The Mayureshwar Temple, Moregaon.
This is the most important temple on this tour. The temple, built from black-stone during the Bahamani reign, has four gates (It is supposed to have been built by one of the knights named Mr. Gole, from the court of Bidar's Sultan). The temple is situated in the centre of the village. The temple is covered from all sides by four Minarets and gives feeling of a mosque if seen from a distance. This may have been done to prevent attacks on the temple during Mughal periods. The temple has 50 feet tall wall around it.
There is a Nandi (Shiva's bull mount) sitting in front of this temple entrance, which is unique, as Nandi is normally in front of only Shiva temples. However, the story says that this statue was being carried to some Shiva mandir during which the vehicle carrying it broke down and the Nandi statue could not be removed from its current place.
The murti of Lord Ganesha, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot. The idol, with its trunk turned to the left, has a cobra (Nagaraja) poised over it protecting it. This form of Ganesha also has two other murtis of Siddhi (Capability) and Buddhi (Intelligence).
However, this is not the original murti -which is said to have been consecrated twice by Brahma, once before & once after being destroyed by the asura Sindhurasur. The original murti, smaller in size and made of atoms of sand, iron, and diamonds, was supposedly enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas and placed behind the one that is currently worshiped.
It was predicted by Lord Brahma that Lord Ganesha would incarnate as Vinayak in the Kritayug, as Mayureshwar in Treta yug, as Gajanan in the Dwaparyug and as Dhumraketu in the Kalyug. All these incarnations are related to certain legends of Lord Ganesha killing various demons.
In the Gandaki Nagari of Mithila, a king named Chakrapani was ruling. He and his wife Queen Ugra were unhappy, as they did not have a child. The couple worshipped God Surya and the queen with the blessings of the Sun God became pregnant. But soon released the embryo in the sea as she could not bear the brilliance and the radiance of the embryo. From that embryo, brilliant son was born. The sea in the disguise of a Brahmin approached King Chakrapani with the child and gave the child to the King. As the child was born in the sea the king named him Sindhu. Sindhu, after growing old and strong became more powerful by worshipping the Sun God as advised by his Guru Shukracharya.
Lord Surya, as a boon gave the nectar to Sindhu and said that as long as the nectar remains near his navel he will not die. Sindhu thus received immortality and started attacking Gods like Indra, Vishnu etc. he defeated all of them and kept them in prison in his kingdom. The remaining gods worshipped Lord Ganesh and requested him to rescue them from the demon King Sindhu. Ganesha pleased with their prayers, promised to take birth as Devi Parvati’s son and kill the demon.
Parvati recited the Ekakshari ‘OM’ mantra to please the Lord and made a clay idol of Ganesha on the Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi Day and worshipped. The idol soon turned into a real child. When the child was ten years old, Shiva and Parvati along with their son decided to leave the mountain Meru and on their way to mountain kailash, Lord Ganesha defeated the demon Kamalasura with the help of Siddhi (the personified shakti) and Buddhi (the personified Intelligence).
After this incident on their way, Lord Ganesha found the Gandaki Nagari of the demon king Sindhu and decided to attack him with all the army of Shiva’s attendants. He thus attacked Sindhu and at first killed the two sons of Sindhu. Sindhu was advised to release the Gods and Goddesses in prison and leave the battlefield by his father. But he did not listen to it and continued the battle. Lord Ganesha removed the nectar from his navel with his Parashu and killed him. During this battle, Lord Ganesha was riding a peacock and therefore he got the name ‘Mayureshvar’, the one who rides a peacock.
The temple is situated at a distance of 55 Km from Pune, next to the river Karha in the village of Moregaon. The village derives its name from the Marathi name of the bird peacock - also the national bird of India; there used to be a lot of peacocks in this village in the ancient time, and the village is also set out in the shape of a peacock.
The Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek.
God Vishnu is supposed to have vanquished the asuras Madhu and Kaitabh after propitiating Ganesha here. The shrine is particularly popular during the festivals of Ganesh Jayanti, Vijayadashami and Somvati Amavasya.
