The Maha Ganpati is the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesh. Maha Ganpati is depicted as having eight, ten or twelve arms. It is after invoking this form of Ganpati that Shiva vanquished the demon Tripurasur and so he is also known as Tripurarivade Mahaganpati.
Moreshwar - Morgaon
The Mayureshwar or Moreshwar temple is along the Karha river in the Morgaon village. A temple that looks like a tiny fort from a distance, is situated in the Baramati Taluka of Pune. Shaped as a peacock, this region has in the past seen an abundance of peacocks and is therefore known as Morgaon (Mor - peacock).
Vighneswar - Ozar
Ozhar is on the banks of the Kukdeshwar river, where Lord Vighneshwar resides. Lord Ganesh is known as Vigneshwara or the remover of all obstacles, this he achieved by vanquishing the demon Vighnasura.
Ballaleshwar - Pali
This is the only Ganesha in Ashtavinayaka who is famous by the name of his devotee and who is dressed up as a brahmin.
Lenyadri is to the North of Pune, along the Kukdi river. The Ganesh Puran reffered this place as Jirnapur or Lekhan Parbat. 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.
Siddheshwar - Siddhatek
Siddhtek is a remote little village along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar and Karjat. The Siddhivinayak at Siddhtek is considered an especially powerful deity. It is believed that it was here on the Siddhtek Mountain, that Vishnu acquired Siddhi.
Chintamani - Theoor
At Theoor in the Haveli Taluka in Pune is the temple dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. The village is along the river Mulamutha. Chintamani is god who brings peace of mind and drives away all perplexities of the mind.
Varadvinayak - Mahad
Mahad is a village set in the hilly region of Raigad and the Khalapur. Ganesh as Varad Vinayak fulfills all desires and grants all boons. This region was known as Bhadrak or Madhak in ancient times.A nandadeep has been lit in this temple which has been continuously lit since the 1892.
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