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Places to visit in Ashtavinayak

Varadvinayak Temple

This is the fourth temple in the Ashtavinayak Yatra. Here Lord Ganesha is held as the giver of all success. This temple is at a place called Mahad.

Here, there are four elephant idols on the four sides of the temple. The dome here has been elaborately carved, with exquisite perfection. It also has designs of the cobra, somewhat unusual for a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Another unusual fa

Shri Vigneshwar Vinayak Temple

This temple is located at Ozar. In this temple, the Lord Ganesha idol has the statues of Riddhi and Siddhi on either side. “Vighna” means obstacle due to unforeseen causes. Vighnasur was a demon created to destroy prayers organized by King Abhinandan. The demon also started destroying otherVedic religious acts. Lord Ganesha defeated him and so was called the “Vighnahar” or “Vighneshwar”, hence leading to the name of the temple.<

Siddhivinayak Temple

The second temple on this tour is the Shri Siddhivanayak temple, in Siddhitek, on a small hillock. This temple is by far the most well-known and well-publicised temple of the Ashtavinayak as it is often mentioned in columns and popular shows.

The “garba griha” or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, where the deity is kept, is 15 feet high and 10 feet wide. It is believed to have been constructed by Maharani Ahilyaba

Chintamani Temple

The fifth temple of the Yatra, the Chintamani temple is located at Theur.

According to the legend behind this temple, Lord Ganesha managed to retrieve a “chintamani” or jewel for the sage Kapila. Sage Kapila decided to put the jewel around Lord Ganesha’s neck and so the temple is called Chintamani Vinayak or literally “the bejewelled Ganesh”. There is also a lake close to the temple, called Kadambte

Mahaganapati Temple

The 8th and final temple, the Mahaganapati temple at Ranjangaon is historically believed to have been visited by Peshwa Madhav Rao I who also built the stone garbha griha around the temple.

Here lord Ganesha is seated on a lotus with Riddhi and Siddhi on either side. The temple has a main entrance with two mythical guards or “yakshas”. Sunlight falls directly on the idol, illuminating it beautifully.

Ballaleshwar Temple

The third temple is the Ballaleshwar temple in Pali. The story behind this temple lies with the devotee of Lord Ganesha, Ballala, who was saved by Lord Ganesha, while being punished by the villagers who were against him for being a follower of Lord Ganesha.

It is believed that Ballala used to worship Lord Ganesha and this was not liked at all by his father, who in an immense fit of anger, even broke the idol Ballala would worshi

Girijatmaj Temple

This is the sixth temple in the circuit, built at Lenyadri. “Girija” is another name for the Goddess Parvati and “Atmaj” means son, referring to Lord Ganesha, her son according to legend.

This temple is not actually a temple per se. It is actually a cave complex consisting of 18 caves of Buddhist origin. The main temple is in the 8th cave. It has been carved out of a single mammoth-sized stone with n

Moreshwar Temple

The Moreshwar temple, also known as the Mayureshwar temple, is the first temple in the Ashtavinayak Yatra pilgrimage route. It was built during the age of the Bahmani rulers, the dynasty founded by Alauddin Hasan. The Bahmani kingdom was founded by Alauddin Hasan in 1347. His title that the kingdom was made of black stone and located at the centre of Moreshwar, this temple looks like a mosque from a distance since it has four minarets on its four sides. It also ha

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