Ashtavinayak
5. Chintamani, Theur
The lore behind the name, 'Chintamani' goes long back to Puranas where Ganesha acquired the precious Chinatamani jewel from the greedy Guna for his devotee sage Kapila. However, after bringing back the jewel, sage Kapila put it in Vinayaka's (Ganesha's) neck and it gained the name, Chintamani Vinayaka.
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4. Varadavinayak, Mahad
The idol of this temple is surrounded by the mystery of its origin. It was found in the adjoining lake in 1690 AD and the temple was built in 1725 AD by Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar. An interesting thing about the temple is that one lamp is constantly kept burning here since 1892.
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3. Ballaleshwar, Pali
The original wooden temple was reconstructed into a stone temple by Nana Phadanavis in 1760. Ganesha is believed to have saved this child-devotee, Ballala, who was beaten by local villagers and his father(Kalyan-seth) for his single-minded devotion to Ganesha idol outside the village. To honor Ballal's faith, Ganesha took his name and is called Ballaleshwar.
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2. Siddhivinayak, Siddhatek
The temple was rebuilt by Ahilyabai Holkar, the queen of Indore, in the late 18th century and is known to have inspired famous saints, Moraya Gosawi and Narayan Maharaj. The village is described in Puranas as the place where Vishnu achieved Siddhi, later called as Siddhatek.
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1. Moreshwar, Morgaon
It is believed that Samarth Ramdas was inspired to write Sukhkarta Dukhharta after seeing Moreshwar idol of Morgaon. It is also a starting point of Ashtavinayak Darshan pilgrimage.
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8. Mahaganapati, Ranjangaon
This is the last temple devotees visit during Ashtvinayak pilgrimage and is designed in such a way that during Dakshinayan (the apparent movement of the sun to the south), the rays of the sun fall directly on the deity.
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