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:- 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
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.
Anyone with pious spirituality can do the Ashtavinayak Yatra .
Languages spoken: Marathi, Hindi
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.
Any time of the year, though rainy season should be avoided.
The month of Kartik is considered highly auspicious for the Ashtavinayak Yatra.
3 to 4 days, from Mumbai or Pune.
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.
Heavy crowds can be expected during Ganesh Chathurthi and the month of Kartik (November-December).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
For most Hindus, praying at temples far and near, is not just for a fleeting sense of gratification but an eternal drive of their devotional self. We worship the divine presence in our idols and the reverberating essence of holiness in our temples. The unflinching faith of the devotees have turned many of our religious places into sanctums of all powerful energy. Pilgrimaide is first of its kind platform in the world to provide its users with comprehensive, consistent and consolidated access to information on various pilgrim destinations. This is our humble attempt, as we compile data to help the devotees travel to and connect with the shrines across the country. We hope our services will help guide the devotees in their spiritual quest. For any queries or suggestions, please contact us at email@example.com.
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