This is the only murti of these eight with the trunk positioned to the right.
It is believed that the two saints Shri Morya Gosavi and Shri Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon received their enlightenment here.
The temple is North-facing and is on a small hillock. The main road towards the temple was believed to built by Peshwa's general Haripant Phadake. The inner sanctum, 15 feet high and 10 feet wide is built by Punyashloka Ahilyabai Holkar. The idol is 3 feet tall and 2.5f eet wide. The idol faces North-direction. The stomach of the murti is not wide, but Riddhi and Siddhi murtis are sitting on one thigh. This murti's trunk is turning to the right. The right-sided-trunk Ganesha is supposed to be very strict for the devotees. To make one round (pradakshina) around the temple one has to make the round trip of the hillock. This takes about 30 minutes with moderate speed.
Peshwa general Haripant Phadake lost his General's position and did 21 Pradakshina around the temple. On the 21st day Peshwa's court-man came and took him to the court with royal honor. Haripant promised the God that he will bring the stones of the castle which he will win from the first war he will fight as the general. The stone pathway is built from the Badami-Castle which was attacked by Haripant soon after he became the general.
Siddhatek is a town in the Ahmednagar District of the western part of India located on the Bhima River. This temple is situated off the Pune-Solapur highway about 48 Km from the town of Srigonda in Ahmadnagar district. The temple is situated next to Bhima river. On Pune-Solapur railway, Daund Railway station is 18 Km from here.
The Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali.
Ballaleshwar Pali temple is one of the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, Ashtavinayak. Among Astavinayakas, Pali's Ballaleshwar is the only vinayak who is famous by his devotee's name. Ganesha is believed to have saved this boy-devotee, Ballala, who was beaten by local villagers and his father (Kalyani-seth) for his single-minded devotion to him.
The original wooden temple was reconstructed in to a stone temple by Shri Nana Phadanavis in 1760. This stone is shaped in the form of the letter 'shree’; it was made by mixing lead with the cement during construction. There are two small lakes constructed on two sides of the temple. The lakes are tiled throughout. One of them is reserved for the puja (worship) of the Deity.
This Temple faces the east and has two Sanctums (Gribhagriha), an Inner and Outer Sanctum. The Outer Sanctum houses the murti and has a Mushika (Ganesha's mouse vahana) with modaka in his forepaws in front of it. The main hall, supported by eight exquisitely carved pillars demands as much attention as the idol, sitting on throne carved like a Cyprus tree. The main hall is 40 feet long and 20 feet broad. The eight pillars depict the eight directions. Inner Sanctum is 15 feet tall and outer one is 12 feet tall. The temple is constructed in such a way that after the winter (Dakshinayan: southward movement of the sun) solstice, the sun rays fall on the Ganesha murti at sunrise. The temple is built with stones which are stuck together very tight using melted lead. The temple contains a bell that was brought back by Chimaji Appa after his defeat of the Portuguese in Vasai and Sasthi.
The murti of Vinayaka, sits on a stone throne against a background of silver which displays Riddhi and Siddhi waving chamaras. The murti faces east. Like a few other murtis, this one has diamonds embedded in the eyes and navel, and with His trunk pointing to the left.
One speciality of this temple is that the prasad offered to this Ganapati at Pali is Besan Laadu instead of Modak that is normally offered to other Ganapatis.
The shape of the idol itself bears a striking semblance with the mountain which forms the backdrop of this temple. This is more prominently felt if one views the photograph of the mountain and then sees the idol.
Behind this temple is the temple of Shri Dhundi-Vinayak which is West facing. This is a very rare idol which is facing the West. The story says that this idol was the same one which was thrown by Ballala's father (Kalyani-seth) while Ballala was worshipping it.
Another legend goes that Dhundi Vinayak is the elder brother of Ballal Vinayak and hence it seems that the devotees first worship Shri Dhundi-Vinayak and then Shri Ballaleshwar.
