Ashtavinayak Temples

Heartiest Wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi

Ashtavinayak literally means eight Ganeshas in sanskrit. Ganesha is the Hindu deity of prosperity and success. This term also refers to a pilgrimage to the eight temples in Maharashtra state of India.

Here is the list of eight Ashtavinayaka temples.




Ballaleshwar, Pali

This Ballaleshwar temple is the only temple of Ganesh, famous by the name of his devotee and who is dressed up like a Brahmin. The temple is located in the toen of Pali, off the Mumbai-Pune highway, about 11 km before Nagothane on Mumbai-Goa highway.


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Chintamani, Theur

Ganesh as Chintamani is a god who brings peace of mind and drives away all the perplexities of the mind. At this spot Ganesha is believed to have got back the precious Chintamani jewel from the greedy Guna from sage Kapila.Here the idol of Ganesha has a left trunk with carbuncle and diamonds as its eyes.

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Girijatmaj, Lenyadri

Girijatmaj, Lenyadri Girijatmaj Vinayak refers to the Ganesh as the son of Parvati. Girija is another name for Parvati and Atamaj means son. This is the only Ashtavinayaka temple that is build on a mountain and is set in a Buddhist cave temple.

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Varad Vinayak, Mahad

Ganesh as Varad Vinayak fulfills all the dreams and desires plus grants all the boons. A nandadeep has been lit in this temple, which has been continuously lit since 1982. This temple is located three kilometers off the Pune-Mumbai highway near Khopoli (80 km from Pune) and is thus closest to Mumbai city.

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Vigneshwar, Ozhar

Lord Ganesha at Ozhar is known as Vigneshwara or the remover of all obstacles which he achieved by vanquishing the demon Vighnasura.


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Mahaganapati, Ranjangoan

The Mahaganapati at Ranjangoan is one of the most powerful representations of Lord Ganesh. Here Shiva is believed to have worshipped Ganesha before fighting the demon Tripurasura. The Ganesha idol here faces the east, is seated cross-legged with a broad forehead, with its trunk pointing to the left.
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Moreshwar, Morgoan

This Moreshwar temple is situated along the Karha River in the Morgaon village. It is the most important of all the eight Ashtavinayak temples and has four gates. At this spot Ganesha, riding a peacock in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slained the demon Sindhu. This idol has its trunk turned to the left and a cobra poised over it to protect it.
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Siddhivinayaka, Siddtek

The Siddhivinayak at Siddtek is considered a very powerful deity. It is believed that it was here on the Siddhtek Mountain, that Vishnu acquired Siddhi. The temple is situated off the Pune-Solapur highway about 48 km from the town of Srigonda in Ahmadnagar district. The temple is located just next to Bhima River.
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Last Updated: 19th August, 2017