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Vigneshwara Temple

Also referred to as the “Vighnahar Ganapati Temple” is a Hindu shrine located in Maharashtra known as Vigneshwara Temple. This “Lord Ganesha” dedicated temple is situated in a town called Ozhar in the Pune district. In addition, this temple is also a part of the “Ashtavinayaka” pilgrimage circuit which comprises of eight revered shrines of Lord Ganesha, the lord of knowledge. Furthermore, it was Chimaji Appa, the brother of Peshwa Baji Rao I who renovated this temple and used gold to cover this temple’s spire or what can also be called “Shikhara”.

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a. Best time to visit  Vigneshwara Temple

The ideal time to visit this temple would be during the winter season which begins in October and ends in February when the climate is pleasant and the temperature ranges from a maximum of 15 degree Celsius to a minimum of 10 degree Celsius.

b. How to reach Vigneshwara Temple

Vigneshwara Temple Map

1. By train:

The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Pune city. The Pune Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.

2. By road:

If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, and Nagpur.

  • Via Mumbai:

There are two routes from Mumbai to this temple, and they are via NH61 and via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway.

  • Via Navi Mumbai:

There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway and NH60.

  • Via Nashik:

There are two routes from Nashik to this temple, and they are via NH60 and via MH SH 21.

  • Via Nagpur:

There are three routes from Nagpur to this temple, and they are via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway, via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and Kolkata Mumbai Highway, and via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and Aurangabad-Nagpur Road.

3. By air:

The closest airport to this temple is located in Pune. The Pune Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.

c. Religious significance of the Vigneshwara Temple

According to a legend recorded in Hindu scriptures Skanda Purana once a king called Abhiananda performed a “yagna” but apparently did not provide any offering to Lord Indra. Now Indra could not digest the fact that he was royally snubbed and hence in anger ordered Kala, the “God of Death” an avatar of Yama to disrupt the yagna. In response to Indra’s request Kala took the form of a demon called Vignasura and completely disrupted the yagna. Furthermore, this demon form of Kala also created havoc in yagnas performed by other sages and human begins. Thus out of sheer frustration the sages requested Lord Brahma or Shiva to provide them with a solutionby ending the tyranny of the demon. In response Brahma and Shiva advised them that they pray to Lord Ganesh and seek his help, which is what they did.  In turn Ganesha answered the prayers put forth by the sages, by taking on the demon in a fierce battle. It was during this battle that the demon realized that it would be near impossible to win against Ganesha and gracefully accepted defeat and thereby never created havoc thereafter.  It was thus to honour Lord Ganesha’s victory over this demon that this temple was built.

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