Morgaon Ganesha Temple is situated in Morgaon, Pune district of Maharashtra. The popular Morgaon Ganesha Temple is also called by the names Shri Mayureshwar Temple and Shri Moreshwar Temple.
Morgaon city is considered as the pre-eminent centre of Worship for the denomination of Hinduism, worshiping Ganesha as the Saguna Brahman, formally known as Ganapatya sect, who consider Lord Ganesha as the Vital force.
Morgaon Ganesha Temple has been revered as one of the Ashtavinayaka temples, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. And notably, this temple takes the first 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.
The other additional details about the construction of the temple and the leaders are not available. The only information to be shared is that Morya Gosavi, a prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect, is said to be closely related with Morgan Ganesha Temple.
Fortes of Morgaon Ganesha Temple
The main god of Morgan Ganesha temple is Lord Mayureshwar (Lord Ganesha), who is also called by the name Lord Moreshwar.
The idol of Lord Mayureshwar is entirely made of alloy of five metals, and notably the trunk of Lord Ganesha at this temple is tilted towards the left. Morgaon Ganesha Temple is surrounded with His consorts Goddess Riddhi, and Goddess Siddhi. And the other important deities of Morgan Ganesha temple are Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Sita, the consort of Lord Rama, Lord Vignesha, Cintamani, Lord Brahnma, Nagna-Bhairava, Nandi and so on. The temple also houses a unique idol of Lord Sakshi Vinayaka, who is said to be the observer of the prayers offered by the devotees towards Lord Mayureshwar.
Overall, the prominent Morgan Ganesha Temple has been revered as the “India’s Foremost Ganesha Pilgrimage”. Morgan Ganesha Temple is also respected as one among the three significant adobes of Lord Ganesha. Among the three holy adobes, Morgan Ganesha temple is the only temple placed on the earth. The other two adobes are in Heaven (Kailash).
As the mount of Lord Ganesha is mouse, the way inside the temple places a 6 feet mouse. And the temple also locate the idol of peacock, the mount of Lord Murugan. Morgan Ganesha temple contains four entrances, which signifies that Lord Ganesh worshiped in all the four Yugas, and so depicting that the temple has four entrances to the temple with each facing the cardinal directions. The assembly hall of this temple contains 23 different idols of Lord Ganesha, each signifying different forms.
Beside the other manifestations of Lord Ganesha, the other eight important incarnation of Lord Ganesha are:
- Vakratunda (twisting trunk)
- Ekadanta (single tusk)
- Mahodara (big belly)
- Gajavaktra (elephant face)
- Lambodara (pendulous belly)
- Vikata (unusual form “misshapen”)
- Vighnaraja (king of obstacles)
- Dhumravarna (grey color) corresponds to Shiva
The temple remains open from morning 05.00 AM to evening 10.00 PM.
- Ganesh Chaturthi or Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi – August or September
- Magh Shuddha Chaturthi – January or February
- Vijayadashami (Dasehara) – October
- Somavati Amavasya – September
The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Ganesh Temple Morgaon is lohegaon airport, Pune which is 53 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Temple.
The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Temple is Uruli railway station Junction which is 29 Km away from Ashtavinayaka Mayureshwar Ganesh Temple.
There are frequent state transport service buses available from Pune to Baramati. The distance between Pune and Baramati is 64 km.