Vigneshwara Temple is situated in the place called Ozar, Pune district of Maharashtra. Vigneshwara Temple is also called as Vighnahar Ganapati temple.
Vigneshwara temple was said to be renovated by an able military commander Chimaji Appa, who rescued the western coast of India from Portuguese.
Vigneshwara Temple is revered as one of the Ashtavinayaka temples, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. And this temple takes the seventh place among the eight temples.
Ashtavinayaka temples are the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, which is located in and around Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha, the son of Supreme god Lord Shiva, identified by the elephant headed god of wisdom, is praised as the God of Unity, Prosperity and learning and prosperity. Every eight temples of Lord Ganesha reveals its own history and specialties.
The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:
- Mayureshwar Temple – situated in Morgaon, Pune
- Siddhivinayak Temple – situated in Siddhatek, Ahmednagar
- Ballaleshwar Temple – situated in Pali, Raigad
- Varadavinayak Temple – situated in Mahad, near Khopoli, Raigad
- Chintamani Temple – situated in Theur, Pune
- Girijatmaj Temple – situated in Lenyadri, Pune
- Vighnahar Temple – situated in Ozar, Pune
- Mahaganapati Temple – situated in Ranjangaon, Pune.
The special feature of the Ashtavinayaka temple is that the trunk of Lord Ganesha differs in its direction in each of the eight temples.
And a notable and important one to be known is that the pilgrimage visit to all the Ashtavinayaka temples is said to be fulfilled only after the Revisit to the first temple of Ashtavinayaka temples. i.e., visiting back to the Morgan Ganesha Temple. The procedure of worshiping Ashtavinayaka temples is based on the Shashtra, a sacred Hindu scripture.
Fortes of Vigneshwara Temple
The main god of Vigneshwara temple is Lord Vigneshwara (Lord Ganesha). He is also called as Lord Vignahar. And notably the trunk of Lord Ganesha at this temple is tilted towards the left. Lord Vigneshwara is believed to be the Lord of obstacles who removes the obstacles of the devotees of Lord Ganesha.
The idols are made out of brass. The idol of Lord Gnaesha is adorned with diamonds on His forehead and navel and His eyes are decorated with emeralds. And Lord Vigbrassneshwara is bounded with His consorts Goddess Siddhi and Goddess Riddhi.
The temple locates the deity of mouse, the mount of Lord Ganesha which is of 10 feet height and made of marble.The temple also consists of Dvarapalakas, the gate keepers, made of stone, and a row of musicians sculptured in the temple and also has a sculpture of Lord Ganesha enclosed with parrots, monkeys and foliage. The the tower that crowns the innermost sanctum of the temple is shrouded with gold.
The temple contains a pair of deepamalas, the holy towered lamps, placed in the gateway of the temple, which glows even in the night. There is also separate available for the meditation process.
- Ganesh Chaturthi – August or September
- Ganesh Jayanti – January or February
- Kartika Poornima – November or December
The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Vighnahar Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 67 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Vighnahar Temple.
The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Vighnahar Temple is Igatpuri train station Junction which is 70 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Vighnahar Temple.
State Transport buses also ply between Mumbai and Junnar. The distance from Mumbai-Thane, Kalyan-Bapsai-Sarlgaon-Otur-Lenyadri-Ozar is 182 km.