It is said that we pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning any task for its completion without any hurdles. However, there are eight ancient shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the Indian state of Maharashtra that is considered as his “Shaktipeeths.”
The idols in those shrines are considered indigenous, i.e., they have occurred naturally and are not human-created. In Ganesh Purana & Mudgal Purana, the visit of these eight shrines is known as ” Pilgrimage to the Ashtavinayak.”
These shrines are visited according to the numerical order of their establishments. However, the scriptural position of these shrines are like:
- Moreshwar of Moregaon
- Siddheshwar of Siddhatek
- Ballaleshwar of Pali
- Varad Vinayak of Mahad
- Chintamani of Theur
- Girijatmaj of Lenyadri
- Vighneshwar of Ozhar
- Shri Mahaganpati of Ranjangaon
Among them, five Vinayakas reside in Pune. Two are located in Raigarh, and one of them is situated in the Ahmednagar, districts of Maharashtra.
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