Ashtavinayak Yatra

Ashtavinayak darshan

He is the beginning, the Mangalamurthi. He is the destroyer of all obstacles, the Vigneshwara. As Varaprada, he is the grantor of wishes and the he is the beloved son of Parvathi devi, the Gaurisuta. With an elephant's head, big belly, four hands and a lone tusk, Lord Ganesha is the most beloved of Hindu gods. His acceptance is implicit in the fact that not only do all sects of Hinduism bow down to his greatness, but also the reverence extends to Buddhism and Jainism. The eight abodes of Lord Ganesha's divinity in Maharashtra attract thousands of devotees and form the spiritual Ashtavinayak pilgrimage or the Ashtavinayak Yatra. The yatra, that starts and ends at Shri Mayureshwar temple of Moregaon is traditionally completed in one go.

Legend

Eight of the temples in Maharashtra which have Swayambhu (self-existant) idols form the Ashtavinayak circuit. These temples have respective myths related to their origin. The Ashtavinayak Vandana in the Mangalashtak mantra encompasses these eight temples in the Ashtavinayak Yatra and talks about the holiness in  paying obeisance here. Over years, following the route specified in the mantra and visiting these temples became sacred and shaped into a popular pilgrimage of Ganesha devotees.

Deity - Temples

Deity:- Lord Ganesha

Temples Covered in Ashtavinayak Yatra :-

Morshwar Temple, Moregaon
Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek
Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali
Varadvinayak Temple, Mahad
Chintamani Temple, Theur
Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri
Vigneshwara Temple, Ozar
Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon

Purpose

Ashtavinayak Yatra is believed to appease Lord Ganesha tremedously. It is the unflinching belief of the devotees that those who complete this yatra would have their wishes fulfilled. The Lord is deemed to remove obstacles from their lives and impart peace of mind to the pilgrims.

Who can go?

Anyone with pious spirituality can do the Ashtavinayak Yatra .

Yatra Preparations

The Ashtavinayak Yatra once started has to be finished in one go. It is considered inauspicious to go home without finishing the entire circuit. While planning, it is prudent to make sure that you will be able to complete the journey.

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Area Covered

Maharashtra
Languages spoken: Marathi, Hindi

Auspicious Days

Ganesh Chathurthi during the month of Bhadra (August-Sept), Ganesh Jayanthi during the month of Magha (Jan-Feb) and Karthik Purnima during the month of Karthik (Nov-Dec) are the major festivals in all the temples. Palanquin processions, special pujas and celebrations take place during these days.

Best time to Travel

Any time of the year, though rainy season should be avoided.
The month of Kartik is considered highly auspicious for the Ashtavinayak Yatra.

Duration

3 to 4 days, from Mumbai or Pune.

Travel Method

All of the temples in the Ashtavinayak Yatra can be reached by a combination of train/bus or private vehicle.
However, to reach the Grijatmaj temple, Lenyadri, one has to scale around 300 steps. Palanquins are available for those who cannot climb.

Crowd Expected

Heavy crowds can be expected during Ganesh Chathurthi and the month of Kartik (November-December).

Festivals

Ganesh Chathurthi during the month of Bhadra (August-Sept), Ganesh Jayanthi during the month of Magha (Jan-Feb) and Karthik Purnima during the month of Karthik (Nov-Dec) are the major festivals in all the temple. Palanquin processions, special pujas and celebrations take place during these days.

Must Haves

Use light cotton clothing during the journey and traditional attire for the temple visits.
Some of the shrines require men to wear dhotis to enter the inner sanctums.
Dehydration salt packets, water bottles, light snacks, essential medicines should be carried in the daypack.

Health Awarness

Some of the temples are in rural areas which might not have proper medical facilities. Be sure to carry all the special medications that you might need for the entire duration of journey.

Additional Info

It is believed that after the darshan of the eight temples, you should again visit the first temple, Shri Moreshwar, to complete the yatra.
Some packages include the Jyotirlingas of Maharashtra and Shirdi temple along with the Astavinayak darshan Yatra.

Climate

Climate is pleasant throughout the year though summers tend to be hot and humid with temperatures in the high thirties. Rainy season is best avoided for the Yatra.

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