Vigneshwara Temple of Ganesh / Vinayak Sri Vighnahar Ganapathi Temple Road,, Near Ohjar Bus Stop, Ozar, Nashik District-422206

This temple is considered as the eight temple to be visited in the Ashta Vinayak circuit.

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 Vigneshwara Temple

Like all Ashtavinayaka shrines, the central Ganesha image is believed to be swayambhu (self-existent), naturally occurring in the form of an elephant-faced stone. The central icon of Ganesha faces east and is flanked with brass images of his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi. He has a left-turning trunk and is covered with sindoor (vermillion). His eyes are emeralds and his forehead and navel is also adored with diamonds .

Chimaji Appa,brother and military commander of the Peshwa Baji Rao I, reconstructed the temple and covered the shikhara with gold after controlling the vasai fort from the Portuguese.  In 1967, the temple has been reconstructed by the Ganesha devotee Appa Shastri Joshi.  This temple is considered as the eighth temple to be visited in the Ashtavinayanak circuit.

According to the mudgala purana, king Abhinandana performed a sacrifice in which, he did not give any offering to God Indra. The angry Indra ordered Kala, to destroy the sacrifice.  Kala took the form of the demon Vignasura, who created obstacles in the sacrifice and ruined it.  So, he created havoc in the universe which created obstacles in the good deeds and sacrifices of sages and other beings. Sages asked Lord Shiva for help who advised to worship Lord Ganesha. Hearing the prayer of the ascetics, Ganesha began to battle the demon. The demon soon realized that it was impossible to win,  surrendered to his opponent and agreed not to harass the beings in the world.

It is believed that Vigna would not happen, where the Lord Ganesha is not invoked. In some verses, it is said that Vigna was made an attendant of Ganesha, who would trouble those who fail to worship his Lord.

Vignasura also requested Ganesha to take the name Vigneshwara to commemorate the event. The sages constructed an image of Ganesha,  as Vigneshwara at Ozar, to mark the event.  The temple is facing the east which has spacious courtyard, a grand entrance, sculptural and mural works.  The temple is surrounded by a walled compound,  with a large gateway flanked by two large stone Dwarapalaka sculptures and a row of four musicians in bas relief on the lintel. Two large stone Deepamalas (lamp towers) stand near the gateway, in front of a fine corridor of seven cusped arches. There are ovaries (small rooms for meditation) on both sides of the gateway.  The courtyard is tiled.  The central temple has three entrances with sculptured side posts and lintels. The temple has two halls, with first one (20 feet high) having the entrance to the north and south too and has the image of Dhundiraj Ganesha.


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