Ashtavinayaka temples are eight popular Lord Ganesha temples in Maharashtra. ‘Ashtavinayaka’ means eight Ganesha in Sanskrit. The term ‘Ashtavinayaka Yatra’ refers to the pilgrimage or yatra to eight ancient holy Ganapati temples in and around Pune.
These Ashtavinayaka temples have eight distinct forms of Ganesh idols. The form of trunk of each Ganesha idol is different from one another.
Some of the Ashtavinayaka are Swayambhu Ganpati murtis (self-existent). There is a tradition or ritual of visiting these eight Ganesh temples in serial order mentioned in the Shastra.
Ashtavinayak Yatra starts with Moreshwar of Moregaon, and goes on through Siddhitek, Pali, Mahad, Theur, Lenyadri, Ozar, Ranjangoan, and then again Moregaon. Visiting Moregaon for second time concludes the Yatra.
Here are the details of Ashtavinayaka temples:
- Moreshwar Temple, Morgaon, Pune district … Read more about Moreshwar Ganpati
- Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhitek, Ahmednagar district.. Read more details about Siddhtek Ganpati.
- Balleshwar Temple, Pali, Raigad district.. Read more about Ballaleshwar Ganpati
- Varadavinayak Temple, Mahad, Raigad district….Read more about Varadvinayak Temple
- Chintamani Temple, Theur, Pune district…. Read more about Chintamani Ganpati
- Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri, Pune district…. Read more about Girijatmaj Ganpati.
- Vighnahar Temple, Ozar, Pune district…. Read more about Ozar Ganpati Temple
- Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon, Pune district… Read more about Ranjangaon Mahaganpati Temple