This is story of Krityuga in the country Sindhu. In the village of Pali there was a businessman called Kalyan & his wife Indumati. They had a son Ballal who was a staunch devotee of Ganpati. Along with other children Ballal used to worship with small stones being treated as Gods. Once the children went outside the village & saw a big stone. At the insistence of Ballal, the children treated the stone as Ganpati & started worshipping. All of them got so engrossed that they forgot about hunger & thirst or about day or night.
Their parents were waiting for the children at their homes. When the children did not return on time, they all went to Kalyan's house and complained about Ballal. Kalyan seth become furious took a stick and went in search of children. He saw children listening Ganesh purana outside the village. In rage he broke the small temples built by the children who fled away. Ballal was caught by his father submerged in meditation and beaten until he bleed. His father tied him to a tree and smashed all pooja materials collected by the children. He threw away the big stone which children treated as Ganpati. "Let me see which God protects you now" saying this he went home. Ballal started entreating Vinayaka.
Lord Ganpati was moved by the childs devotion and appeared in the form of a Brahmin before Ballal & touched him. Ballal's thirst hunger vanished, wounds were healed & he felt a new vigour moving in his body. He prostrated before the Brahmin whom he recognised as Gajanan & worshipped him. Ganpati told Ballal to ask for a boon. Ballal said "Let me have unshaken devotion towards you. You must stay at this place & remove the miseries of the people, who come to you." Ganesh said, "I shall ever remain here in my part form, I will take your name before mine & be called as Ballal Vinayak." Then he embraced Ballal & vanished into the nearby stone. Then the stone cured from the breakings. The stone statue is called Ballaleshwar. The stone idol which Kalyan vaishya threw away is also called as Dhundi Vinayak. This is a swayambhoo Moorti. He is worshipped before Ballaleshwar is worshipped.
The inner sanctum is open to devotees in the morning from 5 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
The outer sanctum is open to devotees till 10:30 P.M.
Devotees can offer the following Puja at the temple.
The temple is located in the town of Pali, off the Mumbai-Pune highway, about 11 Km before Nagothane on the Mumbai-Goa highway. This is located 30 Km to the South-West of Karjat Railway Station in Sudhagad taluka of Raigad district. Mumbai-Panvel-Khopoli-Pali is 124 Km. Pune-Lonavla-Khopoli-Pali is 111 Km. It is situated between fort Sarasgad and the river Amba.
The Varadavinayak Temple, Mahad.
Varadvinayak is one of the Asthavinayak temples of the Hindu deity Lord Ganesh. This is in Mahad village situated in Khalapur taluka near Karjat and Khopoli of Raigad District, Maharastra, India.
The handsome Prince Rukmangad refused sage Vachaknavi's wife Mukunda's illicit call, and was cursed to suffer from leprosy. Mukunda was satisfied by Indra who deceived her as Rukmangad and she bore a child by name Grutsamad. When Grutsamad came to know about the real story he cursed his mother Mukunda to become the tree of Bori and she in turn cursed him to bore a demon son named Tripurasur, the one who was defeated by Shiva after praying the Ranjangaon Ganesha. Grutsamad after getting cursed went to the forest of Pushpak and worshipped Ganesha. Sage Grutsamad is famous for the mantra Gananan Tva. He founded the temple and called this Ganesha: Varada-Vinayak.
Ganesha is said to reside here in the form of Varada Vinayaka, the giver of bounty and success. The idol was found in the adjoining lake (to Mr. Dhondu Paudkar in 1690 A.D.), in an immersed position and hence its weathered look. In 1725 A.D. the then Kalyan subhedar, Mr. Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar built the Varadavinayak temple and the village of Mahad.
The idol faces the east, has its trunk to the left and has been in the constant company of an oil lamp - said to be burning continuously since 1892. There are 4 elephant idols on 4 sides of the temple. The hall is 8 feet by 8 feet. The dome is 25 feet high and is golden at the top. The dome has designs of cobra.
