Shri Vighnahar Ozar Temple is one of the 8 Ashtavinayak revered shrines of Ganesha in Maharashtra.
Pune District, Maharashtra, India.
Ozar is a village located on the bank of river Kukadi. The backwater of the Yedgaon dam is just behind the Shree Vighnahar Ganapati (Vinayaka) temple, where a beautiful ‘Ghat’ was constructed in recent years. Some of the water sports are also available here.
There is Vinayaka (a form of Ganesha/ Ganapati) temple. The present structure was renovated in 1967 by ‘Shri Appashastri Joshi’, an ardent devotee of Ganesha. The temple was earlier rebuilt in 1785 CE, in the era of Peshwas by Chimaji Appa, to celebrate his conquest of Vasai Fort against the Portuguese.
The fully fortified stone walls of the temple indicate the rich and glorious history of the place. The temple’s Golden superstructure as well as its Deepmala’s (a stone pillar) is well-known. The significance of the Ozar Ganpati temple is that it is the most famous Vigneshwara Ashtavinayak temple. It has an east-facing idol of Ganesha along with his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi, with the scriptural and mural work in the entrance.
The legend encompassing this idol states that Vighnasur, a demon was created by the King of Gods, Indra to destroy the prayer organized by King Abhinandan. However, the demon went a step further and destroyed all Vedic, religious acts and to answer the people’s prayers for protection, Ganesh defeated him. It goes on to say that on being conquered, the demon begged and pleaded with Ganesha to show mercy. Ganesha then granted in his plea, but on the condition that the demon should not go to the place where Ganesha worshipping is going on. In return the demon asked a favour that his name should be taken before Ganesha’s name, thus the name of Ganesha became Vighnahar or Vighneshwar. Thus the Ganesha here is called Shri Vighneshwar Vinayak.
The temple is on the banks of the Kukadi River, close to the Yedagaon dam built on it.
The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature between 19-33 degrees Celsius.
April and May are the hottest months in the region when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, but average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.
The annual rainfall in the region is around 763 mm.
Things to do
The peaceful environment along with the spiritual feelings highlights the sacred purity of the temple.
The afternoon Mahapooja and evening’s Mahaaarti are some of the important rituals of the temple.
There are lots of shops around the temple and near the lake. The lake has a boating provision.
Nearest tourist places
● Chowpatty Point Yedgaon Dam (4.3 KM)
● Habashi Mahal (9.3 KM)
● Bhimashankar Buddhist Caves (11.3 KM)
● Junnar Fort (11.5 KM)
● Lenyadri Ganapati (14.5 KM)
● Lenyadri Buddhist Caves (14.5 KM)
Special food speciality and hotel
Maharashtrian Cuisine is a speciality that is available in nearby restaurants.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
There are many places of accommodation near this temple.
Nearest Police station:- Junnar Police Station (11.3 KM)
Shri Vighnahar Hospital is the nearest hospital (0.4 KM).
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
● The Best time to visit the temple is from August to February as many festivals are celebrated during these months.
● Temple timings:- 5:00 A.M to 10:30 P.M on all days.
● Photography is not allowed in Ozar’s Vighnahar Ganpati Temple.
● Free Vehicle Parking is available near the temple.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi