Ashta Vinayaga


An eight Ganesha shrines in Maharashtra form a set of temples to be visited in order; to complete a pilgrimage. Each idol is said to be swayambhu, meaning created not by man but by nature. This makes them extremely sacred. The first and most important of these temples is the Moreshwar temple at Morgaon. Here the Ganesha is found mounted on a peacock. This is followed by Siddhivinayak of Siddhatek. Then the order follows lime Ballaleshwar of Pali, Varadavinayak of Mahad, Chintamani of Theur, Girijatmaj of Lenyadri, thenVighnahar of Ozar and finally MahaGanesha of Ranjangaon. This Ganesha temple pilgrimage is supposed to end with a revisit to Moreshwar of Morgaon. In all these temples, Ganesha's trunk is pointed towards his left side except in Siddhivinayak temple of Siddhatek where the trunk is towards the right. This makes Siddhivinayak the most powerful & popular form of the eight Ganeshas on this pilgrim chain.