Ozar is around 100 Km from Mumbai and Pune. It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Ozar. It is in the middle of Kalyan-Nagar Road and Pune-Nasik Road. Bhakta Nivas is a good arrangement to stay and charges are nominal. one should visit Ozar and enjoy the experience.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Definately, Food arrangement is fine. There is good quality food called 'Mahaprasad' served in just Rs.25/- per person. Kukdi River is the special attraction in Ozar. Other picknic spots like Lenyadri, Shivneri Fort, Vighnahar Shugar Factory and Bhimashankar are nearby Ozar.
Activities & things to do: Housekeeping need to develop. Road condition from Otur to Ozar and from Narayangaon to Ozar need to develop. Beautiful gardening and plantation in and around the Ozar need to develop.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Kalyan (Thane), there is good frequency of state transport buses. Your journey starts from Kalyan and moves to Murbad, Malshej Ghat, Bankar Fata and Otoor. Its a just 3 hours Journey. From Pune, take any State Transport bus running from Pune to Nasik and get down at Narayangaon. Ozar is just 4KM from Narayangaon.
Ozar is a small town in Nasik District, in the state of Maharashtra. It is famous for the Vigneshwara Temple, built in honour of Lord Ganesha. The temple is 100 km from Pune, on the way to Nasik. Known as Ozarcha Shri Vigneshwara, the temple is a prominent part of the eight Asthavinayak Shrines distributed all over the state of Maharashtra.
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.