This is the only temple where devotees are allowed to personally pay their homage and respects to the idol. They are allowed in the immediate vicinity of this idol to perform their prayers.
According to the legends King, Bhima of Koudinyapur and his wife had had everything in life except a child. The king and his wife went to the forest to carry penance. Sage Vishwamitra gave king, Ekashar Gajana Mantra to chant and thus prince Rukmaganda was born. Rukmaganda grew up into a beautiful young prince.
Rukmanganda during his hunting trip stopped at the hermitage of Rishi Vachaknavi. Mukunda, Rishi's wife fell in love with prince's beauty and asked him to fulfill her desire. He flatly refused and left the ashram. Mukunda became very much lovesick. Knowing her plight, Indra took the form of Rukmaganda and had pleasure with her. Mukunda became pregnant and gave birth to a son Gritsamada. Gritsamada curses his mother on knowing truth of his birth to become a throny plant bearing Bhor fruits.
Mukunda in turn cursed Gritsamada, that a cruel rakshas (demon) will born from him. Suddenly a heavenly voice said 'Gritsamada is Indra's son' leaving both of them shocked. Then Mukunda gets converted to Bhor plant and ashamed Gritsamada, leaves to Pushpak forest for penance. Lord Ganesha contented by Gritsamada's penance tells him that he will get a brave son who cannot be defeated by anybody other than Shankara. Gritsamada asks for the forest to become holy and so devotees get attainment of their aims here. He urged Ganapati to stay there permanently and asked for knowledge of Brahma. The forest is called Bhadraka today. Gritsamada built a temple there and the idol installed there is called Varadavinayaka.
It is said that if the coconut received as prasad during Maghi Chaturthi is consumed one will be blessed with a son. Hence there is heavy rush during Maghi Utsav.
Mahad is 83 km from Mumbai. The temple is located 3 Km off the Pune-Mumbai highway near Khopoli (80 Km from Pune), and is thus closest to Mumbai city. Karjat Railway Station, Karjat on Mumbai-Pune railway is 24 Km from Mahad and 6 Km from Khopoli.
The Chintamani Temple, Theur.
At Theur in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra is the temple dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. The village is along the river Mulamutha. Ganesh as Chintamani is god who brings peace of mind and drives away all perplexities of the mind.
The temple is build during the rule of Peshwas. The total cost of expenditure incurred to make the temple was Rs. 40,000 which in today's world amounts to Rs 400 million. The temple is made so strong that it still has the same structure even after 400 years of existence, the gathering hall is still original made with wood.
As Peshwas visited these place very frequently, the two 5 metal bell bought from Europe from the church was one kept in Mahad and other one was kept here. As after the death of Madhav Rao Peshwa, his wife went for sati, the beautiful garden was made in her memory is very attractive to see.
The main archway of the temple faces north.Temple hall is made up of wood and there is a small fountain made up of black stone in the hall.The courtyard of the temple is quite big paved with floor. There is a small temple of Lord Shankar in the courtyard of the temple.A big bell can also be seen in the temple. The Idol faces east and is swayambhu (self emanated) and has a left side trunk.There are carbuncle and diamonds in the eyes of Vinayaka.
It is believed that Brahma the creator once felt tharva that is restive. To still his mind he called upon Lord Ganesh. The place where Brahma achieved the quietude he was looking for is known as the Sthavar region or as Theur.
Ganesha is believed to have got back the precious Chinatamani jewel from the greedy Guna for sage Kapila at this spot. However, after bringing back the jewel, sage Kapila put it in Vinayaka's (Ganesha's) neck. Thus the name Chintamani Vinayak. This happened under the Kadamb tree, therefore Theur is known as Kadambanagar in old times.
The lake behind the temple is called Kadambteertha. The temple entrance is North facing. The outer wooden hall is built by Peshwas. The main temple is supposed to have been built by Dharanidhar Maharaj Dev from the family-lineage of Shri Moraya Gosavi. He must have built this around 100 years before Senior Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa built the outer wooden hall.
