Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir is also called as Shri Moreshwar temple is located at Morgaon, Pune district of Maharashtra.This temple is popularly known as ‘Morgaon Ganesha Temple’. Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir is considered as the first temple among the Ashtavinayaka temples of Lord Ganesha. 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:
- 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
The presiding deity of this Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir is Lord Mayureshwar (Lord Ganesha) also called as Lord Moreshwar, made of alloy of five metals, with His trunk towards left. Lord Ganesha is bounded with Goddess Riddhi, and Goddess Siddhi, the consorts of Lord Ganesha. The other important deities of this Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir are Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Sita, the consort of Lord Rama, Lord Vignesha, Cintamani, Lord Brahnma, Nagna-Bhairava, Nandi, etc. each symbolizes an epic.
Morgaon city is considered as the pre-eminent centre of Worship for the denomination of Hinduism, worshiping Ganesha as the Saguna Brahman, formally known as Ganapatya sect, who consider Lord Ganesha as the Vital force. The pilgrimage to Ashtavinayaka temples is believed to be unfulfilled if the pilgrims does not Revisit Mayureshwar temple. Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir is revered designated as the “India’s Foremost Ganesha Pilgrimage”. The most special feature of this temple is that it is appraised as one among the three significant abodes of Lord Ganesha, where the only temple located on the earth (Bhuloka). The other two abodes are in Kailash, heaven.
Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir has four gates with the depiction of Lord Ganesh in four Yugas, and each facing cardinal direction. The entrance of the temple contains a 6 feet mouse, the vehicle of Lord Ganesha and the temple also houses the image of peacock. The assembly hall of this temple contains 23 idols of Lord Ganesha, each depicting different forms of Lord. It also portraits the eight avatars (incarnations) of Lord Ganesha. The eight incarnations of Lord Ganesha:
- Vakratunda (twisting trunk)
- Ekadanta (single tusk)
- Mahodara (big belly)
- Gajavaktra (elephant face)
- Lambodara (pendulous belly)
- Vikata (unusual form “misshapen”)
- Vighnaraja (king of obstacles)
- Dhumravarna (grey color) corresponds to Shiva
The temple locates a special image of Sakshi Vinayaka, who is believed as the observer of the prayers offered to Lord Mayureshwar. The complete details about the construction of the temple is not available. It is said that Morya Gosavi, a prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect, is associated with this temple.
The temple remains open from morning 05.00 AM to evening 10.00 PM.
- Ganesh Chaturthi or Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi – August or September
- Magh Shuddha Chaturthi – January or February
- Vijayadashami (Dasehara) – October
- Somavati Amavasya – September
There are frequent state transport service buses available from Pune to Baramati. The distance between Pune and Baramati is 64 km.
The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Temple is Uruli railway station Junction which is 29 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Ganesh Temple.
The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Ganesh Temple Morgaon is lohegaon airport, Pune which is 53 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Temple.
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