Ashtavinayak Tour From Pune

Temple tour Ashtavinayak can be visited in two night three days from pune. The sequence of travel for Pilgrimage tour ashtavinayak , Day one visit Theyoor Chintamani Vinayak.Moreshwar at Morgaon,Mahaganpati at Ranjangaon, Day two visit Girijatmaj at Lenyadri, Vighneshwar at Ozhar , return to pune, Day three Varad Vinayak at Mahad,Ballaleshwar at Pali, and return to pune by evening.

The Ashtavinayaka yatra or pilgrimage covers the eight ancient holy temples of Ganesha which are situated around Pune in Maharashtra. Each of these temples has its own individual legend and history .The Ashtavinayaka Temples are Lord Ganesh viz. Ballaleshwar at Pali, Chintamani at Theur, Girijatmaj at Lenyadri, Mahaganpati at Ranjangaon, Moreshwar at Morgaon, Siddhivinayak, at Siddhtek, Varad Vinayak at Mahad, Vighneshwar at Ozhar.

Among the Ashtavinayakas, Ballaleshvara at Pali is the only Ganesha who is famous by the name of his devotee and who is dressed up as a Brahmin.

Theyoor in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra is the temple dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. The village is along the river Mulamutha. Ganesh as Chintamani is god who brings peace of mind and drives away all perplexities of the mind.

It is believed that Brahma the creator once felt tharva that is restive. To still his mind he called upon Lord Ganesh. The place where Brahma achieved the quietude he was looking for is known as the Sthavar region or as Theur.

Lenyadri is to the North of Pune, along the Kukdi river. The Ganesh Puran calls this place as Jirnapur or Lekhan Parbat. 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 temple of the Ashtavinayak which is on a mountain and is set in a Buddhist cave-temple

The Maha Ganpati is the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesh. Maha Ganpati is depicted as having eight, ten or twelve arms. It is after invoking this form of Ganpati that Shiva vanquished the demon Tripurasur and so he is also known as Tripurarivade Mahaganpati.

The Mayureshwar or Moreshwar temple is along the Karha river in the Morgaon village. A temple that looks like a tiny fort from a distance, is situated in the Baramati Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. This region is also known as the Bhuswananda. Shaped as a peacock, this region has in the past seen an abundance of peacocks and is therefore known as Morgaon (Mor - peacock).

Siddhtek is a remote little village along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar district and Karjat tehsil in Maharashtra. The Siddhivinayak at Siddhtek is considered an especially powerful deity. It is believed that it was here on the Siddhtek Mountain, that Vishnu acquired Siddhi.

Mahad is a pretty village set in the hilly region of Konkan in the Raigarh district and the Khalapur Taluka of Maharastra. Ganesh as Varad Vinayak fulfills all desires and grants all boons. This region was known as Bhadrak or Madhak in ancient timesA nandadeep has been lit in this temple which has been continuously lit since the 1892

On the banks of the Kukdeshwar river, Ozhar is where Lord Vighneshwar resides. Lord Ganesh is known as Vigneshwara or the remover of all obstacles, this he achieved by vanquishing the demon Vighnasura

Daywise Itinerary Itinerary for Ashtavinayak Tour From Pune .

The Ashtavinayak temple are spread out in three different directions from Pune. So you have to do them in blocks as under:

Day 1 - Solapur Route - Theur - Moregaon - Siddhitek and Ranjangaon - Total Kilometers - 300 kms

Day 2 - Nashik Route - Ozhar - Lenyadri - and Back - 230 kms.

Day 3 - Mumbai Route - Mahad (near Khopoli) - Pali - 220 kms.

Detailed Itinerary Can be modified as per guest preference.

Day 1 Take Mumbai Expressway to Khopoli (60 kms), visit Varadvinayak at Mahad (10 kms South of Khopoli).  From Khopoli to Pali (42 kms) and visit Ballaleshwar at Pali. Take Road back to Khopoli and reach Pune back by Expressway.

Overnight at Pune or Ranjangaon (for Ranjangaon take Chakan exit and from there take Chakan - Ranjangaon Toll Road).

Day 2  Pune Traffic is a real headache and so depart early for Ranjangaon (50 kms - 1 hour). Its located right on the Ahmedanagar Highway.

From Ranjangaon go to Theur which is 40 kms of country Road or come back to Pune and from Loni turn for Solapur Road and Chintamani at Theur is about 5 kms from Main Road at 25 kms from Loni..

From Theur to next stop would be Moreshwar at Moregaon which is about 70 kms from Theur at about 30 kms from Main Solapur Road.

From Moreshwar to Siddhivinayak at Siddhatek is about 90 kms and its 33 kms off the Main Solapur Road. Siddhatek used to have access problems before but now a bridge has come up on the river leading to it and therefore its better accessible.

From Siddhatek come back to Pune and overnight at Pune or Ranjangaon .

Day 3  Pune / Ranjangaon take route via Chakan. From Chakan, Narayangaon is about 50 kms and from there Lenyadri and Ozhar are both about 15 kms. So First head for Vighneshwar at Ozhar.

From Ozhar to Girijatmaj at Lenyadri is about 15 kms. One has to climb 283 steps to reach this cave temple.

By the time one is done with this temple its most likely that its afternoon and so head back for Pune.

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