourteen years, This Ganesha is known as `Girijatmaka’. He completed his incarnation mission & went back to Ganesha Lok. That day was Anant Chaturdashi(Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturdashi). Ganesha promises them that he will come and meet everyone every Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi.

Temple

One can go by any vehicle to the base of mountain. After that about 307 steps one has to climb to reach the temple. The temple was made in Buddha’s period & it is in the 8th cave of the 17 caves. The temple was not built but carved in the mountain and it is facing towards south. The huge hall at the entrance of the temple is like an assembly house. The length of this big hall is 51 feet and width is 57 feet. This hall is carved in one big rock. It is not supported by any pillar. It is very rare sight. One can see the river and houses of Junner village from here. At the front side just before the huge hall there is a small hall with 6 pillars. Elephants, tigers, lion’s faces are carved on the top of the pillars.   

Idol  

The idol faces north and this particular idol has to be worshipped form the rear of the temple.

 Daily programs & festivals

Girijatmaja's panchamrut pooja is performed every day in the morning. Bhadrapada & Magh Shuddha Chaturthi are celebrated here in big way. In Magh Akhand Harinam Saptah is observed. On Ganesh Jayant bullock cart race is conducted. On Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi Abhishek, Pooja & Kirtan being performed in the temple.

Other information

1. Though the caves on Lenyadri are under control of Archeological Department of India, administration of Ganesh temple is managed by Temple Trust.

2. Temple trust has built an Yatri Nivas for lodging of devotees. At a time arrangement of 300 devotees can be done. Large rooms are available where 10 people can stay in the night. The address for the advance booking is Shree Lenyandri Ganapati Devasthan Trust, Shri Shankar L Tamhane, Post Golegaon, Taluka Junnar, District Pune, PIN 410502, Phone (02132) 22350

3. There is a small garden namely Sunder Udyan near Yatri Nivas beautifies the place.

4. The name Lenyadri originated because of the 17 Buddhist caves over there. To the west there is a beautiful Stupa which is called as Bhima's Gada(mace). One may hear echo over here. On the top of mountain there is a temple of God Shiva.

5. Fort Shivneri, where great Shivaji Maharaj was born is at a distance of 6 km from Lenyadri.

6. Virtuous deeds like Abhisheka, pooja, sahastravartan can be done by the temple trust on behalf of devotees.

7. The Lord Girijatmaja idol is attached to the wall one can not circumnavigate.  

8. It’s a very quiet & lonely place. Best place to meditate.

Shri Vighnahar - Ohzar

Bhakatanugrah Gajmukho Vigheshwaro Brahmapaha |
Nana Murti Dharopi Naijamahima Khandaha Sadatma Prabhu ||
Sweccha Vighnahar Sadasukhakar Siddha Kallow Swepuyaha |
Kshetre Chozarke Namostu Satatam Tasmey Parabramhane ||

Meaning

Who is giving good blessings with free hands, whose face is like an elephant, who destroyed the obstacles ( who defeated Vighnasur), who himself has deliverance, who appeared in many ways and whose greatness is countless, who is superior Lord, who destroys the obstacles of devotees, who gives happiness, who is expert in all arts, who stays at Ozar. I could able to concentrate my mind with that great God.

OZAR- Shree Vighneshwar! One more place in Ashtavinayaka from Junner Taluka and Pune District is Ozar. The Ganesh is called as Shree Vighneshwar.

The temple of Vigneshwar of Ozar is on the bank of river Kukadi. The pinnacle of the temple is made up of gold. This is the only temple among the Ashatavinayaka which has gold pinnacle.

 How to reach Ozar

Location: Ozhar, Pune District.
Ozar is in the Junner Taluka in Pune District. Pune-Ozar distance is 85 km.

1)There is state transport buses from Junner to Ozer. Jeeps are also available from there.

2)Private buses and vehicles reach directly upto the temple because there is the bridge on the Kukadi river.

3)The distance from Mumbai-Thane-Kalyan-Bapsai-Sarlgoan-Otur-Lenyadri-Ozar is 182 km.

4)There are state transport buses running between Shivaji Nagar (Pune) to Ozar.

