Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mahaganapati Titwala, Thane

The Ganesh Temple is located in Titwala of Thane District. This temple at Titwala is more properly known as the Maha Ganesh temple.

Legend has it that King Dushyant married Shakuntala in the Titwala temple.

It's believed that original Ganesh idol, was consecrated by the sage Kanva, and disappeared while the adjacent lake was being constructed. The present idol was consecrated by Madhavrao Peshwe.

Popular folklore and belief has it that if one worships the Titwala Maha Ganesh, one gets married to the person one desires. If the Lord is propitiated with all sincerity and strict religious manner, marital conflicts are settled.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sarasbaug Ganapati, Pune

In 1784, Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa built a small temple in Sarasbaug and installed the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan, the God he worshipped.

The official website of Sarasbaug Ganapati is

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dholya Ganapati, Wai

The temple of Dholya Ganapati is located along the Krishna River. It was built in 1762 by Raja Bhoja of the Shilahar dynasty to protect the town. The idol was consecrated in the year 1769 in the Hindu month of Vaishakh shuddha the 13th. It took then a whopping Rs. 1.5 lakh and 10 years of work to complete this temple.

The temple is made out of finished stone. The inner sanctum is spacious, with a huge hall in the front. A stone floor covers the whole temple. The rear part of the temple is shaped like a fish. This structure proves useful in case of a flood as it protects the temple. The Ganapati idol is carved out of monolith, and is about 10 ft tall and 8 ft wide. The deity is acquired it name Dholya Ganapati from its massive size (In Marathi, Dholya means huge or fat).