This idol also has a left trunk, with carbuncle and diamonds as its eyes. The idol faces the East side.
Theur's Chintamani was the main worshipped god of Senior Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa. He suffered from tuberculosis and died at a very young age (approx 27years). He is supposed to have died in this temple. His wife, Ramabai went as Sati with him on 18 November 1772.
Abhijeet was a great and powerful king who had everything in life except a son who would be the heir to his throne. The king and his wife at the suggestion of Rishi Vaishyampayane carried great penance and were finally rewarded with son who they named Gana. He later came to be known as Ganaraja.
The son was bright brave and gifted except he was also very aggressive. Ganaraja was once invited to visit the ashram of Sage Kapil. The sage was a good host and with the help of the Chintamani Ratna (a precious stone) he was able to serve the best of food to Ganaraj. Impressed by the ratna, Ganaraj wanted it for himself, but when Kapilmuni refused to part with the ratna, he forcibly took it away from him.
Goddess Durga who was Kapilmuni’s mentor advised him to seek the help of Lord Ganesh.
Lord Ganesh responded to his call and battled with Ganaraj under a Kadamba tree and managed to get the ratna back for Kapilmuni. But by then Kapilmuni had lost all desire to possess the Chintamani ratna and he offered it Lord Ganesh. He tied the Chintamani Ratna around Lord Ganesh’s neck and so he came to be known as the Chintamani Vinayak. Since all of this occurred under a Kadamba tree, Theyoor was also known as Kadambanagar.
The temple is located 22 Km from Pune, off the Pune-Solapur highway, and is hence the nearest from Pune. The village of Theur sits at the confluence of three major regional rivers—Mula, Mutha & Bhima.
The Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyandri.
Lenyadri is an Ashtavinayak temple located on the northwest bank of the River Kukadi in the state of Maharashtra in India. The temple is the only Ashtavinayak temple situated on a mountain, and the temple is also in the vicinity of Buddhist caves.
It is believed that Parvati (Shiva's wife) performed penance to beget Ganesha at this point. Girija's (Parvati's) Atmaj (son) is Girijatmaj. This temple stands amidst a cave complex of 18 caves of Buddhist origin. This temple is the 8th cave and known as Ganesh Gufa, or "Ganesh Caves". These are called Ganesh-leni as well.
The entire temple is carved out of a single stone hill and faces south. It is located on a mountain, which has 307 steps. The temple features a wide hall (main mandir hall) which has 6 stone pillars with cows, elephants and other animals carved on them. The temple hall is 53 feet long, 51 feet wide and 7 feet in height.
The idol faces east with its trunk to the left, and has to be worshipped from the rear of the temple. The temple faces south. The idol is carved out of the stone wall of the cave. This idol seems to be little different from the rest of the Ashtavinayak idols in a sense that it appears to be not very well designed or carved like the other idols. Only one of the idol's two eyes can be seen. The earlier idol was covered with armour, obstructing a full view of it. After the armour was removed, Girijatmaj's idol could be seen, with its neck turned to the left side. This idol can be worshipped by anyone. There is no electric bulb in the temple. The temple is constructed such that during the day it is always lighted up by the sun-rays!
Acoording to the legends Parvati desired to have Vinayak as her son and so performed penance for 12 years in the caves of Lenyadri. Ganapati was pleased by this and decided to grant her wish. On one Bhadrapada Shudh Chaturthi, while Parvati was worshipping an idol of Ganesh which she had made from a scarf, the idol came alive. It told Parvati that, as per her desire, Lord Ganesh had taken Avatar in her house. On the 11th day she named him Ganesh, meaning a person who keeps three qualities—Satva, Raja and Tama—under control. Lord Shiva gave him a boon that whosoever remembers Ganesh before starting a work, will successfully complete that work.