Story

Long ago there lived king Abhinandan in Hemavat Nagar. He wanted to rule Lord Indra’s Kingdom (Indra-Pad) When Indra came to know that he is performing yadnya to get Indra-pad. He has created a demon called Vighnasur to destroy the yadnya. Vighnasur not only destroyed his yadnya but also destroyed all vedic acts(religious actions) on the earth. So everyone worshipped Lord Ganesha to save them from Vighnasur. At that time Lord Ganesha has taken the incarnation and fought with Vighnasur at Junner. Finally he caught Vighneshwar and made him prisoner. He surrenders and prayed him and requested him for not killing him. He also requested Lord Ganesha to call himself by names Vighneshwar or Vighna-harta(destroyer of all obstacles and danger). Lord Ganesh accepted this request and told him that you are admitted in my people (gana samuday). Who ever is starting the yadnya by calling Vighna-har or Vighneshwar, his yaghya will be protected by me and you should not destroy the yadnya.. Everyone on earth was happy by the defeat of Vighnasur. On Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturthi idol of Ganesha was installed at Ozar by all gods. This is the Vighneshwar of Ozar.

Temple

Temple of Shree Vighneshwar is facing towards East. It is enclosed from all sides by big stone walls. Once entered in the temple, one can see two chandelier (dipa-mala). Those are lighted on Tripuri Poornima. At the entrance of main temple Bhaldar Chopdar are carved in the stone (watchmen of the temple). Once entered from the main door one can see two verandas on both sides. Each one is 25 feet long and 8 feet wide. Under one veranda basement is there where chandelier, lampshades, palakhi are kept. Inside the temple, there are two pandals one after another. At the entrance of pandal there is a mouse made up of black stone. After entering through two pandals, there is a third pandal where Lord Vighneshwar's idol is installed.

The Idol

The idol is facing towards East. The trunk is towards left side. One can see rubies in two eyes. Red Lead is put on the idol. On both sides of the idol Shree Siddhi & Shree Buddhi are placed. The wall of the nave has some recess where idols of God Brahmadev, God Vishnu, God Shiva, Goddess Shakti and God Surya are place. One can see Mandar, Shami, Parijatak trees inside the temple compound. The pinnacle of the temple is made of gold. Chimaji Appa (brother of first Bajirao Peshwa) built the golden pinnacle after winning the battle at Vasai.

Programs and Festivals

On Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi (4th day in the month of Bhadrapad) `Ganesh-utsav’ is celebrated. Four days from Tripoori Poornima festival of lights is celebrated over here. The chandeliers in front of the God Vighneshwar are light up.

Other Information

The temple is managed by Trust. The religious programs are managed by the trust. The puja, consecration, sahastra-vartan (Continuous recitation of any prayer for thousand times) are performed by the priests. On the riverbank of Kukadi trust has built a building caravansary for the pilgrimage. The address for advance booking is as follows: Shree Vighneshwar Ganapati Devasthan Trust, Shir Shtra Ozar Taluka Junner, Dist. Pune, Phone-(02132) 88330.

Siddhivinayaka - Siddhatek

Sthito Bhimatire Jagadvan Kamen Harina |
Vijetu Daityo Tachuti Malbhavou Kaitabh Madhu ||
Mahavighnarten Prakhar Tapasa Sevitpado |
Ganesh Siddhisho Girivarvapu Panchajanak ||

Meaning

On the greatest mountain Siddhatek which is located on the bank of river Bhima & surrounded by forest and trees. God Vishnu did hard penance when he was in great difficulty. He got a boon from Lord Siddheshwar Ganesh who is a father or creator of `Panchamahabhuta’ (the five elements namely Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Sky) and killed the two demons Madhu & Kaitabha. Oh mighty God my salute to you. Let me offer my humble services to you.

Lord Siddhivinayaka, the third Ganesh of Ashtavinayaka has trunk towards right and has authority to complete the work. At this place God Vishnu got Siddhi (divine illumination). The God is awaked or potent. Sage Moraya Gosavi from Chinchwad and Sage Narayan Maharaj from Kodgaon got siddhi from the Lord Siddhivinayaka at this place. Shri Haripant Phadke a general from Peshwa got back his post when he did penance continuously for 21 days .

How to reach Sidhatek  

Location : Siddhatek, Ahmednagar District.

Road: Off the Pune-Solapur Highway. 48 km from Srigonda; 19 km from Daund.
Rail: Alight at Boribyal station on the Pune-Solapur line. The temple stands about Eleven km from this station, across the river Bhima. Regular State Transport buses ply from the station. One could also alight at Daund and take a bus.

1)By rail Pune-Sholapur, one can get down at Daund station to reach the Siddhatek .

Pune-Daund is 78 km. The way is Pune-Hadapsar-Loni-Vawat-Chaufula-Patas-Daud-Siddhatek. Daud-Siddhatek distance is 18 km. One can got to Daud-Shirapur-Bhima river. One can cross the river with a boat. Private buses, cars are allowed to go till the bank of river Bhima. After passing the river one has to walk some distance to reach temple.

