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-: Hindu Temples :-
Lord Ganesha Temples

Shri Vigneshvar Ashtavinayak Temple

 

"Bhaktanugrahe Gajmukho Vigeshwaro Brahamapam

Nana Murti Dharopi Naijamahima Khanda Sadatma Prabhu

Sweccha Vighnahar Sadasukhkar Sidha Kallo Swayepum

Kshetre Chozarke Namostu Satatam Tamse Parabrahamne"

Meaning : Let my mind be concentreated to the God , who is elephant headed , benignant & remover of obstacle. He has defeated demon Vighnasur . He himself is Brahma.His greatness is undisturbed in his different forms.He is the greatest artist, He gives happiness to his devotees,who stays at Ozar .

In Junnar taluka of Pune district, Ozar is at a distance of 12 kms from Narayangaon and 85 kms from Pune. There are regular bus services from Shivajinagar bus stand of Pune. Vigneshwara at Ozar is regarded as the slayer of the demon Vighnāsura.

The legend

The King of Hemavati, Shri Abhinandana once performed a great sacrifice. Indra thought that this sacrifice if completed would deprive him of his post. Hence, he ordered Kala (time) to create obstacles in the sacrifice and then destroyed it. The fierce looking Kala not only destroyed that sacrifice but also other sacrifices and created obstacles for Sages and others. Hence people called him Vighna. Slowly all vedic rites were reduced and dharma disappeared from earth. Then all Gods worshipped Gajanana and requested him to save the world from Vighneshvar. Then Ganapati took his Avatar as the son of Sage Parshva and his wife Dīpavatsala. Gods headed by Lord Shiva came to Parshva and requested him to relieve Ganapati for having a war with Vighnāsura. Sage Parshva was reluctant, but Ganapati convinced him and with his permission proceeded to the Asura's abode. He sent his Ankush (Hook) which caught hold of Vighnāsura and brought him before Gods. But the Asura assumed many forms like cyclones, flood, fire, etc. Vinayaka destroyed all such mayas (illusions). Finally, when he found that his power and tactics will not succeed, Vighnāsura fell at the feet of Ganapati and asked for refuge. He requested that Ganapati should take his name along with his own. Vinayaka accepted his request and hence is called as Vighneshvara or Vighnarāja.

The Murti

The image of Vigneshvar Vinayak, faces east and trunk turned towards left. It's smeared in vermillion mixed with oil, has two emerald studded eyes and a diamond on his forehead and in the navel. On the two sides are brass idols of Riddhi and Siddhi.

The Temple

Vighneshvara's temple facing east is surrounded on four sides by a protective stone wall. At the entrance, there are two Deep-Malas (stone pillars for oil lamps) and two huge Dvarapala, the door guards. The main temple has two mandapas, one with statue of Dhundiraj and the other has an idol of rat in running position made in white marble. Mūrtis Panchayatan (Sun, Shiva, Vishnu, Goddess, Ganapati) are situated in four corners of the sanctum. Temple has a golden dome and pinnacle.

How to Reach There :

  • On the Pune- Nasik Road on passing through Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Manchar, one comes to the towns Narayangaon and later to Junnar. Ozhar is 8km from both Naryangaon and Junnar. One can take either auto rickshaws or jeeps from here to reach Ozhar Bus service is not available in this route.

  • Pune and Talegaon are the two closest Railway Stations

  • From the Shivaji Nagar Bus Depot in Pune and from the Bus Depot at Talegaon one can get State Transport buses to Junnar.

  • State Transport buses also ply between Mumbai and Junnar.

  • Private buses and vehicles reach directly upto the temple because of the bridge on the Kukadi River.

  • The distance from Mumbai-Thane, Kalyan-Bapsai-Sarlgaon-Otur-Lenyadri-Ozar is 182kms.

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