Ganesh grew up for 15 years at Lenyadri. The demon king Sindhu, who knew that his death would be at the hands of Ganesh, sent demons like Krur, Balasur, Vyomasur, Kshemma, Kushal, etc. to kill Ganesh in Lenyadri. Instead Ganesh killed all these demons in his childhood. Ganpati also performed many bal-leelas in this place. Hence Lenyadri is considered a holy place.
At the age of six, Ganesha worshipped Vishwakarma and pleased with his devotion Vishwakarma endowed Ganesha with Paasa (noose), Parasu (axe), Ankush (hook) and Kamal (Lotus).
Parvati's second name is "Girija," and "Aatmaj" means son, so one of Ganesh's names is "Girijatmaj."
The temple is situated 12 Km from Narayangaon, which is about 94 Km from Pune on the Pune-Nashik highway. Nearest railway station is Talegaon. From Junnar, Lenyadri is about 5 Km. Shivaneri castle is close by (5 to 6 Km) where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born.
The Vighnahar Temple, Ozar.
The history 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. The story goes on to say that on being conquered, the demon begged and pleaded with Ganesha to show a mercy. Ganesha then granted in his plea, but on the condition that 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 (Vighna in Sanskrit means a sudden interruption in the ongoing work due to some unforeseen, unwarranted event or cause). The Ganesha here is called Shri Vighneshwar Vinayak.
The temple faces east and is surrounded by a thick stone wall. One can walk on the wall. The main hall of the temple is 20 feet long and the inner hall is 10 feet long. This idol, facing the east, has its trunk towards the left and rubies in its eyes. There is a diamond on the forehead and some jewel in the navel. Idols of Riddhi and Siddhi are placed on the two sides of the Ganesha idol. The temple top is Golden and is possibly built by Chimaji Appa after defeating the Portuguese rulers of Vasai and Sashti. The temple is probably built around 1785 A.D.
The King of Hemavati, Shri Abhinandana once performed a great sacrifice. Indra thought that this sacrifice if completed would deprive him of his post. Hence, he ordered Kala (time) to create obstacles in the sacrifice and then destroyed it.
The fierce looking Kala not only destroyed that sacrifice but also other sacrifices and created obstacles for Sages and others. Hence people called him Vighna. Slowly all vedic rites were reduced and dharma disappeared from earth. Then all Gods worshipped Gajanana and requested him to save the world from Vighneshvar.
Then Ganapati took his Avatar as the son of Sage Parshva and his wife Dipavatsala. Gods headed by Lord Shiva came to Parshva and requested him to relieve Ganapati for having a war with Vighnasura. Sage Parshva was reluctant, but Ganapati convinced him and with his permission proceeded to the Asura's abode. He sent his Ankush (Hook) which caught hold of Vighnasura and brought him before Gods. But the Asura assumed many forms like cyclones, flood, fire, etc. Vinayaka destroyed all such mayas (illusions). Finally, when he found that his power and tactics will not succeed, Vighasura fell at the feet of Ganapati and asked for refuge. He requested that Ganapati should take his name along with his own. Vinayaka accepted his request and hence is called as Vighneshvara or Vighnaraja.
This temple is located just off the Pune-Nashik Highway, in the town of Ozhar. It is enclosed on all sides by high stone walls, and its pinnacle is made of gold. The temple is situated on the banks of river Kukadi. Via. Mumbai-Thane-Kalyan-Bapsai-Saralgaon-Otur, Ozhar is 182 Km.
The Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon.
Shiva is believed to have worshipped Ganesha before fighting the demon Tripurasura here. The temple was built by Shiva where he worshipped Ganesha, and the town he set up was called Manipur which is now known as Ranjangaon.
The idol faces the east, is seated in a cross-legged position with a broad forehead, with its trunk pointing to the left. It is said that the original idol is hidden in the basement, having 10 trunks and 20 hands and is called Mahotkat, however, the temple authorities deny existence of any such idol.