2)By road one can go from Daud-Kasti-Padgaon to Siddhatek.

3)State transport bus service available between Shivaji Nagar(Pune) to Siddhatek. 

Stories about Shree Sidhatek

Long ago God Brahma thought of creating the nature. For that he did ceaseless reiteration of single alphabet OM. Lord Ganesha was delighted with the penance and gave him a boon that he will fulfil his wish of creating the nature. When God Brahma was creating the nature, God Vishnu felt asleep. Demons Madhu & Kaitabh immerge from God Vishnu’s ears (means from his irascible) they started harassing all gods, goddesses and sages. God Brahma realise that only God Vishnu will be able to kill the two demons. God Brahma along with other gods requested God Vishnu to kill the demons. God Vishnu fought with them for 5 thousand years, but he could not succeed in ending their lives. Then God Vishnu realise that he won’t succeed unless he worships Lord Ganesha. God Shiva and goddess Parvati gave him `Ganesh Mantra’ and asked him to go to Siddhi Shetra(place) for worshipping the mantra. God Vishnu came to Siddhi Shetra. where he found self-existent right trunk Ganesh idol. God Vishnu installed the idol at Siddhi Shetra and called the Ganesh as `Siddhi Vinayak’. This Siddhi Shetra later became famous by Siddhatek.

God Brahma got the energy to create the nature with the boon. With the Lords blessing God Brahma got two daughters named Siddhi & Buddhi. God Brahma worshipped Lord Ganesha and requested to accept his daughters as Lord Ganesha’s wife.

Lord Vishnu, sage Vyas, sage Bhrushundi, sage Moraya Gosavi, sage Narayan Maharaj were stayed at this holy place. This place is one of the twenty-one places of Lord Ganesha, which mentioned in the purana (mythology). This place is second in Ashtavinayaka.

The Temple

At Siddhatek Lord Ganesha gave darshan to God Vishnu (Lord Ganesh himself appeared in front of God Vishnu). God Vishnu built a temple over there with installing Ganesha idol. The temple has four big entrances. Later on this temple was destroyed by wear and tear. Years later a cowherd had a divine appearance of God and saw this temple. That cowherd used to wash the idol by the water of river Bhima and used to give offering and used to worship. Soon everyone in the vicinity came to know about the temple. A Brahmin used to maintain the Lord Ganesha and temple. During the Peshwa Rule, the existing temple was built. The idols facing towards North. The nave is about 15 feet by 10 feet. The idol has beautiful gaily-decorated frame, on which sun, moon & eagle were carved. Also snake is decorated at the middle of the frame. Near decorate frame one can see the idols of Jay & Vijay (the dwarpals/watch men). The sleeping room(shej-ghar) of the God is in the nave. At the main entrance there is a Nagar-khana where one can hear the sound of holy drums in the morning and afternoon.

Idol

Lord Siddhi Vinayaka is having trunk towards right side. Because of this one has to be very particular about the holiness of the idol. After taking bath, only few selected people/priests can worship the idol by touching it. No one else is even allowed to enter the main nave. The height of the idol is 3 feet and width is 2 feet. Near the temple there are small temples of other gods like God Shiva, Goddess Sitala, God Vishnu. The temple opens at dawn. At that time priest does prayers and does holy bathing of the idol. After night prayers temple closes and Lord Siddhi Vinayaka sleeps in shej-ghar. In the morning again priest worship the idol(Shodopachari puja), in the evening priest worship idol.

Programs and Festivals

Temple observes big festivals in the month of Magh and Bhadrapada, Pratipada (1st day of the month) to Panchami(5th day of the month) many ornaments is put on the idol during these festivals. 

Other information

1)Maharishi Bhrushundi stayed at Siddhatek for some years to worship Lord Ganesha.

2)Lodging and boarding is available for devotees near the temple.

3)Sage Moraya Gosavi from Chinchwad worshipped Lord Siddhi Vinayak.

4)Narayan Maharaj a sage from Kodgaon also worshipped lord Siddhi Vinayak.  

5)September to June is the best period to visit. The roads are closed during winter season.
6) A very good arrangement for lodging & boarding can be made by Shri Gajanan R Purohit - Siddhatek, Posst Jalalpur, Taluka Karjat, District Ahmednagar. Phone-STD-(02489) 22760 & 22316

Shri Chintamani - Theur.

