Ashtavinayak Temple !! Sri Mayureshwar/Moreshwar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ganesha !!
Mayureshwar temple/Mayurapuri is one of the eight prominent temples of Lord Ganesha located on the river banks of Karha in the village Morgaon/Bhuswananda in Baramati, Pune, Maharashtra.   Previously, Moragon was the dwelling place of huge numbers of peacock.    Ganesha Puranam describes the incarnation of Lord Ganesha as Mayureshwara.  The  demon Sindhu, son of King Chakrapani and his wife Ugra,   harassed the life of deities and Rishis.  All the deities appealed to Lord Shiva to protect from the atrocities of the demon.   Lord Ganesha took the form of Mayureshwara riding on a peacock at the divine instruction of Lord Shiva and killed the demon Sindhu.   Lord Brahma was sanctified the idol of Lord Mayureshwara with a pronouncement that this sacred place would remain indestructible in all four Yugas.   It is believed that the worship of Ashta Vinayak should begin with the veneration of Lord Mayureshwara.   In this temple Lord Ganesha, a self manifested idol  mounted with vermillion can be seen in the sanctum along with his consorts.  In the Sabha Mandapam housed 23 idols of Lord Ganesha, includes the eight incarnation of Lord as  Vakrathunda, Mahodhara, Ekadantha, Vikata, Drumavarna, Vignaraja and Lambodhara.
Presiding deity - Lord Ganesha with his consorts Goddesses Sri Siddhi and Sri Buddhi
Theertham - Karha river
Sthalavruksham - Tarati
Worshipped by - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva along with Goddess Sri Parvathi
Sub Shrines - Bala Ganesh, Lord Rama with his consort Goddess Sri Sita, Lord Vignesh, Lord Shiva & Goddess Sri Parvati, Chintamani, Lord Kamadeva with his consort Goddess Ratidevi, Mahaganapathi, Lord Varaha with his consort Goddess Sri Lakshmi/Boodevi, Lord Nandikeshwara, Mushika, Lord Vishnu & Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Sakshi Vinayaka, Bhairava, Vittobha,
Festivals - Ganesh Chathurthi, Krishna Chathurthi, Shukla Chathurthi, Ganesh Jayanthi on Magh Shukla Chathurthi,  Vijayadashami, Somavati Amavasya,
This temple remains open from 7.00 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.
Jai Ganesha !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Eight Holy Abodes of Lord Ganesha !! Ashta Vinayak Temples !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ganesha !!
There are eight prominent temples of Lord Ganesh famously known as Ashtavinayak shrines situated in and around of Pune, Maharashtra.  Any worship without the initial reverence to Lord Ganesha is treated as unfruitful and inauspicious.  The sincere worship of elephant faced Lord Ganesha provides the worshipper abundance of devoutness like Wisdom & Intelligence, Ashtama Siddhis, removes obstacles, Happiness, Peace & Prosperity etc.. 

Personification of Lord Ganesha !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ganesha !!

Bala Ganapthi – Child form of Lord carrying Mango, Sugarcane,Banana, Jackfruit and Modhak on the trunk
Tharuna Gapanathi –Youthful form of Lord Ganesha, he has 8 arms with fierce weapons like Noose, Goad, Modhak, Lotus, Wood Apple, broken piece of his Tusk, Sugar cane etc.
Bhakthi Ganapathi – Lord in meditation, carrying Mango, Banana, Coconut and Vessel full of Kheer

Veera Ganapathi – Valorous form of Lord with 16 arms holding malicious weapons like Goad, Disc, Bow & Arrow, Sword, Shield, Spear, Mace, Axe, Trident etc..
Shakthi Ganapathi – Provider of mental as well as physical strength /courage.  Lord has his Shakthi on his right thigh, the three arms holding noose, goad, and garland and fourth hand in Abhaya Hastha posture.
Dwija Ganapathi – The twice born Lord (Shivapuranam describes the myth of elephant faced Lord) holding Palm leaves, noose, goad, water pot and prayer beads,
Siddhi Ganapathi – Provider of Ashtma Siddhis (Anima, Garima, Mahima, Lagima, Prapathi, Prakasyam, Eesitham and  Vasithwam) holding flower bouquet, axe, mango, sugar cane and sweetened sesame balls on the trunk
Ucchishta Ganapathi –  6 armed Lord holding Lakshmi on his right thigh, carrying the divine musical instrument Veena, Pomegrante, blue lotus and strings of prayer beads
Vigna Ganapathi – Remover of obstacles, Lord with eight hands carrying Axe, Disc, Noose, Conch, Bouquet of flowers, Sugar Cane, Flower Arrow and Modhak

