Above the scenic foothills of lush greenery that defines the historical town of Junnar, on the rugged stone hills are the rock-cut architectural brilliance of the ancient Buddhist caves. Sculpted in one of the sublime cave walls of Lenyadri, Girijatmaj, son of Parvati, in his infant form showers his heavenly grace to the devotees. The Buddhist caves are believed to have existed from 1st century though the conversion of the cave to Ganesha shrine is unknown. Mythological tales hint of Pandavas sculpting the caves in one night, while living in exile. The Peshwas believed that the deity was with his back to his worshipper and tried unsuccessfully to locate the face of Ganesha on the other side of the mountain. The Girijatmaj temple is preserved as it was carved in yesteryears. The Archaeology Department of India is in charge of all caves including the temple.
According to mythology, Goddess Parvati underwent severe penance for twelve long years in the cave at the Lenyadri mountain to become the mother of Lord Ganesh. Pleased with her devotion, Vinayak blessed her that he would incarnate as her son. On the day of Chaturthi, she created a idol from the dirt wiped from her body. This idol came to life and the boy was named Ganesha. It is believed that Ganesh resided in Lenyadri for fifteen years.This Tem...View more
le is part of famous Ashtavinayak Yatra
Girijatmaj Lenyadri Temple, with its unparalleled rock-cut architectural brilliance of the bygone era, is located on a hill top. Girijatmaj Vinayak's Temple in the 7th cave is carved out of one single rock. Lord Ganesh's image is a carving on the rock, with his head turned to the left. The sculpture is covered with sindoor. The large Sabhamantap stands without the support of any pillar. An astonishing array of art and unique wall murals in ...View more
he temple portray the life of Bal Ganesh.Picture Courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org Picture courtesy : Ganesh Dabholkar photography
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire while vising Girijatmaj temple.
Pune once a base of Peshwas of the Maratha empire, is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Junnar, a town of historical importance is well known for its fresh and healthy air that cures breathing issues, leading to it being known as "Sanitarium of India". Covering a wide spectrum in farming, from traditional rice to grapes the place is famous for agritourism.
Language Spoken:Marathi, Hindi
Airport at Pune and Pune railway station are connected to all the major cities of India. Buses ply from Pune and Mumbai to Junnar. From Junnar, take a jeep, bus or rickshaw to Lenyadri. The Girijatmaj temple, on the hill top has around 338 steps. Palanquins are available for those who cannot climb.
Devotees can offer prayers in the Garbhagriha of Girijatmaj temple.
Flowers, Garlands are the main offerings made at Girijatmaj temple.