Pali - Shri Ballaleshwar
One of the "Ashtavinayak" Shri Ballaleshwar is at Pali in Raigarhdistrict. Pali is around 115 kms. from Pune and 38 Kms. from Khopoli. The idol is believed to be "Swayambhu" as was found or not sculpted by human hands. The temple was named after devotee Ballal as Ballaleshwar to whom Ganpati revealed himself at this sacred spot. There are diamonds in the eyes and naval of Shri Ganesh's idol. The temple is made up of wood.
Theur is 26 kms away from Pune, also known as Shri. Chintamani. 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 idol is believed to be "Swayambhu" ( Self Created ) as was found or not sculpted by human hands. 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.
Lenyadri is 96 kms away from Pune. Lenyadri is also known as Shri Girijatmaka. Shri Girijatmaka situated on a hill on the banks of Kukdi river at Lenyadri. Girijatmaj Vinayak refers to the Ganesh as the son of Parvati. Girija is another name for Parvati and Atamaj means son. This is the only temple of the Ashtavinayak which is on a mountain and is set in a Buddhist cave-temple. There are 283 stairs to climb to reach the temple. The idol is believed to be "Swayambhu" as was found or not sculpted by human hands. Ganpati's tread ceremony was performed here. All the caves of Lenyadri are being taken care of by the Archeological Department of Govt. of India. The steps are not so easy to climb and hence recommended not to go in the evening.
Ranjangaon is one of the eight places associated with Lord Ganesha, popularly known as "Ashtavinayak". Ranjangaon is around 55 kms away from Pune. The original idol was very big but was hidden to prevent its destruction and now a days smaller idol was installed instead. Maha Ganpati is depicted as having eight, ten or twelve arms. It is after invoking this form of Ganpati that Shiva vanquished the demon Tripurasur and so he is also known as Tripurarivade Mahaganpati.
One of the Ashtavinayak, Shri Moreshwar is at Morgaon. Morgaon is at the distance of 64 kms from Pune, situated in the Baramati Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. The temple was built in 14th century by Moraya Gosavi. According to the legend Ganpati took birth as Mayureshwar riding a peacock to kill Sindhu ( who was son of Chakrapani ) also had powerful by worshipping Surya and was attacking Gods and imprisoned them. This is the place where head of Sindhu fell. It is believed that one Should start the "Ashtavinayak" yatra from Morgaon. This region is also known as the Bhuswananda. Shaped as a peacock, this region has in the past seen an abundance of peacocks and is therefore known as Morgaon (Mor - peacock).
One of the "Ashtavinayak" Shri Siddhi Vinayak is at Siddhatek along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar district and Karjat tehsil in Maharashtra.It is believed that it was here on the Siddhtek Mountain, that Vishnu acquired Siddhi. Lord Brahma once created a world with Ganpati's blessings and while this was going on, Vishnu woke up and two fierce demons Madhu and Kaitaba escaped from his ears. Vishnu fought with them for 5000 years, then Lord Shiva pointed out that Vishnu had started without worshipping Ganpati, so Vishnu invoked Ganpati on Siddhatek hill and , destroyed the demons successfully and consecrated the spot.
Shri Varad Vinayak is at Mahad, set in the hilly region of Konkan in the Raigarh district and the Khalapur Taluka of Maharastra.Mahad is at the distance of 80 kms from Pune and 20 kms. from Khandala. A nandadeep has been lit in this temple which has been continuously lit since the 1892 Ganesh as Varad Vinayak fulfills all desires and grants all boons. This region was known as Bhadrak or Madhak in ancient times.
Shri Vighneshwar situated at Ozar near Junnar town. Ozar is around 102 kms from Pune and 10 kms. from Junnar. The Shri Vighneshwar temple was built in 1833. The temple is famous for its Deepmala's and its Golden dome. Lord Ganesh is known as Vigneshwara or the remover of all obstacles, this he achieved by vanquishing the demon Vighnasura. According to legend King Abhinandana performed many sacrifices to become Indra, Indra after hearing this sent Kala ( Time as destroyer) himself in form of Vighnasura to obstruct he sacrifices. At this all the world also halted and suffered. All Vedic rites also halted so the gods prayed to Ganpati. Ganpati defeated Vighnasura Making him one of the Gana's, Vighnasura requested Ganpati to use his name as prefix and stay at Ozar to which Ganpati agreed.