श्रीराम जय राम जय जय राम, শ্ৰীৰাংজয়ৰাংজয়জয়ৰাং, শ্রীরাম জয় রাম জয় জয় রাম , શ્રીરામ જય રામ જયજય રામ, ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಜಯರಾಮಜಯಜಯರಾಮ, ശ്രിറാം ജയ് റാം ജയ്‌ ജയ് റാം, శ్రీరాంజయరాంజయజయరాం

Shri Ashatavinayak

Shri Moreshwar or Mayureshwar

Location: Maharashtra-Pune-Morgaon

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh1The temple faces the north. Swayambhu (self-formed) idol with a serpent above the head. The temple has eight Ganesha idols in eight corners. These are Ekadanta, Mahodara, Gajanana, Lambodara, Vikata, Nataraja, Dhumravarna, Vakratunda. The God here is worshipped three times every day: at 7 am, noon and at 8 pm.

Yatra: Magha Shukla 4 and Bhadrapada Shukla 4. The God’s palkhi travels from Chinchwad during both the chaturthis.

Utsav: Vijayadashami Shukla 4 and Krishna 4, Somavati Amavasya.

Legend and history:

Ganesha, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot.

Road: 68 km from Pune on the Pune-Bangalore highway.

Railway Alight at Nira or Kedgaon station on the Pune-Bangalore highway. (Regular buses ply from the station.)

Shri Ballaleshwar – Pali

Location: Maharashtra – Kulaba- Pali

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh2The temple faces the east. Swayambhu (self-formed) idol with the trunk to the right.

Yatra: Magha Shukla 4.

Legend and history:

Ganesha is believed to have saved his boy-devotee, Ballala, who was beaten by villagers for his single-minded devotion to the Lord. Moroba, the brother of Nana Phadnavis and Kaka Baburao built the temple. It was later renovated by a local citizen named Krishnaji Narayan Ringe between 1824 and 1830.

Road: 40 km from the Khopoli-Shil Phata Road, off the Mumbai-Pune highway, about 11 km before Nagothane on the Mumbai-Goa highway.

Shri Varadavinayaka – Madh

Location: Maharashtra – Kulaba – Madh

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh3Swayambhu (self-formed) idol with the trunk to the left. The nandadeep here is kept burning continuously and is said to be shining since 1892. The idol was found in the adjoining lake.

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

Legend and history:

Ganesha resides here in the form of Varada Vinayaka, the giver of Knowledge and success. This temple has been built between 1690 and 1720. The subhedar of Kalyan, Ramaji Mahadev Biwalkar built this temple and presented this village to the

Road: About 3 km off the Pune-Mumbai highway near Khopoli (80 km from Pune).

Shri Chintamani – Theur


Location: Maharashtra – Pune – Theur

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh4The temple faces the north. The Swayambhu (self-formed) idol with the trunk to the left.

Yatra: Bhadrapada Shukla 4. Punyatithi of Ramabai Kartika Krishna 4.

Legend and history:

Ganesha is believed to have got back the precious Chinatamani jewel from the greedy Guna for sage Kapila at this spot. Moraya Gosavi attained his siddhis (spiritual powers) here. This was the favourite temple of Shrimant Madhavarao Peshwe. He stayed here during his last illness and breathed his last near the temple. Ramabai performed sati ritual near by.

Road: 22 km from Pune off the Pune-Solapur highway.

Railwayl: 5 km from Loni Railway station on the Pune-Solapur section.

Shri Girijatmaka – Lenyadri

Location: Maharashtra – Pune Lenyadri

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh5The temple is on a hill, which has 283 steps. The hill is full of caves. The idol faces north and this particular idol has to be worshipped form the rear of the temple.

Legend and history:

It is believed that Parvati performed penance to beget Ganesha at this point. This temple stands amidst a cave complex of Buddhist origin. Little is known about its antiquity. It appears that the Ganesha idol came much later than the period in which the caves were built. The temple which stands at a hill top, is in a deserted location and there is no human habitation close by. Even the archaka (priest) lives some distance away.

Road: 12 km from Narayangaon, which is about 90 km from Pune on the Pune-Nashik highway.

Shri Vighnahar – Ohzar

Location: Maharashtra – Pune – Ozhar

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh6Swayambhu (self-formed) idol with the trunk to the left. Temple faces East and has several idols. There is a beautiful deepamala in the temple.

Legend and history:

It is believed that Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of Bajirao Peshwa had a golden kalasa fitted on the temple tower as thanksgiving for his victory over the Portuguese at Vasai. But records show that the temple was built only in 1785. It has been hence reconstructed.

Road: Pune-Nashik Highway, turn at Narayangaon towards Junnar, follow directions to Ozhar.

Shri Mahaganapati – Ranjangaon

Location: Maharashtra – Pune – Ranjangaon

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh7The temple faces the east. The real idol is buried behind the idol that can be seen in the temple. Mahaganapati is believed to have eight, ten or twelve hands. According to some, the unseen idol has ten trunks and twenty hands.

Yatra: Bhadrapada Shukla 4

Legend and history:

Shiva is believed to have worshipped Ganesha before fighting the demon Tripuraasura here. The mandap of the temple was built by Sardar Kibe of Indore Sardar Pawar and Sardar Shinde also contributed to the construction. Malharrao Holkar and Yashwantrao Chandrachud maintained the temple precincts. The sanctum was built by Madhavrao Peshwe. About sixteen km from the temple stands the samadhi of Shri Limbaraj Maharaj.

Road: About 50 km from Pune on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway.

Railway: Uruli is nearest railway station on the Pune-Solapur line. The temple is situated 16 km from the station.

Shri Siddhivinayaka – Siddhatek


Location: Maharashtra – Ahmednagar – Siddhatek

The Temple and idol:

shri ganesh8Swayambhu (self-formed) idol with the trunk to the right. The temple faces the north and has idols of other gods like Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati.

Yatra: Bhadrapada Shukla 4 and Magha Shukla 4

Legend and history:

Vishnu vanquished the demons Madhu and Kaitab after propitiating Ganesha here. Moraya Gosavi of Chinchwad is believed to have performed penance here. The sanctum of the temple was built by Ahilyabai Holkar. It is believed that Haripant Phadke regained his position as army chief after he paid obeisance at this temple. A dharmashala for travelling pilgrims has been built here.

Road: Off the Pune-Solapur Highway. 48 km from Srigonda; 19 km from Daund.

Railway: Boribyal is nearest railway 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.