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Maha Ganpati, Ranjangao (Ashtavinayak)

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment
Shri Mahaganapati Vinayak temple is in Ranjangao. Ranjangao is 50km from Pune, Maharashtra on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway.
The idol faces the east, is seated in a cross-legged position with a broad forehead, with its trunk pointing to the left.

Girijatmaj, Lenyadri (Ashtavinayak)

October 17, 2009 Leave a comment


Shri Girijatmaj Vinayak refers to the Ganesh as the son of Parvati. Girija is another name for Parvati and Atamaj means son. This is the only temple of the Ashtavinayak which is on a mountain and is set in a Buddhist cave-temple (also known as known as Ganesh Gufa).

The idol faces north with its trunk to the left, and has to be worshiped from the rear of the temple.  This idol can be worshiped by anyone. There is no electric bulb in the temple. The temple is constructed such that during the day it is always lighted up by the sun-rays!

The temple is situated 12 km from Narayangaon, which is about 94 km from Pune on the Pune-Nashik highway. Nearest railway station is Talegaon.

Chintamani Vinayak, Tehur (Ashtavinayak)

October 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Shri Chintamani Vinayak, one of the Ashtavinayak is in Tehur in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. The idol of Chintamani is purvabhimukha (facing east) and its eyes are studded with precious stones.

Mayureshwar, Morgaon (Ashtavinayak)

October 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Shree Mayureshvara ( also called as Moreshwara) Ashtavinayak temple is at Morgaon. Morgaon is at the distance of 64 kms from Pune, Maharashtra, next to the river Karha in the village of Moregaon.

The idol of Lord Ganesha, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot. The idol, with its trunk turned to the left, has a cobra (Nagaraja) poised over it protecting it. This form of Ganesha also has two other murtis of Siddhi (Capability) and Buddhi (Intelligence).

However, this is not the original idol which is said to have been consecrated twice by Brahma, once before and once after being destroyed by the asura Sindhurasur. The original murti, smaller in size and made of atoms of sand, iron, and diamonds, was supposedly enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas and placed behind the one that is currently worshiped.

Siddhivinayak, Siddhtek (Ashtavinayak)

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment
The Siddhivinayak Ashtavinayak Temple is at Siddhtek a remote little village along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar district and Karjat tehsil in Maharashtra.

The deity of this temple is swayambhu, three feet high and two and a half feet wide, facing north. The trunk of the deity is turned towards the right. A Ganpati with the trunk turned to the right is considered to be the dynamic form of Ganpati. The statue is in one corner of a hillock.

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