Ozar Travel Guide
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- State: Maharashtra
- Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
Maharashtra is considered to be home of the largest number of temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is more commonly referred as the Sankat Mochan, which literally means ‘destroyer of hindrances’, also few names by which Ganesha is known include ‘ek dant’ (one teeth), ‘char bhujadhaari’ (four arms) and others.
Ashtavinayak temples are centred in and near Pune in places like Mahad, Pali, Moregaon, Ranjangaon, Siddhatek, Lenvandri, Theur and Ozar. The temple at Ozar is located on the banks of the River Kukadi.
According to a famous legend, the Demon named Vighnasura caused many hindrances in the good deeds and Yagnas performed by saints and other people. Lord Ganesha in order to remove this obstacle battled against the demon. The demon surrendered and requested his destroyer to take up the name Vigneshwara describing the demon’s destruction. It is after this incident that the statue of Lord Ganesha was installed at this temple on the day, which is now celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi.
The image of Ganesha installed at the temple is east facing and accompanies idols of Riddhi and Siddhi. A spacious courtyard, lush greenery, serene surroundings and the grand sculptural and mural architecture make it a popular tourist spot.
The central image which is located in a golden central dome is adorned with many semi precious and precious stones. Apart from the temple, there is a memorial which is dedicated to Swami Bramhanand.
Ozar is easily accessible from Pune as well as Junnar Town, located just 10 km away. Buses are available from Pune, Nasik and Mumbai to Narayangaon, from where buses are available to Ozar.