Brahma Srushtyadisakta Sthirmatirahittam Pidito Vighnasandhe |
Aakranto Bhutirakta Krutiganrajasa Jeevita Tyaktu Mischina ||
Swatmanan Sarvyakta Ganapatimamal Satyachintamaniyam |
Mukta Cha Stapayant Shtirmatisukhadam Sthavare Dhudhi Midhe ||

Meaning

The one who is in search of happiness, whose mind is wavering like God Brahma, who is in the middle of all calamities should go to Sthavar means Theur & worship Shree Chintamani & get rid of all Chintas(worries).

God Brahma meditated here to subdue his wavering mind. Theur is the nearest place of Ashtavinayak from Pune.

How to reach Theur

Theur is in Haveli district of Pune. The distance from Pune is about 25 km. Theur is situated on the confluence of Mula, Mutha & Bhima rivers. One can reach Theur by,

1. Regular Pune Motor Transport buses are available from Poolgate bus stand of Pune.

2. On Pune-Sholapur highway after Loni, a road leads to Theur.

Story

King Abhjit & queen Gunavati did penance for several years on advice of sage Vaishampayan & got a son named as Gana. Gana popularly called as Ganaraja.

Ganaraja was as furious as he was brave & valorious. Once after his hunting expedition he came to Kapila Rishi's Ashram for taking rest. Sage Kapila welcomed Ganaraja & invited for lunch along with his sena(army).

King of gods Indra had given sage Kapila a jewel called Chintamani. With its help the sage fed the entire army with good food. Being impressed by the power of the jewel, greedy Ganaraja asked sage Kapila to give the jewel to him. When sage Kapila refused to give the jewel, Ganaraja took away from him by force.

Sage Kaplia was disappointed. Goddess Durga advice Kapila to worship Lord Ganesha & in boom asked for the Chintamani. A fierced battle between Lord Ganesha & Ganaraja took place. At the end Lord Ganesha killed Ganaraja.

King Abhjit returned the Chintamani to sage Kapila. Sage Kapila worshipped Lord Ganesha. From that time Lord Ganesha was also called as Chintamani-Vinayaka. This village is also called as Kadamba Tirtha because the battle between Lord Ganesha & Ganaraja took place near Kadamba tree.

Another story

King of gods Indra was attracted towards Sage Gautam's beautful wife Ahilya. Once the sage was out for bath, God Indra in disguise of sage Gautam had pleasure with Ahilya. On returning to hermitage, sage Gautam by his inner power realised the fact. Seething with rage sage Gautam cursed God Indra. Because of the curse God Indra had thousands of holes in his body. God Indra pleaded for mercy. Sage Gautam asked him to worship Lord Ganesha to get rid of the curse. God Indra performed penance in Kadambnagar & got released from the curse. The lake in which God Indra had bath, is called as Chintamani sarovar. 

Temple

The main archway of the temple faces North. Madhavarao Peshava had built a concrete road from main gate up to Mula-Mutha river. Temple hall is made up of wood & there is a small fountain made up of black stone in the hall. The courtyard of the temple is big paved with floor. There is small temple of God Shiva in the courtyard of the temple. A big bell can be seen outside the main temple.

The temple was built by Dharanidhar Maharaj Dev from the family of Moraya Gosavi. One hundred years later Madhavarao Peshava built a hall for this temple. Haripant Phadake & other devotees had done timely repairs of the temple.

Idol

Idol facing toward East is self emerged & has a left side trunk. There are diamonds in the eyes of the idol. 

Festivals

Two festivals, one in Bhadrapada from Pratipada to Saptami & another in Magh are celebrated in Theur on grand scale. In those days Ganesh idols in the nearby temples are worshipped & offered naivedya. This is called as Dwaryatra. On Sankashti & Angaraki people give food to poor. They have been provided with the utensils to prepare food.

Lord Chintamani was a family God of Madhavarao Peshva. His palace was near the temple & now it is converted into garden. Madhavarao Peshva had stayed in this palace in his last sickness. He renovated the temple & performed various religious programs in the temple. By chanting Gajanan he passed away. Ramabai, wife of Madhavarao Peshva burnt herself with corpse of Madhavarao Peshva on bank of the Mula Mutha river. Sati's vrindavan was built on that place. It was Kartik Vadya Ashtami. Rama Madhav death anniversary is celebrated here on Kartik Vadya Ashtami.

 Other information

1. Chinchwad Temple Trust manages the temple.

2. If Abhishek, Sahastravartana want to be performed it is done by the priests.

3. Lodging & boarding can be provided by priest's, when intimated before, a very good arrangement is available with Shri Aaglave - Post Theur, Taluka Haveli, District Pune, PIN 412110.

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