Constructed so that the rays of the sun fall directly on the idol (during the Southward movement of the sun), the temple bears a distinct resemblance to the architecture reminiscent of the 9th and 10th Centuries and faces the east. Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa used to visit this temple very often and built the stone sanctum around the idol and in 1790 A.D. Mr. Anyaba Dev was authorised to worship the idol.
This is a story of Treta Yuga. There was a great and intelligent Sage Gritsamada. Once, Rishi Gritsamada got a very big cough. From that, came alive a reddish child. His ambition was to conquer the three worlds and also to defeat Indra. To turn his mind towards devotion, Rishi Gritsamada told him to worship Ganesh.
The child chanted Mantra given by Gritsamada for years. Penance of the child pleased Ganesh and he offered the child boons saying "Only Lord Shivshankara will be able to defeat you; I give you three cities made of iron, gold and silver. As long as they are, there you cannot be defeated by anyone. You will be called Tripura. All your desires will be fulfilled. And through one arrow from Shankara all your three cities will be destroyed".
Tripura came back and defeated all Kings on earth and all Gods of heaven. He had two sons. He gave kingdom of Brahmaloka (Lord Brahma's abode) to one son and Vishnulok (Lord Vishnu's abode) to another son. Narada adviced grief-stricken Gods to worship Lord Ganesh to get rid of the calamity.
Lord Ganapati getting contented with prayers of all Gods promised to bring about Tripura's defeat through Shankara's hands. Then Lord Ganpati in the guise of Brahmin went to Tripura's abode and told him: "O king! I have mastery over 64 arts. So I am called as "Kaladhar". I have come to meet you from far hearing your brave stories". Tripurasur replied : "Hey, Kaladhar, you show me your art, if I am pleased, I will give away my life also'. Kaladhar said :"O King, I will give you three aeroplanes. You can go anywhere in the world by this planes. You will get anything you desire. Except Lord Mahadev, nobody can destroy these planes".
Tripurasur on being pleased asked Kaladhar to demand anything in the world. Kaladhar demanded idol of Chintamani which was in the possession of Lord Shankar. Shiv Shankara refused to give it to Tripurasur and a war ensued between Shiv Shankara and Tripurasur. All gods started off for the war in a hurry forgetting to worship Ganesh before leaving. Therefore, the Gods lost the battle and Tripurasur found the idol of Chintamani. While returning back to his kingdom, Chintamani suddenly disappeared from the hands of Tripurasur. Thinking it to be ill omen, he returned back with a heavy heart. Sage Narada told Shankara the true reason of defeat of not worshipping Ganesh before beginning the war.
Lord Shankara on getting convinced went to Dandakaranya. He performed Pranayam and chanted six letters Mantra of Ganapati. Ganapati emerged at that time from his face with a peculiar form. He had five faces, ten hands, moon on the crest, garlands of heads on the neck and also the ornament of serpents. He looked both Shankara and Gajanana. He told Shankara : "In future, whenever you will remember me, I will appear to remove obstacles. After chanting my Bijamantra, send an arrow on the aeroplanes of Tripurasur. By that time all these three cities will be burnt. Then you can kill Tripurasur". He also gave Sahasranam Stotra by chanting which one gets victory everywhere, enemies are destroyed and wishes are fulfilled.
At that place, Shiva established a Ganesh Temple and around it a city called Manipur, which is presently called as Ranjangaon. The deity here is hence rightly called as Mahaganapati. Shankara went to fight. This time, Prithvi became the chariot, the Sun and Moon the wheels. Brahma Deva was the charioteer. Meru became the bow, Vishnu the arrow. Ashwinikumar become the horses. Shivshankara chanted the Ganesh Sahasranama. To destroy Tripurasura when he released arrow, there was light everywhere. Tripurasura fainted, fell down dead and his three cities were burnt. The demons life came out of his body in the form of Jyoti and entered Shiv Shankar's body. Thus, Gods got their posts and Sages started studying Vedas. All three worlds were happy.
The temple is situated 50 Km from Pune on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway in the village of Ranjangaon.