Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtvinayak Temple

God : Ganesh

Address :Tal. Sudhagad, Dist. Raigad, Pali, Maharashtra 410205, India

Locality/City/Village: Nasik

State : Maharashtra

Country: India

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About

Moreshvar Vitthal Sindkar (Dighe) constructed the Temple in 1640. He was one of the major contributor of the work of Shivaji: The great on "Swarajya". The Lord Ganesha devotee and had immense contribution to the development and well of this temple. The original wooden temple was renovated in 1760 to make way for a new stone temple designed by Shri Fadnis. Built in the shape of the letter Shri, it was made by mixing lead with the cement during construction. The east-facing temple was carefully positioned so that, as the sun rises, sun rays fall directly on the murti during worship. The temple contains a bell that was brought back by Chimaji Appa after his defeat of the Portuguese in Vasai and Sasti.

The temple complex encircles two lakes and is tiled throughout. There are two sanctums in the temple, an inner and an outer sanctum. The inner sanctum is 15 feet (4.6 m) high, while the outer sanctum is only 12 feet (3.7 m) high. The outer sanctum contains a murti in the shape of a rat, holding modak in its hands while facing Ganesha. The main hall of the temple is 40 feet (12 m) long and 20 feet (6.1 m) wide and contains eight pillars resembling cypress trees.

History

The Lord Ganesha murti: The murti of lord Ganesha sits on a stone throne, facing east with its trunk turned left and sitting against a background of silver which displays Siddhi (spiritual power) and Riddhi (prosperity). waving chamaras. The murti's eyes and navel contain diamonds.

In the town of Pali lived a successful businessman named 'Kalyan' with his wife, 'Indumati'. Their child(Son), 'Ballal', and the other children in the town used to play puja(pooja), using stones in place of murtis. Once, the children, going to the outskirts of the town, saw a very large stone. At the insistence of 'Ballal', the children worshiped the stone as Lord Ganesha. Led by Ballal, the children became so engrossed in their worship that they forgot about hunger and thirst; day and night.

Meanwhile, the parents of the town anxiously waited for their children to come home. When the children did not return on time, they all went to Kalyan's house and complained about his son Ballal. Kalyan, flying into a rage, took a stick and went in search of the children. Eventually, he found the children listening to the Ganesha Purana. In his fury, he destroyed the small temples built by the children, who fled away in terror, leaving Ballal by himself. Ballal, completely submerged in devotion to Ganesha, was grabbed by his father and beaten until blood drenched his clothes. His father proceeded to tie him to a tree and trampled on all the puja materials collected by the children. Lifting the large stone which the children had treated as Ganesha, he threw it to the ground, breaking it into pieces. He taunted Ballal, "Now we shall see which God protects you!" Going home, he left his own son bound to the tree to die.

Timing

    Temple open at 5:30 AM To 10:30 PM

    Chaturthi days the timing of puja Between 6.00 a.m. to 9.00a.m


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