Mayureshwar Temple of Ganesh / Vinayak Shirur - Satara Road, Jeuji - Morogaon - Baramati Road, Morgaon-412304

Morgaon is the foremost centre of worship of the Ganapatya sect, which considers Ganesha as the Supreme Being. This is one among the Ashta Vinayaka Temple

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Mayureshwar Temple

According to the Ganesha Purana, Lord Ganesha  incarnated as Mayuresvara who has six arms and a white complexion. His mount is a peacock.

He was born to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the Treta yuga, for the purpose of killing the demon Sindhu. Sindhu was the son of the Chakrapani,  the king of the Mithila and his wife Ugra. Ugra conceived due to the power of the solar mantra, but was unable to bear the extreme heat radiating from the foetus, so she abandoned it in the ocean.  Soon, a son was born from this abandoned foetus and the ocean returned him to his grieving father, who named him Sindhu. Goddess Parvathi had a meditation on  Ganesha for twelve years at Lenyadri. Pleased by her penance, Lord Ganesha gave her the boon that he would be born as her son.  Lord Ganesha  was later  born to the  Parvati at Lenyadri and named as Gunesha by Shiva.  Little Gunesha once knocked an egg from a mango tree, from which emerged a peacock. Gunesha mounted the peacock and assumed the name Mayuresvara.

Sindhu was a given an amrita bowl as a gift from Sun god. The demon was warned that he could drink from the bowl as long as it was intact. So to protect the bowl, he swallowed it. Sindhu attacked the three worlds, and  the gods asked Gunesha for help.  Lord Ganesha defeated Sindhu's army, cut his general Kamalasura into three pieces and then cut open Sindhu's body, emptying the amrita bowl and thus killing the demon.  The creator-god Brahma is described as having built the Morgaon shrine, and marrying Siddhi and Buddhi to Ganesha. At the end of this incarnation, Gunesha returned to his celestial abode, giving his peacock mount to his younger brother Skanda.

It is beleived that Lord Brahma consecrated the original small idol, made up of sand, iron and diamonds. This was enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas of Mahabharata and placed behind the idol which is now worshipped.

The 'Bhairava' idol on the left side of the main deity is worshipped first and is offered coconut and jaggery.

Long time back,  a Sage named Kashyap had two wives, Kadru and Vinita. Kadru's sons imprisoned Vinita's sons namely Shyen, Sampati and Jatayu. Vinita was sorely disappointed . After few years,  Vinita got one more son. However, when her son was in the form of egg,  young Ganesha broke that egg and peacock came out of that egg. Newly born peacock had fight with Ganesha.  Finally mother Vinita interfered and peacock agreed to be vehicle of Shri Ganesha.
However , he laid one condition and said, “Oh! God my name should be pronounced before your name and you should become popular by my name." Ganesha agreed and took name Mayuresh for himself. With the help of peacock, he released Vinita's sons from imprisonment.

A Ganapatya legend recalls,  how the creator-god Brahma, the preserver-god Vishnu and the dissolver-god Shiva, the Divine Mother Devi and the Sun-god Surya meditated at Morgaon to learn about their creator and their purpose of existence. Ganesha emerged before them in form of an Omkara flame and blessed them.  
Another legend records that when Brahma created his son Kama (desire), he became a victim of desire and lusted for his own daughter Saraswati (Goddess of learning). Upon invocation by all of the deities, the sacred Turiya Tirtha river appeared and Brahma bathed in her waters to cleanse his sin.  Brahma then came to Morgaon to worship Ganesha, carrying water from the river in his water pot.  Entering the Ganesha shrine, Brahma stumbled and water fell from the pot. When Brahma tried to pick it up, it was turned into the sacred Karha river, that still flows at Morgaon.


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