Ashtavinayak are the eight temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, it is believed that these should be visited atleast once in life time of an individual. You can find various stories related to the legend and other puranas and those deities are collectively called as Ashtavinayak. As you known that there are eight temples first you have to visit the Moreshwar of Moregaon. Then visit Siddhatek, Pali, Mahad, Theur, Lenyandri, Ozar, Ranjangaon and then again Moregaon will end you Ashtavinayak Yatra. This is according to the beliefs and Shastra’s. The other name of Lord Ganesh is Vinayaka, the God id worshiped and loved by each and every Hindu. These temples are in the range of 20 to 110 kilometres only, the eight effigies found here are natural created some ages ago.

You should start your journey from Moregoan which is at the distance of 56 kilometres as of Pune, having its locate on the banks of river Karha, it is from the belief that the name of this place is Moregaon because it as the shape of peacock and long time ago this place was full of peacocks. This is a very huge temple which bears the look of a mosque with huge steps of stone; there is a big idol of mouse made out of stone, which is considered as the vehicle of Lord Ganesha. This is a very beautiful temple to visit. From here you should move towards Siddhatek, this is situated in the Karjat taluka or district Ahmednagar, on the Bhima river banks. The Siidhi Vinayak at Siddhatek is the place where Lord Vishnu was engaged in fight with demons Kaitabha and Madhu. The next idol that is found here is made by Ahilya Bai Holkar; this is a very silent place where even the floods caused by river Bhima don’t make any noise here, the idol of Lord Ganesha here is placed in a brass frame, on both sides of the idol are idols of Vijay and Jay made out of brass. After taking darshan here you can move your journey towards Ranjangaon’s Shree Maha Ganapati, this is a temple in the district of Pune, this place as the aid of Lord Shiva for destroying the citadels of Tripurasura. According to the history the construction of this temple was done between 9th & 10th century. The facing of this temple of Ashtavinayak is to the east with a extremely stunning gate for entrance. The idol of this temple is called as Mahotkat that is the idol has 20 hands and 10 trunks, isn’t it shocking?

Moreshwar Morgaon Siddhatek Ranjangaon Ashtavinayak

From here your journey heads towards Ozar’s  Shree Vighneshwar which is located at the distance of 12 kilometres as of Narayangaon in the Junnar District. Vigneshwara at Ozar is considered as the cause of death of the fiend Vignaasura.  The golden top of the temple was constructed by Peshwa’s younger brother Chimajiappa, after he defeated Portuguese in the war. The temple got back its glory in 1958 to 1968 at the time of renovation. It is believed that once to visit this temple then all your problems are gone, in the backdrop in the long stone wall that acts as the compound of the temple. Delighted sight here to see in the idol of running mouse. In this temple during Tripuri pournima there is a four days festival which is the best time to visit this temple. Moving ahead is the Lenyadri’s Shree Girijatmajvinayak temple at the distance of 94 kilometres as of Pune, the location of this temple is on the north western bank or river Kukadi. On the Lenyadri Pravat is enshrined the Girijaatmaja Vinayaka and is believed to have the manifestation of Ganpati in form of infant. This is mind blowing temple on the top of the hills, the hall of this temple is engraved on a single rock bearing the height of 60 feet long and the main thing is there is no pillar in the area between it. The face of the idol is at the back strong attempts to make it at the front was failed. This place is mostly thronged in my visitors as it is a pollution free area with stunning scenic beauty at the backdrop.

Ozar Shree Vighneshwar Lenyadri Shree Girijatmajvinayak

Moving ahead to Mahad here is the Shree Viradvinayak, this temple is located in the Raigad District surrounded with picturesque environment, the idol in the temple here is named as Varda Vinayak and was constructed in 1725 at the time of the reign of Peshwa Rule. The temple is built with a ordinary structure of a house, the idol in  the temple was found behind the temple beneath the well, which is the main attraction of this temple. The Shree Ballaleshwar at Pali is the next destination of the Ashtavinayak, this temple is at the distance of 111 kilometres as of Pune. The situation of the temple is between Sarasgad Fort and Amba river flowing on one side of it. The main attraction why visitors visit here early in the morning is that when sun rises sun rays fall directly on the idol and this is a mesmerizing moment. The temple consist of a huge bell which is made of 5 metals which Peshwa brought from Europe at the time of the raid in Church Sashti and Vasai.

Mahad Shree Viradvinayak Shree Ballaleshwar at Pali

Shree Chintamani at Theur The last temple of the journey of Ashtavinayak is Shree Chintamani at Theur which is located in the Haveli Taluka and is at the distance of 25 kilometres from Pune, the situation of Theur is at the convergence of Bhima, Mutha and Mula rivers. Here is the myth of the Chintamani gem and Kapila Muni which was obtained by Lord Shiva. It is said that after completing the eight temples you should again return back from where you started which means the first temple, this in whole completes your journey and your all problems are vanished.