The legendary Eight Ganesh Idols formed through forces of Nature are still a
marvel as thousands flock every year to see the nature. Vinayaka, another name
for Lord Ganesha, eight effigies have been found, and these form the Ashta Vinayaka,
an octet of eight temples formed around these idols. All these are within 120
km from Pune.
Morgaon: The foremost
temple of the Ashtavinayka is Mayureshwar,
the one in Morgaon about 65 km from Pune
on Pune-Baramati Road. Morya Gosavi built
this in the 14th century
Ranjangaon: About 70 km from Pune
on Pune-Nagar Road, Lord Ganesha is known as Mahaganapati
because of its huge size as it has ten trunks and
Siddhatek: Situated near Daund, this place is about 99 km
from Pune off Pune-Solapur Road.
Theur: 25 km off Pune-Solapur Road, situated near Uruli Knchan.
Pali: 110 km from Khopoli.
Mahad: 87 km near Khopoli, off Pune-Mumbai
Ozar: Lord Ganesha here is worshipped in his
incarnation as 'Vigneshwara' or the remover of
obstacles. Around 85 km near Narayangaon, off
Pune-Nashik Road, this place is famous for its
garland of lights or deep mala.
Lenyadri: This temple around 97 km, near Ozar
is situated on the banks of river Kukdi. It's said
that Parvati spent time here in penance and gave
birth to Ganesha