Friday, October 23, 2009

108 Names of Lord Ganesh

These are 108 names of Lord Ganesh also referred as Ganesh Astottara Shatanamavali.
  1. Akhuratha: One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
  2. Alampata: Ever Eternal Lord
  3. Amit: Incomparable Lord
  4. Anantachidrupamayam: Infinite and Consciousness Personified
  5. Avaneesh: Lord of the whole World
  6. Avighna: Remover of Obstacles
  7. Balaganapati: Beloved and Lovable Child
  8. Bhalchandra: Moon-Crested Lord
  9. Bheema: Huge and Gigantic
  10. Bhupati: Lord of the Gods
  11. Bhuvanpati: God of the Gods
  12. Buddhinath: God of Wisdom
  13. Buddhipriya: Knowledge Bestower
  14. Buddhividhata: God of Knowledge
  15. Chaturbhuj: One who has Four Arms
  16. Devadeva: Lord! of All Lords
  17. Devantakanashakarin: Destroyer of Evils and Asuras
  18. Devavrata: One who accepts all Penances
  19. Devendrashika: Protector of All Gods
  20. Dharmik: One who gives Charity
  21. Dhoomravarna: Smoke-Hued Lord
  22. Durja: Invincible Lord
  23. Dvaimatura: One who has two Mothers
  24. Ekaakshara: He of the Single Syllable
  25. Ekadanta: Single-Tusked Lord
  26. Ekadrishta: Single-Tusked Lord
  27. Eshanputra: Lord Shiva's Son
  28. Gadadhara: One who has The Mace as His Weapon
  29. Gajakarna: One who has Eyes like an Elephant
  30. Gajanana: Elephant-Faced Lord
  31. Gajananeti: Elephant-Faced Lord
  32. Gajavakra: Trunk of The Elephant
  33. Gajavaktra: One who has Mouth like an Elephant
  34. Ganadhakshya: Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
  35. Ganadhyakshina: Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
  36. Ganapati: Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
  37. Gaurisuta: The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
  38. Gunina: One who is The Master of All Virtues
  39. Haridra: One who is Golden Coloured
  40. Heramba: Mother's Beloved Son
  41. Kapila: Yellowish-Brown Coloured
  42. Kaveesha: Master of Poets
  43. Krti: Lord of Music
  44. Kripalu: Merciful Lord
  45. Krishapingaksha: Yellowish-Brown Eyed
  46. Kshamakaram: The Place of Forgiveness
  47. Kshipra: One who is easy to Appease
  48. Lambakarna: Large-Eared Lord
  49. Lambodara: The Huge Bellied Lord
  50. Mahabala: Enormously Strong Lord
  51. Mahaganapati: Omnipotent and Supreme Lord
  52. Maheshwaram: Lord of The Universe
  53. Mangalamurti: All Auspicious Lord
  54. Manomay: Winner of Hearts
  55. Mrityuanjaya: Conqueror of Death
  56. Mundakarama: Abode of Happiness
  57. Muktidaya: Bestower of Eternal Bliss
  58. Musikvahana: One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
  59. Nadapratithishta: One who Appreciates and Loves Music
  60. Namasthetu: Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
  61. Nandana: Lord Shiva's Son
  62. Nideeshwaram: Giver of Wealth and Treasures
  63. Omkara: One who has the Form Of OM
  64. Pitambara: One who has Yellow-Coloured Body
  65. Pramoda: Lord of All Abodes
  66. Prathameshwara: First Among All
  67. Purush: The Omnipotent Personality
  68. Rakta: One who has Red-Coloured Body
  69. Rudrapriya: Beloved Of Lord Shiva
  70. Sarvadevatman: Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
  71. Sarvasiddhanta: Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
  72. Sarvatman: Protector of The Universe
  73. Shambhavi: The Son of Parvati
  74. Shashivarnam: One who has a Moon like Complexion
  75. Shoorpakarna: Large-Eared Lord
  76. Shuban: All Auspicious Lord
  77. Shubhagunakanan: One who is The Master of All Virtues
  78. Shweta: One who is as Pure as the White Colour
  79. Siddhidhata: Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
  80. Siddhipriya: Bestower of Wishes and Boons
  81. Siddhivinayaka: Bestower of Success
  82. Skandapurvaja: Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik)
  83. Sumukha: Auspicious Face
  84. Sureshwaram: Lord of All Lords
  85. Swaroop: Lover of Beauty
  86. Tarun: Ageless
  87. Uddanda: Nemesis of Evils and Vices
  88. Umaputra: The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)
  89. Vakratunda: Curved Trunk Lord
  90. Varaganapati: Bestower of Boons
  91. Varaprada: Granter of Wishes and Boons
  92. Varadavinayaka: Bestower of Success
  93. Veeraganapati: Heroic Lord
  94. Vidyavaridhi: God of Wisdom
  95. Vighnahara: Remover of Obstacles
  96. Vignaharta: Demolisher of Obstacles
  97. Vighnaraja: Lord of All Hindrances
  98. Vighnarajendra: Lord of All Obstacles
  99. Vighnavinashanaya: Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
  100. Vigneshwara: Lord of All Obstacles
  101. Vikat: Huge and Gigantic
  102. Vinayaka: Lord of All
  103. Vishwamukha: Master of The Universe
  104. Vishwaraja: King of The World
  105. Yagnakaya: Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrificial Offerings
  106. Yashaskaram: Bestower of Fame and Fortune
  107. Yashvasin: Beloved and Ever Popular Lord
  108. Yogadhipa: The Lord of Meditation

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

32 Forms of Lord Ganesh

Following are the 32 forms of Lord Ganesh.
  1. Bala Ganapati
  2. Taruna Ganapati
  3. Bhakti Ganapati
  4. Vira Ganapati
  5. Shakti Ganapati
  6. Dvija Ganapati
  7. Siddhi Ganapati
  8. Ucchhishta Ganapati
  9. Vighna Ganapati
  10. Kshipra Ganapati
  11. Heramba Ganapati
  12. Lakshmi Ganapati
  13. Maha Ganapati
  14. Vijaya Ganapati
  15. Nritya Ganapati
  16. Urdhva Ganapati
  17. Ekakshara Ganapati
  18. Varada Ganapati
  19. Tryakshara Ganapati
  20. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati
  21. Haridra Ganapati
  22. Ekadanta Ganapati
  23. Srishti Ganapati
  24. Uddanda Ganapati
  25. Rinamochana Ganapati
  26. Dhundhi Ganapati
  27. Dvimukha Ganapati
  28. Trimukha Ganapati
  29. Sinha Ganapati
  30. Yoga Ganapati
  31. Durga Ganapati
  32. Sankatahara Ganapati
More information about these forms is available at:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Maha Ganpati, Ranjangao (Ashtavinayak)

Shri Mahaganapati Vinayak temple is in Ranjangao. Ranjangao is 50km from Pune, Maharashtra on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway.

