स्वस्ति श्री गणनायाकम गजमुखं मोरेश्वारम सिद्धीदम|

बल्लाळं मुरुडं विनायक मढं चिंतामणी थेवरम||

लेण्यान्द्री गिरीजात्माजम सुवरदम विघ्नेश्वारम ओझरम|

ग्रामो रांजण संस्थितम गणपती कुर्यात सदा मंगलम||


महाराष्ट्राचे आराध्य दैवत श्री गणपती. महाराष्ट्रातील त्याच्या आठ पवित्र देवळांचा संच म्हणजे अष्टविनायक. ह्यामधील एक देऊळ अहमदनगर जिल्ह्यात, दोन देवळे रायगड जिल्ह्यात आणि पाच देवळे पुणे जिल्ह्यात वसलेली आहेत. ही आठही देवळे "स्वयंभू" आणि जागृत मानली जातात. साधारण पणे या अष्टविनायकांचे दर्शन शास्त्रोक्त क्रमाने घेतले जाते. (श्री मोरेश्वर - मोरगाव, श्री सिद्धिविनायक - सिद्धटेक, श्री बल्लाळेश्वर - पाली, श्री वरदविनायक - महड, श्री चिंतामणी - थेउर, श्री गिरिजात्मज - लेण्याद्री, श्री विघ्नहर - ओझर, श्री महागणपती - रांजणगाव.)


मी १९९९ मध्ये पहिल्यांदा ह्या देवळांना भेट दिली. त्या नंतर माझ्या सुदैवाने आणि श्रीकृपेने आजपर्यंत प्रत्येक वर्षी, कधी कुटुंबियांसमवेत तर कधी मित्र मंडळींबरोबर तर कधी चक्क बायकिंगचा थरारक अनुभव घेत, माझं ह्या पवित्र यात्रेला जाणं होतंय. भविष्यातही ते असंच चालू राहील अशी श्री चरणी प्रार्थना करतो .


|| गणपती बाप्पा मोरया ||


 

Ashtavinayak - the eight ancient holy temples of Lord Ganesha located in Maharashtra, out of which two are located in Raigad district, five are in Pune district and one in Ahmednagar District. All the Eight Temples are known to be Swayambhu (self-originated). Ashtavinayaka yatra is a pilgrimage to these eight Ganesha temples in a pre-ascertained sequence. (Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek, Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali, Shree Varadavinayak Temple - Mahad, Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur, Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri, Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar, Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon).


I visited these temples in 1999 for the first time and since then kept on visiting those temples almost every year, with family or friends and sometimes even with the thrilling experience of biking. Hopefully I’ll continue to do so in future. Temples, Places and facilities were found improved(?) in every visit. Sharing here with you some of those holy places and captured memories...

Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Shree Mayureshwar

Shree Mayureshwar

Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Huge Mushak at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Huge Mushak at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Nandi at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Nandi at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Mushak at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Mushak at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Deepmaal at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Deepmaal at Shree Moreshwar Temple - Morgaon

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Entrance of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Entrance of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Shree Siddhivinayak

Shree Siddhivinayak

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Shree Siddhivinayak

Shree Siddhivinayak

Nagara at Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Nagara at Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - Siddhatek

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Dhundivinayak Temple - Pali

Shree Dhundivinayak Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar

Shree Ballaleshwar

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Ballaleshwar Temple - Pali

Shree Varadavinayak Temple - Mahad

Shree Varadavinayak Temple - Mahad

Shree Varadavinayak

Shree Varadavinayak

Shree Varadavinayak

Shree Varadavinayak

Shree Varadavinayak Temple - Mahad

Shree Varadavinayak Temple - Mahad

Shree Varadavinayak Temple - Mahad

Shree Varadavinayak Temple - Mahad

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani

Shree Chintamani

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani

Shree Chintamani

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Madhavrao Peshava Smarak at Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Madhavrao Peshava Smarak at Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Chintamani Temple - Theur

Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Shree Girijatmaj Temple and Caves- Lenyadri

Shree Girijatmaj Temple and Caves- Lenyadri

Climb at Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Climb at Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Shree Girijatmaj

Shree Girijatmaj

View of Shivaneri Fort from Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

View of Shivaneri Fort from Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Way to Caves and Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Way to Caves and Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Shree Girijatmaj

Shree Girijatmaj

View of Shivaneri Fort from Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

View of Shivaneri Fort from Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Way to Caves and Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Way to Caves and Shree Girijatmaj Temple - Lenyadri

Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Entrance of Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Entrance of Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Banks of River Kukadi and the view of Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Banks of River Kukadi and the view of Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Shree Vighnahar

Shree Vighnahar

Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Banks of River Kukadi and the night view of Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Banks of River Kukadi and the night view of Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Shree Vighnahar Temple - Ozar

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati

Shree Mahaganapati

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Entrance of Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon

Entrance of Shree Mahaganapati Temple - Ranjangaon