Ashta Vinayaka temples are the eight temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, situated around the state of Maharashtra. The eight sacred temples are housed in a very determined sequence. Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God of Wisdom, who is also considered as the God of Unity, Lord of Obstacles, Prosperity and Learning. Each temples has a specific history and more specifically, the trunk of Lord Ganesha differs from each of the eight temples. The holy visit of Ashta Vinayaka temples is believed to be satisfied only after the Revisit to the first temple of Ashta Vinayaka temples. The following precedence of worship to Ashta Vinayaka temples is based on the Shashtra, a sacred Hindu scripture. The Ashta Vinayaka Temples are:
- Shri Ballaleshwar Temple
- Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple
- Girijatmaj Temple
- Mahaganpati Mandir, Ranjangaon
- Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir
- Siddhatek Ashtavinayak Mandir
- Varad Vinayak Ganpati Mandir, Mahad
- Vighnahar Ganesh Temple, Ozar
Ballaleshwar Temple is located at Pali, Raigad district of Maharashtra. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Ganesha, called by the name Ballaleshwar, the elephant headed god of wisdom, who is also considered as the God of Unity, Lord of obstacles, Prosperity and learning. This temple is the only temple which is known by the name of devotee of Lord Ganesha among the eight temples.
Chintamani Temple is located at Theur, Pune district of Maharashtra which is considered to be the largest temple among the eight temples of Lord Ganesha. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Chintamani (Lord Ganesha), seated in cross legged posture. The temple explains the retrieval of Chintamani, the wish-fulfilling jewel by Lord Ganesha from a demon king for His devotee.
Girijatmaj Temple is located at Lenyadri, Pune district of Maharashtra. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Girijatmaja (Lord Ganesha), the mountain born, and who is also called as Atmaja of Girija. The distinct feature of this temple is that the presiding deity Lord Ganesha is found on the black wall of the cave. Girijatmaj Temple is the only Ashtavinayaka temple located on a mountain, which is situated in cave 7 among the 30 rock cut caves.
Mahaganapati Temple is located at Ranjangaon, Pune district of Maharashtra. The Mahaganapati Temple was believed to be initiated and contributed by one of the Gold Smith family of Ranjangaon. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Ganapathi (Lord Ganesha) also called as Mahotkat, who is found with ten trunks and 20 hands.
Mayureshwar Temple is also called as Moreshwar temple is located at Morgaon, Pune district of Maharashtra. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Mayureshwar (Lord Ganesha) also called as Lord Moreshwar. Morgaon city is considered as the pre-eminent centre of Worship for the denomination of Hinduism, worshiping Ganesha as the Saguna Brahman, who consider Lord Ganesha as the Vital force.
Siddhivinayak Temple is located at Siddhatek, Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. The temple is surrounded by verdure of Babul trees and stands on a hill with the presiding deity Lord Siddhivinayak (Lord Ganesha). The peculiar attraction of this temple is that, in this temple Lord Siddhivinayaka’s trunk is tilted towards the right side.
Varad Vinayak Temple is located at Mahad, near Khopoli, Raigad district of Maharashtra. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Varadavinayak, who is believed to be Swayambu (self-manifested). The magical beauty of this temple is that an oil lamp located on this temple is believed to be burning since 1892.
Vighnahar Temple is located at Ozar, Pune district of Maharashtra. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vigneshwara also called as Lord Vignahar, found with His consorts Goddess Siddhi and Goddess Riddhi. The presiding deity of this temple is believed to be the Lord of obstacles who removes the obstacles of the devotees of Lord Ganesha.Read more