The idol faces the east, is seated in a cross-legged position with a broad forehead, with its trunk pointing to the left.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Girijatmaj, Lenyadri (Ashtavinayak)

Shri Girijatmaj Vinayak refers to the Ganesh as the son of Parvati. Girija is another name for Parvati and Atamaj means son. This is the only temple of the Ashtavinayak which is on a mountain and is set in a Buddhist cave-temple (also known as known as Ganesh Gufa).

The idol faces north with its trunk to the left, and has to be worshiped from the rear of the temple.  This idol can be worshiped by anyone. There is no electric bulb in the temple. The temple is constructed such that during the day it is always lighted up by the sun-rays!

The temple is situated 12 km from Narayangaon, which is about 94 km from Pune on the Pune-Nashik highway. Nearest railway station is Talegaon.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Chintamani Vinayak, Tehur (Ashtavinayak)

Shri Chintamani Vinayak, one of the Ashtavinayak is in Tehur in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. The idol of Chintamani is purvabhimukha (facing east) and its eyes are studded with precious stones.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mayureshwar, Morgaon (Ashtavinayak)

Shree Mayureshvara (also called as Moreshwara) Ashtavinayak temple is at Morgaon. Morgaon is at the distance of 64 kms from Pune, Maharashtra, next to the river Karha in the village of Moregaon.

The idol of Lord Ganesha, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot. The idol, with its trunk turned to the left, has a cobra (Nagaraja) poised over it protecting it. This form of Ganesha also has two other murtis of Siddhi (Capability) and Buddhi (Intelligence).

However, this is not the original idol which is said to have been consecrated twice by Brahma, once before and once after being destroyed by the asura Sindhurasur. The original murti, smaller in size and made of atoms of sand, iron, and diamonds, was supposedly enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas and placed behind the one that is currently worshiped.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Siddhivinayak, Siddhtek (Ashtavinayak)

The Siddhivinayak Ashtavinayak Temple is at Siddhtek a remote little village along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar district and Karjat tehsil in Maharashtra.

The deity of this temple is swayambhu, three feet high and two and a half feet wide, facing north. The trunk of the deity is turned towards the right. A Ganpati with the trunk turned to the right is considered to be the dynamic form of Ganpati. The statue is in one corner of a hillock.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Varad Vinayak, Mahad (Ashtavinayak)

Varad Vinayak, one of the Ashtavinayak temple is in Mahad village set in the hilly region of Konkan in the Raigarh district and the Khalapur Taluka of Maharastra.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Shri Vighneshwar, Ozhar (Ashtavinayak)

Shri Vighneshwar, Ozhar

Vighneshwara's temple is situated on the banks of river Kukadi. Among Ashtavinayak places   Ozhar Vighneshwara Temple is the only temple with golden dome and pinnacle and was built in 1833.

Here are some beautiful images of Vighneshwara of Ozhar sent by Ameya Mungale.

Shri Vighneshwara, Ozhar
Shri Vighneshwara Temple at night

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Ballaleshvara of Pali (Ashtavinayak)

Ballaleshvara at Pali is one among the Ashtavinayak (Eight temples of Lord Ganesha in Maharashtra). Ballaleshwar idol is 3 feet high and it faces east and its trunk turns towards the left. The navel and eyes of the idol are studded with precious stones. Lord Ganesh in this aspect appeared as a Brahmin and so this is one of those rare statues where Ganesh is shown wearing clothes as Brahmins do. On both sides of the idol are statues of Riddhi and Siddhi.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sasivekalu Ganesha, Hampi

Sasivekalu Ganesha is located on the southern foothill of the Hemakuta Hill in Hampi. This monolithic statue carved out of a huge boulder measures about 2.4 meters (8 feet). An open pavilion is build around the statue.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kadalekalu Ganesha, Hampi

This giant statue of Ganesh was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill in Hampi. This 4.5 meters (15 feet) tall statue is one among the largest sculptures in Hampi.