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Ashtavinayak Temples Tour in Maharashtra

 

Ashtavinayak (Marathi: अष्टविनायक) accurately means "eight Ganeshas". Lord Ganesh is the Hindu idol of union, wealth & learning and removes bad thoughts. The Ashtavinayak temples refer to the eight Lord Ganesh, in the state of Maharashtra. Every year these temples are visited by lots of devotees from all over the World. I think everybody should go to the Ashtavinayak in Maharashtra at least once in a life time.

The Ashtavinayaka yatra covers eight ancient & holy temples of Ganesha which are located in the region of Pune. Each of these temples has its own individual legend and history. The shape of each statue of Ganesha and His trunk are different from one another. These Swayambhu shrines idols are the famous as “AshtaVinayak”.

There are other temples of eight Ganesha in Maharashtra. It is believed to be for completion of Ashtavinayak Yatra visit the first ganpati temple after visiting all the eight ganpati's again, to complete the yatra. According to Shastra, you have to start visit from Moreshwar of Moregaon. Then visit Siddhatek, Pali, Mahad, Theur, Lenyandri, Ozar, Ranjangaon and then again Moregaon will end your complete Ashtavinayak Yatra. Ashtavinayak Temples are within the range of only 20 to 110 Kms.

Ballaleshvara at Pali Varad Vinayak at Mahad Maha Ganpati Ranjangaon Chintamani at Theur
 
Ballaleshvara at Pali Varad Vinayak at Mahad Maha Ganpati Ranjangaon Chintamani at Theur
 
Siddhivinayak at Siddhtek Moreshwar at Morgaon Vigneshwara at Ozar Girijatmaj at Lenyadri
Siddhivinayak at Siddhtek Moreshwar at Morgaon Vigneshwara at Ozar Girijatmaj at Lenyadri
 

Ashtavinayak: Pilgrim tour to the eight Ganapati Temples in Maharashtra

Tours are also organized by private tour operators. Dharmashala, Lodges and M.T.D.C. resorts almost at all the places for visitors to reside. AshtaVinayak Temples are within the range of only 20 to 110 Kms.

THEUR
Situated on the confluence of the Mula, Muth and Bhima rivers. There are regular bus services connecting Theur with Pune and nearby towns. The temple built by Madhavrao Peshwa is dedicated to 'Chintamani ' Ganapati.

MORGAON
Morgaon is situated on the banks of River Karha. The main temple facing towards the north, houses the presiding deity of 'Shri Moreshwar' Ganapati. The temple constructed during the Bahamani regime, is built in the typical Moghul style.

SIDDHATEK
Siddhatek is situated on the banks of River Bhima in the Ahmednagar district. The temple facing towards the north, and built during the Peshwa period is dedicated to Siddhivinayak Ganapati.

RAJANGAON
The main temple of Ganapatiji, built by Madhavrao Peshwa, is dedicated to Maha Ganapati.

OZAR Located at Narayangaon in Junnar taluka. At the entrance to the temple there are two Deep-malas - stone pillar oil lamps and two huge Dwar Palaks - guards and in the sanctum is the idol of Vigneshwara Ganapati.

LENYANDRI
Located on a hillock, the temple faces south and is carved from the rocks. There are 283 steps leading to the main temple which is dedicated to Girijatmak Ganapati. From the temple one can view the Puspavati river flowing nearby and Junnar town spread below.

MAHAD
Located near Khopoli, the temple resembling a tiled roofed house and facing the east is dedicated to Varadavinayaka Ganapati. The sanctum is made of stone and surrounded by beautiful stone elephant carvings.

PALI
Located on the periphery of Pali village, the temple is in picturesque surroundings with two lakes encircling it and is dedicated to 'Ballaleshwara' Ganapati.

Detailed Itinerary

Duration : 3 Days Tour
Destination : Mumbai-Ashtavinayak with Pune halt- Mumbai
 
DAY 01: Arrive Mumbai

Arrive at Mumbai Railway station or Airport.

Proceed to Mahad: Mahad is a pretty village set in the hilly region of Konkan in the Raigarh district and the Khalapur Taluka of Maharastra. Ganesh as Varad Vinayak fulfills all desires and grants all boons. This region was known as Bhadrak or Madhak in ancient times. A nandadeep has been lit in this temple which has been continuously lit since the 1892

Proceed to Pali: Among the Ashtavinayakas, Ballaleshvara at Pali is the only Ganesha who is famous by the name of his devotee and who is dressed up as a brahmin.Village Pali is situated in the Sudhagad taluka in the district of Raigad. This place is nestled between the fort Sarasgad and River Amba

Proceed to Ranjangaon: The Maha Ganpati is the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesh. Maha Ganpati is depicted as having eight, ten or twelve arms. It is after invoking this form of Ganpati that Shiva vanquished the demon Tripurasur and so he is also known as Tripurarivade Mahaganpati.

Night hault at Pune hotel.

DAY 02:

Proceed to Theur: At Theyoor in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra is the temple dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. The village is along the river Mulamutha. Ganesh as Chintamani is god who brings peace of mind and drives away all perplexities of the mind.It is believed that Brahma the creator once felt tharva that is restive. To still his mind he called upon Lord Ganesh. The place where Brahma achieved the quietude he was looking for is known as the Sthavar region or as Theur.

Proceed to Siddhtek: This is a remote little village along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar district and Karjat tehsil in Maharashtra. The Siddhivinayak at Siddhtek is considered an especially powerful deity. It is believed that it was here on the Siddhtek Mountain, that Vishnu acquired Siddhi.

Proceed to Morgaon: The Mayureshwar or Moreshwar temple is along the Karha river in the Morgaon village. A temple that looks like a tiny fort from a distance, is situated in the Baramati Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. This region is also known as the Bhuswananda. Shaped as a peacock, this region has in the past seen an abundance of peacocks and is therefore known as Morgaon (Mor - peacock).

Night hault at Pune hotel.

DAY 03:

Proceed to Ozar: On the banks of the Kukdeshwar river, Ozhar is where Lord Vighneshwar resides. Lord Ganesh is known as Vigneshwara or the remover of all obstacles, this he achieved by vanquishing the demon Vighnasura

Lenyadri is to the North of Pune, along the Kukdi river. The Ganesh Puran calls this place as Jirnapur or Lekhan Parbat. 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

Return back to Mumbai. Drop to Railway station / Airport / Any other point.

Cost per couple till Oct 2014
Per Couple Per Extra Person above 5 years
Rs. Rs.
25,000/- 2,800/-

Hotels in Pune - Hotel Shreyas / Hotel Deccan Park or similar.

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Price Inclusions

Cost Includes:
  • Travel by Air-Conditioned Tavera / Tata Indigo for a couple or family
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms at Pune with all taxes
Cost Does not include:
  • Meals during the entire duration of the trip.
  • Entrance fees at any point.
  • Guide charges
  • Extra charges as levied by the hotels for early check in (before 12 noon) or Late check out (after 12 noon)
  • Service tax as applicable.

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