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Shri Vighneshwar Temple (Ojhar)
Among the Ashtavinayakas, Shri Kshetra Ojhar is a pilgrimage site located on the banks of river Kukdi near Narayan village in Junnar taluka of Pune district. This temple has huge ramparts on all four sides. There are two lighthouses in the magnificent courtyard of the temple. In this temple, there is a Munjoba Par and an old Pimpal tree. There is a meeting hall (sabhamandap) with a south-north door and a meeting hall (sabhamandap) next to it. Near the entrance is a stone-running abyss.
There is a panchayat in all four directions in the wall of the temple. The carvings and paintings in the temple are worth visiting. The Sriganesha here is facing east, with full-sided Proboscis (sond) on the left and the seat is sitting on the thigh. Ganapati has a ruby in both his eyes, a diamond on his forehead and a beautiful stone in Belly (Bemby). There are Riddhi-siddhis idols on both sides of Ganapati. Here Bhadrapad Shuddha Chaturthi, Magh Shuddha Chaturthi and big festivals are celebrated from Kartik Pournima to Chaturthi. At this time thousands of devotees from all over Maharashtra and from all corners of India come with great devotion. At other times of the year also, devotees throng here.
Shri Rajureshwar Temple (Rajur)
Moraya Moraya Rajureshwar Moraya! Shri Kshetra Rajur-Rajureshwar shrine is located in Bhokardan taluka of Jalna district in the Marathwada division of Maharashtra and it is the seat of Shri Ganesha. In ancient times, this region was known as Dandakaranya. Knowing the importance of the scenic Tapovan here, Shiva-Parvati stayed here for a few days. Shivashankar was living here as Nataraja. The family of Lord Shivaji and many sports are carved in stone on the ancient temple here. That temple currently houses Vitthal Rakhumai. The present magnificent temple is on the site of Ganesha's own idol and is very beautifully built.
In the past, there was a huge lighthouse behind this temple. The lamp planted in it was visible from the fort of Daulatabad. When Emperor Aurangzeb saw this, he ordered the demolition of Rajur's temple. According to this, seeing the temple, the stone carved inscriptions started coming out of it. It was a sign of the destruction of the workers.
Seeing this, the workers got scared and stopped the work and went and told this news to the emperor. Before these people could reach him, he began to experience physical pain and signs of his demise and death. He too much Frightened and ordered that the temple be rebuilt. He died a few days later. The great Bajirao Peshwa has given a big bell to Ganesha here. Also, 108 Nandadeep gifts have been given by Chimaji Appa.
Even today, it is customary to give samai and oil. It is also said that Ganesha recited Ganesha Gita to Varanya King at this place. Here in the temple, Samai is constantly being kept and Shri Ganesh is seen openly in it. There are many mythological references in this area. Remains of Varanya king's temple, Sita's temple, Datta's temple and some idols are found.
Bhokardan is said to be a reversible city. It is also said that there was a battle with the British at Asai. At Nalani, devotees can see Kakuji Baba's temple, Vishram Baba's temple, Rajmata Jijau's Maher, Lakhuji Jadhav's capital Sindkhed Raja. 40 km from here is the ancient city of Jalna, 25 km from Palthe Nagar, 26 km from Bhokardan, 80 km from the world famous Anjitha Caves.
Every month on Sankashti Angarak Chaturthi, Ganeshotsav, Dussehra, Diwali, Gudipadva and other auspicious days, there is a form of pilgrimage. Also, thousands of devotees come here every year with great devotion. Here Shri Ganesha is worshiped daily. Aarti and Dhuparti are performed in the temple every day and offerings are made to Lord Ganesha. Also, religious activities like kirtan are held in the temple. There is a Bhaktaniwas, Dharamshala for the accommodation of devotees. There is also an arrangement of prasada. The birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is Shivneri fort 14 km, Shri Ganesha's Shri Kshetra Lenyadri 14 km, Narayangaon 10 km, Pune 80 km. Also nearby is the Arvi Satellite Center at Khodad and a large telescope.
Shri Ballaleshwar Temple (Shri Kshetra Pali)
Shri Ballaleshwar's Pali, which comes in the Konkan division of Ashtavinayaka, is located in Sudhagad taluka of Raigad district and it is ancient place. It is full of natural beauty. The temple of Baleshwar faces east and is built in the form of a fort. It is very attractive as the glass juice is poured into the joints of the stone chisels. The meeting hall (sabhamandap) in the temple is 40 feet long and 20 feet wide.