 Kshipra Ganapathi – Quickly pleased and giver of boons – Lord carrying trunk, noose, goad, Kalpavruksha and holding pot full of gems on his trunk.
Heramba Ganapathi – Protector of weak  - Five faced Lord carrying Noose, Prayer Beads, Axe, Hammer, Tusk, Garland, Fruit Modhak, and  riding on a lion,
Lakshmi Ganapathi – Provider of wisdom and achievement along with wealth – Lord holding Shakthi on his right thigh carrying parrot, pomegranate, sword, goad, noose, Kalpavruksha and Abhaya Hastha posture
Maha Ganapathi – Lord of initial worship.  Any worship or rituals without the initial worship of Lord Maha Ganapathi remains unfruitful.  Lord beautifully carrying Shakthi on his right thigh, his hands holding tusk, pomegranate, blue lilly, Sugar cane, disc, noose, string of unprocessed crop, mace and pot of gems on his trunk.
Vijaya Ganapathi – Provider of Victory on his celestial vehicle mouse.  Lord carrying tusk, goad, noose, mango,
Nrithya Ganapathi – The dancing form of Lord carrying tusk, goad, noose and Modhak, settled under the Kalpavruksha
Urdhva Ganapathi – Lord beautifully carrying Shakthi on his right thigh, his six hands holding string of unprocessed crop, lotus, sugarcane, bow and arrow with a lotus on his tusk
Ekakshara Ganapathi – Gam Ganapathi carrying crescent moon as his crown, seated on the mouse, holding noose, pomegranate, tusk and goad, another hand in Abhaya Hastha posture.
Varada Ganapathi – Giver of Boon – carrying crescent moon as crown and Shakthi on his thigh, holding pot of nectar, noose, goad and a pot of jewels on his trunk
Thryakshara Ganapathi – Lord represents the Pranava Manthra ‘AUM’ - Lord carrying tusk, goad, noose, Mango and Modhak on his trunk
Kshipra Prasada Ganapathi – Provider of boon promptly – holding noose, goad, tusk, Pomegranate, lotus and Kalpavruksha
Haridra Ganapathi – Lord with a broken tusk, noose, Goad and Modhak on his trunk
Eka Dhantha Ganapathi – Elephant faced Lord with one tusk, his hands carrying prayer beads, Axe, broken tusk and  a vessel full of Laddu on his trunk
Srishti Ganapathi – Lord mounted on his celestial vehicle mouse and carrying noose, Goad, broken tusk and a Mango
Uddhanda Ganapathi – Preserver of righteousness carrying Pot of Gems, blue Lilly, Sugar cane, Mace, Lotus , string of unprocessed crop, Pomegranate, noose, garland and broken tusk


Runamochana Ganapathi – Remover of Runas (Every human beings are born with the three Runa(sins) such as  Pitru Runa, Rishi Runa and Deva Runa ) holding noose, broken tusk, goad, Mango,
Dhundhi Ganapathi – Lord carrying prayer beads of Rudraksha, tusk, goad, axe and the trunk holding a pot of gems
Dwimukha Ganapathi – Two faced Lord holding noose, goad, tusk and a pot full of gems

Thrimukha Ganapathi – Three faced Lord - Lord seated on a Lotus holding weapons like noose, goad, prayer beads and Vessel of nectar on his trunk with Abhaya Hastha posture
Simha Ganapathi – Lord mounted on a Lion –Yoga Ganapathi – Lord on meditating posture holding noose, prayer beads and sugarcane
Durga Ganapathi – Remover of Ignorance, holding bow and arrow, noose, goad, prayer beads, tusk and rose apple on his trunk
 Sankatahara Ganapathi – Remover of  grief and pains, seated on a lotus flower carrying vessel of Modhak, Goad, and Noose with one hand in Abhyahastha posture
 Jai Ganesha !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!




12 Jyotir Linga Kshetram !! Varanasi/Kashi Sri Vishwanatha Mandir !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Varanasi/Kashi is one of the 12 Jyotir Linga Kshetram located on western bank of river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India.  This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva in existence for more than 3500 years, had undergone ruins several times and the current structure was re-built in the year 1780 by Maharani Ahalya Bhai Holkar of Indore.  Previously it was under the patronage of King of Kashi/Kashi Naresh later it was undertaken by the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.  According to the scared scripture of Skandha Puranam/Kashi Skandham, this temple was built in 11th century by King Harishchandra.  This self-manifested Linga was installed in the Gnana Vapi during the process of protecting the same from the Mughal invaders.
Presiding deity – Lord Kashivishwantha/Vishweshwara/ Vishweshwar Linga with his consort Goddess Sri Visalakshi
Theertham – Gnana Vapi,
There 84 bathing Ghats and several Theertha Kund are situated here
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Dhandapani,  Lord Avimuktheshwara, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Sri Annapoorna, Kalabhairava, Sankatha,  Goddess Sri Durga, Sankatmochan, Lord Shaneeswara, Lord Virupaksha & Goddess Virupaksha Gauri
Sub Shrines – Mangaleshwar & Atmavishveshwar at Shankatha Ghat, Kukuteswar &Triparneswar at Durga Kund, Mahakaleshwar at Dhandapani Gali, Kal Mahadev at Kanth Ki Haveli, Prayageshwar at Dashashwamedha Ghat, Angarakeshwar, Upashantheshwar  & Agnaneshwar at Ganesh Ghat, Parmeshwar, Harichandreshwar, Vashishteshwar at Shanktha Ghat, Kedareshwar at Kedar Ghat, Neelakandeshwar at Neelkantha, Omkareshwar at Chittanpura, Kasheshwar at Trilochan, Mahamryuthunjay at Maidagin, Shukreshwar at Kalika Gali,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Amlaki Ekadashi, Annakoot Utasav, Makara Sankranthi, Shravan festival, Akshay Trithiya,
Worshipped by – Lord Vishnu, deities and Rishis, Sage Agastya, Sri Sankara Bhagavad Padha, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Vivekananda, Sant Tulsidas, Sri Dayananda Saraswathi, Gurunanak,
Worship of Lord Vishwanatha with Goddess Sri Vishalakshi provides abundance of devoutness includes salvation.  This is one of the holiest lands on Earth which has the significance of its perpetual existence during the time of deluge/Mahapralaya.
This temple remains open from the morning 3.00AM to 10.30 PM in the night.  The rituals begin with Mangala Arati/Vishwaroopa Dharshan of Lord Vishwanatha in the early morning hours.  The mid day Arati/Bhog Arati is performed from 11.30 AM to 12.00 PM.    In the evening 7.00 PM to 8.30 PM Saptha Rishi Arati is performed followed by Srungara Arati at 9.00 and concludes with Shayana Arati at 10.30 PM. 
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!