Ashta Vinayak Darshan - Eight Vinayak Temple Darshan in Maharashtra
A visit to Maharashtra is not considered complete unless the eight Vinayak temples situated in the State is undertaken. Now a days many tour operators are extending this facility from various prominent locations.
Ashtavinayak Yatra covers eight holy shrines of Shri Ganpati Temples in Maharashtra. Ashtavinayak yatra starts from Mayureshwar of Morgaon after blessing here go to Siddhatek & have darshan of Siddhivinayak, after this comes Ballaleshwar of Pali, Varadvinayak of Mahad is on the fourth place. Then come to Theur & have darshan of Shree Chintamani & get rid of all your Chintas (worries). Then come out, of Pune & go to Girijatmaj on Mountain lenyadri near Junnar & then have darshan of Vighneshwar of ozar. After this go to Ranjangaon & have darshan of Mahaganapati & then again come to Morgaon & complete the Yatra.
Though the Ashtavinayaka temples are all very ancient & find mention in Ganesha & Mudgala Purana. Still, devotees will be surprised to see the construction of these Shrines to be of recent origin. The reason is that most of these Kshetras (shrines) were re-built & renovated during the period of Peshwas, who were his ardent devotees. IT IS reported thPILGRIM, ast Shri.Morya Gosavi an ardent devotee of Ganesha was also instrumental in this work. A Pilgrimage to the Ashtavinayak or eight important Ganapati shrines ensures the Pilgrm ever lasting bliss As such everybody wishes to go for this pilgrimage at least once in their life time.