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Aug 2014

THE JAL DINDI TOUR WILL START FROM THE ASHTA VINAYAK TEMPLES
12:10 pm UTC

All Jal Dindi trails will start on August 28 from the Ashta Vinayak temples.
The Jal Dindi tankers will carry the sacred water to different parts of the State.
Local water bodies will be infused with the sacred water and the people from that region will make a resolve for water prosperity.
Various programmes will be organised through the Tanishka Women’s Dignity Forum to create awareness on the water issue.
Awareness in schools and colleges through traditional and cultural programmes.
A pledge to contribute to the programme for making the State water prosperous.

Mayureshwar of Morgaon
Morgaon’s Mayureshwar located on the banks of the Kamandalu or the Karha river is the first Ashta Vinayak. This is the prime ‘peeth’ of the Ganpatya sect. The temple is completely different from the rest of the temples in the State, belonging to the era of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The temple, constructed in the 16th century, has minars in all four directions.
Chintamani of Theur
This temple was constructed during the period of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Shree Dharanidhar Maharaj constructed this Hemadpathi architectural style temple in 1740. Chintamani’s idol facing the east is in the sanctum sanctorum, where Vinayaka, the destroyer of all worries (chinta), hence became Chintamani Vinayak. Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa was one of the ardent devotees of Theur’s Chintamani Ganesha.
Siddhivinayak of Siddhatek
This temple, located on the banks of the Bhima river, belongs to the Peshwa period. The sanctum sanctorum was built by Ahilyadevi Holkar. This is the only idol among the Ashta Vinayak which has a right-sided trunk. The hill (tekdi) which gave siddhi to kill the demons came to be called Kshetra Siddhatek and the giver of the siddhi, Lord Vinayaka was called Siddhivinayak.
Mahaganpati of Ranjangaon
Ranjangaon was earlier called Manipur. Before launching his war campaigns, Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa, used to visit this pilgrim centre. The Peshwa built a stone sanctum sanctorum around the idol in 1790 and allotted hereditary powers to perform the puja of the idol to Anyaba Dev.
Vighnahara of Ozar
Ozar’s Lord Ganesha is a form of the destroyer of all evils or ‘Vighnaharta’ and is very important for devotees. The present Vighnaharta temple belongs to the Peshwa era. Peshwa Bajirao renovated this temple. The demon, Vighnasur, had harassed sadhus, sants and various gods and goddesses. Rishi Parshwa performed penance for a long time, which resulted in the killing of the demon.
Girijatmaj of Lenyadri
Girijatmaj, the sixth among the Ashta Vinayak, is named after Girija (another name for Parvati) and her Atmaj or son is called Girijatmaj. The temple faces the south. According to a legend, Lord Ganesha had killed the demons, Balasur, Vyamasur, Shatmahiba, Kamalaur and Manchakasur, at this spot.
Varadvinayak of Mahad
This ancient Ganapati idol was consecrated by Grutsamad Rishi. The pilgrim centre is located on the old Pune-Mumbai Highway, around two miles from Khopoli in the Khalapur taluka of Raigad district. Lord Vinayaka was pleased with the penance of Grutsamad Rishi, the chief promoter of the Ganpatya sect, and blessed him.
Lord Ballareshwar of Pali
The Shri Ballareshwar temple is constructed in such a manner that the rays of the sun fall directly on Shri Ballareshwar’s idols during sunrise, especially during the last days of Dakshiyan and early days of Uttarayan. This temple was built during the Peshwa era. The stone idol of Lord Ganesha was worshipped by a child, named Ballal, hence the name.

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