The place (gabhara) of the rat outside the temple is 2 feet high and the gabhara of the temple is 15 feet. There is a big bell in the courtyard. On the Damadi throne, there is a beautiful idol of Ganesha with a three foot left trunk. Nana Fadnavis's brother Baburao Baba built this temple. The temple was renovated in 1830 by Krishnaji Narayan Rige.
Bhadrapad Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami Magh Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami are two major festivals celebrated in a big ceremony here. It is customary to perform Magh Vadya Panchami here. On Sankashti Chaturthi, Angarika Chaturthi, Chaturthi of every month and other auspicious days, innumerable devotees from all corners of Maharashtra come here with great reverence. There are ornaments like God's crown, ear, sage, idol's necklace, necklace. Rituals like Panchamrit Snan, Dhupaarti, Nitya Pooja are performed daily.
At Unhere place is a hot spring, Sarasgad fort, Goteshwar, Dandeshwar Patneshwar temples are nearby. Nearby is Karjat 30 km, Khopoli 40 km and Pune 110 km. Pen is a city famous for Ganesha idols, Shri Ganesha's Mahad, 20 km from Chavdar Lake, Kranti Stambh and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's Mahad is 39 km away. The Harihareshwar Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi, is located at a distance of 65 km from Raigad. There are hospices and guest houses for the accommodation of devotees.
Shri Siddhivinayak Temple (Siddhatek)
Shri Kshetra Siddhatek Shrine is located in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district. It is on the banks of the holy river Bhima. This Ganesha is called Madhukaitabh Bhanjak. This idol erected by Vishnu is made of Gandaki stone. This temple is facing north and is decorated with art. This temple was built by Peshwas. There is a paved road from the main gate to the village gate. Ahilyabai Holkar has built a beautiful temple. There is a grand hall on the outside of the temple. Here is God's bed in the temple.
Next to it is Shiv Panchayat. Shivai is the temple of Goddess Mother. Outside is the Maruti temple. The self-made idol of Sri Siddhivinayaka is three feet high and two and a half feet high. There is also a yard facing north with a trunk on the right. Ganesha has Riddhi-siddhi on his lap. There are sun and moon eagles on the stone throne. In the center of the effect is Nagraj. On the right and left are Jay Vijay. God is adorned daily with ornaments. The chaughada is played continuously near the main gate.
Bhadrapad Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami, Magh Shuddha Pratipada to Panchami are two major festivals celebrated here. Worship is held in the temple every morning from 4.30 am to 5 pm. The offering is shown at ten o'clock. Panchamrut Puja is held at eleven o'clock. Maha Naivedya at twelve o'clock, after Dhuparti from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, the door is closed by putting God to sleep.
Shri Kshetra Ganpatipule Temple
Ganpati Pule diagonal area is located at a distance of 20 km from Ratnagiri in Ratnagiri district on the shores of natural beauty and high sea in Konkan which is considered as Kashmir of Maharashtra. The hill (sagar kathiwal tekdi) by the sea is shaped like Ganesha.
There are Coconut, hapus, mango, fennel and many other types of trees, vines, flower turns, mountains, valleys, rivers, Ganpati reaches the bridge. Then the tall coconut trees and the waves of the sea can be seen from a distance. There is an endless sea with a sandy coastline of about 12 km. Ganesh here is as self-sufficient as Ashtavinayaka.
There are five Tripuras on either side of the temple. There is a big Tulsi Vrindavan. Nearby is a two-storied building with Shri Jamadarkhana and Sansthan's office on the ground floor and Shri Nagarkhana on the second floor. This building was built by rich Peshwas. There is a Dharamshala next door. Ramabai Peshwa has made donations for this and started Varshasana for the temple. Which continues to this day.
The temple is entered from the north through the Maingate (Mahadwara). There is the main dome of the temple. It was built by Dattaji Dutto under the authority of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There is a magnificent idol of Lord Ganesha in the arched groove in the east facing wall of the temple. At the top of the dome is a gold-plated pinnacle.
Ganapati Pule is located on the west coast of India. At high tide the sea water touches the steps of the temple. Every year in the month of February and November, when the sun goes down, the red rays of the sun fall on the idol of Ganesha and it is seen to open. The daily rising sun comes down the hill and then people come excitedly to see its reflection in the sea water. This place of natural beauty in Konkan is a constant source of joy for devotees, tourists, writers and poets.
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