A distant view of the Girijatmaj Temple at Lenyadri
A distant view of the Girijatmaj Temple at Lenyadri

Girijatmaj Temple, the sixth temple among the Ashtavinayaka temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is located at Lenyadri, Pune district of Maharashtra. The place Lenyadri, refers to mountain cave, which is also called as Ganesha Hill. Lenyadri represents a sequence of 30 rock cut Buddhist caves. Girijatmaj Temple is the only Ashtavinayaka temple located on a mountain, which is situated in cave 7 among the 30 rock cut caves. Ashtavinayaka 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 Ashtavinayaka temples is believed to be satisfied only after the Revisit to the first temple of Ashtavinayaka temples. The following precedence of worship to Ashtavinayaka temples is based on the Shashtra, a sacred Hindu scripture. The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:

  1. Shri Ballaleshwar Temple
  2. Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple
  3. Girijatmaj Temple
  4. Mahaganpati Mandir, Ranjangaon
  5. Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir
  6. Siddhatek Ashtavinayak Mandir
  7. Varad Vinayak Ganpati Mandir, Mahad
  8. Vighnahar Ganesh Temple, Ozar

Specialty

The presiding deity of Girijatmaj 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. There are 283 stone steps leads to the temple which indicates Sensual pleasures which Lord Ganesha has conquered. The temple contains the paintings of Lord Ganesha which portrays the various actions of Lord Ganesha such as childhood times of Lord Ganesha, battles, marriage preparations etc.

And it also houses the portrayal of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, and Goddess Devi. Girijatmaj Temple has a special feature of nine monuments of Sati, which refers to a funeral ritual within some Asian communities in which a recently widowed woman commits suicide by fire on the husband’s funeral pyre, on the walls of the temple with different attitude.

Festivals

  • Ganesh Chaturthi or Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi – August or September
  • Magh Shuddha Chaturthi – January or February
  • Vijayadashami (Dasehara) – October
By Road

State transport buses ply to Junnar from Pune and from Mumbai. Lenyadri is about 94 km from Pune, on Pune – Nasik Highway and Junnar is the nearby town, which is 5 km from Lenyadri.


By Train

The nearest railway station to Lenyadri Girijatmaja Temple is Igatpuri train station Junction which is 61 Km away from Lenyadri Girijatmaja Temple.


By Air

The nearest airport to Lenyadri Girijatmaja Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 73 Km away from Lenyadri Girijatmaja Temple.

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  • Chintamani Vinayak Temple
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  • Grishneshwar Temple
  • Mumba Devi Temple

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