Ashtavinayak (Marathi: ??????????) literally means "eight Ganeshas" in Sanskrit. Ganesh is the Hinduism/Hindu deity of unity, prosperity & learning and removes obstacles. The term refers to eight Ganeshas. Ashtavinayaka yatra trip refers to a pilgrimage to the eight Hindu temples in Maharashtra state of India that house eight distinct idols of Ganesh, in a pre-ascertained sequence. The Ashtavinayak yatra or pilgrimage covers the eight ancient holy temples of Ganesh which are situated around Pune. Each of these temples has its own individual legend and history, as distinct from each other as the murtis in each temple. The form of each murti of Ganesh and His trunk are distinct from one another. However, there are other temples of eight Ganesh in various other parts of Maharashtra; the ones around Pune are more well known than the former.
It is believed to be for completion of Ashtavinayak Yatra visit the first Ganpati after visiting all the eight Ganpatis again, to complete the yatra.
Ashtavinayak Mayureshwar – Morgoan Ganesha temple is one of the eight revered Ganesha temples called Ashtavinayak. The temple is located in Morgaon in Pune in Maharashtra. Morgaon is about 80 km from Pune city.
At Mayureshwar Temple, Lord Ganesha portrays peacock as his vehicle. In the local language ‘Mayura’ or ‘Mora’ means ‘peacock’. Again, the shape of the Morgaon village resembles that of a peacock and in ancient days there was an abundance of peacocks in the village. Both the temple and the village have derived their names after the bird peacock.
According to the Ganesha Purana, Ganesha incarnated as Mayuresvara or Mayureshwar (May?re?vara), who has six arms and a white complexion. His mount is a peacock. He was born to Shiva and Parvati in the Tretayuga, for the purpose of killing the demon Sindhu. Lord Ganesha is the God of prosperity and good will and is the remover of all obstacles that is faced by humans in their life. Hence before beginning any new venture people worship Lord Ganesha. The elephant faced God is prayed and loved by everyone who believes in Hinduism.
In the Morgoan Ganesha temple, the idol of Ganesha is a three eyed Ganesha who has a leftward trunk and on the head of the deity, fangs of Nagraj (snake) are seen. The idol is riding on a peacock. Similar to other Ashtavinayaks, the Mayureshwar idol of Lord Ganesha is accompanied by his two wives, Riddhi (Intelligence) and Siddhi (Capability).
Suggesting a Muslim influence on the architecture, at each of the four corners in the temple there are the minarets and the temple is surrounded by a tall stone boundary wall.
The Morgoan Ganesha temple has four gates, each facing a cardinal direction and with an image of Ganesha, each gate depicting him in the form that he appeared in each of the four ages (yugas). Each of the four Ganesha forms is associated with a Purushartha (aim of life) and accompanied by two attendants. The image of Ballalvinayaka at the eastern gate, accompanied by god Rama (Vishnu’s Avatar) and his consort Sita, symbolizes Dharma (righteousness, duty, ethnics) and embodies the preserver-god Vishnu. Vignesha at the southern gate, flanked by Ganesha’s parents Shiva and Parvati (Uma) symbolizes Artha (wealth and fame) and embodies the dissolver – Shiva. Chintamani at the western gate – representing Kama (desire, love and sensual pleasure) – is attended by the love god Kamadeva and his wife Rati and embodies the formless (asat) Brahman. Mahaganapati at the northern gate standing for moksha (salvation) is accompanied by Varaha (Vishnu’s boar avatar) and his wife the earth goddess Mahi embodies Sat Brahman.
The quadrangular courtyard has two Deepmalas – lamp towers with niches to light lamps. A sculpted 6 foot mouse – the vahana (mount) of Ganesha sits in front of the temple. A Nagara-khana – which stores Nagaras (kettle drums) – is situated nearby. A huge Nandi bull sculpture is positioned facing the Lord, just outside the temple gates. This is considered unusual as a Nandi is normally positioned in front of the sanctum sanatorium in Shiva temples. A legend explains this oddity: the Nandi sculpture being transported from nearby Shiva temple, decided to settle in front of Ganesha and then refused to move. Both the mouse and Nandi are considered guardians of the entrance.
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