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Vighnahar Ozar Temple (Ashtavinayak)

Shri Vighnahar Ozar Temple is one of the 8 Ashtavinayak revered shrines of Ganesha in Maharashtra.

Districts/ Region

Pune District, Maharashtra, India.

 History

the Shree Vighnahar Ganapati (Vinayaka) temple, where a beautiful ‘Ghat’ has been 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 is a renovated one in 1967 by ‘Shri Appashastri Joshi’ who was an ardent devotee of Ganesha. Though this is so historical, we know that the temple was earlier rebuilt in the year 1785, in the era of Peshwas by Chimaji Appa, to celebrate his conquest of Vasai Fort against the Portuguese. Fully fortified stone walls of the temple point at the extremely 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 Ozar Ganpati temple is that it is the most famous Vigneshwara Ashtavinayak temple. An east-facing idol of Ganesha is seen along with his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi, with the scriptural and mural work in the entrance.

Geography

The temple is situated on the banks of Kukadi River close to the Yedagaon dam built on it.

Weather/Climate

The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature ranging from 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 the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.

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