AshtaVinayaka - Mayureshwar, Morgaon
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Mayureshwar Temple is the first Ganesha Temple to be visited during the Ashta Vinayaka Temples Pilgrimage according to Shastras.It is near the river Karha in Morgaon village,which is about 64 km south-east of Pune, Maharashtra,India.
Mayureshwar,in sitting posture,has three eyes and is facing east with the trunk turned on left.Diamonds are placed in the eyes and naval.The Nagaraj (King of Snakes) is seen on the head of the deity.On either sides,are the brass idols of Siddhi (Capability) and Buddhi (Intelligence). Mayureshwar.Mooshak (Rat) and Mayur (peacock) stand in front of the idol.
It is beleived that Lord Brahma consecrated the original small idol, made up of sand,iron and diamonds.This was enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas of Mahabharata and placed behind the idol which is now worshiped.
The 'Nagnabhairava' idol on the left side of the main deity is worshipped first and is offered coconut and joggery.
Demon Sindhu, who was very powerful devotee of Lord Surya (the Sun God),attacked the gods and trapped them.On request from gods,Lord Ganesha appeared on Earth on a peacock and destroyed the Demon.This is the place where the head of Demon Sindhu fell down. Hence,Lord Ganesh assumed the name Mayureshwar or Moreshwar.
AshtaVinayaka - Morgaon - Mayureshwar Temple
Moregaon Mayureshwar Temple faces towards the north and is in the center of Morgaon village.It has a dome, surrounded by a 50 feet high enclosure and decorated with four pillars in each corner.A big 'Nandi' (Bull,the Mount of Lord Shiva's), made up of black stone, is seen in front of the main gate and faces towards Mayureshwara.
The temple has four gates made up of black-stone during the Bahamani regime.Rati and Kama (wish,desires) are in the western gate.Eight statues of Lord Ganesha, are in the eight corners of the temple,named as Ekdanta, Mahodar, Gajanana, Lambodar, Mahodara, Vikata, Vignaraja, Dhumravarna and Vakratunda.
There existed lot of peacocks in this village in olden times and the village has a shape of a peacock,therefore it is named as Morgaon, "Mor" the name of the bird peacock.
The Morgaon Temple is daily open between 5 AM to 10 PM.At 5 AM ,first pooja of the day ,called Prakshal Puja starts with the Abhishek.
"Shodashopachar Pooja" is performed twice a day ie at 7 AM and 12 PM.
"Panchopachar Puja" is performed at 8 PM.
"Shej-Arti"is at 10 p.m. and then the temple is closed down.
Ganesh Chaturthi,Bhadrapad Shuddh Chaturthi,Magh Shuddh Chaturthi.Vijaya Dashami are the most popular festivals celebrated here.On the night of Vijayadashmi the idol of Moreshwar is taken in procession around the village(Palkhi).
Morgaon is about 80 km from Pune via the village Chaufala on the Pune - Solapur National Highway. Every day there are buses, trains and flights between Mumbai and Pune.
Devotees coming by train on the Pune -Daund rail route, can get down at Kedgaon. From Kedgaon, there is bus service to Morgaon. Devotees traveling on the southern rail route, have to get down at Nira Railway Station and take a bus for Morgaon.